Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief"
Discover the true identities of scenes from the movie
The Colonnade Restaurant
Few restaurants in Atlanta have been around as long as The Colonnade, which has fed locals and travelers Southern fare since 1927. The family-owned eatery serves dishes like fried chicken, local vegetables and desserts in a motor lodge-like setting. It’s been used for a handful of Hollywood productions, but in "Identity Thief," it was used for the scene with the $8 a day per-diem.
The Georgian Terrace
Built in 1911, The Georgian Terrace is the crown jewel of hotels in Atlanta, included in both the Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Set on bustling Peachtree Street, the hotel features modern furnishings and amenities as well as Livingston Restaurant and Bar and Edgar’s Proof and Provision. But the hotel is best known for being home to the 1939 gala that followed the premiere of "Gone With the Wind" at the now demolished Loew’s Grand Theatre. It is the luxury hotel where Sandy and Diana stay in "Identity Thief."
Georgia International Horse Park
Created for the equestrian events from the 1996 Centennial Olympics, the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers is a 1,400-acre multi-purpose sporting venue. In addition to arenas and stables, the facility has mountain biking trails, a golf course, concert venue, walking paths, and even a hotel and RV park. A number of television and film projects have used the space, including "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Identity Thief."
The Ocmulgee River Bridge
In the 19th and 20th centuries, steamboats had to pass under the Ocmulgee River Bridge on their way down the river. The through-truss bridge rotated at its center, allowing ships to pass thanks to an operator placed on the bridge. The bridge in Lumber City has been featured in the background of countless films, including "Identity Thief," thanks to a partnership between Telfair, Wheeler and Jeff Davis counties.
The historic town of Conyers is more than just quaint shops and local eateries. The area boasts attractions like the Lewis Vaughn Botanical Gardens, Big Haynes Creek Nature Center, Panola Mountain State Park and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. But it’s the Main Street community that has become a popular backdrop for television and film. You can even go on a self-guided tour of the filming locations of such hits as the original series "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "In the Heat of the Night," films like "American Reunion" and "Identity Thief," as well as binge-worthy series like "The Vampire Diaries" and "Stranger Things."
Atlanta is a shopaholic’s dream, with both independent boutiques and big-box brands. Perimeter Mall, located in Dunwoody, is the second largest mall in the Southeast. It boasts more than 200 specialty and department stores selling everything from designer fashion to tech gear to home decor and more. There are also countless dining options, including full-service restaurants and quick service chains. The hair salon in "identity Thief" is in the mall.
Atlanta Motor Speedway
NASCAR fans will know the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton as the site of huge races, including the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, which is one of the state’s largest sporting events. The 1.54-mile track is one of the top facilities in the country. Thursday nights showcase up-and-coming racing talents, and Friday nights in the summer offer street-style drag racing. But in addition to race day, there’s always something going on at the speedway like mud runs, driving courses, and corporate events. Tours operate daily, and track rides can also be booked. Many of the rural driving scenes in "Identity Thief" were filmed along Highway 20 near the track.