On the heels of Red Rocks releasing its annual Film on the Rocks lineup, the Denver food hall Avanti has announced its own seasonal movie series, with programming that actually slaps.

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

Avanti, meanwhile, is screening about three times as many shows over the course of four months. A 30-foot screen goes up in the food hall’s courtyard, where movie-goers can set up for picnics. Or you can watch from the bleacher seating one story up on the hall’s rooftop.

In all, 14 throwback films will light up the big screen in Denver’s Lower Highland every Thursday at 9 p.m. from May 26 to Aug. 25.

Views might not be as breathtaking as at Red Rocks, but the movie options and sheer frequency of showings sure give it a leg up. As does the cost — It’s free to attend, just BYO camp chair.

Snack and drink specials also are on offer from the hall’s two bars and seven restaurants.

Check out the schedule for Avanti’s 2022 summer movie series below. Feel free to compare it to this year’s Film on the Rocks lineup.

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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
Aug 4 – “Mean Girls”
Aug 11 – “Oceans 11”
Aug 18 – “Old School”
Aug 25 – “The Big Lebowski”

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

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