Avanti’s 2022 summer film series in Denver is better than this year’s Film on the Rocks

Hot on the heels of Red Rocks releasing its annual Film on the Rocks lineup, Denver food hall Avanti has announced its own seasonal movie series, with some seriously slam-dunk lineup.

Thing is, after frequent drive-in movies in the pandemic era, Red Rocks has cut its offerings this year to just five shows — with one in June and two each in July and August — all located at the inside the amphitheater rather than drive-in style at the parking lot.

Avanti, meanwhile, screens about three times as many shows in four months. A 30-foot screen rises in the courtyard of the food hall, where moviegoers can set up for a picnic. Or you can watch from the bleacher sitting on a floor on the roof of the room.

A total of 14 returning films will light up the big screen in Denver’s Lower Highland every Thursday at 9 p.m. from May 26 through August 25.

The views may not be as breathtaking as at Red Rocks, but the movie options and frequency of showings certainly give it a leg up. Just like the cost: participation is free, all you need is a BYO camp chair.

Snacks and drink specials are also offered at the two lobby bars and seven restaurants.

Check out Avanti’s 2022 Summer Movie Series schedule below. Feel free to compare it to this year’s Film on the Rocks lineup.

Avanti Summer Movie Series 2022

May 26 – “Billy Madison”
June 2 – “Dazed and Confused”
June 9 – “White Men Can’t Jump”
June 16 – “Caddyshack”
June 23 – “10 Things I Hate About You”
June 30 – “Almost Famous”
July 7 – “School of Rock”
July 14 – “Black Panther”
July 21 – “Zoolander”
July 28 – The Shining
August 4 – “Mean Girls”
August 11 – “Oceans 11”
August 18 – “Old School”
August 25 – “The Big Lebowski”

3200 Pecos St., Thursdays all summer beginning May 26, latest at avantifandb.com/events

Andrea G. Henderson