Today marks the 75th anniversary of Colorado’s most iconic venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. On June 15, 1941 Red Rocks opened their doors to 9,525 concertgoers as the only naturally-occurring, acoustic amphitheatre.

First Easter Sunday at Red Rocks. Photo courtesy of Red Rocks on Facebook.

First Easter Sunday at Red Rocks. Photo courtesy of Red Rocks on Facebook.

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Red Rocks in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library.

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Photo courtesy of Red Rocks Parks and Amphitheatre Facebook.

Since 1927, when George Cranmer convinced the City of Denver to purchase Red Rocks from John Brisben Walker for $54,133, Red Rocks has become an iconic venue for artists from near and far to perform at. Burnham Hoyt designed the Amphitheatre to preserve the natural beauty of the area, completing it in 1936. The Amphitheatre was dedicated on June 15, 1941 with the first annual Easter Sunrise Service taking place in 1947.

While the summer lineup has already started, Red Rocks’ 75th season has plenty of great shows left. To celebrate the designation of Red Rocks as a National Historic Landmark, Red Rocks has the following events today:

Tours of Civilian Conservation Corps Camp from 3-4 p.m.

Ticketholders get exclusive backstage tours of Red Rocks from 4-6 p.m.

The tunnels backstage every performer walks through and signs before their show. Photo by Roman Tafoya.

The tunnels backstage every performer walks through and signs before their show. Photo by Roman Tafoya.

At 6:30 p.m. Red Rocks will be presented as a National Historic Landmark. Dancers from the artists of the Denver Pow Wow and music from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will kick off around 7 p.m.

The fourth Film on the Rocks kicks off at dusk with Citizen Kane.

Tickets are $12 for General Admission. VIP Peak Experience packages begin at $47.

Use #RedRocks75 on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to share your favorite amphitheater memories for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a preferred event. 75 tickets will be given away through October 7.

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Photo by Roman Tafoya

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Blueprint of Red Rocks. Photo courtesy of Red Rocks on Facebook.

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