‘Hunger Games’ fans anticipate midnight showings

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With pink powdered wigs, sparkles, tweed jackets, backpacks and arrows, some people in the Provo Town Centre may have thought they stepped into an ’80s Halloween party. All the costumes were not for Halloween, but for the premiere of “The Hunger Games.”

People were lining up as soon as 5:20 p.m. for the midnight showings. The excitement could be felt throughout the air as teenagers and friends alike were chatting. UNO cards, books and food were spread throughout the lines.

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Fans dress up in their “Hunger Games” attire for the midnight showing in the Provo Town Centre.
Ashley Alekma was one of the people waiting in line at 5:20 p.m. She was there with her three co-workers.

“I am most excited for the popcorn,” Alekma said. “It’s just a good time to hang out with friends.”

Selea Nielson and Tia Smallcomb, from Springville, were in matching mockingjay T-shirts and were celebrating in the true spirit of “The Hunger Games.” They said they were most excited for the movie because it was epic and Cato is in it.

“I think it’s going to be good, especially with attractive actors,” Nielson said. “That’s what we are most looking forward to.”

Brandon Perry, 23, from Draper was at the theater with a bunch of his friends. All of his friends were dressed up as residents of the Capitol.

“I’m excited to see all the clothes and the fashion,” Perry said.

Nick Taylor, 22, from Sandy, was also in the group. Sporting a coat and tie, unlike his friend’s excitement for the fashion, he was excited for something else.

“I’m excited for all the fighting,” Taylor said. “Particularly when she shoots the arrow into the minefield. It’s pretty legit.”

Excitement for “The Hunger Games” has been compared to that of “Twilight” and “Harry Potter.” Teenage girls were walking around in homemade Team Peeta and Team Gale shirts. Friends Emily Avineo, Katelyn Spring and Jacelin Brown, from the Mapleton and Springville areas, debated on who was the best.

“I’m excited to see Peeta and all of his glory,” Brown said. “Because he’s way hot and he’s awesome in the book and he’s a sweetheart.”

Avineo and Spring on the other hand are supporters of Gale and were not afraid to share their opinion.

“We are totally for Gale,” Avineo said. “Because Peeta’s a jerk; he is too needy. Gale is the man.”

Friends Autumn Woods and Ryan Botcherby, both 18, were able to preview the movie at 8 p.m. and walked out seeing all of the lines. They said they were very pleased with how the movie turned out. Woods loved it but said the scariest part was definitely the dogs.

“The dog jumped out and I’m dead serious, people screamed,” Woods said.

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