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Top 10 Reasons for Taking AMT’s Margaret Mitchell Tour

Posted on: July 31st, 2014 by patti 1 Comment

You are visiting Atlanta and need something special to do with the family. Or you are a local and feel like you’ve seen all our beautiful city has to offer.

Now what?

Join us for Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour

Here are 10 reasons why.

1.  Margaret Mitchell was anything but prissy. This woman was a firecracker. Not from the south? Wondering what prissy means? Lets see what the Urban Dictionary says:

prissy: stuck up, goody-two-shoes, self-centered, all-knowing, hard to please.

 

2. MM was kicked out of the Jr. League. Learn what scandalous act got her the boot.

3. Sally Smith, who plays our Margaret Mitchell, introduced GWTW to an audience of 10,000 last weekend at The Fox Theatre. They loved her. You will, too.

Miss Mitchell before taking the stage at The Fox Theatre

Miss Mitchell before taking the stage at The Fox Theatre

4. She wrote Gone With The Wind at her house on the corner of Peachtree Street and 10th Avenue.
Why did MM call it “The Dump?”

5.  We will take you to a location not visited by many that holds MM’s one millionth copy of GWTW and many of her personal items.

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6. Can’t get enough of Margaret Mitchell? Vouchers for this tour will also gain you entry to the Road To Tara Museum in Jonesboro and the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum, as well as re-entry to The Margaret Mitchell House at no extra charge (a $44.95 value).

7. This is our newest tour and wanderlust ATLANTA said about our MM tour, “Someone give Atlanta Movie Tours a Tony Award.” Be among our guests to say you saw it first.

8. If you ask nicely, MM may tell you her favorite story about ordering 4 p.m. cocktails.

9.  Why did MM tell a big NYC book publisher that she did NOT write a book, when she was hiding chapters of GWTW all over her house?

10. She’s back from the dead after 65 years. And she looks amazing!! That itself is worth the price of admission.

Where can you book your tour? Click here.

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We’re counting down the days…

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

There’s only TWO more days until Gone With the Wind is shown at the Fox Theatre!

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We are so excited for everyone to see our very own Margaret Mitchell, portrayed by Sally Smith, as she introduces the film as part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival. Ms. Mitchell does an incredible job every week on our tours regaling guests with stories about her life in Atlanta and we know she will delight audiences this weekend.

Margaret Mitchell and guests at her grave

Margaret Mitchell and guests at her grave

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Margaret Mitchell with the one millionth copy of “Gone With the Wind”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t picked up your tickets yet, be sure to do so soon.  In celebration of Gone With the Wind’s 75th anniversary, the Fox is offering two chances to see the film.

We’re also giving away a FREE pair of tickets to see Gone With the Wind at the Sunday, July 27th showing! Winners will be chosen Friday afternoon, so don’t delay. Enter here.


Want more Margaret Mitchell? Take a look at all the places she made an appearance!

Earlier this month, CBS Better Mornings hopped aboard our bus and experienced our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour. We had a great time! You can check out the interview and video here.

better mornOur friend Travis at wanderlust ATLANTA did an incredible interview with Sally Smith, Ms. Mitchell herself.  You can read all about Sally, Atlanta, and Gone With the Wind in the post here. He also included some beautiful pictures. Thanks, Travis!

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You can also get the full Margaret Mitchell experience on our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour every weekend. We still have a few open seats on this Saturday’s tour. The tour starts at 2:00pm and ends at 5:00pm, ensuring that you can still catch the showing of Gone With the Wind at the Fox on Saturday night!

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Sounds like the perfect day to us!

Coming Up: The Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl & “Gone With the Wind” at the Fox!

Posted on: July 19th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

It’s that time of year again!

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Diesel Filling Station, A.K.A. the best place to watch new episodes of The Walking Dead every week, is hosting their 5th Annual Atlanta Zombie Pub Crawl on July 26th (next Saturday!). The Zombie Pub Crawl, produced by MarksterCon.com and Gorehound Productions with featured sponsor Walker Stalker Con, spans over 5 bars along North Highland Avenue in the Virginia Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta. If you’re into zombies (and let’s be real, who isn’t?) then you really don’t want to miss this. The Zombie Pub Crawl includes zombie makeup artists (including some amazing artists from the show Face Off), special guests, food and drink deals, and TWO After-Parties! Attendees can purchase general admission tickets, VIP ‘Gore’ Packages, and drink tickets. Word on the street is that the general admission tickets, which include professional zombie make overs, and admission to both after-parties, are already 85% sold. It is highly likely that this event will sell out, so don’t delay!

