GEORGE, Washington – The Gorge Amphitheater is a place that millions of people visit, just two hours from Spokane.
The amphitheater is slated to reopen on July 29, marking the first concert there in over a year. Along with the return of the concerts, a new documentary highlights the famous venue.
There are special moments in people’s lives that they will never forget. For music lovers, there is a concert that will always be remembered. For the most part, location never really matters, but it did and always does for those who have been to the Gorges.
This will all be summed up in “Enormous: The Gorge Story”, directed by Nic Davis and produced by Tim Jack.
âIt’s an epicenter that people come from all over the world,â said Nic Davis.
“It’s not a place just for the young or just for the old or the like, but it will always be a place that will hold special memories for people of all ages and throughout their journey,” added Carrie Arredondo , who does the marketing at Cave B Estate Vignoble.
The Arredondo family opened the Gorge in the 1980s. His parents first named it “Champs de Brionne”, which translates to “Bryans Fields”. It started out as a winery and when the time came to harvest the grapes, her parents wanted to celebrate with a grand opening.
Her mother Carol wrote a thousand invitations and they celebrated with wine and a live concert.
âThey realized pretty quickly that the acoustics were phenomenal and absolutely amazing,â Arrendondo said.
From then on, the Gorge grows rapidly.
âWow, what a development,â said Jeff Trisler, of LiveNation, who now manages the Gorge. “It was literally a plywood stage, which could accommodate maybe two, three thousand people at most.”
Now over 20,000 people can sit on the grass and listen to their favorite bands with a direct view of the beautiful Columbia River.
Right next to the gorge is Arredondo Cave B Estate Winery, a place which is now becoming more popular being next to the amphitheater. Arrendondo says they started doing open mic parties on their own B stage. She says people are starting to book with them months in advance as well.
âI think that’s what my family has always been. Always bring the arts, wine and people and create beauty together, âshe said.
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When Davis and Jack first went to explore the Gorge for the movie, they weren’t sure what to expect. After flying to Seattle and driving over two hours to George, Davis was nervous when all he saw was farmland.
âYou drive through fields and fields and fields. Then you finally stop and get out of the car and walk over that ridge and then it all makes sense, âDavis said.
From that point on, Davis and Jack kept coming back to movie concerts and the people who attended. âEnormous: The Gorge Storyâ was filmed for six years.
The documentary was due out last year, but the pandemic caused them to delay the release date.
âIt’s a community event, it’s something that’s supposed to be on the big screen after all, it’s called ‘Enormous’. We wanted to hold on and I’m glad we did,â said Jack.
The Gorge will reopen next Friday for the three-day Watershed Festival. Jack said now is the perfect time for the movie to finally release before Gorge reopens.
The film will only be in theaters one day across the country. In some places it will play for two days. Tickets are available here.
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