LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Fans of “The Hunger Games” were waiting Monday to see their favorite stars on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of the film version of the popular science fiction series.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports an audience ranging from young teens accompanied by their parents to college students packed the streets outside L.A. Live ahead of the premiere.

John Carlos Benevente flew down from the Bay Area to stand with his older brother for a chance to get wristbands and a ticket for the premiere.

“It’s incredibly enthralling, such a good read, and I think it appeals to all audiences,” said Benevente.

But Benevente rejected any suggestion that the series’ premise of young people being designated to fight to the death for resources for their respective states could ever become a reality.

Diana Betts and Grace Doyle said they came from Northridge for the campout because they have read all three of the books.

“I’m just a big fan,” said Doyle. “It’s really exciting to be a part of something.”

Members of the film’s cast, including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, are expected to greet the fans before tonight’s premiere.

The first of four planned “Hunger Games” movies opens nationwide March 23.

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