The Gorge Amphitheatre opened in 1986 and quickly became a destination for musicians and fans. (Courtesy Trafalgar Releasing)
Movie features interviews with Dave Matthews, Mike McCready and more
The Gorge Amphitheatre’s “Enormous” day will finally arrive.
Trafalgar Releasing has announced a new theatrical release date for “Enormous: The Gorge Story,” a documentary on the concert venue, which has attracted more than 7 million fans to the town of George, Washington, above the Columbia River. The one-night-only event will take place at theaters across the country July 21 with additional screenings in select locations.
From the amphitheater’s origins to its social impact, the documentary blends personal stories from music’s Dave Matthews, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Jason Mraz, and Steve Miller with the voices of fans.
In addition to the full-length film, the theatrical screenings will feature exclusive interviews with Portugal. The Man, Dierks Bentley, and Phantogram.
“With the Gorge reopening this July, after more than a year of shuttered theaters, music venues, and a dire lack of live communal experiences, ‘Enormous: The Gorge Story’ couldn’t be releasing at a better time,” said the film’s director, Nic Davis, in a statement that was part of the announcement. “Our film is about the power of place. And the power of community. And how some great music got millions of people from around the world to dance together on a patch of rural farmland. Enormous captures the experiences we have all been missing this last year and can’t wait to get back to.”
The Gorge Amphitheatre is a 27,500-seat Live Nation venue that has played host to artists such as Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Tom Petty, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, The Grateful Dead and thousands more. It is scheduled to reopen with the Watershed Festival July 30-Aug. 1, featuring Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, and Kelsea Ballerini, among others.
Pollstar box-office reports for the venue stretching back to 1993 total 5,944,739 tickets sold over 413 reported shows and a gross of $281,210,697. That comes out to an average of nearly 14,400 tickets and a $681,000 gross per show.
Tickets for the screenings are on sale now at EnormousMovie.com, along with information regarding participating theaters.