A visit to Red Rocks amphitheater makes for a very special summer evening in Colorado. The towering red rocks along the sides of the seating area, the moon and the stars above, and a stunning view of the lights of Denver to the east, makes Red Rocks one of the most incredible settings for live entertainment.
An Affordable Evening at Red Rocks “Film on the Rocks”
If your favorite concert is sold out, or the price of a ticket is a bit steep, you can still enjoy a very affordable evening at Red Rocks thanks to the “Film on the Rocks” (FOTR) summer movie festival.
The festival will feature 10 films this year scheduled for weeknights from May 29 through August 13. Each movie is preceded by live band music and you can take a picnic dinner as well. The amphitheater allows non-alcoholic beverages, small coolers, food (fruit and veggies must be sliced beforehand), small seat cushions, and umbrellas. You’ll find a complete list of permitted items here. And here’s a quick rundown of what not to bring: alcohol, lawn chairs, framed backpacks, grills, glass bottles, aluminum cans; animals; skateboards; or inline skates
Doors open at 6 p.m.; bands start playing at 7 p.m., and movies start at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.).
“Risky Business,” “Die Hard” and Anniversary Screenings
This year’s FOTR festival includes anniversary screenings of three films: “Risky Business,” celebrating its 25th anniversary, and “Die Hard,” which turn 30 this year. Plus movie fans can enjoy the perennial cult favorite “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on August 13.
2013 Red Rocks “Film on the Rocks” Schedule
This year’s festival will feature ten movies, each preceded by a live band concert. Here’s a list of the movies and bands by date:
Wednesday, May 29 – “Back to the Future” | Band: Patrick Dethlefs and the Raven and the Writing Desk
Tuesday, June 4 – “Risky Business” (30th Anniversary) | Band: The Lone Bellow
Tuesday, June 11 – “Wet Hot American Summer | Band: The Knew and Kissing Party
Tuesday, June 18 – “Mean Girls” | Band: Sarah & the Meanies and Kitty Crimes
Tuesday, June 25 – “The Blues Brothers” | Band: Hearts in Space and Dragondeer
Tuesday, July 2 – “Die Hard” (25th Anniversary) | Band: In The Whale and James and the Devil
Tuesday, July 9 “Point Break” | Band: You Me & Apollo and Mile High Soul Club
Monday, July 15 – “The Hunger Games” | Band: Vicci Martinez
Tuesday, July 23 – “The Princess Bride” | Band: School of Rock National All Stars
Tuesday, August 13 – “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” Band: School of Rock – Denver/Boulder
Tickets for 2013 Film on the Rocks
General admission tickets cost $12.00 and are available online at www.denverfilm.org. Party Bus VIP tickets are also available and include a ride to and from the show on the VIP bus from Rackhouse Pub. Or you can opt for a Trading Post Pre-Party VIP ticket with catering by Steuben’s. Both VIP options include free food, drinks and preferred seating in the amphitheater. Prices start at $35.00 are are available here. Non-VIP seating is general admission with no assigned seats.
Film on the Rocks – Helpful Tips
Red Rocks amphitheater is located in Morrison, Colorado just west of Denver (click here for maps, parking locations, and park hours.) Parking lots open at 30 minutes ahead of events, so get there early and find a good spot at the Top Circle Lot located just of West Alameda Parkway near the visitor center for the shortest walk. You’ll also find shuttle services for individuals with disabilities there. There’s plenty of parking in the lower lots north and east of the amphitheater, but be prepared for a long walk and lots of stairs to earn your calories for your picnic dinner.
For complete information go to www.redrocksonline.com