The red carpet will be rolled out Tuesday night at Regal's Pinnacle Theater in Turkey Creek for the charity premiere of one of the year's most anticipated movies.
The sequel to the Hunger Games, Catching Fire, was shown at the premiere, and was be attended by one of the movie's stars, Liam Hemsworth and its director, Francis Lawrence. The proceeds of the special event will go to Variety: A Children's Charity.
Variety raises money to improve the lives of children around the world. The local chapter of Variety was founded in Knoxville by Regal Cinemas in 2001 and since then has generated more than $5 million to assist children in East Tennessee.
Hemsworth said helping kids is an issue close to his heart.
"My dad worked for child protection my whole life, protecting kids. So, I think having kids grow up in safe environments where they feel confident enough to live out their dreams is something I was able to do as a kid. And I want kids to grow up in a similar environment," he said.
Lawrence agreed, saying he was glad he could use his talents to help children in need.
"We make movies for people to enjoy, but if it can actually help somehow and make a difference in somebody's life – that's an amazing thing," he said.
Lucky ticket holders enjoyed a catered reception in the lobby of the Pinnacle Theater, then got to watch Hemsworth walk the red carpet. Then, they were among the first people to see the much-anticipated sequel.
The theater was closed to the general public, but anyone could stand outside to watch the red carpet arrival at 7 pm.
Hemsworth isn't the first start to walk the red carpet in Knoxville. Hugh Jackman, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Will Ferrell, and several other stars have participated in the Variety charity event.
Tune in Wednesday to Live at 5 at 4 to see more of Stoney Sharp's interview with Liam Hemsworth and Francis Lawrence.