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'Hunger Games' Theme Park Moves Toward Construction

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The tiny town of Emerson, about an hour north of downtown Atlanta on Interstate 75, could soon get a whole lot more interesting. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that almost 2,000 acres' worth of entertainment-focused development is planned to launch soon, including a theme park dedicated to the "Hunger Games" movie franchise. First announced early this year as a rather strange concept called "Avatron," it was only recently revealed that a large portion of the park will be dedicated to the uber-popular "Hunger Games." Metro Atlanta seems a particularly appropriate place for the park considering that much of the franchise was filmed here. Another factor in site selection was the nearby LakePoint Sporting Complex, a 1,200-acre compound that's still coming to fruition.

Slated to cost up to $1 billion, Avatron will consist of five distinct parks set across the Bartow County site. Under the recently announced deal with movie producers Lionsgate Entertainment, the "Hunger Games" will be just one of a handful of movies featured in the parks. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Avatron USA Development expects to secure $620 million in order to break ground in January. The parks will take an estimated three years to construct, putting an opening some time around January 2019. If that's too long to wait for a "Hunger Games" fix, check out the local sites used in the films.

· Hunger Games theme park aims for January start [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· Report: 'Hunger Games' Theme Park is Destined for Atlanta [Curbed Atlanta]
· How 'Hunger Games' Showcases True Atlanta Treasures [Curbed Atlanta]
· Metro Atlanta Theme Park Would be Nerdy Utopia, Nightclub [Curbed Atlanta]