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!



Featuring the Photography of Rodger Stuart Davis

Key West photographer Rodger Stuart Davis is exhibiting, from March 4th through April at the Tropic Cinema Gallery. "IN BACK OF 4 REAL" consists of 36 constructed photographs for your viewing pleasure, before or after seeing a movie. This will be Davis's fifth exhibit at the Tropic Cinema Gallery.



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March 24, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - The Tropic is pleased to present the Royal Ballet’s charming, joyous production of "Don Quixote," filmed live from London’s Covent Garden. Carlos Acosta’s innovative production brings Spanish warmth and joy to the stage.

March 24, 2019 - 6:00 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 -- a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing.

March 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration Series - 1962's "Sweet Bird of Youth" reunites playwright Williams with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" star Paul Newman, who plays Chance Wayne, an aspiring movie actor brimming with sexual bravado and self-confidence.

March 27, 2019 - 8:00 pm

The Roaring Twenties come to life at the Tropic on March 27 with our costumes-encouraged screening of the classic Bob Fosse musical "Chicago." Grab your fringe dresses and fedoras and join us at 8:00 p.m!

March 28, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - From the Oscar-nominated team behind "Embrace of the Serpent" comes an equally audacious saga, centered on the impact of the early Colombian drug trade on the lives of the Wayúu indigenous people.

April 1, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's Monday Night Classics series on "Altered States" kicks off on the last day of school, 1976. It's "Dazed and Confused," and there's a party at the Moon Tower you don't want to miss.

April 4, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - Hidden away in the Soviet archives for three decades, "I Am Cuba" is a wildly varied celebration of social-realist filmmaking and Communist kitsch, mixing Slavic solemnity with Latin sensuality.

April 8, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's Monday Night Classics series on "Altered States" flashes back to 1970s Hollywood for the Oscar-winning Milos Forman film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

April 10, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Escape your cubicle and join the Tropic as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ultimate workplace comedy: "Office Space." Wear 20 pieces of flair and get a free drink ticket!

April 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - In this Icelandic import, Halla is an independent fifty-year-old woman who lives a quiet routine—but she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist known as “The Woman of the Mountain.”

April 13, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - "La Traviata" features a star cast including Royal Opera favorite Plácido Domingo; the opera tells the story of the Parisian courtesan Violetta (Ermonela Jaho) and her tragic love affair with Alfredo Germont (Charles Castronovo).

April 15, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - Our Monday Night Classics series on "Altered States" takes on one of the all-time milestones in substance-aided cinema: Terry Gilliam's film of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

April 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - A doctor and solo sailor's holiday adventure turns into an unprecedented challenge when she spots a badly damaged, hopelessly overloaded refugee boat nearby, forcing her to make life-and-death decisions in the middle of a stormy sea.

April 20, 2019 - 8:00 pm

Join the Tropic for a special screening in our Altered States April series: "The Wizard of Oz," synchronized with Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon," one night only on 4/20! Costumes are encouraged -- dress as your favorite citizen of Oz, or wear your psychedelic best!

April 22, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's Monday Night Classics series on "Altered States" continues with Ice Cube's enduring look at one day in the neighborhood with nothing to do but smoke, drink and hang out.

April 25, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Cinematheque Series - First-time feature filmmaker Milorad Krstic makes a stylish debut with the imaginatively animated "Ruben Brandt, Collector"—a heist movie like none you've ever seen before.

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. 

April 27, 2019 - 10:00 am

Arts & Culture Series - Verdi's epic "La Forza del Destino" is an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music, and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years.

April 29, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Monday Night Classics - The Tropic's trip through Monday Night Classics about "Altered States" concludes with Stanley Kubrick's violent, darkly comic classic "A Clockwork Orange."



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