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 holiday season. Whether you're checking out our special events, our regular screenings or our slate of holiday favorites, come on in and check out the bright new present at the Tropic!


Looking Ahead

The Tropic will close early on New Year's Eve

It's hard to believe, but New Year's Eve is almost here. Since it's always a big holiday here in Old Town Key West, the Tropic will be closing early and letting Sushi, Sloppy Joe's and the Key Lime Drop take over the neighborhood.

Our last screenings on New Year's Eve will be around 3:00 p.m., and the theater will close at 6:00 p.m. We'll kick off 2020 with a return to normal hours the next day. Happy holidays from the Tropic!


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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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 6, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's Monday Night Classics in January are looking at the Greatest Oscar Snubs of All Time -- and what better film to kick off the series than Orson Welles's masterwork, famously overlooked as Best Picture.

January 9, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in this intimate look at a historic turning point in the Catholic Church, directed by Academy Award nominee Fernando Meirelles ("City of God," "The Constant Gardner").

January 11, 2020 - 8:00 pm

Cult Classics - Calling all Pink Ladies and T-Birds! Tropic Cinema presents a special sing-along screening of the feel-good movie musical "Grease," complete with lyrics to follow along on the big screen. Don't forget your costume!

January 13, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our look at the Greatest Oscar Snubs continues with Alfred Hitchcock's mournful suspense masterpiece "Vertigo" -- dismissed on its release, but now widely regarded as one of the director's greatest works.

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 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our look at the Greatest Oscar Snubs continues with the heavy-hitting reunion between "Taxi Driver" director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Paul Schrader and star Robert De Niro (and the screen debut of frequent collaborator Joe Pesci).

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."

January 27, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our series on the Greatest Oscar Snubs concludes with Spike Lee's incendiary 1989 feature -- a powerful, funny, chilling slice of life that would eventually be recognized as one of the landmark films of the '80s.

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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