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How 'Hunger Games' Showcases True Atlanta Treasures

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For fans of the "Hunger Games" movie franchise, the release of "Mockingjay Part 2" was a reason to celebrate this weekend. But for HG fanatics left wanting more, Atlanta offers the unique opportunity to step behind the scenes of the dystopian thriller. This weekend, the AJC highlighted Atlanta's famed Swan House in Buckhead, which served as President Snow's epic mansion featured not only in the latest film, but the previous movies in the franchise. Designed by noted classicist Philip Trammell Shutze, the home is now a part of the Atlanta History Center. In honor of the last Mockingjay installment, a new tour of the home and exhibition called "Designing an Executive Mansion" highlights the home's role in the movies and takes guests behind the scenes. But the Swan House isn't the only distinctly Atlanta location to be featured in the films.

Another Atlanta backdrop seen in the movies is John Portman's Marriott Marquis, which provided a dramatic setting within the Capitol, with the soaring 55-story atrium providing the oomph. On the less polished — or downright downtrodden and underused — side of things, the Pratt-Pullman Yard complex and the Goat Farm served as the grungy domains of District 12. In fact, the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau has cooked up a two-day itinerary highlighting all the local sites used in the film. And if all that's not enough, the recently announced "Hunger Games" theme park will have to do the trick, should it ever materialize.

· Swan House shines in 'Hunger Games' finale [AJC]
· THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE SPARKS EXCITEMENT IN ATLANTA [City of Atlanta]
· Portman's Buildings Provide Apocalyptic Hollywood Heaven [Curbed Atlanta]
· Report: 'Hunger Games' Theme Park is Destined for Atlanta [Curbed Atlanta]