A Film Lover's Guide to Atlanta
Celebrate your love for the silver screen in Atlanta this Valentine’s Day. The film scene in Atlanta is booming with more than 158 feature film and television productions filmed in Georgia in 2014 alone. Production companies aren’t the only ones attracted to Atlanta; actors also love being on location in the city. “I really love it here, I’d rather shoot in Atlanta than in L.A.,” actor Paul Rudd said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jennifer Brett while he was in town filming Marvel’s next superhero franchise, Ant-Man. Use the guide below to find your new favorite film hot spot in Atlanta.
If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games Trilogy, then you’ll love the Atlanta History Center and Atlanta Movie Tours. Take the Capitol Tour at the Atlanta History Center, where the Swan House appeared in Hunger Games: Catching Fire as President Snow’s Capitol Mansion. Next, join Atlanta Movie Tours for the new “Girl on Fire” tour. This three-hour adventure takes you behind-the-scenes to three different filming locations from Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part one.
If you’re a fan of Anchorman 2: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, then you’ll love Midtown. Grab a bite to eat at the Livingston Restaurant + Bar, where Burgundy and Linda enjoyed a meal, during which Burgundy loses control of his voice. Just a few blocks away, stroll through Piedmont Park where Burgundy and his son, Walter, discussed the benefits of voodoo.
If you’re a fan of Let’s Be Cops, then you’ll love the Luckie Marietta District. Grab a slice of pizza at Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria where Ryan and Justin (actors Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr.) first decided to pretend to be cops. Walk down Baker Street past Johnny Rockets and Game-X where they fooled two other police officers into believing they were a part of the Baltimore Police Department.
If you’re a fan of Selma, then you’ll love visiting Atlanta’s civil rights attractions. Begin with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site. Visit Dr. King’s birth home and Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Selma actor David Oyelowo spoke at the 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service. Next, visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights to learn more about the history of the American civil rights movement and its connection to current global human rights issues.
Ant-Man and Divergent: Insurgent both recently wrapped production in Atlanta, leaving behind more locations for movie lovers to enjoy. Visit Cometourgeorgia.com for more information on film productions around the state and Atlanta.net/50fun for more exciting things to do in Atlanta.