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Atlanta police and sponsors of the popular Screen on the Green at Piedmont Park plan to use lessons learned from the last movie viewing when they show “Dreamgirls” tonight.

The perennial summer movie series hopes to keep things quiet since the showings were temporarily suspended after marauding teens took over the park during the June 3 screening of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

That night there were only 23 off-duty officers watching over the crowd of about 10,000.

That won’t be the case tonight.

First of all, organizers hope the movie scheduled for tonight will draw a less disruptive crowd the people who came to the park to see the “Transformers” sequel earlier this month” and “National Treasure” the first week.

Still there will be increased security.

On-duty police officers, some on horses, will patrol Piedmont Park for the remainder of this year’s Screen on the Green.

“The Atlanta Police Department will be prepared to ensure the safety and security of all movie-goers tonight,” APD spokesman Carlos Campos told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

APD will establish a command center to quickly mobilize help if there is trouble. The commander in charge will be at 10th Street at Charles Allen, just yards from the lawn where movie-goers will sit.

And the APD’s School Detective Unit will be used to deal specifically with problems caused by teens trolling the grounds.

“The new public safety plan incorporates increased security personnel, including on-duty and off-duty Atlanta police officers and staffers from a private security firm that regularly handles events in Piedmont Park,” Mayor Kasim Reed’s office said in a news release earlier this week. “In addition, representatives from MARTA Police and Midtown Blue are participating in this coordinated effort.”

Series sponsors Peachtree TV and the Piedmont Park Conservancy have hired a new firm to provide more security to quiet disturbances within the crowd.

A bigger test will be next week, however, when “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” is expected to attract a larger and younger testosterone-heavy audience. Next week’s showing will be the last of 2010. The final movie in the series, “Jurassic Park,” has been canceled due to last week’s cancellation.

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