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As Hollywood continues to choose Atlanta as a prime filming destination—Georgia productions generated more than $9.5 billion in impact last year—actors, crews, and other talent are infiltrating Atlanta neighborhoods and sometimes even setting down roots. From Buckhead to Midtown to Pinewood Forest, here’s where they hang their hats.
In Fayetteville, 15 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and just across the street from Pinewood Atlanta Studios, Pinewood Forest is designed as the kind of mixed-use community where “positive collisions” happen among neighbors—and where picturesque streets might serve as the backdrop of a Hollywood blockbuster.
At the new mixed-use community across the street from the mammoth Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, Braise, will be an intimate, 30-seat restaurant that serves many of its meals family-style.
Avengers: Infinity War (starring every Marvel character ever), Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and post-apocalyptic series The Passage are just a few of the movies and TV shows filming in Atlanta right now.
Frank Patterson envisions the Pinewood campus becoming something of a mini Silicon Valley for new media companies. Think firms devoted to emerging virtual reality or motion capture technology, or a start-up focused on next-generation sound design or video game software.
It’s hard to miss Hollywood’s presence in Atlanta, whether it’s Fairlie-Poplar transformed into San Francisco’s Chinatown for Ant-Man or Reese Witherspoon handcuffed after scuffling with a traffic cop on Peachtree Road. The local film and television industry—which, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, generated $5.1 billion in economic impact for fiscal year 2014—is spawning a surge in lower-profile businesses: production complexes.