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Best Places For Film Buffs In Charlotte

July 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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What is one of the most popular activities to do on a long holiday weekend? It’s to see a movie, of course. No matter if you like horror, romance, thrillers or independent films, there are plenty of opportunities in the Charlotte area to meet and mingle with other film lovers. Whether you are interested in exploring a local location where an international blockbuster movie was filmed, attending festivals, joining a social group or visiting a real live art house, the Queen City has numerous options to unleash your inner film geek.
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The Light Factory
The Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film
345 N College St
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-9755

The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film is one of only four museums for photography and film in the United States. The Factory shows a wide range of independent films and is an excellent resource for emerging new media. The museum also supports The Light Factory Filmmakers’ Showcase of short films. Independent filmmakers, especially local and regional artists, are encouraged to contact The Factory to find out how to screen their films for free.

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Indie Film Force

The Indie Film Force is an organizer of the annual Charlotte Film Festival that runs each spring. In addition, a horror film fest is scheduled for Halloween and the Big Cause Documentary Film Festival is scheduled for February of 2013. The Indie Film Force is a not-for-profit and uses all membership fees and ticket/event sales to fund the festivals. The IFF also runs the Charlotte Film Festival Audience Choice Awards. There are volunteer opportunities, donorships, memberships, vendor opportunities and sponsorships available at all levels of festival involvement throughout the entire year.

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The Regal Manor Twin
609 Providence Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 334-1324

People on the various local review sites rave about The Regal Manor Twin theater. Phrases such as “old world charm,” “retro” and “old school theater remnant of what movie-going used to be like” are repeated over and over by gushing fans of this local movie art house. With only two theater screens and a reputation for playing limited-run independent films, this is definitely the place to take a film-loving date on a Saturday night. Get there early – showings almost always sell out.

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“Hunger Games” Standouts
Downtown Charlotte and Hildebran

The cast and crew of the infamous “Hunger Games” movie spent several weeks shooting the film all around the western part of North Carolina, including locations in downtown Charlotte and the town of Hildebran. Make a visit to each to see resemblances of backdrops in the acclaimed movie. With just an hour’s drive separating the two towns, a day can be filled with the sights of each. The Capitol and District 12 are prominent locations in the story. See how each spot was changed to resemble the descriptions author Suzanne Collins crafted within the book’s pages.

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Film Meet-Ups in Charlotte
Various locations based on group

Meetups offer vibrant, interactive opportunities for people to connect with others about shared interests. For the film community, there are numerous groups ranging from singles’ groups, filmmaker groups and groups for people who want to get in-depth about analyzing films. With names such as The Charlotte Film Community, Charlotte Film Anarchists, The Charlotte Acting/Film Industry Meet Up Group, Skye Takes Us to a Movie and Dinner, Conscious Movie Night, The Charlotte Movie and Dinner Group, there are a multitude of places to meet other movie lovers in the Queen City.

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S.L. Schmitz is a published author, specializing in the speculative, mythpunk, and horror genres. Schmitz recently resigned her position as a Board Member and Social Media Manager of Dark Continents Publishing in order to work with a small group of entrepreneurs to create a new publishing company. When time permits, she participates in a variety of writing and horror conventions. She is an active member of such author affiliations as the North Carolina Writer’s Organization, the Charlotte Writer’s Club, North Carolina Reading Association and the Union Monroe Reading Association. Her novel is titled Let It Bleed, published via Dark Continents Publishing, and is available wherever books are sold. Her work can be found at

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