April 8, 2015

Cinema History: Atlanta's Saved and Threatened Filming Locations

  • More: Reel Places
  • By: Sarah Fitts, Atlanta Movie Tours

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The Castleberry Hill neighborhood has been featured in films such as "Driving Miss Daisy," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Ride Along."

Recently, Atlanta, Georgia, has become known as "The Hollywood of the South." Right now, over 35 television shows and movies are filming in and around the city. And although Atlanta’s movie business is just beginning to boom, there are several places in the city and in surrounding areas that have been saved from -- or face the threat of -- demolition.

Threatened Movie Locations

Turner Field

One of the most recently threatened filming locations is Turner Field, which is currently the home of the Atlanta Braves in southeast Atlanta until 2017. This baseball stadium has doubled as other famous baseball stadiums in movies like "Trouble with the Curve" that starred Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood and "The Change Up" starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds.

This particular location has become one loved by sports fans and actors alike, including John Goodman, who has filmed there several times.

Glenridge Hall

Glenridge Hall was originally built for Thomas Glenn and his wife Elizabeth in 1929. This historic Tudor Revival style mansion, designed by the architect Samuel Inman Cooper, has been featured in movies such as "Driving Miss Daisy" and TV shows such as "The Vampire Diaries."

Now, Mercedes Benz plans to purchase a large portion of the land surrounding the home. While the fate of the actual National Register-listed house has not been decided, there is nothing stopping demolition or alteration.

UPDATE: Demolition has started at Glenridge Hall. Follow ongoing coverage of this sad loss at Curbed: Atlanta.

Saved Movie Locations

The Goat Farm

The Goat Farm in northwest Atlanta used to be the home of the Van Winkle Gin and Machinery Works in the late 1800s. Later it was used as a munitions factory during World War II, and more recently, the remaining portion was envisioned as a work/live community for artists.

Between the early 2000s and 2010, however, the Farm sat unused and unchanged. Now, after years of talking about redevelopment, it is used as a center for the Arts and has undergone minimal changes.

The Goat Farm can be seen in several movies including "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," where it served as District 12. It has also been used in the TV show "The Walking Dead."

In addition to a film location, The Goat Farm is used as a community for artists.

Castleberry Hill

The area of Castleberry Hill is located west of Downtown Atlanta. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the most complete warehouse district still in Atlanta. But in the 1990s, the area began to fall into disrepair (at this time it was used in movies like "Freejack"). Lofts began being built in the area then, and in 1996 there was even more growth that came with the Olympics being held in Atlanta.

The area is home to many artists and galleries, and is known for its Art Stroll. But it is also home to the Atlanta Movie Tours shop! We are lucky enough to be in a neighborhood that has been used in filming of "The Walking Dead" as well as movies like "Driving Miss Daisy," "Sweet Home Alabama" and more recently, "Taken 3," "Ride Along" and the upcoming film "The Accountant," featuring Ben Affleck.

Check out saved, lost, and threatened filming locations in New York City, too!

By: Sarah Fitts, Atlanta Movie Tours

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