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Tropic Cinema’s Cinematheque Series specializes in historically important, experimental, avant-garde, and Art House films. It is part of the Tropic Cinema’s commitment to support independent cinema and the filmmakers who create it. We seek to bring you the best, smartest and most creative independent films every week.



Saying Goodbye to Scot Hoard

Scot Hoard has had the longest tenure of any staff member at Tropic Cinema but that time has now come to an end.  With a move to St. Pete, Scot is departing Key West and Tropic Cinema to move on to the next chapter in his life.  We want to thank Scot for his many years of service and his deep commitment to the mission of Tropic Cinema.  We wish him all the best in whatever comes next -- and we asked Lori Reid, Tropic Cinema’s long-time Theater Manager, to say a few things about Scot.



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June 27, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Exhibition onScreen - Filmed in Japan, the US and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo.

July 19, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - As part of a nationwide series of tributes to the late Jonathan Demme, we are proud to screen this legendary concert film in which the Talking Heads hardly talk, don't stop, and always make sense.

August 16, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - At once a chronicle of a remarkable sixty-year partnership and a tribute to the unsung talents behind a staggering number of cinema classics, this loving film introduces the world to storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson.

June 26, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Classic Movie Series: Summer of Love - Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of LSD.

August 3, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Concert Film Series - In 1970 a train journeyed across Canada carrying some of the greatest rock bands of all time. This is what happened aboard the Festival Express.

July 1, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - Storks have moved on from delivering babies to delivering packages. When an order for a baby appears by mistake, the best delivery stork must scramble to correct the error by delivering the baby.

July 8, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

July 15, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

July 22, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - Scientist Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.

July 29, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club- Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world.

August 5, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

August 12, 2017 - 10:30 am

Saturday Kids Club - The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

June 28, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series- An eccentric mountain man on the run from the local sheriff recalls the mysterious events that brought him to his present fugitive state.

July 1, 2017 - 10:30 am

Creature Feature - Legendary Old West outlaw Jesse James, on the run from Marshal MacPhee, hides out in the castle of Baron Frankenstein's granddaughter Maria.

July 8, 2017 - 10:30 am

Creature Feature - An American criminal's plot to rob an island nation in the midst of revolution goes horribly, hilariously wrong in this Roger Corman classic.

July 15, 2017 - 10:30 am

Creature Feature - Dune buggy-loving teenagers stumble across a prehistoric caveman, who goes on a rampage through 1960s Southern California.

July 22, 2017 - 10:30 am

Creature Feature - Jack Nicholson is bewitched by a woman who keeps disappearing. Apparently, she's afraid of commitment.

July 29, 2017 - 10:30 am

Creature Feature - Young maidens. A girls' school. A new teacher. Oh, and a werewolf. What a crazy curriculum!

July 5, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - This documentary tells the story of an eccentric millionaire who hid $3 million of gold somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, luring thousands out on a wild treasure hunt in search of riches and redemption.

July 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.

July 26, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - From acclaimed visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, MANIFESTO features two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in 13 vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements.

August 2, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - In the fascinating new film from director Avi Nesher (The Wonders), two Israeli sisters delve into the dark mystery of their father’s former life in Poland during World War II.

August 9, 2017 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda's final film is this classically styled, passionate biopic of avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski.



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