Movie + stars + awesome ‘80s-ness: Gypsum launches outdoor Friday Film Series by going ‘Back to the Future’ |

Movie + stars + awesome ‘80s-ness: Gypsum launches outdoor Friday Film Series by going ‘Back to the Future’

Gypsum Friday Film Series go'ers stake out their pieces of the Lundgren Theater lawn before a movie showing. The popular free series returns to town this summer with a revised schedule, different venues and fun themes.
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What: Friday Film Series.

Where: Various locations around Gypsum.

When: First friday of each month through September, 7 p.m. movies with activities before.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit

As we launch the sweet days of summer, Gypsum will catapult us back to the days of neon clothing, hair scrunchies and Ms. Pacman.

On Friday, the town is going “Back to the Future.”

Gypsum’s free, family-friendly Friday Film Series returns this summer with a tweaked schedule and a plan to amp up the fun. Fun is always at the center of the series, with movies screened outdoors and extra entertainment filling out the bill.

The series launches on Friday, with an ‘80s theme centered around Robert Zemeckis’s 1985 hit starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and a chronologically souped up DeLorean. The throwback evening will get under way at 7 p.m. when Ronnie Raygun and the Big Eighties take the stage at the Lundgren Theater. After they move the crowd into an ‘80s frame of mind, the movie showing will follow at dusk.

The Lundgren Theater Park is an open campus and moviegoers are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy at the concert and movie.

“I have been wanting to do an ‘80s theme for a long time,” said Gypsum Special Events Coordinator Krista DeHerrera. “We are also urging people to bring out their classic ‘80s cars for the evening.”

Spreading out the fun

While the outdoor movie series begins on Friday, the schedule has been changed for the rest of the summer. Previously the Friday night events were planned weekly through the month of June. This summer, the showings are slated for the first Friday of the month through September.

DeHerrera said the schedule change reflects a fundamental challenge in the Vail Valley — everyone is so excited to get the summer underway that they tend to overload June with special events. This way, she noted, the fun extends through early September when the temperatures are still mild and everyone wants a last chance to relish being outside during the evening.

She noted the series is Gypsum’s opportunity to branch out from the country music emphasis of its popular Gypsum Daze celebration.

“The film series is a great opportunity to give people some rock and roll and other offerings,” DeHerrera said. “We have a lot of things going this summer.”

Shifting venues

Along with changing the schedule, Gypsum will experiment with different venues for the Friday Film Series this summer. The different venues reflect the movie themes and open up a new realm of pre-show entertainment options.

Here’s the schedule:

Friday, July 7 — Dive in Theater

The venue will be at the Gypsum Creek Clubhouse Pool and eventgoers can enjoy the show from the water. The featured presentation will be “The Jungle Book” and pre-movie fun will include pool games and contests. Because of the venue, no glass containers or alcohol will be permitted but participants are still welcome to pack a picnic.

Friday, Aug. 4 — Double Play Friday

Everyone is invited to Gypsum’s Second Street Park for a game of kickball leading up to a showing of “The Sandlot.” A complimentary barbecue dinner will be served.

Friday, Sept. 8 — Food from Farm to Table

As a lead in to the Valley Tastings event planned for Saturday, Sept. 9, the Friday Film Series will feature live music and a food truck gathering. The featured movie will be “Temple Grandin,” the acclaimed HBO movie about the Colorado State University animal science professor, livestock industry consultant and autism spokesperson. The event is planned at the Gypsum Public Library lawn.

All Friday Film Series events begin at 7 p.m. To learn more about the Friday Film Series, or any of the activities planned in Gypsum this summer, visit

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