Test Your Knowledge on North Carolina Movie Trivia and History

Ready for your closeup? Lights, cameras, action! To fete National Movie Night June 10, we’re plotting to see if you can ace these local movie Q’s—from NC-born and -raised film stars to Raleigh-based flicks and more. The spotlight is all on you… And scene!

1. One for grabbing the bull by the horns? You might be familiar with the central scene in Bull Durham (actually filmed in the City of Oaks!) where Nuke accidentally throws a baseball through the glass window of which Raleigh bar?

a. Mitch’s Tavern

b. O’Malley’s Pub & Restaurant

c. Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

d. Players Retreat

2. Often find yourself in the middle of a “the book or movie was better” debate? Focusing on that reaction shot, which famous piece of literature was transformed into a movie and filmed locally?

a. To Kill a Mockingbird

b. The Handmaid’s Tale

c. Forrest Gump

d. Little Women

3. Sun off, outdoor movies on! Which Raleigh museum hosts a fam-friendly outdoor film series every summer, setting the scene for your watch crew to gather and view Oscar-nominated films and blockbusters on the big screen? (Psst: This summer’s premiere is June 24!)

a. CAM Raleigh

b. NC Museum of History


d. NC Museum of Natural Sciences

4. Pass the popcorn! Raleigh’s only cash theater, Rialto, showcases new-to-the-scene films in a vintage space that’ll take you wayyyy back. What year did this historic theater open its doors to the public?

a. 1932

b. 1938

c. 1942

d. 1950

5. “Nobody puts baby in the corner!” Dirty Dancing’s Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey had the time of their lives filming several scenes at this picturesque NC lake. 

a. Jordan Lake

b. Lake Norman

c. Lake Gaston

d. Lake Lure

6. Grab the tissues. The film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ second romance novel Message in a Bottle—starring The Princess Bride herself, Robin Wright—was filmed at which inconceivably beautiful NC beach town?

a. Wilmington

b. Kitty Hawk

c. Emerald Isle

d. Carolina Beach

7. Transgender actress Hunter Schafer (who you may know better as Jules Vaughn in the hit HBO series Euphoria), graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts after transferring from which Raleigh high school?

a. Sanderson

b. Enloe

c. Broughton

d. Longleaf School of the Arts

8. The Longleaf Film Festival returns for its seventh year (!) to put a spotlight on “film, fun and community.” In its first year (2015), the festival—which takes place at the North Carolina Museum of History—received entries from
how many countries?

a. 20

b. 25

c. 30

d. 35

9. “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Most of the racing scenes in Talladega Nights—starring narcissistic NASCAR racer Ricky Bobby, played by Will Ferrell—were filmed at which NC speedway?

a. Charlotte Motor Speedway

b. Ace Speedway

c. Rockingham Speedway

d. Carolina Speedway

Answers: 1. A; 2. B; 3. C; 4. C; 5. D; 6. A; 7. C; 8. B; 9. A

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