Our Biggest Screen. A Bright New Picture.

Come in and check out the new look in the Carper.

Thanks to a grant from the Dogwood Foundation, the Tropic is thrilled to announce that we have a brand-new projector in the Natella Carper Theater!

The new projector uses state-of-the-art DCP technology for a sharper, brighter and better picture than you've ever seen before at the Tropic. It's a whole new look, just in time for the Key West Film Festival and the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're checking out our special events, our regular screenings or our slate of festival favorites, come on in and check out the bright new present at the Tropic!


Peggy Dow Theater Temporarily Out of Commission

Unfortunately, the Peggy Dow Theater is currently experiencing some issues, so we're currently down to three screens. Booked movies are still showing, with a few time changes. Watch our Facebook page for the latest on rescheduled showings. Thank you for visiting the Tropic!


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.

VIP, All-Access and Auteur Passes are still available in very limited numbers! Individual movie tickets are now on sale as well. Click "Read More" to find out about pass options and schedules!


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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November 16, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a "Rocky Horror" virgin, come sing, dance and do the Time Warp November 16 at the Tropic. Costumes encouraged!

November 17, 2019 - 11:00 am

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.

November 17, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Join the Interfaith Ministerial Association of Key West for a Community Conversation on Race and Religion, plus a free screening of "Harriet," the movie about our American Superhero Harriet Tubman. Free tickets are available by request and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

November 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - "Double Indemnity" is the archetype of California noir: a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst modernist glamour, dark shadows and Expressionist lighting.

November 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm

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 Key West Film Festival, happening November 20-24, 2019. Passes are now on sale!

November 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's November Noir series concludes with a special treat from the master of suspense—Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder" in its rarely seen original 3D incarnation.

November 27, 2019 - 8:00 pm

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 1, 2019 - 11:00 am

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.

December 2, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's Monday Night Classics in December are a month-long holiday celebration, starting out with the Ernst Lubitsch classic that inspired "You've Got Mail."

December 4, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Holidays at the Tropic - If smiling is your favorite, join the holiday celebration at the Tropic with this ginormous special screening of this modern Christmas classic!

December 5, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Acclaimed Argentinian director Benjamin Naishtat returns with his first feature since 2015 with this "sophisticatedly entertaining reminder of our propensity for malevolent apathy."

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 9, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - When things go terribly wrong on Christmas Eve, George finds himself wishing he'd never been born -- and it's up to Clarence, his erstwhile guardian angel, to show him the truth.

December 12, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Olivier Meyrou’s documentary “Celebration” offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look of Yves Saint Laurent’s last few years of genius at the helm of his self-made fashion behemoth.

December 15, 2019 - 11:00 am

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.

December 16, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Billy Wilder's essential tale of love, ambition and big business culminates with a most memorable New Year's Eve.

December 18, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Holidays at the Tropic - Come in costume, or just sport your best ugly sweater -- either way, it'll be the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny Kaye!

December 19, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Based on the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, "Synonyms" is "a searing, maddening, explosively brainy movie" that explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place.

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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