It may surprise you to learn, but the magnificent sea views that depicted Capeside’s scenic northeast coast were actually located about as far from Massachusetts as you could get, with decision maker reporting that “Dawson’s Creek” was indeed filmed almost entirely in Wilmington, North Carolina. This fact is supported by Wilmington Tourist Sitewhich has an entire page dedicated to famous “Dawson’s Creek” locations that fans of the beloved series can still visit.
Not only did Wilmington’s photogenic coastlines and rustic charms make it a more than solid stand-in for the fictional Massachusetts town, but the area’s massive production facilities made it the perfect location for the production to largely shoot. out of the Hollywood spotlight. You might not realize it, but Wilmington’s top-notch studio facilities have earned it the nickname “Hollywood East” over the years. And “Dawson’s Creek” is far from the only TV show to use them, with the Wilmington Film Commission confirming the likes of “Matlock”, “One Tree Hill”, “Sleepy Hollow” and “Eastbound & Down” have all called the city home.
As noted on WilmingtonBeaches.com, the city has also long served as a haven for horror film productions with everything from 1984’s “Firestarter” and David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece “Blue Velvet,” to “The Conjuring,” Halloween Kills” and the recent sequel to “Scream” opting to film there. And yes, if you look closely enough, you’ll probably spot a “Dawson’s Creek” location or two in the background of those famous movies.