Red Rocks Amphitheatre closed their 2010 season of Film on the Rocks with an epic finale last night to a sold out crowd of 9,000 people. The sun began to set behind the growing crowds and Something Underground began playing songs of The Beatles in honor of the evening movie Across the Universe.
The musical selection began to vary widely, with band members of Devotchka and Big Head Todd and the Monsters making special appearances as well. The musical highlight had to have been a slow and very poignant cover of Help that had enough heart and soul behind it to instigate a standing ovation.
Film on the Rocks obviously wants to keep community at the forefront. From Denver musicians playing before the movie to local charities working for fundraising to local comedians hosting and performing stand up comedy. The event has the sense of community defined.
As the sun has set and the pre-show entertainment is over, you already feel that your $10 general admission ticket was well worth it. You got music from great bands and stand up comedy. A singular event of that nature will typically run more money out of your wallet, let alone both. However, that is only half of the four hour adventure.
The massive screen comes up and the reverberation from the rocks can be felt in the amphitheatre from the speakers sounding out the call of the movie starting. You get the classic cartoon short before the feature presentation, a trip to nostalgic methods of a cinematic experience.
As the movie begins, you find yourself slipping into the movie completely with an audience that rivals most rock concerts. You get the feeling that they could show Manos: Hands of Fate and you would still walk away thoroughly entertained. Thankfully, they go for higher quality programming than movies seeking ridicule.
Film on the Rocks will return in 2011 for an astounding 12th season from the Denver Film Society and Red Rocks. Their collaboration with a massive group of sponsors and partners has created what is undeniably one of the best moviegoing experiences the entire country has to offer, let alone the Denver Metro area.
Since they are typically Monday through Wednesday nights, the working adult will have to be prepared for that extra cup of coffee the next morning. However, the experience is well worth the marathon of entertainment and the 2011 season will be here soon for all visitors and residents of Colorado to enjoy.
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