One of most unique nocturnal delights Denver’s summer provides is the outdoor movie series, Film on the Rocks. 2015 marks its 16th year and this year’s lineup is a great one! For the uninitiated, you may ask, what is so special about seeing a movie that you can watch in the comfort of your home for a fraction of the price? Three reasons jump to my mind:
- Location, Location, Location– Red Rocks- This geological amphitheater was formed by Mother Nature herself 250 million years ago. Yes, way, way, way before Fred Flintstone was a twinkle in his mama’s eye. And you are guaranteed to have flashbacks of Bedrock as you drive and walk to the facility. Humans in the early half of the 1900’s honed the site into the perfection that you see and can be part of today. You will be cozily nestled between the two monoliths Ship Rock and Creation Rock- each taller than Niagara Falls! Seating faces eastward towards downtown Denver. If geological history doesn’t impress you, perhaps the bands that have performed will- from The Beatles to U2 to The String Cheese Theory- the facility has been host to more bands than are even in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The facility contains a free, indoor museum that is awe inspiring.
- Price– Talk about bang for your buck. Tickets are $12 for General Admission ($42 for VIP Peak Experience package.) For a mere dozen dollars, one can be entertained by a comedian, rock out to live music, be surrounded by other cool, outdoorsy people and watch a classic movie in possibly the world’s greatest outdoor theater. Doors open at 6:30, bands start at 7:00 and the movie gets fired up at dusk
- Breathtaking– literally. If the views, entertainment and crowds don’t get you, the altitude will. At 6,450 feet, you may have to take a few breath breaks before you get to your seat. But there isn’t a rush. With a capacity of 9,525 seats, there will be a spot for you. For a list of permitted and prohibited items, visit http://redrocksonline.com/concerts-events/attending-a-show/permitted-prohibited-items
The 2015 schedule includes:
May 23: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ / Strawberry Runners and Plume Varia
June 2: “Super Troopers” / Strange Americans and Bonnie and the Beard
June 9: “The Shining” / Munly & The Lupercalians and Stella Luce
June 15: “The Princess Bride” / Jux County and Clouds & Mountains
June 23: “Jurassic Park” / School of Rock
July 31: “Pretty Woman” / SHEL and Moses
Aug 26: “The Breakfast Club” / Jen Korte & the Loss with The Dirty Femmes
Aug 31: “Guardians of the Galaxy” / Kaleo and Bluebook
Sept 2: The end of season extravaganza will be announced.
Convenient Print-at-Home and Mobile tickets are available at: www.denverfilm.org. See you at the movies!
Karen Loucks Rinedollar has attended a plethora of events at Red Rocks during her 21 years of residency in the Denver metro area. She has been a performer on the world renowned stage in the capacity of Officiant, bringing scores of couples together to tie the knot or reaffirm vows. When not being one with this prehistoric setting, she is the Executive Director of Denver Speakers Bureau and brings The LINUS Effect to corporate, university, healthcare and non-profit audiences around the United States. Karen is the author of Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story.