Welcome to the Tropic!

What to know about the southernmost independent cinema.

Are you joining us for the first time? We’re excited to have you visit us and we want you to have a great experience. Please know that we only show about ten minutes of previews before our films, so don't forget to allow enough time to find parking, get your tickets and buy some popcorn without missing the beginning of the film.

Please arrive early! 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!


The Great Movie Poster Contest

Exhibition opens January 26

To kick off 2019, Tropic Cinema invited artists of all ages to enter the first annual Great Movie Poster Contest. Artists Keys-wide created their own takes on movie posters, real or imagined—and, on January 26, we’ll be holding an opening reception for the exhibit of these unique movie-inspired works in the Tropic Cinema’s Art Gallery.

At the reception, the public will be invited to view the original works and vote on their favorite piece. The artist with the most votes will be crowned the winner of The Great Movie Poster Contest and receive an exclusive prize package.



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January 21, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our January series of Monday Night Classics takes a look at the beginning of an unlikely brotherhood (and the founding of Prestige Worldwide).

January 26, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - To celebrate its 250th anniversary, this immersive documentary tells the story of one of the world’s greatest museums: the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

January 26, 2019 - 6:00 pm

To kick off 2019, Tropic Cinema invited artists of all ages to enter the first annual Great Movie Poster Contest. On January 26, we'll be holding an opening reception for the exhibit of these unique movie-inspired works in the Tropic Cinema’s Art Gallery.

January 28, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our series on "New Beginnings" concludes with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's charmer of a comic fantasy, "Amelie."

January 30, 2019 - 7:30 pm

"Bottle Shock," starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Chris Pine, tells the amazing true story of how California wine burst onto the world stage in the 1970s—and we're thrilled to be screening the film with pairings of some classic California styles.

January 31, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - The winner of Un Certain Regard at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, director Ali Abbasi's modern-day fairytale "Border" is "a murky, unsettling watch—but however unsettling, it remains gripping and affecting."

February 10, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Our 2019 slate of Southern Circuit films kicks off with "93Queen," an inside look at at a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are taking on the patriarchy by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City.

March 12, 2019 - 7:00 pm

One Night Only! Lee Roy Reams brings his popular New York musical revue from Feinstein’s 54 to Key West! This special fundraiser for the Fringe Theater is not to be missed.

March 24, 2019 - 7:00 pm

Our 2019 slate of Southern Circuit films continues with "United Skates," a deep dive into the vibrant and celebratory world of African American roller skating. Across the country, skaters fight to preserve a tradition that reaches deep into their family history; this film documents a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing.

April 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm

The Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to the Tropic for a benefit show—all proceeds for this event will be given to Captains for Clean Water to help their efforts to clean Florida's endangered coastline and waterways. 



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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!