we found parking and then followed the signs to innovation hangar, located right behind the theater.
tickets for this thing aren't cheap, but we really wanted to check it out and didn't have anything else to do. plus, we had a ton of time on our hands, so there you go.
entrance to the exhibit was staggered a bit, to allow the group ahead of us to get through the various displays and give everyone plenty of time to wander through. as we waited, the tour guide cracked a bunch of corny jokes, did the whole "so, where are you all from?" schtick and pointed out that the lighting fixture that hung over our heads had been used in the movie somewhere.
when it was time, we walked into the next room to watch a quick intro video narrated by elizabeth banks - first as her character in the series, effie trinket, and then as herself in fangirl mode.
at the end of the video, the "door" to the hall of justice opened for us to enter the exhibit at last. first up - the hob, to begin the story of the first hunger games movie.
there were tidbits about the making of the movie posted everywhere, intertwined with props and costumes and book club-style talking points.
the costumes and sets became more elaborate as we continued on through. here, parts of the set for the train to the capitol.
i totally look like i was on the train, right? right?
somehow, this conjures up an image of "make america great again." no? just me?
rather fitting that the more sinister characters/costumes made an appearance right afterwards.
it was fun to see the fancy ensembles up close that jennifer lawrence, josh hutcherson, stanley tucci & co. wore in the movies.
look! the "girl on fire" dress - one of several, i'm sure. but still...way cool.
and cinna's outfit. rowwwwwr, lenny kravitz.
there weren't a ton of photo ops throughout the exhibit, so you know i had to ham it up for at least one or two.
more costumes and props.
why hello there, hologram finnick.
ooooh, liam hemsworth actually wore these pieces. well, at least i liked to think so.
lastly, a handful of katniss' most iconic outfits. the tour guide moved out of my way and excitedly said "oooh, now you have the perfect facebook cover photo!" his face fell a little when i said "only if i get to wear the dresses in the picture."
some final inspirational words as we exited:
...right into the gift shop. of course.
mockingjay doormat, anyone?
some promo items for peeta's bakery, perhaps?
i actually really liked this handmade knit shrug and would totally have scooped one up...except for the $139 price tag. yup. one HUNDRED and thirty-nine dollars, plus tax. yeah, it was cute and i'd totally rock it in the fall/winter months, but i'm not made of money, people. plus, i thought maybe i might find something similar on etsy. or perhaps someone who knits would make me one. if you want to volunteer, i haz photos of this thing from every angle.
bye bye, panem.
in the restroom, i noticed a note left by someone who was obviously very moved by the exhibit.
we admired the grounds a little more on our way back to the car.
and see, i just saved you $27.50 per person. you're welcome.