The CNN Center is the world headquarters of the Cable News Network (CNN). The main news rooms and sets for the anchors of several of CNN’s news channels are located in the building. It is located downtown in Atlanta, Georgia next to Centennial Olympic Park. The CNN Center opened in 1976 as the Omni International, which was a development by Cousins Properties Inc. that was unsuccessful until CNN moved its headquarters there in 1987 from its Midtown Atlanta site.
The CNN Center also houses a major hotel (the Omni) and a tourist-oriented shopping mall and large food court. CNN’s multi-channel output to the world is broadcast on large screens around the center. Studio tours are available and include demonstrations of the technologies such as Chroma key as well as visits to viewing galleries overlooking the newsrooms and anchors of CNN, CNN Headline News and CNN en Español.
The CNN Center is directly connected to the Philips Arena, home to the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL, as well as the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.
The space that CNN occupies in CNN Center used to be home for the The World of Sid and Marty Krofft amusement park. The park — the world’s first indoor theme park — opened in 1976 and closed six months later.
The atrium escalator that is used to transport visitors on the CNN tour has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest freestanding (supported only at the ends) escalator in the world.
MARTA rail service is provided to the CNN Center at the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center station.
On April 3, 2007, a man shot and killed a woman before being shot by a security guard inside the CNN Center.
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