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Best Places For Film Buffs In Atlanta

July 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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Atlanta has been called the Hollywood of the South. With movie crews coming in here weekly to film the newest blockbuster hits or popular new television sitcoms, it’s not a strange day to have a celebrity sighting. However, Atlanta will forever be known for the setting of the classic Civil War film “Gone With the Wind.” This area has many offerings to keep your movie brain fresh from trivia to museums to fresh art theaters. Plan a day to see each of these movie-themed sights.
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Whistle Stop Café
443 McCrackin St
Juliette, GA 31046
(478) 992-8886
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The Whistle Stop Café is located in the actual town where the Southern movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” was filmed, Juliette, Georgia. Although this restaurant was built after the movie crews left town and is not the same one as seen in the movie, the restaurant looks exactly the same as that seen on screen. Also, the cafe’s classic dish is serving up delicious fried green tomatoes and other traditional Southern cuisine. For movie buffs or Southern food lovers, it’s worth the hour drive from Atlanta.

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The Independent
931 Monroe Drive NE, Suite 205
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 249-9869
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Think you know a lot about movies? You can prove it at The Independent’s weekly movie trivia where you compete against other big Atlanta movie buffs. If you win the competition, you get a free gift certificate to the Independent for future bar and menu usage. If you don’t, you’re only one floor above one of the biggest art house movie theaters in town, Midtown Art Cinema, and can buff up for next week.

Related: Most Iconic Works Of Art In Atlanta

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Gone With the Wind Museum
18 Whitlock Ave
Marietta, GA 30064
(770) 794-5576
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For the die-hard fans of “Gone With the Wind,” this museum is a must see. Located about a half an hour from Atlanta in the quaint Marietta Square, this museum houses an extensive collection of memorabilia from Dr. Christopher Sullivan’s collection. According to the website, some noteworthy items are “the original Bengaline honeymoon gown worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in the movie, several of Margaret Mitchell’s personal volumes of the novel, the personal script of Ona Munson who portrayed Belle Watling in the film, costume pieces, contracts” and much more. The museum can be appreciated by both those seeing the movie for the first time or those who watch it annually.

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Plaza Theatre
1049 Ponce De Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 873-1939
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This locally-owned theater shows both recent movie releases and iconic films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (every Friday at midnight) and new cult classic films such as “The Room” (shows monthly). As Atlanta’s longest running movie cinema and a non-profit, don’t expect stadium seating or multiple theaters. But do expect very unique monthly movie showings and lots of local movie premieres. If you’re looking to hob nob with the next big director coming out of Atlanta, he’ll be screening his movie here and stopping by Righteous Room next door for a brew.

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Atlanta Intown Film Buffs
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Do you love movies but not have anyone to see them with? Then you can join the meet-up group Atlanta Intown Film Buffs. Each month, the organizers of this social group pick different movies playing at theaters all around town. You can check the website to RSVP for any upcoming events. There’s no charge to join the group, only to pay for your own admission to the movies.

Related: Best Movie Theaters In Atlanta

Stacy Sheets is native to Atlanta. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Stacy is a freelance writer who enjoys keeping abreast on the best Atlanta has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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