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.

Unlike chain movie theaters, 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 look forward to seeing you at the Tropic!

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Southern Circuit Series

The best of new independent film from across the South.

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 three Southern Circuit screenings as part of the 2017-18 season.

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Royal Opera On Screen

The passion and drama of live opera -- direct from London.

The Tropic is proud to feature a new season of the Royal Opera On Screen. The series features sumptuously filmed presentations of some of the world's most beloved operas -- plus a few surprises. 

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EVENTS

February 6, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Royal Opera On Screen - David McVicar’s production of Verdi's legendary opera highlights the revelry, beauty and cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. 

February 19, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Southern Circuit - Our 2018 slate of Southern Circuit films kicks off with writer DJ Savarese and director Robert Rooy's collaboration DEEJ, a unique hybrid of documentary, poetry, animation and advocacy.

March 6, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Royal Opera On Screen- Drama, passion, a memorably malevolent villain and fabulous music – Giacomo Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. 

March 19, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Southern Circuit - Our 2018 Southern Circuit screenings continue with PURPLE DREAMS, an extraordinary arts education story following high school students on a three-year journey of transformation.

April 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm

Royal Opera On Screen - With a heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence, along with memorable musical numbers like the Habanera and the Toreador Song, Carmen is one of the most famous operas in the entire art form.

April 16, 2018 - 6:30 pm

Southern Circuit - Our 2018 slate of Southern Circuit films concludes with this portrait of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry, filmed on the Kentucky land where Berry has farmed since the 1960s.

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VOLUNTEER AT TROPIC CINEMA! Have Fun. Make a Difference. Do you enjoy coming to the Tropic?  Would you like to support one of Key West’s most important not-for-profits without having to write a check?  We are always looking for great people to join the Tropic Volunteer Corps.  As a…

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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!

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