One place I don’t think I will ever get tired of visiting is Red Rocks Amphitheater. From concerts, to workouts, to races, I’ve done ‘em all. As much as I love live music and exercise, my new favorite thing to do at Red Rocks is watch a movie.
Red Rocks and the Denver Film Society have partnered to present Film on the Rocks. The schedule consists of 11-12 movies each summer once a week. A taste of this year’s choices include: Pineapple Express, Twilight, Top Gun and Edward Scissorhands. There’s a movie for everyone!
A few weeks ago, Sarah and I went with a fun group to watch the opening film, The Big Lebowski. Instantly, I fell in love with Film on the Rocks. Who doesn’t like watching a movie outside, surrounded by beautiful red rocks and thousands of your closest friends? So when @YelpDenver posted a contest on twitter for tickets to this week’s film, A Fish Called Wanda, I immediately entered. Much to my surpise and delight, I won!
I grabbed my newest newlywed friend, Morgan, and we battled minor traffic out to Morrison. Rather than just winning tickets to the movie, YelpDenver gave away VIP/Trading Post Pre-Party tickets! Neither of us had been to the pre-party before but the promise of food, drinks and close parking was more than enough to excite us.
It was held in the Trading Post backyard and there were about 40 or so people mingling. Our belly’s were growling when we got there so we immediatly sought out our dinner options…we could smell the pizza before we saw it.
I’ve heard raving reviews about Basil Doc’s but hadn’t had the opportunity to try it yet and it did not disappoint. While it wasn’t piping hot, the Canadian Bacon pizza really hit the spot. It would not be a lie to say that I made repeat trips to the pizza table.
Of course, we needed something to wash the pizza down and the pre-party provided a variety of options. After reviewing our beer options, a cold cup of white wine was our answer. And the wine was by Infinate Monkey Theorem – Morgan’s friend’s fiance is one of ‘the originals’ at the winery. I met said fiance at Morgan’s wedding and heard about the wine so I was excited to finally try it!
It was an Albariño – which I’d never had or heard of but I LOVED it. Not too sweet but deliciously refreshing. I will be looking for this at the liquor store.
And what goes better with pizza and wine than tiny cupcakes? Answer: nothing.
Toasted coconut and orange cream. Yum!
And the view at dinner ain’t half bad either.
As the evening sun started setting, the pre-party cleared out for the amphitheater and we follwed suit. On the way in, we were drawn into a booth that was registering people to be bone marrow donors.
I am a regular blood donor and believe in giving what I have if it can help another person. If the healthy marrow or blood that I have can save someone else’s life, sign me up. And so they did. It was a simple process – we just swabbed our mouths for a few seconds and it gets sent off for testing. Morgan signed up too!
We’ll stay on the registry until we’re 65 and if we ever match another person in need, they’ll call us up and ask us to help. Some people are on the registry for years before they’re matched, some never get matched. One of the guys at the table just found out that day that he was a match for a little tiny infant. What an incredible gift to give that baby and it’s family.
After we found our VIP seats, we watched a couple of comedians and cartoons before it was movie time!
Seth Myers with Weekend Update.
The movie was very funny – lots of laughs and cheers from the audience. The movie isn’t quite how I remembered and I appreciate it a lot more being 13 years more mature. Watching a movie at Red Rocks is similar to watching at a drive in but with more comradarie and comfort.
And great scenery.
If you’re considering a Film on the Rocks experience, I highly recommend the VIP ticket. For just a few extra dollars over the standard ticket, you get the Trading Post Pre-Party with food, drinks and close parking in addition to your ticket with VIP seating. Especially on crowded nights (as most movie nights are), it’s really cool to have a blocked off seating area in the middle of the amphitheater.
Unfortunately, one glass too many of last night’s white wine has made for a dehydrated and hungry girl today. Today I’m drink-drink-drinking water like nobody’s business.