Published on June 16th, 2015 | by gatsbyadmin0
Film on the Rocks – Denver
When we pulled up to the very top lot of Red Rocks Amphitheatre, it was hailing. Big surprise since weather has not stopped falling from the sky since the beginning of May. That did not stop the residents of Colorado from coming out for a movie in the mountains. We sat in our car listening to some tunes, watching the rain pound down. The power supply non-existent, and to my right an excel Energy truck working rather quickly. Are we even going to catch a flick outdoors tonight?
The storm passed right over us and before we knew it, the lot was full and people eagerly wrapped around the rock perimeter to get in line. They probably want those closer seats, I thought to myself. My best friend and I met up with our two other friends and follow the crowd line to the entrance.
“We are out of power up top and the only restrooms available are at the very bottom, enjoy the show.” – says the security guard. Eeek! Thank goodness we had cash on hand, I get into the beer line. I ordered a Cinnamon Horchata Ale, Blue Moon brews it. Very delightful. We make our way down to the top center of the amphitheatre and get cozy.
The one thing that makes this event worth going to is the seating. It does not matter where you stand or sit at Red Rocks, you will be able to see. Particularly, for Film on the Rocks events I found that patrons were allowed to bring in yoga mats, anything inflatable to sit on, mini fold out chairs, blankets upon blankets, and pillows! I saw someone with his patio furniture cushions; I bet he was the comfiest of us all. It was encouraged to bring unopened snacks and it was encouraged to snuggle up with your loved ones and be close. I learned that it is necessary to have cushion under the bum, keep those sit bones comfortable. Comfy clothing is required.
So a little bit about the actual show…
Munley & The Lupercalians were playing upon arrival. Known for mixing elements of folk, country, gospel, and gothic, the band was perfect for setting the mood for the film we were about to see. I noticed all the members wearing interesting, creepy looking masks during the performance.
After the band exits the stage, an announcement is made to welcome Last Comic Standing finalist, Josh Blue. He lives right here in Denver and is hilarious. I was not expecting to see any comedian acts tonight, a pleasant surprise indeed. Blue performed for about 15 minutes.
Following the comedy comes more comedy, awesome following awesome I thought to myself nodding in approval. On the projector screen begins The Simpsons version of The Shining. This was a perfect introduction for those who may be seeing The Shining for the first time; Red Rocks is nailing this night.
The sun is finally setting around 9pm but lightning is constantly striking in the distance. This night could not be more perfect for the psychologically disturbing thriller we are about to watch.
The ever so famous 1980 film begins. The Shining stars Jack Nicholson and references a lot of Colorado including the touristy Shining Hotel in Estes Park. Whenever the cities of Denver or Boulder were mentioned, cheers multiplied through the crowd. I found it comical. The weather held out until about the last 20 minutes of the movie, which was enough to make a lot of people pack up early to head home. We stuck it out. We also had an umbrella.
Film on the Rocks is a movie experience that I had yet to have. It was family friendly and relaxing. The sound quality was top notch and the projection was exquisite. Even though people were constantly moving to grab a beer or run to the restroom, you could always hear and see the film. We were able to have minimal conversation without getting scolded by others because that simply was just the kind of event it was.
I leave you with the following: This amazing film experience had a ticket value of $15 and that included the service fee! That is a steal if you ask me.
Thank you for tuning in! Happy summer y’all. Be safe, spread the grime, and always keep it Gatsby. And if you have the opportunity to catch a film at Red Rocks, please do.
Written by: Jess Frost