Boulder and Denver, Colo., are both known for their eclectic music scenes. Vibrant concerts, music festivals and even free music events hosted by both cities are regular occurrences throughout the year, not to mention the ongoing art exhibits, plays and film showings based throughout the Front Range.
Why so many events centering around the arts and community? Because both Boulder and Denver, along with their sister towns, are committed to bringing people together for good, clean fun that's enriching and entertaining for all.
And perhaps no event does just that quite so well as Red Rocks Amphitheater's Film on the Rocks. Families, couples and groups of friends bring in blankets and coolers full of snacks to hold them over while movies such as Jurassic Park, The Princess Bride and The Shining captivate and come to life on a huge outdoor screen.
Setting up for Film on the Rocks — Photo courtesy of Film on the Rocks / Red Rocks Amphitheater
Hollywood Rocks Out
Film on the Rocks chooses their lineup every season to reflect the wishes of the public and also popular blockbusters. Movies that have been shown in the past include The Breakfast Club, The Hunger Games, Pretty Woman and local favorite The Princess Bride.
Not only are visitors treated to a movie, but live music and a stand-up comedian also go on before every show, ensuring that the experience is truly one of a kind.
Showings typically run from June through September, and it's recommended that you get tickets well in advance. They do sell out quickly.
Tickets are inexpensive, and people of all ages are welcome; however, minors do need to be accompanied by an adult if the film is rated R.
Before the Show
Acres of beautiful vegetation surround the amphitheater. You can even explore the trails throughout the property. And it's suggested that all visitors make time for the museum and Ship Rock Grille below the venue, too.
Red Rocks is located near the town of Morrison, Colo. – just 15 minutes from Golden, 20 minutes from Denver and 30 minutes from Boulder.
Red Rocks Amphitheater is an outdoor wonder — Photo courtesy of Film on the Rocks / Red Rocks Amphitheater
Perfect for a day trip, the drive from Boulder will take you through golden plains with views of the rolling foothills preceding the Rocky Mountains.
Stopping off in Golden's downtown area for dinner before the show is highly recommended, since this area offers quaint shopping and exceptional dining options.
About Red Rocks
The iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater sits 6,450 feet above sea level, and it's said to be the "only naturally occurring and acoustically perfect" concert venue in the world.
Red Rocks is truly a delight for all the senses, whether visitors come to see a concert or to take part in one of the many dance or workout festivals.