The Coolest Filming Locations to Visit in Atlanta

It didn’t take long for me to be convinced that Baby Driver is one of the best Atlanta-filmed movies out there – from the energetic soundtrack to the witty characters and the sleek, exciting car chase scenes, what’s not to like?  After seeing the film, I was inspired to adventure around Atlanta and check out some of the filming locations.  Take a look below to get all the info on where (and how!) to visit some of the spots from Baby Driver and a few other Atlanta-based movies and shows as well!

Baby Driver

Before making the drive to Atlanta, I took some time to plot a course for the spots I wanted to hit in the city.  Although I wasn’t able to visit every single location from the film, I had a really fun time finding some of the spots and imagining the city from Baby’s perspective!    Here’s everywhere I was able to visit, in order of the first to last place I stopped by:

*Most of the places I decided to just check out in passing or from the street for the sake of saving money on food/parking.

Bacchanalia/JCT Kitchen – 1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA.  Although Baby takes Debora on a date to Bacchanalia, a confrontation scene with Kevin Spacey was filmed outside JCT Kitchen right next door!

Octane Coffee – 1009 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA (there are several Octane locations)

Margaret Mitchell Square/GSU – I followed my GPS to Margaret Mitchell Square and then entered the address for the GSU bookstore (66 Courtland St NE, Atlanta, GA) to get a good driving route through some of the chase scene areas from the film.

Goodfellas Pizza – 615 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA

Debora’s Apartment – 921 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA

Bo’s Diner – 5116 GA-85, Forest Park, GA.  The actual Bo’s Diner is called Uncle Chucky’s Diner, and although I couldn’t visit it myself, my friend and fellow blogger Olivia was able to – check out her blog and social media for more pictures and info: olivia-frances.com, @aivil0livia on Instagram.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1 & 2

(Photos courtesy of: bizjournals.com and movie-locations.com)

Atlanta Marriott Marquis – 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA (recognize that elevator?)

Swan Coach House (aka President Snow’s home) – 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA – located in the Atlanta History Center

Bellwood Quarry – located in Westside Reservoir Park on Chappell Road Northwest.  Although currently closed to the public, work has begun to transform the quarry into a park!  You may also recognize the quarry from “The Walking Dead”, “Stranger Things”, and The Fundamentals of Caring.

Sweetwater Creek State Park – 1750 Mt Vernon Rd, Lithia Springs, GA.  After paying a small parking fee, take the short path from the visitors center that follows the creek to reach the mill ruins featured in the film.

“The Walking Dead”

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(Photo courtesy of: amc.com)

Jackson Street Bridge – Jackson St NE, Atlanta, GA.  One of the most iconic views of the city skyline and a popular spot for photographers, this bridge was featured heavily in promotion for The Walking Dead as well as the first episode.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (aka the CDC) – 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA

Senoia, GA (aka Woodbury) – though not located in downtown Atlanta, the town of Senoia acted as Woodbury in the series.  Walking tours of the town are available.

Bonus Locations

(Photos courtesy of: firstwefeast.com and scoopotp.com)

Donald Glover’s “Atlanta” is obviously a hotspot for filming locations around the city, including Zesto Drive-In (377 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA – one of multiple locations) and J.R. Crickets (129 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA – again, there are multiple locations).

New Netflix show “Ozark took over a former restaurant on Lake Allatoona in Canton (6979 Bells Ferry Rd, Canton, GA).

Outside of Atlanta, the town of Jackson, GA was featured in “Stranger Things” while Juliette, GA was the location for Fried Green Tomatoes (check out Whistle Stop Cafe at 443 McCrackin St) and a scene from Baby Driver (filmed at the Round Oak Juliette Road bridge).

Countless other movies and shows have been filmed in Atlanta, from big-budget superhero flicks to small-scale indies and successful comedies and historical biopics alike.  Next time you’re in the city, be sure to check out some of these locations and keep an ear out: new projects are being filmed all the time!

 

 

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