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World headquarters of the Cable News Network the CNN center is situated in Atlanta, Georgia and it is directly connected to the Philips Arena that is home of Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Lies next to Centennial Olympic Park the CNN center boast newsrooms, studious of several news channels.

The CNN Center was opened in the year of 1976 as the Omni International complex. Later the headquarters of CNN are shifted to new site in Mid Town Atlanta that is old home of the Progressive Club and Tuner Broadcasting System in 1887.

CNN and its parent company Turner Broadcasting System entirely occupied the office space. The main floor of the complex is comprises of an indoor ice skating rink, restaurants, a Gold Mine video arcade, Plus a movie theater that is screening for years the favorite movie of Ted Turners, Gone with the Wind.

Later the Theater was replaced by a newsroom for CNN's website operations and ice skating rink was also replaced by global mosaic map that indicates the locations of CNN braches and Bureaus across the world. The first indoor amusement park called ‘The world of Sid and Marty Krofft’, built by Sid and Marty Krofft built in the year of 1976, is closed within the gap of six months.

On March 14, 2008, a tornado in downtown Atlanta around 9:30 p.m has caused severe damages to the CNN Center; whole upper floor was filled with dust and water, food court as well as CNN’s library was also damaged and several were injured too.

The CNN Center is dotted with a major hotel and a big food court. Around the complex, the multi-channel output of CNN is always broadcasted on big screens. Studio tours are available that shows the demonstrations of the technologies like Chroma key and also views galleries of newsroom and anchors of CNN.

The longest freestanding escalator in the world in CNN has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. MARTA rail service is also provided to the CNN Center to transport visitors and employees. A man had killed a woman on April 3, 2007 using a gun and after the respective person was shot by a security guard inside the CNN center.