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Drive-in to host archery with 'Hunger Games' showing

In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games." The Starlite Drive in Theatre in Mitchell will host an archery event in conjunction with showings of the movie this weekend. (AP Photo)

Don't call this a shot in the dark. Call it a shot in the dusk, if you will.

The Starlite Drive-In Theatre will host free archery demonstrations before its showings of "The Hunger Games" on Friday and Saturday nights.

In a partnership with K&B Archery, the theater will have six lanes with targets on the end for those who want to fire a shot or two. The shooting event is free with paid admission into the theater, and all ages are welcome.

In the popular movie, the main character Katniss, who fights 23 other townspeople to the death in "The Hunger Games," shoots a deadly bow and arrow.

Jeff Logan, president of Logan Luxury Theatres, said the drive-in theater has done events to tie into shows before.

"We've done a lot of tie-ins, but I'm not sure we've done something quite like this before," Logan said, whose company owns both Luxury 5 Cinemas and Starlite in Mitchell.

The theater will open at 8 p.m. both nights, and the archery range will be open until it becomes too dark to shoot. The sun is forecast to set a little after 9 p.m. each day.

"We thought it would be fun to have some archery at the drive-in, because we have quite a bit of room and because it has a big role in the movie," Logan said. "It's a little easier to do at the drive-in, because we're not on a tight schedule between shows."

The theater, located on state Highway 37 north of Mitchell, will have a 60-foot shooting range within its walls for kids and adults to give archery a try.

As for the theater, which dates back to 1949 and reopened in 1993, Logan said the outdoor season has been good so far.

"Other than the rainy nights, which unfortunately have fallen on the weekends, it's been a very good year and we've had good turnouts on most nights," he said.