Welcome to the Tropic!

What to know about the southernmost independent cinema.

Are you joining us for the first time? We’re excited to have you visit us and we want you to have a great experience. Please know that we only show about ten minutes of previews before our films, so don't forget to allow enough time to find parking, get your tickets and buy some popcorn without missing the beginning of the film.

Please arrive early! 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!



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February 23, 2019 - 10:00 am

Captured live from the National Theatre in London, this critically acclaimed production directed by Marianne Elliot (Angels in America, War Horse) has astonished audiences around the world and has received seven Olivier and five Tony Awards.

February 24, 2019 - 6:30 pm

It's the biggest night of the year in Hollywood—and you're invited to come celebrate at the Tropic Cinema, where we'll be showing the 91st Academy Awards on all four of our screens!

February 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tropic Cinema's Black History Month series, curated by Lori Reid, concludes with Thomas Allen Harris's documentary "Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People."

February 28, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tom Volf’s "Maria by Callas" is the first film to tell the life story of the legendary opera singer completely in her own words. Told through performances, TV interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs, the film reveals the essence of an extraordinary woman.

March 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm

We are proud to celebrate the legendary author, playwright and Key West resident Tennessee Williams throughout March with a series of films based on his work. We kick off with Williams's best-known classic, brought to the screen by Elia Kazan: "A Streetcar Named Desire."

March 7, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - With legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman's typical understated style, "Monrovia, Indiana" gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in "real America."

March 9, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - "The Queen of Spades" features some of Tchaikovsky’s most beautiful music, with grand choruses, intimate arias and impassioned duets—and Stefan Herheim’s inventive production places Tchaikovsky himself at the heart of the action. 

March 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Series: We're thrilled to feature this uniquely Key West-connected film: "The Rose Tattoo," filmed in large part right next door to Williams's house on Duncan Street. 

March 14, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - By the 1970s, retired New Yorkers had made Miami Beach home to a population that was primarily over 70 and overwhelmingly Jewish. "The Last Resort" takes audiences on a journey to the era, through the lens of young photographers Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe.

March 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Series - 1968's "Boom!" stars the then-married Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Williams's own adaptation of his play "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore."

March 21, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Winner of the first Special Palme d'Or to be awarded in the history of the Cannes Film Festival, "The Image Book" is another extraordinary addition to French master Jean-Luc Godard's vast filmography.

March 23, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - The Tropic is pleased to present the Royal Ballet’s charming, joyous production of "Don Quixote," filmed live from London’s Covent Garden. Carlos Acosta’s innovative production brings Spanish warmth and joy to the stage.

March 24, 2019 - 6:00 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 -- a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing.

March 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Series - 1962's "Sweet Bird of Youth" reunites playwright Williams with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" star Paul Newman, who plays Chance Wayne, an aspiring movie actor brimming with sexual bravado and self-confidence.

March 28, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - From the Oscar-nominated team behind "Embrace of the Serpent" comes an equally audacious saga, centered on the impact of the early Colombian drug trade on the lives of the Wayúu indigenous people.

April 13, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - "La Traviata" features a star cast including Royal Opera favorite Plácido Domingo; the opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta (Ermonela Jaho) and her tragic love affair with Alfredo Germont (Charles Castronovo).

April 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm

The Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to the Tropic for a benefit show—all proceeds for this event will be given to Captains for Clean Water to help their efforts to clean Florida's endangered coastline and waterways. 

April 27, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - Verdi's epic "La Forza del Destino" is an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music, and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.



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Movie Reviews

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