First movie filmed in Cape Fear released 34 years ago

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The first movie ever filmed in the Cape Fear “Firestarter” was released 34 years ago Friday.

A picture of Orton Plantation featured in a Southern Accents Magazine from 1983 caught the attention of Frank Capra, Jr. who was searching for a place to film the movie.

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The decision to film here became the first step in creating what would become an industry.

Producer Dino Delaurentiis liked the area so much he built a movie studio here which is now Screen Gems.

Since then more than 350 films, TV shows, and commercials have been shot here.