Summertime is a great time to enjoy movies. Of course there will always be the summertime blockbusters to catch at your local huge movie palace, but look around for some other fun ways to enjoy movies. Every summer, there are plenty of outdoor movie opportunities and places that you can catch films at low or no-cost. You can enjoy the summer weather and bring along the whole family. Kick your traditional night out at the movies up a notch with one of these great summer events.
Film on the Rocks
Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater
18300 West Alameda Parkway
Morrison, CO 80465
If you have never been to the summer Film on the Rocks series at Red Rocks, then you are seriously missing out. It features outdoor showings of second-run films, but they are always hit films and always a fun time. Plus, seeing a film at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater is unlike seeing it anywhere else. The natural sound is amazing and the stunning scenery and beauty that surrounds you makes this a truly memorable summer evening. There is always something fun to see at Film on the Rocks, which has quickly become a Denver summer tradition.
Civic Center Bike-In Movie Series
101 W 14th Ave.
Denver, CO 80204
Now in its third year, the Civic Center Bike-In Movie Series is another very popular summer movie event in Denver. Ride your bicycle to Civic Center Park to enjoy free movies on a large projection screen. You can bring in your own picnic or purchase something from local food trucks that will be on-site. The shows begin at dusk, so you can ensure a cool summer evening and a fun film. Plus, since you rode your bicycle to the movie, you can justify all that popcorn and soda.
Music and Movie Trivia Night
Sie Film Center
2510 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Are you a film expert? Does your knowledge of music or movie trivia amaze your friends and win you multiple bar tabs at trivia nights all over town? Well visit the Sie Film Center on any Monday night for the fun Music and Movie Trivia Night. Your team of up to four people will compete in a Jeopardy-style tournament for prizes. Winners get bar tabs, gift certificates and, of course, bragging rights. This is just another fantastic movie-themed night to enjoy any Monday of the year at the Sie Film Center.
Southwest Movies at Skyline Park
16th Street Mall and Arapahoe Street
Adding to the list of outdoor movie-going activities is the Southwest Movies at Skyline Park. Brought to you by Southwest Airlines, this movie series is designed with the whole family in mind and includes lots of family-friendly fare. The movies all start at dusk at Skyline Park, though you’ll want to arrive early to get a good seat. The movies range from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” to “The Lion King” and “Finding Nemo.” More grown-up fare includes “A League of Their Own” or “Father of the Bride.”
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Emerging Filmmakers Project
3654 Navajo St.
Denver, CO 80211
For more than 10 years, the Bug Theatre’s Emerging Filmmakers Project has been a staple of the locally produced film community. On the third Thursday of every month, the Bug Theatre fills up with area filmmakers, directors, writers and actors that come together to showcase their own short films. Following each screening is a fun question and answer session lead by EFP’s own Patrick Sheridan. A lot of big local names have enjoyed their own screenings at EFP and there is a reason this monthly event always has such a popular following. Head over to the Bug to check out the truly local films, or submit your own.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.