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Mellark Bakery in The Hunger Games

As I've mentioned before, we live close to the abandoned mill town used as the setting for District 12 in the forthcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

I thought some of you might be interested to see the before/after photos of the old company store, which serves in the films as the bakery owned by Peeta Mellark's father. As always, click for larger images...

The original old store:

Old Store at Abandoned Mill Town

Here it is after filming. You can see the new windows and the words "PASTRIES" and "CAKES" painted on the storefront to make it the Mellark bakery:

Post-Hunger Games filming

My full set of photos from the Henry River Mill Town, a.k.a. "District 12," is here.

“Close your eyes again,” I order. He does, and his mouth, too, and completely disappears. Most of what I judge to be his body is actually under a layer of mud and plants. His face and arms are so artfully disguised as to be invisible. I kneel beside him. “I guess all those hours decorating cakes paid off.”

Peeta smiles. “Yes, frosting. The final defense of the dying.”

- from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


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Jun. 25th, 2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
What a great building! I love old buildings, especially abandoned ones. I'd love to see what it looked like inside, and then what changes the renovations bought.
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. I love old buildings! This whole abandoned mill town is incredibly atmospheric.

Oh, I'd love a peek inside, as well!
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
EEE! So awesome you posted these!!! *G*
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yay! So glad they're of interest. :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
That's so cool that they filmed near you. Love the old buildings!
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see how they translate to the silver screen!
Jun. 26th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
This is exactly what I saw in my head as I was reading. However, having grown up in southern mill towns I always translate everything into my environment. How exciting!
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know exactly what you mean. It fits my expectations perfectly, too. I'm really excited about the adaptation.
Jun. 26th, 2011 06:13 am (UTC)
Enjoyed the photos. Such good fortune to live nearby!
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see how the area translates into "District 12" on on the silver screen!
Jun. 26th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
A really great building.
Jun. 27th, 2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad they used it - and retained so much of its original flavor/look.
Aug. 5th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
My little sister would be so jealous. She wanted to be an extra on the film, since we're so close, but she's too busy with school and things. That's pretty cool, though.

I haven't read the books, but I know a lot of people who are super excited for this film.
Aug. 6th, 2011 11:58 am (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry she didn't get to do it. But it is amazing it's so close, isn't it? The books are really amazing. I used them in one of my university classes this past year, and the students loved them. Thus far, everything I've seen about the film suggests the adaptation will do justice to the main idea of the novels, too. I hope that's the case!
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