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MAY 2017

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5 9 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E Georgia is enjoying its starring — and recurring — role as the sweethear t of the film industry. Recent repor ts show that Georgia-based feature-film and television produc- tions generated more than $7 billion of economic impac t during fiscal year 2016 and boosted infrastruc ture and business grow th, which included the opening of Atlanta Metro Studios in Union City and a significant expansion at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. As Georgia-filmed productions take over big and small screens alike, group tours spotlight locations from some of visitors' favorite movies and television shows. J U L I E T T E "The secret's in the sauce." You can try the barbecue, sans Frank Bennett, at the actual Whistle Stop Café featured in the 1991 film "Fried Green Tomatoes." You can get those, too. The unincorporated town is barely a blip on the map; it covers only about one square block. But the train still runs through town right in front of the main road where the Whistle Stop Café sits. Edward Williams built the cafe in 1927 as a gen- eral store that he, his wife and six children ran for 45 years until its closing in 1972. The building served various purposes, including as a real-estate office and an antique shop, before playing the pivotal role of the Whistle Stop Café in 1991. The movie, which was adapted for the big screen by the novel's author, Fannie Flagg, tells the lives of best friends Ruth Jamison and the irrepressible tomboy Imogene "Idgie" Threadgoode during the 1930s. SAVANNAH'S SCENIC GARDEN SQUARES MAKE IT A POPULAR LOCATION FOR FEATURE FILMS. Courtesy Visit Savannah R E E L I N V I T I N G G E O R G I A ' S A S T A R I N T H E F I L M I N D U S T R Y B Y R A C H E L C A RT E R G E O R G I A T R AV E L G U I D E

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