The Hunger Games Movie Filming Locations

The Hunger Games movie franchise, which includes four films in total, made a combined total of approximately $2.97 billion at the worldwide box office.

The Hunger Games movies were filmed across a variety of locales—here’s every filming location, explained. The dystopian sci-fi films were adapted from Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy, and made the effort to recreate iconic locations such as the Capitol and District 12 from the books. The four Hunger Games movies were in production from 2011 to 2014, with Catching Fire and both parts of Mockingjay filmed back-to-back. With the sizable budget awarded to the films by Lionsgate, the Hunger Games movies had the ability to bring several book locations to life in visually interesting scenes filmed in a number of different places.

The nation of Panem in The Hunger Games is a dystopian futuristic version of the United States, so it makes sense that the Hunger Games movies would be largely filmed in parts of America. The first Hunger Games movie was entirely filmed in North Carolina, though Catching Fire and Mockingjay used other locations like Atlanta, Hawaii, and Paris. The Hunger Games movies successfully replicated the rugged and impoverished environment of District 12, located in the coal-meaning region formerly known as Appalachia, as well as the stunning opulence of the Capitol and the diverse environments of the Arena during the 74th Hunger Games and the Quarter Quell.

34 Henry River Mill Village – Hildebran, North Carolina

Henry River Mill Village is an abandoned textile mill town. The town was used as a filming location for District 12 in The Hunger Games, where Katniss, Peeta, and Gale live. Katniss’ home and the bakery where Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark works are located in this town.

33 The Big Ivy Area – Buncombe County, North Carolina

The Big Ivy Area is a forest located northeast of Asheville. The location was used as the District 12 forests and also serves as a meadow. Katniss and Gale hang out in the woods and the meadow before the Reaping for the 74th Hunger Games.

32 Shelby, North Carolina

Private warehouses in the town of Shelby were used for the Hob, which is District 12’s black market. It is here where Katniss obtains the mockingjay pin from an old woman named Greasy Sae. The warehouses are also used for the Reaping Ceremony where Katniss volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Games.

31 The Philip Morris Cabarrus Plant – Concord, North Carolina

The Philip Morris Cabarrus Plan is an abandoned cigarette manufacturer. It was used to film the tributes’ training scenes in the training center. Here, Katniss manages to impress the Gamemakers with her archery skills.

30 Charlotte Convention Center – Charlotte, North Carolina

The convention center was used for the tributes’ parade. The tributes enter in horse-drawn chariots, dressed in costumes representing their districts. Katniss makes an impression with her costume, a black suit with flames trailing from it, a nod to District 12’s coal-mining industry.

29 The Knight Theater – Charlotte, North Carolina

The theater is located in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Knight Theater served as a filming location for Caesar Flickerman’s televised pre-Game interviews with the contestants. During Peeta’s interview, he admits his love for Katniss.

28 North Folk Resevoir, Black Mountain, Asheville, North Carolina

This reservoir was used as a filming location for the actual Games in the first Hunger Games movie. This location served as the Cornucopia, the main location for food and supplies, such as Katniss’ Hunger Games bow, in the Arena. It’s also where the 74th edition of the Games properly begins; a bloodbath occurs here, instantly killing 11 of the tributes.

27 DuPont State Forest, Cedar Mountain, North Carolina

These woods were used as a forest in the 74th Hunger Games’ arena. In this area, the Gamemakers create a fire so Katniss won’t stray too far away. This is also where Katniss discovers and tends to a wounded Peeta who’s camouflaged among the rocks.

26 Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey

Though the majority of Catching Fire filming took place in either Georgia or Hawaii, this early movie scene was filmed in this forest near the New York State Line. This filming location is used for the District 12 woods, where Katniss and Gale hunt together. In this scene, Katniss also experiences post-traumatic flashbacks of her time in the Hunger Games.

25 Pratt-Pullman Yard, Atlanta, Georgia

This former industrial complex was used as a filming location in Atlanta. It serves as a stand-in for the Hob, replacing the North Carolina warehouses from the first movie. The Hob ends up getting set on fire by District 12’s new head Peacekeeper, Romulus Thread.

24 DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Atlanta, Georgia

The public airport was used as the stage for Katniss and Peeta’s Victory Tour. Katniss and Peeta embark on this tour of the districts a few months after winning the 74th Hunger Games. The airport can also be spotted in the reaping of the District 6 tributes.

