Key West Film Festival at the Tropic

November 20-24, 2019

The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty. The Tropic Cinema is thrilled be the screening home of the 2019 KWFF, November 20-24. To lead up to the festival, we're also hosting Film Festival Pop-up Screenings this summer and fall!

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Southern Circuit Series

Showcasing the best in new independent film.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. As one of 20 Screening Partners for this season, we are pleased to be hosting six Southern Circuit screenings as part of the 2019-20 season.



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October 19, 2019 - 9:00 am

Buy, sell, and trade hyped footwear, clothing, and accessories with other sneakerheads during the first-ever sneaker convention in Key West. Includes a screening of "Just for Kicks" and a Q&A with Ronald the Cardboard Collector!

October 27, 2019 - 1:00 pm

If Fantasy Fest leaves you feeling ... not your best, you're cordially invited to the Tropic to lick your wounds and nurse your headache with a special matinee presentation of "The Hangover." 

October 28, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Haunted Halloween - The Tropic is getting into the Halloween spirit with three nights of frights October 28, 30 and 31! Kick off your Halloween week with this classic from the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

October 29, 2019 -

ROH Live Cinema Season - The impulsive, charismatic Don Giovanni is a serial seducer, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello—but when anger takes him too far, he unleashes a dark power beyond his control in this landmark Mozart opera.

October 30, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Haunted Halloween - The Tropic's Halloween series continues with a little something for the whole (haunted) family: Tim Burton's gonzo classic "Beetlejuice."

October 31, 2019 - 10:00 pm

Haunted Halloween - The Tropic's Halloween series concludes with a late-night, Halloween-night showing of the horror classic that set the bar for supernatural scares: "The Exorcist."

November 10, 2019 - 6:00 pm

Southern Circuit Tour - Writer-director Ani Simon-Kennedy's film delves into the subculture of American van living, through the story of teenage Nola, who grew up on the open road with her beloved father Clint – two nomads against the world.

November 11, 2019 -

We're turning it up to 11 with a special one-night-only screening of the rock mockumentary that defined the genre: "This is Spinal Tap."

November 19, 2019 -

ROH Live Cinema Season - The witty story of a middle-aged man whose supposed young wife runs rings around him – with her own ulterior romantic purpose in mind – has long delighted and surprised audiences with the sparkle of its music and the virtuoso skill of its performers.

November 26, 2019 -

ROH Live Cinema Season - The Royal Ballet's glorious production of "The Nutcracker," created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favorite.

November 27, 2019 -

Those aren't pillows! Kick off your Thanksgiving weekend with John Hughes's classic cross-country tale of holiday travel gone very, very wrong.

November 30, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Music on Film - Artfully directed by award-winning filmmaker Anton Corbijn, "Spirits in the Forest" goes beyond the typical concert film, weaving together exhilarating musical performances with intimate documentary footage filmed in fans’ hometowns across the globe.

December 8, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Key West Theater, The Studios of Key West, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Tropic Cinema, Keys Choral Arts and the Key West United Methodist Church unite for the third annual Eaton Street Christmas Stroll on December 8th.

December 8, 2019 -

ROH Live Cinema Season - From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed program highlights the versatility and unmatched quality of the Company.

January 5, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Due to phenomenal demand, the Tropic will be among the cinemas worldwide bringing back Sir Kenneth Branagh's reimagining of Shakespeare's timeless tragicomedy this holiday season.

January 19, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Southern Circuit Tour - What starts as a traditional documentary about the Hong Kong art scene becomes an intimate and wryly comedic study of loneliness and alienation within an increasingly globalized world.

January 21, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Join the Tropic Cinema and special guest Richard Eaton for a screening of "Moynihan," a documentary that Variety says "takes the full, fascinating measure of the charismatic maverick that Moynihan was."

February 23, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Southern Circuit Tour - This feature documentary explores the life of a unique American artist with a remarkable and unlikely biography. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1853 on a cotton plantation in rural Alabama, but didn't start producing art until he was in his 80s.

March 29, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Southern Circuit Tour - The rapid rise of emoji (Japanese for “picture character”) is a global phenomenon without precedent. Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of emoji, from their humble beginnings to mobile keyboards everywhere.

April 26, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Southern Circuit Tour - From director Kenny Dalsheimer, this new documentary offers an intimate portrait of old-time music pioneer Alice Gerrard and her remarkable, unpredictable journey creating and preserving traditional music.



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