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If you don’t want to wait until 12:01 a.m. eastern/pacific on November 22 for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (you may have class the next day, after all!), Lionsgate has your back.

A press release from Fandango about Catching Fire’s advance ticket sales indicates that there will be showtimes starting as early as 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 21. The pre-midnight showtimes have become an increasingly common trend in the movie industry.

In addition, some theaters will be showing The Hunger Games and Catching Fire back to back.

Tickets for all showings go on sale October 1 at 9 a.m. pacific/12 p.m. eastern. By purchasing a ticket, you will receive an exclusive free download of Phantogram’s “Lights” from the film’s soundtrack. Also on Tuesday, Fandango will unveil a new Catching Fire behind-the-scenes featurette.

“This is one of the earliest coordinated efforts where all of our theater chains are simultaneously selling tickets for an expected blockbuster, nearly eight weeks in advance,” said Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. “We are working closely with Lionsgate to launch a comprehensive content and promotional program on Fandango to support our fans’ most anticipated movie of the year.”

We welcome the earlier showings for Catching Fire because it’s easier for fans to get to and doesn’t require a late night out. Optionally watching The Hunger Games beforehand will let viewers re-experience the storytelling they fell in love with over a year and a half ago.

  • hi

    You see at that point, what has actually happened is that they’ve moved back the release date one day in select theaters.

  • Amir Khan

    Yeah I went to an iron man 3 showing & the wolverine showing at 8pm. They do this so kids/teens have a better chance of going. It’s a smart move.

    • humanbeing

      Sure, but as other people on here have said, the midnight experience is for the die-hard fans who are willing to lose sleep or a little bit of sanity in order to see what they love as early as possible, with the most dedicated of fans…it makes the whole thing more of an event. Moving the release date back a day is simply doing just that; nothing wrong with it, but the midnight shows (at least the few I’ve been too) have a bit more heightened emotion to them (plus it just feels kind of cool and weird to be going to a movie that late…it’s like going to your school after dark when you’re a kid…it just feels odd, but neat, too).

      • Amir Khan

        True. Or you could go to both and see it twice ;)

      • Johnny O’Brien

        Soooooooo True

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes

    I think its a very smart move considering most of the hg fan base comprises of high school and college students.

  • normalizboring

    I think midnight is more of an experience

  • Miniryu-Ninja

    But this is effectively moving the release date forward to the day before… the whole point of the midnight screenings are for the diehard fans who literally can’t wait more than 1 minute past release to see the film. It’s an experience and a way to meet fans just as obsessed and crazy as you hahaha

  • Sarah Ellis

    Give me back my midnight showing. Midnight makes everything cooler and more fun.

    • Johnny O’Brien

      I totally agree. If you are not willing to go the midnight premiere, then just go on Friday the next day. The first people to see the movie should be the real die-hard fans who actually enjoy going to that 12 p.m. showing

      • J

        Yeah the diehard fans are going before 12 to see it first. #truediehard lol

        • JM

          I went at midnight to the Hunger Games and my friends and I were dressed up in costumes as well. It is more fun but since I work the next day and can’t take the day off, I’m doing the 8pm showing. Maybe next movie I can do midnight again. :)

      • stiddy

        8pm is wayyyyy better… I work at 6 am… no way I can go at midnight and be worth anything at work tmw. #teampeeta

  • Taylore Thompson

    The student-teacher in me is very happy to see an early release date, but I hope this doesn’t become common. I like the feel of midnight releases

  • Linda

    The release date in Denmark is November 20th

  • Jake

    I liked this. I’ve got school the next day. I remember Deathly Hallows Part 1 and having to get only 2.5 hours of sleep before a test. But I understand where you have complaints.

    Personally I just think movies ought to come out on Saturday nights or something instead of during the work week.

  • Megan Slife

    As someone who had a hit a raccoon that knocked out my radiator at 3 a.m. on the way back from HP7 at midnight, I can appreciate a good 8 p.m. showing.

  • http://misshermionejeangranger.tumblr.com/ Ruxandra

    i love this idea simple because i am a student and have school the next day and frankly, i would be hard pressed to convince my parents to drive me there AND back at 3am. But i also love the midnight screenings.. I don’t see why they could just release it on a friday night or on the weekend?

  • annamorphos

    Although I love midnight showings, it IS nice to be able to go home at a reasonable hour. To those of us that have to work the next morning, going to bed around 2:30-3:00am isn’t ideal. They should have two showings; one at 8pm and one at midnight.

  • Amanda Karpack

    Anyone live in Jackson Mi and want two tickets to the 8p? I bought the wrong ones..I know its a long shot but who knows?

  • Wendy

    It is all about the opportunity for more money in the opening weekend.

  • JoJo

    For us, 8:30 is a better time to go. The girls, 11, 13 and 16 love the midnight show. But the Momma, 50 is afraid I will accidentally fall asleep and snore. Plus with a 45 minute drive home, early is good.

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