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Ahead of the Nov. 22 release of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Chimney Rock State Park next month is showing the blockbuster first movie, The Hunger Games, on a 35-foot outdoor screen and offering other movie-themed activities.
The gate opens at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, for the Movie on the Meadows starting at 8 p.m. sponsored 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 New York Times and USA Today.
Advance $9 movie parking tickets will be sold Aug. 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 is not included with event parking. For details go to chimneyrockpark.com.
The afternoon Hunger Games Activities include shooting a bow with Archery Tag foam tipped arrows, posing in movie costumes with props and getting a photo taken with likenesses of favorite characters. Activities require paid park admission; guests may stay in the park to enjoy the movie at no additional cost. The first movie of the trilogy, filmed in DuPont State Forest, has drawn thousands of fans to see the shooting location.