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Psst- this is a 21+ event.

 Also taking place in Atlanta on Saturday, July 26th (and Sunday, July 27th) is the showing of Gone With the Wind at the Fox Theatre. As part of the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, and in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the film, Gone With the Wind will be shown on both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. And who better to introduce the film on both days but Ms. Magaret Mitchell herself, as portrayed by Sally Smith on our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour. Tickets for the showings can be purchased here. You can also read up on this event from our blog post last week here!

GoneWithTheWindTour_mediumDo you follow us on Facebook? If not, you’re missing out! Right now we have two great contests happening on our page. You could win a beautiful pair of Hobie Polarized sunglasses or enter to win a pair of passes to the 2nd Annual Gwinnett Center International Film Festival happening August 1st-3rd! Give our page a “like” and stay up-to-date with the latest filming news, tour deals, and fun contests!

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Margaret Mitchell will be at the Fox Theatre

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

Yes, you read that right. Margret Mitchell will be introducing Gone With the Wind at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on two special days!

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Bob Hughes, Brilliance Photography (Facebook)

 This year, for the Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival, the Fox Theatre is doing things a bit differently. They are  showcasing classic movies that are celebrating impressive anniversaries. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the film Gone With the Wind, moviegoers can sit beneath the beautiful blue sky of the Fox Theatre and watch the quintessential southern film on Saturday, July 26th or Sunday,  July 27th. Frankly my dear, we do give a damn if you come to these screenings!

Margaret Mitchell and guests at her grave

Margaret Mitchell and guests at her grave

Introducing the film at the Fox on both days will be Margaret Mitchell herself, as portrayed by Sally Smith on our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour. Showgoers have three opportunities to see Sally in action on our tours before the Fox screenings.

  • Saturday, July 12th at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 19th at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 pm

 Join Ms. Mitchell as she takes you on an unforgettable trip around Atlanta to see everything from her apartment, her Pulitzer Prize, and even her gravesite. Our very own Margaret Mitchell was also featured on Better Mornings earlier this week. We had so much fun with everyone! Be sure to check out the videos.

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Tickets for Gone With the Wind at the Fox can be purchased here.

Dead, White, & Blue and this is what’s new!

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably pretty wrapped up in the “Dead, White, & Blue” marathon that AMC is running all weekend. A whole weekend filled with every episode of The Walking Dead? Yes, please! Make sure you watch until the end too! On Sunday night, AMC will be airing The Talking Dead Season 5 Preview Special with host Chris Hardwick, The Walking Dead Showrunner and Executive Producer Scott M. Gimple, and actress and comedian Aisha Tyler. This special episode will give viewers a first look at the highly anticipated upcoming season of The Walking Dead. Hopefully, this will help hold us over until the premiere in October….

AMC came up with this handy list to help you prepare for this weekend!

Image: AMC, The Walking Dead

       Image: AMC, The Walking Dead

Another way you can keep your mind off of the 4 month wait is to take our Atlanta Film Sites Tour. One (of many) of the coolest things about living in Atlanta is the amount of television shows and movies that have filmed and are currently filming here! On our Atlanta Film Sites Tour, we take you to see exactly where hundreds of your favorite movies and shows were filmed. Our entertaining guides are all actors that have been on some of these very sets and have some of the best behind-the-scenes stories. Curious about what you’ll see? Check it out below!

  • See where the Dudes Group hung out with their babies from What To Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Find out where Tyler Perry got his start, where he filmed Good DeedsWitness Protection and more
  • Pass the Temple, Piggly Wiggly and Dan Aykroyd’s shop from Driving Miss Daisy
  • Check out some of the Hunger Games: Catching Fire spots around town
  • Focus on sports with location hotspots for Trouble with the CurveRemember the Titans & We Are Marshall
  • Thought Anchorman 2 was all NYC? Think again! See locations that took the place of the Big Apple!

 We know it’s a little last minute, but we’ve got a few seats open for our Atlanta Film Sites Tour tomorrow at 10:00a. Have family in town for the holiday weekend? No worries. This is a kid and family friendly event! Join us!

