Trucks and trailers lined Electric Avenue near the Community Resource Center and a catering station had been set up in the parking lot behind nearby Lilly Hill Baptist Church. Perry has a city permit to shoot on Wednesday, too.
On Monday, Perry directed scenes at the Waffle House on East College Avenue in Avondale Estates. He has a permit to shoot for 10 days there.
Imogene Mosley, a resident of Allen Wilson Apartments, said Tuesday she was happy to see the activity.
"I love it," she said. "It's good for the community."
Her friend, Patrenia Winston-Scott, came to visit from Grand Rapids, Mich., and was surprised to discover the movie was being made. She saw Tyler Perry walk by and called out to him, but he didn't respond.
"He's not as tall as I thought he was," she said.
The website www.movieweb.com says the movie is about single mothers forced to come together after an incident at their children's school. The movie will star Perry, Nia Long, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao and William Levy
Lionsgate will distribute the movie, which is expected in theaters May 9, 2014.
Katie Abel at Decatur City Hall said Perry has permits to shoot Wednesday in Decatur and may seek permits for more days.