Hunger Games Fans Flock to Latest Premier

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Jezebel Ramirez-Robles age 14, Nestor Ramirez-Robles age 12 and Patricia Robles show off their photos taken at the Mocking Jay Premiere.
Jezebel Ramirez-Robles age 14, Nestor Ramirez-Robles age 12 and Patricia Robles show off their photos taken at the Mocking Jay Premiere.

El CENTRO – Wednesday, Mocking Jay fans throughout the valley celebrated the Hunger Games latest release by attending the  premier with a pre-movie mixer on the front lawn of the Cinemark Theater in El Centro, with music, snacks, and socializing with fellow Hunger Games aficionados. A photo booth afforded friends a way to commemorate and remember the evening, provided by Picture Perfect Photo Booth.

Those who purchased the $20 ticket for the premiere event received a small goodie bag filled with candy, a bookmark, and a ticket for a free photo from the photo booth, and a free raffle ticket for Hunger Games memorabilia.

Perhaps the greatest part of the packet was an actual ticket to see the film two days before its official release to the general public this Friday and the earlier premiere, Thursday night.

Nancy Laura from Calipatria was at the event celebrating what she called a “tradition.” She and seven other members of her family, also at the event, started their tradition several years ago with the premiers for “Twilight and all the other Hunger Games openings.”

Laura said, “It’s a good experience to bring the kids here. They enjoy it and read the books before the movie.”

Charla Teeters, film commissioner for the Imperial County Film Commission, organized the event. The Film Commission has also held premieres for Harry Potter, Twilight, and Act of Valor.

Teeters explained, “We often receive many requests for movie premieres, however choosing and organizing a premiere event is a process that requires working with the film companies and movie theatre.

The Imperial Valley Film Commission only advertises through word of mouth, social media, and the Chambers of Commerce throughout the valley.”

Yet, according to Teeters, they were able to sell out two theaters for the night’s event. Looking around at the crowd enjoying the various activities, she said, “I hope everyone has a good time and keeps an eye out for the next one.”

Plans for future premieres include “American Sniper” and “50 Shades of Grey”. Though the night’s event was family friendly with a rating of PG-13, children were required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 13. Age limits for the premiere are reflected by the rating of the movie being premiered.

Information for future movie premiers can be found on the Imperial Valley Film Commission’s Twitter and Facebook Page.

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