                                    

We’re also happy to announce the return of our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind Tour on Saturday, July 12th. Our newest tour features Margaret Mitchell herself as your entertaining guide for the day! Listen to Ms. Mitchell while she tells you stories about her life in Atlanta, see her Pulitzer Prize, her former apartment where she wrote Gone With the Wind, her grave site, and much more! This tour is perfect for any fan of Gone With the Wind, Atlanta, or just the south in general!

 Vouchers for this tour will also gain you entry for a limited time to the Road To Tara Museum in Jonesboro and the Marietta Gone With The Wind Museum at no extra charge.

p.s. Atlanta friends- Be sure to tune into Better Mornings on Tuesday, July 8th for a feature on our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind tour!

It’s time for the Senoia Social!

Posted on: July 1st, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

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Last summer’s Senoia Social was such a success that Zac Brown’s Southern Ground and the City of Senoia has decided to do it again! This Saturday, July 5th, The 2nd Annual Senoia Social will be shutting down Main Street Senoia, the town that The Walking Dead fans will fondly recall as “Woodbury,” for a day filled with food, music, and fun all benefiting the wonderful Camp Southern Ground, which aims to “create unforgettable outdoor experiences for kids of all abilities.”

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In addition to all shops and restaurants along Main Street remaining open, this family friendly event also includes rides and kid zone activities, yummy food and treats from various vendors, a beer garden for the adults, and an impressive music lineup.

This year’s lineup features husband and wife duo The Stellas, sisters and co-stars of ABC’s Nashville, Lennon and Maisy, Zac Brown Band’s own John Driscoll Hopkins & Brighter Shade, Humming House, and more! The music starts at 11:30am and will continue throughout the day until 9:00pm.

The 2nd Annual Senoia Social kicks off at 11:00am this Saturday, so come join the fun! If you’ll be on our sold out Big Zombie Tour Part 2, be sure to stick around and see just why we love this little town so much!

All information for the Senoia Social can be found here.

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Spotlight On: The Atlanta Film Sites Tour and Tour Guide Clyde

Posted on: June 21st, 2014 by Carrie Gwin No Comments

It’s no secret that Georgia is quickly becoming the go-to state when it comes to the television and film industry. At any given time, there are countless productions filming throughout the state and particularly in and around Atlanta, ranging from the insanely popular AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead to the comedy sequel Anchorman 2, and of course pretty much everything that Atlanta local Tyler Perry creates. Even the 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy, starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, and Dan Aykroyd, used Atlanta as its backdrop.

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Now wouldn’t it be great if there was some type of tour that took you to the hundreds of locations throughout the city that were featured in movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or The Blind Side? Well, what do you know? That is exactly what our Atlanta Film Sites Tour does! On our Atlanta Film Sites Tour, guests hop aboard our luxury coaches for a three hour ride throughout the city to see firsthand where your favorite movies and television shows were filmed. Throughout the ride, guests have the opportunity to win fun prizes during trivia and see clips from the actual movies and shows right before they see the location! Every one of our tour guides are actors that have been on some of these very film sets. They’re able to give our guests behind-the-scenes stories that you can’t hear anywhere else!

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Speaking of our tour guides, we would like to introduce one of our newest guides for the Atlanta Film Sites Tour. His name is Clyde. Clyde comes to us with a ton of set experience after working in more than 65 productions. Clyde has such a large background of work in the industry, we thought it would be fun to ask him a few questions so you can learn a little more about what he’ll be bringing to the tours!

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What is your all-time favorite movie or television show? Currently, I have just finished watching Orange is the New Black, Season 2. I have a lot of favorite movies and shows, but one of the first movies I saw multiple times was Raiders of the Lost Ark. I enjoy black and white movies such as Double Indemnity and Casablanca.

What is your favorite production you have worked on? My favorite time on set was the 3 days I worked on Trouble with the Curve. It was a small set and all the principals were on set during that time. I sat right next to Clint Eastwood in 2 different scenes. Great memories.

What is your favorite stop on the Atlanta Film Sites Tour? The Goat Farm and Jackson Street Bridge

What are you currently working on? Goosebumps was the last project. There are plenty of other shows out there, but we’ll have to see what happens next.

You can meet Clyde and all of our awesome tour guides and expeditors on our Atlanta Film Sites Tour every Saturday at 10:00am! Tickets can be purchased through our website.

