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The Atlanta Civic Center could be coming to the end of its life as a place to see a show and becoming a place to film one.
Saporta Report and the AJC reported last week on the results of a CAP and ADID-funded study that found that the 47-year-old facility is showing its age can’t compete with newer, larger venues. The firm hired to evaluate the building’s prospects also concluded that, without major changes, the Civic Center will need to be subsidized by the city to stay afloat financially.
One recommendation to keep the building from going permanently into the red is to convert it a full-time production facility for the state’s fast-growing film and TV industry.
The Civic Center’s 18-acre campus sits directly across Ralph McGill Boulevard from Georgia Power’s black glass tower. It’s hard to tell whether the building’s neighborhood has more working for it or against it - vacant buildings across from new apartments, an empty lot across from a park, petty crime and panhandling across from restaurants - all of it along five lanes of one-way traffic on Piedmont Avenue. Converting the facility from one that’s active about 10 percent of the year to one that’s in constant use would benefit the entire immediate area.