Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, Colorado
If you’re a Star Wars fanatic, chances are you’ve seen the series many times. But what if we tell you there’s a whole new way to experience the film? This summer, Film on the Rocks will have a screening of the Star Wars epic installment, Episode VI – Return of the Jedi! The critically-acclaimed film is one of the must-see episodes of the Star Wars franchise. Produced, written, and directed by George Lucas, the movie stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee, and more! This highly-successful film follows the first two series, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back! You can enjoy Episode VI – Return of the Jedi at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre! This incredible outdoor movie experience will pull out all the stops, including state-of-the-art audio and visual system, scrumptious snacks and refreshments, and just plain enjoying an astonishing film with the breathtaking horizon of Morrison, Colorado’s landscape! So hurry and score tickets now to have a fantastic movie experience!
Film on the Rocks is an annual collaboration between the non-profit organization Denver Film and Red Rocks Amphitheater owner, Denver Arts & Venues. The series is now on its 24th season, and it’s on its second year back after opening up the amphitheater after the pandemic. This project aims to provide viewers with a great outdoor movie experience while basking in the Colorado night sky and landscape. This 2023, Film on the Rocks has an incredible line-up of new and classic Blockbuster movies, such as Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, Mama Mia!, Top Gun: Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and India Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark. From June 12th to August 21st, 2023, the Film on The Rocks will have screenings on select dates.
Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is the third part of the Star Wars trilogy. This epic space film features an interstellar world where rebels stand up to the Galactic Empire run by Darth Vader and the Force. Released in 1983, the film grossed over 482 million dollars against a 32 to 42-million dollar budget. And in usual George Lucas fashion, Return of the Jedi showcased incredible visual and audio special effects, which has been regarded as ahead of its time.
The screenplay was written by Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan. It took the production crew one year to film with a working budget of 32 million dollars. The production team made sure to use state-of-the-art optical and sound effects. The film also features an epic soundtrack composed by John Williams, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The film was released and received wide critical acclaim from viewers. Film critic Roger Ebert described it as “a complete entertainment, a feast for the eyes and a delight for the fancy.” He added that it was terrific “how Lucas and his associates keep topping themselves.” Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribute published, “From the moment that the familiar Star Wars introductory words begin to crawl up the screen, Return of the Jedi is a childlike delight. It's the best video game around. And for the professional moviegoers, it is particularly enjoyable to watch every facet of filmmaking at its best.”
The film has earned numerous accolades, including a Special Achievement Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award for Best Special Visual Effects, and five Saturn Awards.
This 2023, the film is on its 40th anniversary, and what’s a better way to celebrate than watch the epic space movie at the Red Rocks Amphitheater? Hurry and score your tickets now!