There’s probably very little literal hunger being felt inside this new exhibition at MGM Grand.
After all, “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” is located just past the property’s food court, next to a Mexican restaurant offering tacos and tequila, and just a spoon’s throw away from Blizz Frozen Yogurt.
But anyone figuratively hungry for an experience that recalls the blockbuster Lionsgate movie franchise should find plenty here to satisfy their cravings.
The attraction—opened last month by entertainment and exhibition company Cityneon Holdings Limited and its subsidiary, Victory Hill Exhibitions—celebrates the epic, dystopian journey undertaken by young Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” series, from her humble beginnings in District 12 to her rise as the heroic Mockingjay.
Its menu features nearly 30 original costumes—including the iconic “Girl on Fire” dress—worn by the cast, props, set recreations and interactive elements such as the exhibition’s grand finale, a virtual archery range where guests can practice their arrow-shooting skills on a 60-foot-wide screen.
“Fans of the movie will love it,” said actor Elden Henson, who played Pollux, the cameraman character in two of the four “The Hunger Games” films. “If you’ve lived under a rock for the last 10 years and you don’t know the movies, you will still have an enjoyable experience here.”
Henson came to Las Vegas for the exhibition’s June 6 grand opening reception that featured a Hollywood-style red carpet, dozens of VIPs and several folks in costume. Guests sipped champagne and munched on hors d’oeuvres while touring the attraction’s galleries that include the Hall of Justice, President Snow’s Office, the Tribute Train and District 13.
The exhibition’s design invites visitors to engage with behind-the-scenes content that brought “The Hunger Games” books by Suzanne Collins to life. It includes a motion-sensor trivia game, a costume gallery and retail shop.
“We’ve worked on creating an experience that would bring the world of ‘The Hunger Games’ closer to the audience, closer to our guests,” said Welby Altidor, group chief creative officer of Cityneon and Victory Hill. “At the same time, we really wanted to create an experience that was going to be very hands-on. MGM found this incredible space for us … a prime location.”
Trevor Scherrer, MGM Grand’s president and COO, said in a statement that the property takes pride in creating the “ultimate” Las Vegas experience. “Partnering with a world-recognized brand such as ‘The Hunger Games’ is a natural fit for us and provides visitors and locals alike with yet another unique entertainment experience.”
The previous tour of the exhibition included New York City, San Francisco, Louisville, and Sydney, Australia.
Indeed, the buzz of the grand opening evening centered around the archery training experience, in which guests—having signed a waiver—don safety glasses and armguards and then launch rubber-tipped arrows at a 605-square-foot touchscreen, a display so large it won a Guinness World record.
Among the first to participate was Leslie Fitzsimmons, who drew compliments for her perfect shooting form.
“That was so much fun,” Fitzsimmons, director of underwriting and corporate sponsorship for KUNV radio, said afterward.
It turned out she was no novice. She taught archery and riflery decades ago, as a camp counselor in upstate New York and Maine. The exhibition’s archery experience, she said, was “no different than shooting a real bow and arrow.”
This is the second film-themed attraction Cityneon and Victory Hill have opened in Las Vegas. Their “Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.” exhibit is housed at Treasure Island.
If you go:
The exhibit, in Las Vegas on an indefinite run, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the MGM Grand. (Last admission is one hour before closing.) Tickets are $35 for guests 12 years old and older, and $25 for guests ages 4-11. Children under 3 get in free with a paying adult. For more information or to buy tickets online, visit thehungergamesexhibition.com.
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