Over the years, Covington has evolved into a major center of film and television. With a growing 126 productions and 1,036 television episodes, Covington in particular has gained national and international interest as movie and TV fans from all over the United States and the world have visited to experience the film and television tours and memorabilia. With the new Hollywood of the South Museum, Covington now offers a wide variety of different items from films and television shows that took place in our town.
On July 4th, the Hollywood of the South Museum opened during the Stars & Stripes Festival with a huge turnout. The idea has been in the works for several years as Jenny McDonald, Covington’s Director of Tourism, has been collecting various collectibles from the sets of the many productions filmed all over Covington and Newton County. Currently located on the Square, the pop-up Hollywood of the South Film and TV museum is only open for six months with hopes of gaining enough popularity to find a more permanent location. The museum is looking to expand to include more films and television shows filmed all over Georgia and eventually become a leading museum for TV and Film for all of Georgia.
In recent years, film tourism has become increasingly common with movie and TV fans traveling near or far to visit the film locations of their favorite productions. Not only is Covington popular for tourists, our town is widely-favored among many filmmakers. Being what is known as a camera-ready town, Covington offers film production teams support for permits, scouting, traffic control, lodging, and catering and has been doing so for many years. Covington is a highly-demanded place for filming because of its close proximity to Atlanta as well as its diverse landscapes throughout the area. Perfect for many films, Covington is home to historic buildings and homes, rivers, lakes, farmland, country roads, and forests which has landed us a role in many films and television shows for decades. Movies and TV shows filmed in Covington include Vampire Diaries, Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Canonball Run.
For these reasons, Covington has rightfully earned the title “Hollywood of the South”. A museum to showcase Covington’s success in film and television has been long overdue.
The museum is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 11am-6pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-10pm. An admission fee applies. For more information, visit www.filmcovington.com.