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‘Queens on the Green’ take over after that other park film series was canceled in Piedmont Park


Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated "Queens on the Green" would be taking place at Piedmont Park. In fact, the film event is taking place at the Evolution Center's drop-in center at 583 Juniper St., Atlanta, GA 30308, on Sunday, May 20.

There will be no Screen on the Green this year because, well, Piedmont Park is busy with other stuff and there's that pesky sponsorship issue that has plagued the popular film series for a few years after some people were wounded by real-live gunfire, not the kind in movies.  

But have no fear, some in Atlanta's gay community — as in the Evolution Project — is picking up the slack and will screen "The Devil Wears Prada" on Sunday at sunset as part of its new "Queens on the Green" series. And what better "Queens on the Green" film is there to start things of than a little Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway bitchy realness.

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Three teens shot in apparent fight after Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Three teen males were treated for gunshot wounds last night after an apparent fight broke out after the showing of “16 Candles” at Piedmont Park as part of the summer’s Screen on the Green.

A press release today from the Atlanta Police Department says Zone 5 officers responded to a call right before 11 p.m. of a person shot at the corner of 10th Street and Crescent Avenue. The victim, 18, had a gunshot wound to his lower left leg and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center.

A second victim, 17, showed up after 11 p.m. at Southern Regional Hospital, with a gunshot wound to his upper right leg, states the press release. Then, later, a 16-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his right leg below the knee was reported at Grady Medical Hospital.

The three victims are in stable condition and their injuries are not life threatening, according to the APD.

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Mayor Reed: ‘Screen on the Green’ back on in Piedmont Park

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Piedmont Park Conservancy today announced that the popular outdoor movie series “Screen on the Green” will be held at Piedmont Park this year. The Conservancy had previously canceled the series earlier this year when its main corporate sponsor, Peachtree TV, withdrew.

Comcast, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Georgia Natural Gas are the new corporate sponsors of the series which will continue during its traditional Thursday night timeslot during the summer. Delta will be the main sponsor.

“As you know, we thought we would have to cancel the 'Screen on the Green' series this summer,” Reed said during a press conference held at Piedmont Park's Magnolia Hall. “However, when four wonderful companies, who have always been strong advocates for the city, learned earlier this month that 'Screen on the Green' would not continue this year, they stepped up with really, really strong support.

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Atlantic Station offers up outdoor movies after Piedmont Park cancels ‘Screen on the Green’

Movie-goers at Atlantic Station's outdoor movie event

Atlanta's Piedmont Park will not hold the annual “Screen on the Green” series at the park in 2011, according to the Piedmont Park Conservancy. Organizers of the summer-time outdoor movie nights have been held continuously since 2000, but suffered a tarnished image last year when a melee broke out during a showing of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

Organizers say the series' main sponsor, Peachtree TV, pulled out of their sponsorship agreement after a management shuffle in January and they have failed to find a replacement.

“It is our desire to continue the tradition of kicking off every summer with great movies in this great park,” said Yvette Bowen, President of the Piedmont Park Conservancy. “As one of our many free community-building initiatives, we have treasured our first ten years of movies on Piedmont Park’s Meadow. This year’s event, however, the timing of Turner’s announcement left us with too little time to secure sufficient sponsors to support it and, as such, must be cancelled,” she added.

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Speaking out: Your comments on Screen on the Green and Elton John

No more ‘Transformers’ to save Screen on the Green
Re: “‘Dreamgirls’ provides only drama at Screen on the Green” (, June 19)

I attended [the] ‘Dreamgirls’ viewing. I have to say that not only was I pleased that there was more police presence, but also that they were friendly and courteous. I hope that Screen on the Green organizers will take note and provide more movies geared towards adults. In my opinion, unsupervised teens at these events is what has garnished such violence.

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Screen on the Green gay audience target of melee?

Dreamgirls will show at Screen on the Green next week

The same day the Atlanta police chief finalists met in a town hall forum, the popular “Screen on the Green” movie showing in Piedmont Park ended abruptly after several fights broke out and there were unconfirmed reports of gunfire.

Jesse Rhodes, who is openly gay, said what happened at Screen on the Green on June 3 was an “insult” to the people of Midtown, including its gay residents. He lives at Post Parkside and walked to the park with a group of gay friends. While the fights and rowdy behavior broke out around them as they tried to watch “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” he and his gay friends felt very vulnerable, he said.

“We felt like sitting ducks,” he said. “They were definitely targeting gay people. One of my good friends, who is gay and works at Swinging Richards, got jumped by five people and beat up.”

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Atlanta police: No report of ‘hate crime’ at Screen on the Green

Update: The June 10 Screen on the Green showing of "Dreamgirls" has been postponed due to last night's melee. The series will resume with "Dreamgirls" on June 17, according to Peachtree TV.

"The Piedmont Park Conservancy, Peachtree TV, the City of Atlanta and other sponsors are committed to continuing this summer tradition in the city's landmark park, and are working together to ensure that it remains a safe and fun family event," according to a statement on Peachtree TV's website.