'The Hunger Games' Heads Back to Theaters Ahead of 'Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' Prequel's Release

Tickets for the two-day limited engagement are available now at

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Murray Close/Lionsgate

The Hunger Games is returning to theaters.

The 2012 dystopian film, based on the first book in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, is returning to the big screen in October for a two-day engagement, ahead of the Nov. 17 release of its prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, adapted from Collins' 2020 novel of the same name.

Presented by Lionsgate and Fathom Events, the screenings will take place on Oct. 15 and Oct. 18, according to the Fathom website.

"There's no better way to whet the appetite for The Hunger Games prequel than with the original Hunger Games," Lionsgate President of Domestic Distribution, Kevin Grayson, said in a statement.

He added, "We're thrilled to be teaming with Fathom Events to give fans the opportunity to see The Hunger Games in theaters once again."

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Jennifer Lawrence starred as heroine Katniss Everdeen in the first four Hunger Games films, which are based on Collins' young-adult dystopian book series of the same name. The movies broke box-office records from 2012 through 2015, earning more than $3 billion worldwide.

Along with Lawrence, the series also featured stars Liam HemsworthJosh HutchersonWoody HarrelsonElizabeth BanksDonald SutherlandStanley TucciJulianne Moore and more.

Asked by Variety in June whether she'd ever reprise her role in a future installment of the franchise, Lawrence, 33, said, “Oh, my God – totally!”

“If Katniss could ever come back into my life, 100 percent," the actress added.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (played by Sutherland, 88, in the original series and in the new film by Tom Blyth), who would eventually rise to become the tyrannical president of the dystopian nation of Panem, and the main villain of the series.

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Murray Close/Lionsgate

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Also among the cast are Rachel ZeglerHunter SchaferPeter DinklageViola DavisJason Schwartzman and Josh Andrés Rivera.

Director Francis Lawrence recently told Empire magazine that the character of Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler, 22) is the "anti-Katniss" in many ways.

"Katniss was an introvert and a survivor. She was quite quiet and stoic, you could almost say [she was] asexual," he said. "Lucy Gray is the opposite. She wears her sexuality on her sleeve, [and] she really is a performer."

While at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2022, Lawrence told reporters what advice she'd give to the prequel cast: "You guys are going to have the best time. Just have fun — don't worry about anything.”

Tickets for The Hunger Games' theatrical re-release are available now at

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is in theaters Nov. 17.

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