Did you know that Georgia is nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South?” With more than 1,500 movies and 20 television shows made here since 1972, Georgia is now the No. 1 film location in the United States. The state’s generous tax incentive programs have generated in excess of $ 9.5 billion in economic impact.
While filming takes place throughout the state, Atlanta and its suburbs are hot locations for many major projects. Consider the blockbuster Marvel superhero movies. Many were produced at Pinewood Studios in Fayetteville and filmed in locations around Atlanta, including “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: End Game,” “Black Panther,” “Spiderman: Homecoming,” “Guardians of the Galaxy (2 and 3),” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”
Fans of scary movies and television can easily trace the steps of their favorite undead and supernatural characters, as “The Walking Dead,” “Vampire Diaries” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” were filmed in downtown Atlanta, the city of Senoia and other local towns.
Buckhead’s historic Swan House was transformed into the presidential palace for the Hunger Games series, with filming taking place there for “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay, Part 1 and Part 2.” And “Fast and Furious 7 and 8” were filmed racing down Atlanta’s world-famous Peachtree Street. “Baby Driver,” “MacGyver,” “X-Men Files” and many other action thrillers have also been made in the area.
For more than a dozen years, Tyler Perry has run his own movie studio in Atlanta — now located at the decommissioned Fort McPherson army base — where along with other projects, he has produced his personal Madea comedies like “Big Happy Family,” “Class Reunion,” “Witness Protection” and “Halloween Boo! and Boo 2!”
In addition, historical and dramatic films like “Hidden Figures,” “Selma,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Gone with the Wind” were shot on location in and around Atlanta. Television programs like the award-winning show “Atlanta” and reality TV’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” also film here.
With all of the filming and producing going on in the Atlanta area, why not take a tour of movie and television locations to experience the excitement and learn behind-the-scenes details? Atlanta Movie Tours offers a range of tour options, depending on your interests. The tours are led by entertaining tour guides, many of whom are professional actors with insider knowledge of the film industry and who have worked on the movie sets.
To book a tour, visit www.atlantamovietours.com and select the type of movie tour you would like. Options include:
Hero tours — Experience the superheroes of the Marvel movie universe — “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” “Avengers: End Game,” “Black Panther,” “Spiderman” and more. The bus tour is three hours. Prices start at $55 per person.
Big Zombie bus tours and Zombie walking tours — The best of “The Walking Dead” TV series – Big Zombie 1 (Seasons 1 and 5), Big Zombie 2 (Seasons 2-6), Big Zombie 3 (Seasons 6-8). The bus tour lasts three hours. Prices start at $55 per person. One-hour Zombie walking tours (Seasons 2-8) start at $10 per person.
Best of Atlanta Tours — Jam-packed with many of the Atlanta-area movie set locations, including “Stranger Things,” “The Hunger Games,” “Avengers: Infinity Wars,” “The Fast and Furious,” and “Baby Driver.” The bus tour is three hrs. Prices start at $55 per person. Atlanta Movie Tours offerings also include Margaret Mitchell “Gone with the Wind” tours, Atlanta heritage tours, Castleberry Hill backlot tours, custom and private tours and celebrity-hosted tours.
As a Tour Operator and Owner of GA Farm & Garden Tours, Inc., Charmaine Jackson creates unique and captivating tour experiences for your group. Connect with her at Charmaine@gafarmtours.com