Film on the Rocks will debut a holiday-themed drive-in experience at Red Rocks
Film on the Rocks – Holiday Drive-In includes favorites like Die Hard, which is absolutely a Christmas movie.
Film on the Rocks is back, but it’s getting a holiday makeover.
As part of its annual outdoor film programming, Denver Film has partnered with Denver Arts & Venues to launch a holiday drive-in movie series at Red Rocks. Starting Nov. 26, Film on the Rocks – Holiday Drive-In will screen 13 holiday films at Red Rocks, plus a holiday cartoon before each screening. Film lovers can enjoy views of the famous amphitheater while watching holiday classics like A Christmas Story, Home Alone and Die Hard from their cars.
“For more than two decades, Film on the Rocks has been delivering memorable summer traditions and experiences to our audiences,” said Kevin Smith, Denver Film’s chief marketing officer. “Beginning this year, we’re excited to join our partners at Denver Arts & Venues to extend that experience and help create some stand-out winter memories for thousands of our guests around some of their favorite holiday films.”
Every year, Denver Film hosts outdoor film screenings at Red Rocks as part of its popular Film on the Rocks programming. Last summer during the pandemic, Denver Film adapted the series into a drive-in film experience, allowing guests to remain in their pods and watch films from their cars.
“Our Denver-area audiences delivered an overwhelmingly positive response to both our 2020 and 2021 drive-in series,” said Denver Arts & Venues spokesperson Brian Kitts. “With more people able to get together in person this holiday season and people coming in from out of town, we know that a holiday Red Rocks drive-in will be a very memorable experience for friends and families across generations.”
Each film will be presented on a 48-foot by 28-foot LED screen in the amphitheater’s Lower South Lot 2 parking area. Guests are required to remain in their cars and will tune their radios to a designated FM frequency to pick up the film audio. Concessions will be available onsite, and each vehicle will be given a snack pack made up of popcorn and candy.
It’s a good time to be a cinephile in Denver. The news comes as Denver Film is gearing up for its hybrid in-person and virtual Denver Film Festival, which also marks the grand reopening of the recently remodeled Sie Film Center. For more on how to experience this year’s festival, check out our previous coverage.
Tickets to Film on the Rocks- Holiday Drive-In are $59.50 per vehicle and include a snack pack. You can buy them starting Friday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. on Red Rocks’ website.
Here’s the initial Film on the Rocks – Holiday Drive-In schedule:
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Friday, Nov. 26, at 4:30 p.m.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: Friday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.
Polar Express: Saturday, Nov. 27, at 4:30 p.m.
Die Hard: Saturday, Nov. 27, at 8 p.m.
Home Alone: Sunday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 p.m.
Gremlins: Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
Jingle All the Way: Saturday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m.
Batman Returns: Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m.
Love Actually: Friday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
The Preacher’s Wife: Saturday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m.
Scrooged: Saturday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m.
A Christmas Story: Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.