Georgia is filled with movie-related attractions. Some appeared on screen, some inspired a scene and some draw you a little closer to your favorite characters. If you're an entertainment addict, here are a few Georgia attractions to check out.
1. Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Atlanta: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the Atlanta History Center, the Margaret Mitchell House is a turn-of-the century, three-story Tudor Revival building where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Gone With the Wind,” which was adapted into the eponymous Academy Award-winning film. Guided tours of the Margaret Mitchell House are offered daily and include visits to the room that re-creates her Crescent Avenue apartment, which she affectionately nicknamed “The Dump,” and to exhibitions about her life and the movie version of her book. (Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Tours begin every half hour starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Noon–5:30 p.m. Tours begin every half hour starting at 12:30 p.m.)
2. Fox Theatre, Atlanta: The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premier venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,678-seat theatre is booked for more than 300 performances a year, ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. Though not the site of "Gone With the Wind"'s premiere, it stands directly across Peachtree Street from the Georgian Terrace hotel, site of the 1939 Gone with the Wind Gala attended by the film's stars after the screening. (To schedule a tour or receive additional information, please contact The Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353. Regularly scheduled tours take place on Monday, 10 a.m., Thursday 10 a.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tour rates: $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. Tour tickets must be purchased with cash.)
3. Road to Tara Museum, Jonesboro: Civil War buff or lover of history, you will find something to enjoy at the Road To Tara Museum, located in Jonesboro’s 1867 Historic Train Depot. Nowhere can the impact of Margaret Mitchell’s literary tribute to her ancestral home—and the classic 1939 film based on it—be felt more deeply than in this museum. (Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors and children. The Southern Belles & Whistles and Gone With The Wind bus tours also depart from the depot. Both tours run daily, Monday through Saturday, from the Road to Tara Museum. Call 800-662-7829 for tour times and reservations. Tickets for each tour are $24.95 adults, $21.95 seniors, and $13.95 for children 12 and under.)
4. St. Marys Film Museum, St. Marys: Journey through the world of film and see memorabilia from some of America’s favorite movies, including a skull from "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" and one of the lollipops from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." For additional information call 912-729-1103.
5. Laurel and Hardy Museum, Harlem: This is the first museum devoted to the comedy duo, and it's located in Oliver Hardy's birthplace: Harlem, Georgia. A collection of pictures, movies, toys, books and other treasures are on display. (Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
6. Taliaferro County Historical Society, Crawfordville: Find photos, movie posters, props and other memorabilia from the movies that have been filmed in the county from the 1980s through 2009. These include "Sweet Home Alabama," "Summer of My German Soldier," "GORP," "Coward of the County," "Paris Trout," "Neon Bible," "Get Low" and more. Their website also features Geocache information for filming sites.