It’s no secret that we think Columbia(and South Carolina in general for that matter) is pretty picture-perfect. And as it turns out, we aren’t the only ones to think so. From views of the State House, to Williams-Brice Stadium, quite a few iconic Columbia + South Carolina spots have made their way into movies filmed in our area.
Grab a bag of popcorn and your favorite movie drink + check out these 32 locally filmed flicks.
Us finishing our popcorn during the opening credits | Gif via Giphy
🎬 108 Stitches(Starring Robby Welles, Jennifer Austin + Rick Marzan, directed by Bob Haas): This 2001 baseball flick was filmed entirely in Columbia.
🎬 Accidental Love(Starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal + James Marsden, directed by David O. Russell): Scenes were filmed around Columbia including in and around the State House.
🎬 Chattahoochee(Starring Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper + Pamela Reed, directed by Mick Jackson): Three cities around South Carolina, including Columbia, were used to create this 1989 film’s Florida setting.
🎬 Death Sentence(Starring Kevin Bacon + Kelly Preston, directed by James Wan): This thriller has Columbia written all over it. Not only was the movie filmed here, but the story is actually set in Columbia. Additionally, while filming the 2007 movie, a Columbia teen was selected to play a minor role.
🎬 Freakshow(Starring Gunnar Hansen + Jennifer Peluso, directed by William Cooke + Paul Talbot): It’s no surprise Columbia was selected as the filming location for this indie movie since its producer, Jeff Miller, grew up in Cayce and graduated from UofSC. The movie aired at the Nick after its 1995 release.
🎬 The Program(Starring Halle Berry + James Caan, directed by David S. Ward): This football movie may be set at a fictional university, but the shots included of Williams-Brice Stadium and other spots around Columbia are very real.
Coronavirus ○ In anticipation of bad weather, vaccination appointments scheduled for today at Gamecock Park have been moved to Prisma Health Baptist’s Breast Health building (1501 Sumter St.). (WACH Fox) ○ Columbia City Council did not vote on the proposed mask ordinance update earlier this week. Instead, the council is discussing a new mask ordinance with businesses in mind + increased fines for repeat offenders. (WACH Fox) ○ In an effort to prevent vaccine appointment cancellations, DHECannounced it will soon change the way it allocates vaccines. The new system will better provide second dose vaccines when they need to be given + help providers have a better understanding of the allotment they’ll receive. (WLTX)
Number ○ 702. The number of full-time jobs BlueCross BlueShield will add in Columbia over the next five years. The jobs will come from a $60 million tax-break negotiation with Richland County and Columbia. Currently, the insurance provider employs approx. 10,500 Midlands residents. (The State)
Edu ○ This fall, the new Lexington Middle School is scheduled to open; however, it won’t bring its old name. The new schoolwill be called Lake Middle School since new zoning lines have the school feeding primarily to River Bluff High School instead of Lexington High School. (The State)
State ○ Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimedFeb. 15-19 as South Carolina Life Sciences Week during SCBIO’s 2021 national conference in recognition of the fastest-growing industry in the state. According to McMaster, the life sciences employment rate in South Carolina is growing at double the speed of the state’s economy. (CRBR)
Health ○In honor of American Heart Month, Prisma Healthis hostingtwo more free webinars(Feb. 19 + 26) with cardiac specialists to teach prevention methods and warning signs of heart disease. Find registration information for the events here. (Cola Daily) ○ Calling all the “gotta close my rings” folks: Fitness trackers or smart watches have become a popular way to keep track of your heart rate + activity level. But are they accurate? Cardiac electrophysiologist Benjamin Holmes, MD, provides some insight. ⌚Ⓟ
Cause ○ Columbia Opportunity Resourceis hosting a Bikes and Blankets Drive next Tues., Feb. 23 at Scoopy Doo Gelato (725 Saluda Ave.). Blanket donations will benefit Transitions Homeless Center + gently used bikes and bike parts will be donated to Cola Town Bike Collective. The drive will run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Community ○ For those of you who have been following along, Riverbanks Zooannounced the winning name of its youngest prehensile-tailed porcupine — Picante. Check out the little guy’s headshot here.
Biz ○ Earlier this week, the South Carolina Boating and Fishing Alliancewas introduced at the State House. The group’s goal is to bring additional economic growth opportunities to the outdoor lifestyle. (ABC Columbia)
Tech ○ Money transfer apps like Zelle + Venmo have become increasingly popular, especially during the pandemic. Here are common scams you may come across using these apps + how to avoid them. Ⓟ
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Yesterday, One Columbia — the local nonprofit focused on promoting the arts + cultural events around Columbia — announced a new social media campaign, #ShortenTheIntermission. The campaign is two-fold; it encourages everyone to follow COVID-19 guidelines to slow the spread (and support the arts if possible)so the arts can return in their traditional capacity.
Do you miss Columbia’s vibrant arts scene?Share One Columbia’s social media graphics and hashtag(find them here) to encourage your pals to #ShortenTheIntermission.
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Civic ○ Columbia Impact Awards| Thurs., Feb. 18 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | $20+ | Honor the organizations and individuals that make the Columbia region a vibrant place. 🏆
History ○ Virtual Game Night – Trivia| Thurs., Feb. 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate Black History Month with the State Museum’s game featuring famous firsts and other contributions of Black Americans to South Carolina history. Registration is required. 🧠
Health ○ Spring Into Health: Virtual Yoga| Thurs., Feb. 18 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Center your mind and body with a 30-minute virtual yoga class followed by a Q+A. Register for more information. 🧘
Show ○ Latin Thursday| Thurs., Feb. 18 | 8-11 p.m. | The Joint on Main | Free | Live Latin music all night long. 💃
PlanAhead ○ Oyster Roast| Fri., Feb. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | The Grand | $45 | Tickets include all you can eat oysters, two beers, and live music. 🍺 ○Creating and Restoring the UofSC South Caroliniana Library| Wed., Feb. 24 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The public is invited to join this virtual event with author John M. Bryan, architect Jay White, and University Archivist Elizabeth West celebrating the renovation of the 181-year-old historical building.Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.