If you’ve traveled through the Charlotte Douglas International Airport this month, you may have noticed something missing: The 42 film posters that adorned the walls in Concourse A.
They represented a mix of older and newer projects — TV shows and movies — that were filmed in the Charlotte area. Think “Homeland,” “Days of Thunder,” “Talladega Nights,” “Paper Towns,” and “Ashby.” A little show of Charlotte fame.
So what happened? Did a crazed traveler rip them off the walls? Is the airport moving toward a more minimalist look? Were they stolen?
They’re actually just in storage. A representative of the airport’s media department said they were recently taken down in preparation for construction. The airport is expanding Concourse A, and eventually the wall that displayed the posters will no longer exist. What will exist: Nine new gates by 2018, and an additional 16 new gates by 2022.
The posters could return. The airport media representative said they would be open to the display once again in the future.
The Charlotte Regional Film Commission originally loaned the posters to the airport as an initiative to educate travelers and residents about the vast amount of film that has taken place in the region, said Laura Hill White, Director of Communications for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which handles public relations for the Film Commission.
The Film Commission isn’t bummed about getting the posters back.
White said, “We definitely understand, the aiport is one of our greatest assets in our region.”
She added that the airport may even contribute to Charlotte’s attraction to filmmakers.
In the meantime, if travelers need an alternative visual stimulus, they should be on the lookout for the Airport’s Santa Air & Cargo holiday decorations, which will go up in mid-November.
Photos: Courtesy of Charlotte Airport