The nationwide premiere of the story of a straight-shooting heroine, a brutal contest, and a love triangle sold out at some local theaters Thursday night.
Tickets for “The Hunger Games” sold out at AMC Loews Georgetown. At the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, the line of mostly pre-teens and college students wound around the block.
But at the Mazza Gallerie theater in Friendship Heights, where theater staff let ticketholders in early, there was no line. No excitement. No impatience.
The crowd looked a bit older than the books’ target audience, young teenagers.
“I think the fact that it’s a school night had something to do with it,” American University student Holly Longstreth said from her theater seat.
And as for the general lack of costumed moviegoers, “It’s not ‘Twilight,’” she said.
But in that particular theater, the younger set made themselves known.
Standing in front of the big screen, a group of young girls chanted “Peeta! Peeta!” and made the three-finger salute seen in the movie.
Across the country, demand for “The Hunger Games” led some theaters to add 3 a.m. showings, and midnight premiere tickets posted on eBay went for at least twice the theater price.
According to the online ticket service Fandango, over 2,500 show times sold out nationwide.
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