Marvel's 2016 hit Captain America: Civil War is out on Blu-ray and DVD. In celebration, Atlanta Movie Tours, Inc. kicked off their new Hero Tour focusing on the film. Marvel Studios made Pinewood Atlanta Studios the company's home base a few years ago, and has since shot films on location all over Atlanta and the surrounding metro area.
Atlanta Civic Center
Last summer, in the hottest heat, one of the earliest scenes in Civil War was shot at the Atlanta Civic Center, and this is one of the early stops on the tour. I took the photo below during the time shooting was going on, and you can see how it was transformed to fit the set.
In real life, there is no razor wire, IFID sign or statue, and it doesn't say "INSTITUTE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES" on the outside. You can match the photo above to this scene from the film, though.
On the other side of the Civic Center is the entrance to set of The Family Feud, and they are apparently very territorial about the space.
Peachtree Christian Church
Soon after the Civic Center stop, Atlanta Movie Tours took us to Peachtree Christian Church in midtown.
The church was used to film Peggy Carter's funeral scenes.
The church was built in the 1920's, and is an incredible architectural and cultural structure. The stained glass throughout the building is nothing short of stunning. One of the highlights of the tour was being able to go in and spend time in the sanctuary.
The Porsche Experience Center
Just outside the southern bountary of Atlanta, in the city of Hapeville, a sparkling new facility for Porsche rises out of the flatlands near the airport.
At One Porsche Ave., also known as The Porsche Experience Center, fans of the brand and fast cars in general can sign up for access to the grounds, racetracks, and, of course, the Porsches. Marvel jumped on the structure and digitally refaced the front to represent the headquarters for The Avengers.
The sleek architecture complimented Marvel's need to a "T." It is a sexy, sexy building.
Atlanta Movie Tours is a fantastic option for entertainment tourism. I have been amused and informed and amazed each time I join them for a tour. Their guides are industry professionals, and have often worked on the films and locations on the tour.
Here is my favorite tour guide, Kent Wagner, in front of Peachtree Christian Church.
Kent was in Captain America: Civil War, and here was telling us about the scene he appeared in, which filmed outside the church. The scene was cut from the final edit of the film, but can be seen in the extras of the newly released Blu-ray and DVD.
Special thanks to Atlanta Movie Tours!