Film on the Rocks adds ‘Purple Rain,’ tribute to Prince

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DENVER — He never played in the famed amphitheater, but one day after the sudden death of legendary singer Prince, Film on the Rocks announced it will start two weeks earlier with a screening of “Purple Rain.”

Film on the Rocks, put on by the Denver Film Society and Denver Arts & Venues, announced its 2016 schedule on Wednesday.

The 17th season of movies at Red Rock Amphitheatre was set to begin on May 23 and conclude Sept. 6. But Prince’s death prompted the addition of “Purple Rain” as well as a local all-star Prince tribute.

“We are looking forward to celebrating the life of a legend the best way we know how, by pulling together some of Denver’s best musicians for a performance you won’t forget and showing the 1984 classic, ‘Purple Rain,’ Denver Film Society festival director Britta Erickson told Westword.

The musicians playing the tribute will be announced later.

Prince never played at the famous venue, but did make tour stops at the Ogden Theater, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre as well as McNichols Sports Arena and Rainbow Music Hall.

The Denver Film Society also announced Film on the Rocks’ last movie on Sept. 6 will be “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” There will be nine movies this year. Each show this year will also feature a comedian from Comedy Works as well as bands.

Tickets go on sale beginning at noon Friday and cost $12 for general admission at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the bands playing at 7 p.m. and the movies beginning at dusk.

The lineup

May 12: “Purple Rain,” with special local all-star Prince tribute

May 23: “Grease” sing-along with Lissie + Megan Burtt & the Cure For Love

May 30: “The Big Lebowski” with Anthony Ruptak and The Midnight Friends + The River Arkansas

June 15: “Citizen Kane” in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the dedication of Red Rocks Amphitheatre

June 20: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” with Strawberry Runners + The Baltic

July 11: “The Sandlot” with Special Guests + Brent Cowles

July 25: “Labyrinth” with School of Rock – A Tribute to Bowie

Aug. 23: “Deadpool” with The Blue Rider

Sept. 6: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with Itchy-O


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