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.

Please arrive early! We do NOT have reserved seating at the Tropic. If you have purchased advance tickets online, you will be ensured a seat -- but multiple seats are NOT guaranteed to be together. In addition, patrons arriving more than five minutes late for a featured film will not be allowed into the theater; due to high attendance, late arrivals are extremely disruptive.

We look forward to seeing you at the Tropic!


Kids Saturday Movie Club

Wake up Mom and Dad and head to the Tropic!

OK, kids, here's the drill for summer: Wake up. Brush your teeth. Quick breakfast. And then it's time to grab Mom and Dad (or Grandma, Grandpa, aunties or uncles) and head to the Tropic. Every Saturday from June until school starts in August, our Kids Saturday Movie Club features new and classic family films at 10:30 a.m. Kids' tickets (12 and under) are just $1, and the grownups can join in for $2.



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June 5, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Royal Opera On Screen - The Tropic is proud to present Verdi’s legendary opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy. This Royal Opera House production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

June 9, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who has grown up to become obsessed with the character that he played in the '80s, and gets into some sibling rivalry when he meets his long-lost charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother Dru.

June 9, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - Our summer B-movie series Attack of the B's kicks off with an all-time cult classic: "Reefer Madness," the hysterical cautionary tale of innocent teenage lives shattered by the evils of marijuana!

June 16, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Fantasy comes to life in Wolfgang Petersen's charming tale of a boy from Earth catapulted into the strange and wondrous land of Fantasia.

June 16, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - Horror icons Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence do their best to out-act each other in this cult classic, featuring a score by Brian Eno.

June 23, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Mystery Incorporated jumps to the big screen for this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring everyone's favorite scaredy-cat dog.

June 23, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - Real-life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton star in this lurid 1950s courtroom drama that poses a moral and legal quandary: what do you do when one twin is a murderer and the other isn't?

June 30, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," based on the beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole books by Kathryn Lasky.

June 30, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - Can a village of gorgeous ladies and an island of good-looking men save each other from ugly wimps and evil ape-men? Will wild dancing, crazy passion and stock footage of tropical islands follow? That's all up to ... the Wild Women of Wongo!

July 7, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast (Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Cedric the Entertainer and more).

July 14, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Oscar (Will Smith) is a fast-talking little fish that dreams big. But his big dreams land him in hot water when a great white lie turns him into an unlikely hero.

July 21, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Far from home in the lush bamboo forests of China, ten-year-old Ryan Tyler, with the help of a young girl, goes on a wonderful journey to rescue a baby panda taken by poachers.

July 28, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - When raccoon R.J., turtle Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors.

August 4, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - Notorious Metro City villian Megamind (voice of Will Ferrell) becomes an unlikely savior to the troubled metropolis after defeating beloved do-gooder Metro Man (voice of Brad Pitt) and creating a new opponent who refuses to play by the rules.

August 7, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Royal Ballet On Screen - "Swan Lake," the now-classic tale of a tragic love, was Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet -- and is arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets.

August 11, 2018 - 10:30 am

Kids Saturday Movie Club - A domesticated grizzly bear finds that there's more to life than being a star tourist attraction, when a fast-talking mule deer offers him a crash course in woodland living.



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