The Hunger Games movie crew is about to head out of Sheby, NC, where they’ve been filming a bunch of District 12 scenes. Thanks to twitpics put out by @_mattamy here’s a peek at what the Peacekeepers look like.
Meantime the locals at Shelby say they will be sad to see everyone move on. The Charlotte Observer reports on the excitement The Hunger Games brought to Shelby and on the economic benefits a major film production can bring to a town.
According to Jackie Sibley, director of Tour Cleveland County, the current project “brings a new level of excitement…”
She said moviemakers picked Shelby because they were looking for warehouse space and “we’ve got a lot of that here.”
The movie’s economic impact has been significant.
“All the hotels are full,” Sibley said. “They’ve hired off-duty police officers. They’re renting space, eating at local restaurants. They’re spending a lot of dollars.”
Jeanette Sun, 42, owner of Ni Fen Wine and Tapas met “The Hunger Games” cast member Elizabeth Banks, who came by a few minutes before Ni Fen closed one night.
Although Banks didn’t stick around, movie crew members visit in the afternoons “to use the Wi-Fi and chill out,” Sun said. “They’re very nice.”
Chris Canoutas, owner of Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille, said crews are regulars at his place.
“They come in for lunch and late dinner, just to wind down,” he said. “I’ve seen a 15 percent increase in business, at least, Anything that brings people downtown we’re for it.”