Tuesday Talk: GWCCA shines on the silver screen again

Tuesday Talk rounds up the latest Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) news you might have missed and also points forward to upcoming events on our campus.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It):

The Tiffany Haddish-Rose Byrne-Salma Hayek comedy “Like a Boss,” which opened in theaters nationwide on Friday (Jan. 10), features scenes filmed at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).

The film, which brought in $10 million over its opening weekend, includes scenes shot outside of the GWCC’s Building C (see image above) and also in the area of Building B known as Maple Point.

Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates and Paul Walter Hauser in a scene from “Richard Jewell.”
Photo by Claire Folger

In other Authority-related movie news, Kathy Bates is nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for her portrayal of Bobi Jewell in Clint Eastwood’s “Richard Jewell,” a portion of which was shot at Centennial Olympic Park on the GWCCA campus last summer. The Oscars ceremony will air live Feb. 9 on ABC.

As Georgia’s film and TV industry has blossomed into the so-called “Hollywood of the South,” the GWCCA’s downtown Atlanta campus has been utilized for numerous shoots and as production base camps. Notable flicks shot on campus include feature films “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Baby Driver,” “Venom,” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as well as TV shows such as “MacGyver,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Game.”


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hosts its One ORA Conference today (Jan. 14) and Wednesday (Jan. 15) inside GWCC’s Building A.

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues 2020 program is slated for Wednesday (Jan. 15) at the GWCC’s Thomas Murphy Ballroom. More than 2,000 movers and shakers are expected to attend this event, which includes an address by Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber President & CEO, who will discuss the organization’s focus for the year ahead as well as legislative priorities for 2020. Doors open at 7 a.m., the program is from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

The Progressive Atlanta Boat Show returns to the GWCC’s Building C Exhibit Halls starting Thursday (Jan. 16) and running through Sunday (Jan. 19), featuring the latest cruisers, fishing boats, sailboats, pontoons, canoes, ski boats, personal watercraft, performance boats, boating accessories, fishing gear, along with fishing seminars, and family-friendly interactive events. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, click here.

Lil’ Big South girls volleyball tournament, a smaller version of the Big South National Qualifier, is set for Saturday (Jan. 18) through Monday (Jan. 20) at the GWCC’s Exhibit Halls A1 and A2. It’s not exactly real “lil‘” however, as the tournament is expected to draw 25,000 guests over the course of the long weekend. For spectator tickets, click here.

Meanwhile, across Andrew Young International Blvd. at our campus neighbor, State Farm Arena, the Atlanta Hawks take on the Phoenix Suns at 7:30 tonight (Jan. 14). The Hawks are back in action on Saturday (Jan. 18) against the Detroit Pistons. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. For basketball of the more intentionally-hilarious kind, the Harlem Globetrotters will put on two shows Sunday (Jan. 19), one at 12:30 p.m. and another at 5:30 p.m.