Peachtree City amphitheater wins movie role

The Fred, Peachtree City's iconic amphitheater, will get its closeup in an upcoming movie starring Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.

Peachtree City officials learned Tuesday the 2,500-capacity Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater was chosen from among several metro Atlanta area venues to appear in "Joyful Noise," which is set for release in 2012.

"We're just very excited. We were up against some of the larger venues in Atlanta," said Nancy Price, executive director of the Peachtree City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Other venues considered include Chastain Park Amphitheater and the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Price said.

The movie's director and writer, Todd Graff, visited The Fred late last week before making a final decision, Price said. The movie is a comedy about two women who band together to prevent a small-town gospel choir from shutting down.

This isn't the Fayette County community's first brush with film and television-making. The Lifetime television show "Drop Dead Diva" is filmed in Peachtree City.  The comedy, which stars Margaret Cho and Brooke Elliott, is about a vapid aspiring model who is killed in a car accident and reincarnated as an intelligent, overweight lawyer. Filming of the show has brought millions of dollars to the local economy, Price said.