WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hundreds of people filled the movie theater in Mayfaire for a special screening of Iron Man 3 on Sunday. Parts of the movie were filmed here in Wilmington, so the screening was open to those who helped play a role in its production.
Local cast and crew members, legislators and even the film's Executive Producer attended the event. Three theaters showed the move to guests in 3D at 5 p.m., and the same three theaters showed the film again later in the night. In all, organizers said they had about 1,400 seats.
People had to turn in their cell phones before they entered the theater to make sure that nothing from the film was given away, but the Executive Producer told wect.com a little bit about what moviegoers can expect.
"They can expect to laugh, to be thrilled, to have their heart strings tugged a little bit, it's a different Iron Man experience, it elevates everything from the last time around, it's a great ride," said Charles Newirth, the film's Executive Producer.
State leaders say the film is the largest production made in Wilmington, costing around $109 million. Secretary of Commerce, Sharon Allred Decker, says it opens the doors for future productions.
"I think it sets a different image," said Decker. "We've had great film made here already, but it's not just about quality it's about the size of this film and the reach of this film and I think it just takes us to a different stage, no pun intended."
She says the film already boosted the Port City's economy during production, but expects it to do so again after the film is released. She says that she expects people will see the film and then want to visit places where it was made.
Tourism officials say that starting on May 1, http://www.visitnc.com/, will highlight the various filming locations so people can go visit if they want.
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