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Meet Margaret Mitchell

Posted on: April 4th, 2014 by patti 1 Comment

Only at Atlanta Movie Tours! You can now take a tour with Margaret as she shows you around her Atlanta and all the locations that helped shaped the creation of Gone With The Wind.

Miss Mitchell is hilarious, sweet, funny and sassy as she recounts the important events in her life. She takes you to the Margaret Mitchell House, where she wrote her only novel, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta Fulton County Public Library to see her Pulitzer Prize, and many other personal items at a few other surprise locations. This tour feels like a Broadway show on wheels. We know it will be a sell-out.

This is the first weekend we will open to the public and we invite you to join us. Use promo code: GWTW75 for $5 off every ticket on our Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind Tour

Here are a few fun shots from our media tour two weeks ago. You don’t want to miss this.

Miss Mitchell visits her old apartment

Miss Mitchell visits her old apartment

 

 

Margaret's Typewriter

 

Group Shot at Oakland

Group Shot at Oakland

 

 

 

 

How To Ready Yourself for TWD Season 4 Finale

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by patti No Comments

It’s always a sad day when The Walking Dead finales roll around. What the heck are we supposed to do until Season 5 starts?

We have some fun ideas!

1. Our Big Zombie Tours (Part 1 & 2):  If you haven’t been on the tours in a while, they are new and improved. 15″ screens on the coach show clips from the show as we arrive at the locations. Perfect if you’ve talked your non zombie-loving friends and family into taking the tour with you. They can see exactly how these locations looked onscreen. Trust me, by the end of the tour they will be dying to watch the show (no pun intended).

2. Visit the Woodbury Shoppe: Set smack in the middle of fictional Woodbury (Senoia, GA in real life), this is a MUST DO for every TWD fan. Not only does Miss Carrie stock every zombie item you could possibly want, but she also has the prison cells downstairs. Go – get your photo in the very cells the cast filmed in. I mean, really – how cool is that? You can also buy our Big Zombie Tour tickets there, too. Double Score!!

3. Watch the AMC Marathon: Starting at midnight March 30, you can park yourself in front of the tv and watch the entire season before the finale! Watch a sneak peek of the finale here.

4. Bake Some Zombie Cupcakes: Here is the entire how-to!

 

 

All Roads Lead to Terminus

Posted on: March 16th, 2014 by Carrie Gwin 1 Comment

Fans of The Walking Dead know Terminus as the ominous, supposed sanctuary for all survivors of the zombie apocalypse. In the show, there are various signs posted along the train tracks that claim “Those who arrive, survive.” Little is known about this promising safe haven, such as whether or not it’s really safe, who is in charge at this new location, and most importantly, will the prison group find each other there? However, there’s little doubt that the trek to Terminus and what happens there will be a huge story line in the upcoming episodes and season of The Walking Dead.

Map of Terminus on The Walking Dead, photo: AMC

Map of Terminus on The Walking Dead, photo: AMC

But what about the real Terminus? It seems that the creators of The Walking Dead certainly did their research on the history of Atlanta. Did you know that Terminus was, in fact, a real place in Georgia a long time ago?

Depiction of Atlanta in the mid-1800s

Depiction of Atlanta in the mid-1800s

Terminus was once the original name for Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. The naming of the city dates way back (we’re talking pre-Civil War) to 1837. The Georgia General Assembly wanted to build the Western and Atlantic Railroad in hopes of creating a link between Georgia, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Midwest. Surveyors checked out several spots east of the Chattahoochee River to be the terminus, which literally means end of the line, for this new railroad. Eventually they settled on an area and placed a stake in the ground to commemorate the location. Later a marker, known as the Zero Mile Post, was put into place in the location that is presently known as Five Points in Downtown Atlanta. This location marked exactly where the Western and Atlantic lines would terminate. Eventually, the area began to develop and the city was appropriately dubbed “Terminus.” Terminus was later changed to “Marthasville,” before finally settling on “Atlanta” in 1845. The city began to flourish and by 1855, there were four major rail lines coming though the city of now nearly 6,025 residents, solidifying Atlanta’s role as the rail hub for the entire South.

Zero Mile Post, photo: Joeffe Davis

Zero Mile Post, photo: Joeffe Davis

Kudos to The Walking Dead for appropriately incorporating some pieces of Atlanta’s history into the show! Now we’ll just have to wait and see if this Terminus is as promising and successful as the Terminus of the past…

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