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Filming Locations

Ava GardnerJohnston County has great connections to Hollywood...being home to screen legend, Ava Gardner, MGM star of the 40s and 50s. Smithfield honors her life and career with the Ava Gardner Museum in the downtown area that draws fans from all over the world to her hometown! Each October the museum hosts the Ava Gardner Festival showcasing new exhibits, heritage tours and showing vintage Ava films.

Several independent films have been produced in the county, both in the Town of Clayton and the Town of Smithfield where cinematographers have that discovered our rural charm and small town streetscapes are easy to film.  The Town of Smithfield is now a Production Ready Location through the auspices of the Triangle Regional Film Commission.

Today, we aspire to attract film projects small and large to our rural landscapes, farms, small town streetscapes and antebellum homes.·For more information on filming in the county and North Carolina film incentives, click on the link below to learn more about filming in Smithfield.

Our staff here at the Johnston County Visitors Bureau will assist your production with a variety of locations available in the county.



The Town of Smithfield is now a "Production Ready" location certified by the Triangle Regional Film Commission.  This program pulls together the resources list for film productions as it pertains to permits, local contacts in government, local services, and suggested locations.

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