23 Warehouse Complex, Murphy Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia

A local warehouse complex was turned into the town squad and Justice Building of District 11 in Catching Fire. While there as part of the Victory Tour, Katniss and Peeta witness the District 11 citizens give Katniss the District 12 three-finger salute in a gesture of solidarity. It’s a beautiful moment before a riot breaks out in the District.

22 Swan House, Buckhead, Georgia

The historic Swan House was used for President Snow’s mansion in Catching Fire. The mansion can be spotted in a scene where Katniss and Peeta attend an opulent party to celebrate their recent Hunger Games victory. Exteriors of the Swan House were also used in both parts of Mockingjay. In Mockingjay — Part 2, one of the Swan House’s rooms is used when Gale admits to Katniss his part in the air raid attack that inadvertently led to Katniss’ sister Prim’s death in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.

21 The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Located in a complex of former industrial buildings, the center was transformed into District 12’s Justice Building in Catching Fire. The center is prominent in the scene where Katniss and Haymitch are drawn from the pool of victors for the third-annual Quarter Quell. However, Peeta volunteers in his mentor’s place.

20 Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia

This hotel was used for the tributes’ living quarters in Catching Fire. An interesting feature of the hotel are the glass elevators, where Katniss and Peeta first encounter Johanna Mason, a victor from District 7 who makes a shocking first impression when she casually sheds her clothes in front of them. In Mockingjay — Part 1, the hotel is used as a darkened tribute training center that a rescue team rappels into on their mission to rescue a kidnapped Peeta.

19 Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta, Georgia

The racetrack was used for the tributes’ chariot parade in Catching Fire. This parade only consists of former Hunger Games winners, unlike the previous Games. Katniss and Peeta, leaning more into the “Girl on Fire” nickname, wear outfits with a glowing ember effect to simulate flames.

18 Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Filming for Catching Fire also took place in the car park underneath the convention center. The car park served as a backstage area for the chariot parade. This is also where Katniss meets Finnick Odair, a Hunger Games victor from District 4, for the first time.

17 Clayton County International Park, Jonesboro, Georgia

Also known as “The Beach,” the park is a man-made beach constructed for the beach volleyball competitions at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In Catching Fire, the park is used as the Cornucopia for the 75th Hunger Games. It can be seen during the bloodbath at the beginning of the games and also during the fight against the Career tributes.

16 Kawela Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

This location was used for various arena scenes in Catching Fire. The Hunger Games’ Gamemakers turned the third Quarter Quell’s arena into a beach environment. Kawela Beach was used in a pivotal scene where the characters are stranded on the beach in wetsuits and Katniss kisses Peeta. Kawela Beach was used in a pivotal scene where the characters are stranded on the beach in wetsuits and Katniss kisses Peeta.

15 Waimea Valley, Haleiwa, Hawaii and Manoa Valley, Honolulu, Hawaii

These picturesque and lush regions were used to film the jungle scenes in Catching Fire. In addition to the beach, the 75th Hunger Games area features a dangerous jungle with obstacles such as blood rain showers and poisonous fog. The stunning locations provide a beautiful contrast to the treacherous elements the Gamemakers incorporated into the games.

14 Château de Voisins – Louveciennes, France

With Mockingjay, director Francis Lawrence and production designer Philip Messina decided to take filming to Europe to get a different look for the final two films. While Swan House still served as the home exterior of the Hunger Games‘ President Snow, the interiors of the mansion were filmed in the Château de Voisins, a centuries-old mansion located near Versailles. The neoclassical and aristocratic mansion is a perfect stand-in for Capitol architecture and definitely seems like an estate that Snow would reside in.

13 Sweetwater Creek State Park – Douglas County, Georgia

Though a lot of filming for Mockingjay took place in Europe, some of the film production was still done in Atlanta. Located 15 miles from Atlanta, Sweetwater Creek State Park has ruins of a textile mill that was burned down by the Union Army during the Civil War. The mill ruins were used as the ruins of the disappeared District 13, where Katniss lives after District 12 is destroyed. The brick ruins are also the site of a scene between Katniss and Gale where there’s a brief flicker of romantic attraction. However, the scene of District 13 being evacuated during an attack was filmed on a set in Atlanta.

12 Chestatee Wildlife Preserve, Dahlonega, Georgia

The north Georgian wildlife preserve is host to a wide variety of rescued animals. It was used for exterior shots in Mockingjay — Part 1. The preserve can be seen in a District 13 scene where Katniss and Gale spot an elk while hunting.

