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A 'Joyful Noise' rings across Georgia
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A 'Joyful Noise' rings across Georgia

ATLANTA -- Georgia's film industry is thriving -- a quick glance at any movie theater marquee will tell you that.

On Friday, the film Joyful Noise opened in theaters nationwide. The Dolly Parton/Queen Latifah-helmed musical was shot right here in metro Atlanta, and features several faces and locations that may be familiar to residents.

Here are some distinct Georgia places that fill the big screen in Joyful Noise:

* The beautiful little Pacashau Divinity Church is actually Bethany United Methodist Church (607 Rivers Road, Fayetteville).

* Remember the quarry that Randy (Jeremy Jordan) and Walter (Dexter Darden) visit early in the film? Believe it or not, that natural wonder is on the west side of Atlanta -- it's the Bellwood Quarry, and it's part of a proposed park on Atlanta's BeltLine. Read more about the BeltLine.

* A key confrontation between Vi Rose Hill (Latifah) and G.G. Sparrow (Parton) was shot at Howard's Restaurant (652 Concord Road SE, Smyrna). Owner Bobby Martin sat down with 11Alive to talk about his experience with the Joyful Noise cast and crew: Eatery 'stars' in major motion picture.

* The regional choral competition, where the Pacashau Sacred Divinity Choir faces some stiff competition, was shot at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre (201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City). One almost expects a golf cart to roll by behind the stage while watching this scene.

* The grand finale, which is sure to get audience members dancing in the aisles, was filmed at the Atlanta Civic Center (395 Piedmont Avenue NE, Downtown).

* In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment about halfway through the movie, Randy and Olivia (Keke Palmer) drive past a sign familiar to many Atlanta commuters -- the Union City/Jonesboro exit on Interstate 85 north.

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