Welcome to the Tropic!

What to know about the southernmost independent cinema.

The Tropic Cinema opened its doors in Old Town Key West in 2004. We had one simple idea: to bring quality movies to people who longed for something more than Hollywood blockbusters. Our artistically diverse island community deserved to see amazing independent films, international favorites and cinematic classics — film that appealed to folks who value going beyond the usual.

Movies here start about ten minutes after the posted time. Please allow enough time to find parking, get your tickets and buy some popcorn so that you don’t miss the beginning of the film.

We do NOT have reserved seating at the Tropic. If you have purchased advance tickets, you will be ensured a seat -- but multiple seats are NOT guaranteed to be together. Please remember that arriving more than five minutes late to a featured film is extremely disruptive to the whole theater due to high attendance.

We look forward to seeing you at the Tropic!


Dinner Club

Available exclusively for our Premium members.

Did you know about the Tropic Cinema's Dinner Club? Tropic Premium members get 20% off at all participating Dinner Club restaurants -- including our newest partner, Seven Fish! From humble beginnings over 20 years ago, Seven Fish has earned its place as a Key West classic; their distinctive restaurant on Truman Avenue is open 6 - 10 pm every night but Tuesday. Click "Read More" to see the full list of Dinner Club partner restaurants!



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December 9, 2018 - 4:00 pm

Key West Theater, The Studios of Key West, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Tropic Cinema, and the Key West United Methodist Church unite for the second annual “Eaton Street Christmas Stroll” on December 9th.

December 10, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - "Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." The rules get broken and chaos ensues in Joe Dante's screwball holiday classic.

December 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Monday Night Classics - Tonight's celebration features Mary Ellen’s Traveling Egg Nog Bar (with proceeds to benefit MARC House) as well as $5 craft beers courtesy of Brown Distribution. Come in costume, or just sport your best ugly sweater!

December 20, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Bursting with devilish wit and whip-smart insights, "Nothing Like a Dame" is a remarkable opportunity to spend time in the company of four all-time great actresses, up close and unfiltered.

January 3, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Director Hirokazu Kore-eda took home the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes film festival for this "delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful" film about a family of small-time thieves.

January 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm

We don't know how. We don't know when. But death comes for us all. Humanity, and "Into the Night," wrestle with these great unanswered questions; writer, director and producer Helen Whitney joins us for a post-screening Q&A.

January 17, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet star in this heartbreaking yet inspiring true story, chronicling the experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction.

February 10, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Our 2019 slate of Southern Circuit films kicks off with "93Queen," an inside look at at a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are taking on the patriarchy by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

March 24, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Our 2019 slate of Southern Circuit films continues with "United Skates," a deep dive into the vibrant and celebratory world of African American roller skating. Across the country, skaters fight to preserve a tradition that reaches deep into their family history; this film documents a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing.



VOLUNTEER AT TROPIC CINEMA! Have Fun. Make a Difference. Do you enjoy coming to the Tropic? Would you like to support one of Key West’s most important not-for-profits without having to write a check? We are always looking for great people to join the Tropic Volunteer Corps. As a not-for-profit the…


Movie Reviews

Get the latest movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Do you have what it takes to be a Guest movie reviewer? Send us your review to info@TropicCinema.com for approval and maybe you’ll earn a spot! Want to make sure you never miss a review? Follow the Tropic on Facebook for daily updates!