Take Back the Movies in Colorado

On August 11, 2012 I went to see the movie Hope Springs with a couple of friends.  On our way to the movie theater the July 20, 2012 shootings in Aurora crossed my mind.  I felt a little bit of anxiety.  When we got to the theater there was a group of people standing outside with black shirts on and these words, “take back the movies.”  A lady approached us and gave us 3 movie tickets for free.  She explained that the group of people outside were there on behalf of the victims and the people that were affected by the July 20th shootings in Aurora.  Along with the tickets she gave us a piece of paper that stated this:

We’re spreading some light in the dark!  On July 20, one man crept into a darkened movie theater in Aurora and turned a night of fun into something terrible.  He took something from our community, so tonight we’re giving it back.  We want to give you the gift of a night at the movies.  This isn’t a fundraiser, it isn’t a protest.  It’s your community’s gift to you.  Go, enjoy, and after the movie, go spread some light in return.

We were awestruck by the generosity and also emotional.  As we walked into the theater and sat down and watched the previews I tried to put myself in the shoes of the patrons that night in Aurora.  I couldn’t.  I ended up scaring myself a little and getting a bit of anxiety.  I can’t imagine sitting in the theater eating popcorn, watching the big movie screen, and waiting with anticipation for the movie to start only to have life cut short in minutes of horror.  This post is dedicated to everyone that was at the theater the night of the July 20th shootings.  This post is also dedicated to the folks who are volunteering their time with “take back the movies.”  Here is a quote from the “take back the moviesblog:

On August 11, we’re taking Denver to the movies. We’re going to go to as many theaters as we can and pay for everyone’s movie tickets.  Our message is simple: “Tonight, the movie’s on us. Go, enjoy. This isn’t a fundraiser, it’s not a memorial service. Some jerk tried to steal a night of fun from all of us. Tonight, we’re giving it back.”

I believe in paying it forward and this is exactly what this group is doing.  Bravo!  This is why Colorado is a great place to live!

Please visit the Take Back the Movies bloghttp://takebackthemovies.blogspot.com/


The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado



We stumbled across this map and coupon book while enjoying a cold beer at Odell Brewing Co.  We have the 4th Edition but the website offers the 5th Edition.  The map is very inclusive.  The coupons have allowed us to receive free pints of beer and discounted growler fill-ups.  We have been known to spontaneously open the map and plan our day purely based on what breweries we would like to experience.


Colorado Beer Tour App for your phone


A great App for your phone is the Colorado Beer Tour App by Raymond Larry Smith.  It is free.  It gives the names, addresses, phone numbers, and a brief description of some Colorado breweries.  It is extremely handy and best of all—free!


Dry Dock Brewing Company


Dry Dock Brewing Company located in Aurora is fantastic.  They don’t serve food but they do allow you to bring in take out.  I would recommend the Dry Dock Vanilla Porter (it really does taste like vanilla), Dry Dock Apricot Blonde, and the Dry Dock Hefeweizen.  Great atmosphere with wonderful tasting brews.  The beer pictures above–Vanilla Porter, Apricot Blonde, and Hefeweizen.