The Tropic Cinema opened its doors in 2004 to welcome the circus that is Key West. 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.
Our theater features a sparkling, one-of-a-kind aqua-blue Art Deco marquee, a unique sculpture by Seward Johnson depicting Marilyn Monroe in her signature white dress as she seductively leans over a grate and, last but not least, a Hollywood Walk of Fame with an island twist.
Inside, the Tropic boasts a four-screen multiplex with state-of-the-art digital projection, neon accents and plush seating. Each theater space is intimate and unique, providing the perfect setting for a rich and entertaining cinema experience. The Stanley and Judith Zabar Concession Bar features popular beers and wines, Zabar’s coffee — and the island’s favorite popcorn with real butter and our famous array of seasonings.
The Tropic has delivered the best of cinema on the island, along with concerts, lectures, and unforgettable parties for kids and adults. International celebrities have graced the Tropic’s doors including the zany John Waters, Doug Liman, Mariel Hemingway and famous authors Judy Blume and Meg Cabot.
As one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the Florida Keys, we understand that we couldn’t get here without the support of those generous people who call Key West home: our volunteer Board of Directors, our small management staff, our Donors who invest in our vision, our Members who help make everything possible and the Volunteers who make everything happen.
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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 online, you will be ensured a seat — but multiple seats are NOT guaranteed to be together. Here are a few other policies to keep in mind.
We are asking all guests to adhere to our Tropic Cinema House Rules and COVID-19 Protocols, which can be found here. For a detailed PDF of our full COVID-19 protocols, click here to download. These policies are informed by recommendations from the CDC, WHO and CinemaSafe.
Guests cannot enter the theater ten minutes after the stated start time. The reason for this policy is to preserve the movie watching experience with minimal interruptions. If you show up to your desired screening late, we will happily exchange your ticket for a raincheck to a future show.
You must request your refund prior to one hour before show time. Refunds will be made to the same credit card used to purchase the ticket. You will receive an email confirmation, and the funds will appear on your card in 3-5 business days. Refunds and exchanges for online ticket purchases need to be made in person at the Tropic Box Office — there is not an online or phone system to do so.
Staff and Volunteer Ticket Policy:
Staff and Volunteers can use their passes for any screening (including special events and one-offs) on the night of the film/event. Tickets must be obtained at the box office, and will not be available if the film/event is sold out. Staff and volunteer tickets cannot be obtained in advance.