The lights, the action, the glitz and the glamour. While Hollywood is the first place that comes to mind for movies, sitcoms and TV shows – Atlanta is quickly becoming a worthy alternative. Atlanta is becoming one of the fastest growing tourist locations in the nation, and heading out to see where your favorite films and TV shows are filmed is a fun way to get to know the city.
Atlanta Movie Tours
One of the best, most convenient ways to get up close and personnel with the film industry in Atlanta is through the Atlanta Movie Tours! Since 2012, Atlanta Movie Tours is changing the way people see the city – taking them on a whirlwind tour through some of Hollywood’s best films and TV shows complete with behind-the-scenes stories you won’t hear anywhere else.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 & 2
We can’t talk about films shot in Atlanta without mention of one of the most successful film series of the past few years – The Hunger Games. Atlanta Movie Tours is proud to host a fun-filled 3-hour tour of sites at which some of the series’ most pivotal moments were shot. While special effects were used to create the Districts, the Capitol, and Hunger Games obstacles – various rundown and abandoned buildings throughout Atlanta and nearby LaGrange, Newnan, Norcross and Warm Springs helped to create the backdrop of the movie. Just a few of the locations include:
- Griffen textile mill
- EUE Screen Gems
- Georgia World Congress Center
- Atlanta Civic Center
- The Corey Center Building
- Aaron’s Amphitheater
- OFS Fiber Optic Manufacturing Complex
- Several Caldwell Tank Warehouses
Not all of these locations are available to tour, but most are,
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind is a timeless classic, both the film and the book. While both are based in Atlanta, the movie was actually shot in Los Angeles. However, author Margaret Mitchell lived in Atlanta and wrote the book while living in the now historic Margaret Mitchell House. You can tour her house, view the distinct beauty of the Reconstruction Era architecture, learn more about the Civil War – and even view Mitchell’s typewriter and Pulitzer Prize.
The Walking Dead
Twilight may have been the start of America’s fascination on the undead, but now zombies are all the rage. The Walking Dead is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman – but this TV series isn’t anything like the comics you read as a child. This suspenseful hit series is filmed in Atlanta and portrays life following a zombie apocalypse. With 7 seasons and counting, there are multiple film sites throughout Atlanta that you can visit in real life, including:
- The hospital where it all started
- The Goat Farm where the Vatos held camp
- The Jackson Street Bridge
- The Walking Dead Café in Senoia, Ga. (The site of Woodbury in the series)
- The Esco Feed Mill Complex
Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry has created an empire. He is a virtuoso – being an actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, author and even a songwriter. He has his own studios in southwest Atlanta, with 5 sound stages and a 400 seat theater. Multiple TV shows have been produced there, including Meet the Browns, A Madea Halloween, Good Deeds, and much more. It is not uncommon to see Perry featured in, or starring in his own productions. Quite frankly, there doesn’t seem to be much Mr. Perry can’t do!
Real House Wives of Atlanta
Reality TV is not only a cultural phenomenon that takes us into other people’s lives, it takes us into their cities as well. The Real Housewives of Atlanta is no exception. While the cast always changes, the show consistently features some of the hottest restaurants, events, and attractions in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.
The List of Film and Movie Spots is Too Long to List
Above are just a few of the more noteworthy films and TV series shot in Atlanta, but there are much more – including:
- Mother’s Day
- Miracles From Heaven
- Ride Along
- Captain America: Civil War
- Beauty Shop
- Fast 8
If you want to experience just what it is that makes Atlanta the Hollywood of the South, be sure to book your stay at the Ellis Hotel. Located right on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta, the boutique hotel accommodations of the Ellis go far above and beyond cookie cutter chain hotels to help you feel like the star of your vacation. So go ahead. Give yourself the star treatment on your next trip by booking a room at the Ellis Hotel today!