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JLaw's family, fans fill theater for private screening of 'Mockingjay Part 1'

Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 4:04 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2015 at 4:04 AM EST
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From left to right: Jennifer Lawrence's father Gary Lawrence, mother Karen Lawrence,...
From left to right: Jennifer Lawrence's father Gary Lawrence, mother Karen Lawrence, sister-in-law Meredith Lawrence and brother Ben Lawrence (Source: WAVE 3 News)
One of the winners of the costume contest dressed as "Girl on Fire." (Source: WAVE 3 News)
One of the winners of the costume contest dressed as "Girl on Fire." (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Karen Lawrence (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Karen Lawrence (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – "The Hunger Games" fans eager to see the latest film in the franchise satisfied their appetites Wednesday as A-lister Jennifer Lawrence rolled out the red carpet for hundreds in her hometown.

A private screening was for "Mockingjay Part 1" was held at Cinemark Tinseltown ahead of the nationwide premier.

"I am so excited!" Ellie Fizer exclaimed. She was one of the many Jennifer Lawrence fans huddled in the lobby.

"She is one of my closest friends and I just love her so much," Fizer said.

[SLIDESHOW: Fans fill Tinseltown for private 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' screening]

JLaw wasn't able to make it to the Louisville screening, but her family was there. Her mother, Karen Lawrence, flew into Louisville for the event Wednesday morning after watching the film at the premiere in Los Angeles the night before.

"It's amazing. It's really, really good," she said.

Her mom posed for pictures with fans, like a young girl dressed as "Girl on Fire." She was one of the winners of the costume contest and received an autographed poster signed by the Oscar winner.

She also introduced us to her daughter's biggest fan who had a huge collection of JLaw stuff including a blanket.

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"She had a house fire and the firemen are there and she tells them to run in and get those posters and her throw off the sofa," Karen Lawrence said.

Joann Goodlett said she has met Jennifer before and is very, very proud.

"Because she's from Kentucky," Goodlett said.

Karen Lawrence said even though Jen wasn't at the event she does come home when she can.

"She comes here to unplug and unwind and just gotten to spend some time," she said.

The Lawrence Foundation and The Community Foundation of Louisville coordinated the event which sold 400 tickets at $125 each. The money from the ticket sales went to one of JLaw's favorite charities, The Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana.

"We are so excited and so thankful," said Boys & Girls Club of Kentuckiana CEO Jennifer Helgeson.

"It's nice to see people like Jennifer Lawrence who still think about us," said The Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Kolby Atkinson.

As for the movie, "it left you wanting to see the next one for sure," one fan said.

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" debuts in theaters on Nov. 21.

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