Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Film Locations

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Film Locations

The feature movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was filmed in several locations near Asheville, including many days in downtown Sylva in May 2016. The movie was released in November 2017 to immediate acclaim. Congrats for winning four Golden Globes in January 2018: Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Drama Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture (Martin McDonagh). It's nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. They will also filmed near Black Mountain and in Maggie Valley.

Woody Harrelson Three Billboards Ebbing

Many locals enjoyed watching the filming on Main Street. Above, Sheriff Woody Harrelson restrains Deputy Sam Rockwell. Woody was very accommodating for photos and chatting with fans between takes.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Film Location

In downtown Sylva, several buildings had their facades transformed for locations in the movie, including the local newspaper "The Ebbing Herald" and the Ebbing Police Department complete with patrol cars out front. Sightseers gathered on nearby street corners to watch the action and meet some of the stars.

Jackson County Filming Locations

  • Dentist Office: F. Patrick McGuire Dentistry, 45 King Street, Suite 200, Sylva
  • Dixon’s House: Private Residence, Cowan Street, Sylva
  • Gift Shop: Country Traditions, 73 Webster Street, Dillsboro
  • High School: Cullowhee Valley Elementary, 240 Wisdom Drive, Cullowhee
  • Police Station: Sassy Frass Consignment, 581 W. Main Street, Sylva
  • Welby’s Office: Jackson General Store 2nd Floor, 582 W. Main Street, Sylva

Three Billboards Ebbing Film Location

Other Locations

  • The three billboards were located east of Asheville along North Fork Left Fork Road (photo above). They are no longer there. Take North Fork Road 2.7 miles from downtown Black Mountain.
  • In Maggie Valley, J. Arthur’s Restaurant (2843 Soco Road) was the scene for the date night with James and Mildred.
  • Doctor and hospital scenes were at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Waynesville.
  • The Ebbing Bar is Black Mountain's Town Pump (135 Cherry St).

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is about Mildred Hayes, a 50-year-old woman (Francis McDormand) whose daughter is murdered. She goes to war with the town police (Sheriff Woody Harrelson), because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice. She rents three billboards in the town to tell her story - hence the movie name. 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Film Location

Welby’s sales office for billboards was on the second floor of the Jackson General Store (notice missing windows ready for filming). Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains have been the film locations for many movies. See our list of movie locations in Western North Carolina.

Sylva as Ebbing, Missouri

Read more about Sylva, a fun little town to explore, complete with several breweries and plenty of local flavor. Just a few miles away is the artsy village of Dillsboro seen in many scenes.

For more: See many more photos and behind-the-scenes facts on the Jackson County Website.

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