Wilmywood celebrates ‘Empire Records’ – 20 years strong today!

Twenty years ago today, Empire Records hit theaters and although it wasn’t a big hit, it became a cult classic.  In fact, they probably made more money in rentals than they did at the box office.

“I’m surprised by this film’s popularity.” said Key Makeup Artist Jeff Goodwin. “Out of all the films I have done spanning more than three decades now, films including Blue Velvet, Rambo III, the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Last of the Mohicans to name a few! People love Empire Records!”

Some other great NC Film Crew members like Rick Pour, Robbie Beck, John Copeman, Beth Giles, Andy Krish, and Matt Sullivan (just to name a few) worked on this one, so ask ’em some some good stories if you see them.

In this day and age, if you said “record store,” kids would scratch their heads wondering just what the hell this so-called “record” is, much less having a store for it. But we remember, so let’s take a moment to reminiscence with Liv Tyler, Anthony LaPaglia, Renée Zellweger and friends shall we…

Oh yeah, it was hip, it was trendy and it was shot right here in Wilmywood. The interior of the record store was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios, but you can get a glance of the exterior on South Front Street. Scenes from the back of the store were filmed right at the Cape Fear River.


The exterior where Gina picks Corey up for work is at a private residence in Forest Hills.

People Magazine is also celebrating this picture with: Empire Records, 20 Years Later: Where Is the Cast Now?
We are proud to be the home of this classic flick. Go ahead, break out your LPs and cassettes and celebrate! WATCH MOVIE NOW!

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