“Free Solo,” a climbing documentary that broke box-office records last year, will return to IMAX theaters for a week nationwide starting Friday, giving viewers a chance to see the Oscar nominee on the big screen before the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
The film, which captured free soloist Alex Honnold’s climb of the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, was released in September and has so far grossed $13 million worldwide, according to a press statement. It was nominated for an Academy Award and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in the Best Feature Documentary category and has already won audience awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival.
There will be a handful of Colorado theaters showing the film, including Denver’s UA Colorado Center Stadium 9, Sie FilmCenter, Aurora’s Arapahoe Crossings 16, Lakewood’s Colorado Mills 16 and Broomfield’s Flatiron Crossing 24. A full list of theaters is available on ationalgeographic.com/films/free-solo/screenings.
In free soloing, the climber does not use any ropes, harnesses or other protective gear.
“Free Solo” was one of two major climbing documentaries in 2018. The other, “Dawn Wall,” followed Estes Park’s Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson’s free climb up Yosemite’s Dawn Wall.