11 Griffin Textile Mill – Griffin, Georgia and Martha Mills/Thomaston Mills – Thomaston, Georgia

Both of these locations were also utilized as part of filming in Georgia. The old mills were used to film the District 12 scenes in Mockingjay — Part 1‘s story. In the scenes, Katniss visits the ruins, which are strewn with dead bodies, of her former home, which was bombed by the Capitol as a reaction to the tributes’ rebellion in the arena at the end of Catching Fire.

10 Kraftwerk Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Kraftwerk Berlin is an old power plant that is now used as an arts and entertainment center. In Mockingjay — Part 1, the center is used as the underground lab of Beetee, a District 3 victor and electronics expert. Katniss and Gale visit the lab to get weapons that will aid them in their rescue of Peeta from the Capitol.

9 Martha Mills, Thomaston, Georgia, and Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf, Tasdorf, Germany

These different locations were both used to film a scene of a field hospital in District 8 used to treat people wounded in attacks brought on by the Capitol of Panem. Martha Mills was used for the actual hospital that Katniss visits. However, the hospital’s surrounds, which are bombed by the Capitol during Katniss’ visit, were filmed at the Chemiewerk Rüdersdorf, an abandoned chemical factory.

8 Bellwood Quarry, Atlanta, Georgia

This quarry, located northwest of Atlanta, is another picturesque Georgia setting used for Mockingjay — Part 1. The quarry is the location for a scene where Katniss, Gale, and the crew filming propaganda for the rebellion have a picnic. In this scene, Katniss also sings “The Hanging Tree,” an iconic Hunger Games song.

7 AmericasMart – Atlanta, Georgia

The AmericasMart is a wholesale trade complex located alongside the Marriott, which was probably convenient for filming. The complex serves as the laboratory where Peeta and other former tributes are being held. This is also where Peeta, who Katniss truly loves, attempts to kill Katniss at the end of Mockingjay — Part 1 due to being brainwashed by the Capitol.

6 Tempelhof Airport – Berlin, Germany

Mockingjay — Part 2 made use of this abandoned former airport as a filming location. Tempelhof was used as a stand-in for District 2, the only district to remain loyal to the Capitol. This airport is the site of a pivotal battle scene where Katniss and the rebels are able to relinquish control of the District from the Capitol and convince the District 2 citizens to join the rebellion.

5 Krampnitz Kaserne, – Potsdam, Germany, Noisy-le-Grand, Paris, and ICC Messedamm, Berlin

Three different places were used as filming locations for the Capitol. Krampnitz Kaserne, an abandoned military complex, serves as an exterior area of bombed-out high-rise apartment blocks. The town of Noisy-le-Grand was used for the scene where the rebel squad, including Sam Claflin’s Finnick Odair, is nearly submerged by a tidal wave of black goo. The International Convention Center in Berlin was used for the scene where the rebels emerge to the surface after being attacked by lizard mutts in the sewers, where Finnick was killed in Mockingjay — Part 2.

4 Ivry sur Seine – Paris, France

Ivry sur Seine is an industrial suburb located near the center of Paris. It was used as a Capitol neighborhood in Mockingjay — Part 2. It’s in this location where Tigris, a former Hunger Games stylist, gives the rebels shelter.

3 Rambouillet, Paris and Atlanta, Georgia

A pivotal scene in Mockingjay — Part 2 is the final encounter between Katniss and President Snow, which takes place in a greenhouse. Exteriors for the scene were filmed on the grounds of an existing château in Rambouillet, with snow added in as a CGI effect. The interiors of the scene were filmed on a soundstage in Atlanta, Georgia. The Avenue of the Tributes, where Snow was to be executed until plans go awry and Katniss is arrested, was also filmed on an Atlanta set.

2 Altes Stadthaus (“Old City Hall”) – Berlin, Germany

The municipal building is prominent in the ending of Mockingjay — Part 2. In one of the town hall’s rooms, Haymitch reads a letter from Plutarch explaining that Coin’s assassination was part of a long con to eventually set up a true democracy in Panem. The foyer of the city hall is also used for Katniss’ Capitol jail cell.

1 A Hilltop – Atlanta, Georgia

Mockingjay‘s epilogue was filmed in Atlanta, though the exact location is unclear. The ending, where Katniss ends up with Peeta, was filmed on a hilltop standing in as the meadow where Katniss and Peeta’s children play. This is set 15 years after the end of Mockingjay — Part 2 and is the final location shown in the Hunger Games film series.


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