Parts of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay were filmed at the Atlanta Mariott Marquis. This gigantic, elegant, and swanky hotel is right in Downtown Atlanta.
Also used for DragonCon, the Mariott Marquis is a hip, happening place. On the day I visited, accompanied by my trusty companion and spouse, Jonny, we walked right in the doors and pretended we weren't tourists (because, technically, we're NOT), and looked for the famous glass elevators.
On the way in, we saw this:
I don't know what this is, but it is out front near the circular driveway where all of the luxury SUVs and town cars go as they shuffle about rich and/or famous people.
The water feature in the carport/driveway area of the front of the hotel is AWESOME (as you can see from the photo above). It looks like it should be in Vegas, but it's not - it is right here in Atlanta. I don't know how many times I have driven right by this and not known it was there.
The fantastic water features continue into the lobby, as can be seen at the base of the bank of glass elevators.
The elevators raise and lower people in the 52 story Marquis. The elevators are glass and facing out toward the city, so as you are rising, you can pretend you are in Willy Wonka's Great Glass Elevator (the one from the book, not either of the movies - the glass elevators in the movies suck by comparison).
None of the elevators would pause to be photographed (celebrities - amiright?).
In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the victors' quarters were filmed on the 10th floor, so that is where we went.
The 10th floor of the hotel was very quiet, and as Jonny and I were doing such a fantastic job not acting like tourists, we were able to move about freely without anyone asking us what the hell we thought we were doing.
There was nothing happening on the 10th floor when we were there, and the building itself has 52 floors, so we headed up a bit farther.
The rescue scene in Mockingjay was partially filmed in this atrium.
The actors were suspended up near the top, and they rappelled down what looks like the inside of the Death Star. It is times like this when I firmly believe actors earn every penny of their pay.
It was very hot at the top of the hotel, so we snapped this quick shot of our old apartment building, and went back down.
There was a roof terrace in our old apartment building, and at night we would go to the top and look at all of the gloriously lighted buildings downtown. From there, the glass elevators going up and down the sides of the Marquis resembled scurrying, glowing roly-poly bugs (Jonny calls them sow bugs, but he's from California, so...). It was mesmerizing. Fun fact: from the rooftop we could also see the Friday night fireworks displays over Turner Field during baseball season, but since the Braves are moving the stadium out of the city, we don't care about them anymore. Well, maybe we do care about them when we get hooked up with free tickets to a game.
Throughout the hotel great pieces of architecture are incorporated into functional aspects, such as this stair case, and in the photo below that, the top of the elevator shafts.
Once we were back down at the bottom of the building, we looked up.
It is really a lovely building, and we genuinely enjoyed staking out all the Hunger Games locations. We decided to get a room here sometime, but first I will have to start actually earning money as a writer...
I hope you enjoyed this Atlanta Proxifan post, and as people are really only interested in the posts about The Walking Dead, next time will feature Terminus!