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.

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!


We're on the Duval Loop!

There's a new, free and easy way to get to the Tropic.

We're proud to announce that you can now use the Duval Loop bus to get to the Tropic! The Duval Loop is a bus route that runs from the Gulf to the Atlantic adjacent to Key West’s world-famous main street. It's free and frequent -- every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to midnight. Just board anywhere along the loop, and hop off at Stop #5 (Eaton & Whitehead) to get to the Tropic. After your movie, hop back on and continue the adventure!


Saturday Morning Summer Fun

Beat the heat with specials for kids and grownups!

Saturday mornings at the Tropic mean fun for the whole family -- all summer long. Our Kids Saturday Movie Club features new and classic family films every summer Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. Kids' tickets (under 12) are just $1, and grownups can join in for $2. For an older crowd, hosts Chris and Lora are back with Attack of the B's -- those not-quite-classic films that are so bad they're brilliant. They'll feature a new film at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday for just $3, complete with classic trailers, commercials and shorts.



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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 21, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - When a wealthy divorcee hires a male escort, only to have him fall for her daughter Mary, it's just the start of the trouble in this breathless "cautionary" tale. 

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.

July 28, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - With a cast full of Andy Warhol associates, "Silent Night, Bloody Night" is a who's who of B-movie faces and a precursor to the slasher films of the '80s.

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 4, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - "Teenagers from Outer Space" has everything you could want in a Z-grade sci-fi thriller: young love, massive lobsters, wooden acting, ray guns galore and an alien named Derek. What's not to love?

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.

August 11, 2018 - 11:00 am

Attack of the B's - A young girl living with her mother becomes possessed by the Devil after playing around with a Ouija Board. It's the plot of "The Exorcist." It's also the exact plot of "Seytan," a no-budget Turkish production that turns out to be a bizarro, scene-for-scene remake of William Friedkin's horror classic.

August 22, 2018 - 8:00 pm

Join the Tropic Cinema on August 22 as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Coen Brothers' classic tale of kidnapping, bowling and a rug that really tied the room together. 



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Movie Reviews

Get the latest movie reviews from our in-house critics, Shirrel Rhoades and Ian Brockway. You’ll also find reviews from film festivals and advance screening movies. Do you have what it takes to be a Guest movie reviewer? Send us your review to info@TropicCinema.com for approval and maybe you’ll earn a spot! Want to make sure you never miss a review? Follow the Tropic on Facebook for daily updates!