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.
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.
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: 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: 582 W. Main Street, Sylva
- 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 (Frances 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.
Welby’s sales office for billboards was on the second floor of 582 West Main (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.
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.
Sylva Free Guide & Events
Home to NC's most photographed courthouse, perched on a hill overlooking the busy historic Main Street with fantastic restaurants, breweries, general stores, shops, and festivals. Film location for 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing. Home to Terminus of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail ®️, the only fly fishing trail in the Country.
Greening Up the Mountains FestivalApr 22, 2023
Celebrate the arrival of spring at this big downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville. Three stages of music, crafts, music, more. Free admission.
Concerts on the Creek
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