CHIMNEY ROCK, N.C. (August 19, 2013)— In anticipation of the November 22 release of the sequel Catching Fire, excitement is growing for The Hunger Games. On September 7, 2013, fervent movie fans can feed their craving by watching the trilogy’s first award-winning movie, filmed in Western N.C., on a 35-foot outdoor screen at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. The gate opens at 7 p.m. for the Movie on the Meadows starting at 8 p.m., presented by Ingles Markets. Fans can come early with paid park admission for afternoon movie-themed adventures offered by the Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours, which have been featured on NBC, ABC, the NY Times and USA Today.
Advance $9 movie parking tickets go on sale August 25-Sept. 6 only at the Lake Lure Ingles Market, as parking capacity is limited to the first 250 cars. Movie event parking at the gate is $12 per car or $8 per car for Annual Passholders. Park admission not included with event parking. Get more event details at chimneyrockpark.com.
“For some of the millions of Hunger Games fans throughout the U.S., watching their favorite flick on a huge outdoor screen in Chimney Rock’s beautiful forested park could make them feel like they’re a part of the movie. Add to that the archery, costumes and likenesses of their favorite characters, and these fans will be dying to experience the film here ahead of the sequel’s release,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
Afternoon Hunger Games Activities. Experience part of “the Games” at Chimney Rock by shooting a bow with Archery Tag™ foam tipped arrows, posing in movie costumes with props and getting your photo taken with likenesses of your favorite characters. These will be provided by the Hunger Games™ Unofficial Fan Tours for no additional charge during the afternoon on Sept. 7. Activities require paid park admission, and then guests are welcome to stay in the park to enjoy the movie at no additional cost.
Emma Moore and Tyler Chase with Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours
At Movie on the Meadows, watch your favorite scenes of Katniss battling for her life on a huge outdoor screen. Bring a blanket or camping chair, a flashlight and a friend to spend the evening under the stars. Concessions will be available for purchase. No alcohol is allowed in N.C. State Parks. Attendees can get cool schwag or win gift cards in promotional giveaways from event sponsors Ingles Markets, Mast General Store, Element Advertising and Southern Outdoor Cinema, and other community partners.
WNC on the Big Screen. Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has attracted the filming of countless international blockbuster movies, from The Hunger Games (2012) to The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and Dirty Dancing (1987) starring Patrick Swayze. The Hunger Games trilogy is based on Suzanne Collins’ novels, and the primary film locations for the first movie were in the areas of DuPont State Forest, Shelby, N.C., and Charlotte, with other film locations throughout Western N.C.
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is best known for its 75-mile panoramic views overlooking Lake Lure. It was recently named Favorite State Park and Best Beautiful Fall Foliage Spot by readers of Blue Ridge Country in the best of the Southeast mountains poll, and the Park was honored with five other top reader awards. Ancient geological features, scenic hiking trails, wildlife programs and guided rock climbing attract visitors from around the world. Chimney Rock is located only 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.