In celebration of “Love, Victor’s” second season launch on Friday, June 11 (as well as Pride Month), I thought I’d take a look back at my shooting location adventure from the movie that started it all, “Love, Simon.” If you’re unfamiliar, “Love, Simon” is a coming-of-age story where the lead character happens to be gay. It was released in 2018 and was a big enough hit to prompt a spin-off streaming series.
One of my favorite things to do is visit shooting locations from movies I love. On a recent visit to the Atlanta, Ga. area, I spent a day hunting down iconic locations from “Love, Simon.” If I’m being completely honest, it was the entire purpose of my visit to Atlanta.
Below I share with you the addresses to visit the locations yourself and enter the world of Simon and his friends. Please keep in mind that some of these locations are private residences. If you do decide to visit, be respectful of the residence and stay off of private property. I am listing the locations below in the order I visited them based on their geography.
First up, I grabbed a bite to eat at the Waffle House. This is where Simon, Abby and Martin chow down on breakfast foods while rehearsing lines for their high school production of “Cabaret.” We’re also introduced to the character Lyle in this location. You can find this exact Waffle House at 4300 Covington Hwy in Decatur, Ga.
Every morning on their drive to school, Simon and his friends go to a coffee drive-thru called Dancing Goats Coffee Bar. This is indeed the real name of the business and not a made up one for the movie. In the movie, you see Simon drive up to a window to grab the coffee. In reality, this location does not have a drive-thru and instead that window was made to open simply for the sake of production. You can find this location at 419 W. Ponce de Leon in Decatur, Ga.
Perhaps the most iconic setting from the movie is Simon’s home. Both the exterior and interior of the house were used for shooting. This home is located at 2375 Havenridge Drive in Atlanta, Ga. Please remember that this is a private residence and to be respectful.
If you follow the sidewalk in front of the house, you’ll be in Simon’s neighborhood. In a screenshot from the movie, you can clearly see where Simon went for his “jog” based on the numbers on the mailbox.
The high school exterior used to represent Creekwood High is actually Atlanta International School. Interior school shots were at a different location. You can visit this location at 2890 N Fulton Dr. NE in Atlanta, Ga.
The climax of the movie where Simon meets his mystery man at the Winter Festival was shot in Lillian Webb Park. This open grass area is located at 5 College St. NW in Norcross, Ga. It’s hard to recognize the space with all of the carnival rides missing, but the stone staircase is recognizable from the movie.
Here’s a bonus location that I didn’t get to visit as it’s inside of a gated campus. If you have the ability to gain access to Oglethorpe University, the iconic dance number fantasy was shot in front of Lowry Hall at 4484 Peachtree Road, NE Lowry in Brookhaven, Ga.
If you love the movie as much as I do (or even half as much), you’re sure to have a great time seeking out these locations. So grab yourself a bag of Halloween Oreos, pop on some Bleachers music, and go on an adventure. If you do, be sure to come back and leave a comment telling me about your experience.
Jeff DePaoli is a producer and voiceover artist living in Los Angeles. He can be heard as the voice of Disney Trivia on Alexa as well as the host of “Dizney Coast to Coast,” the ultimate, unofficial Disney fan podcast. Get your FREE gifts of “America’s Hidden Mickeys,” “On the Rohde Again,” “Theme Park Comfort Kit” and more at DizneyCoastToCoast.com.