ABOUT US

Proudly independent. Uniquely Key West.

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.

What started as a small, two-screen nonprofit theater quickly expanded to a four-screen multiplex with state-of-the-art digital projection, an art gallery, extensive concessions, and lounge. We created a modern Art Deco design to represent the best of both Old Hollywood and contemporary cinema, and offered the theater as a community center. We not only have the best movies, but we also host scores of concerts, political forums, lectures, private parties and even weddings!

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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Tropic Cinema Policies

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.

Latecomer Policy:
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.

Refund Policy:
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.

Meet our Staff

Executive Director
MICHAEL MARRERO
Michael Marrero
Development and Marketing Director
CARLA TURNER
Carla Turner
Technical Director
BRANDON BEACH
Brandon Beach
Concessions + Floor Manager
AUSTEN BOWMAN
Austen Bowman
FLOOR MANAGER
MICHELLE ARDEN
Michelle Arden
FLOOR MANAGER
DEAN MILLER
Dean Miller
Lobby Manager
MITZI FIEDLER
Mitzi Fiedler
Projectionist
STEVE RAYNN
Steve Raynn
Projectionist
BOB ROWAND
Bob Rowand
WEBMASTER
MATT KONRAD
Matt Konrad
Human Resources and Accounting
JEFF FROST
Jeff Frost

Board Members

BOARD CHAIR
BENJAMIN EGNATZ
Benjamin Egnatz
VICE CHAIR
ADELE VIRGINIA "GINNY" STONES
Adele Virginia “Ginny” Stones
SECRETARY
PIPER SMITH
Piper Smith
TREASURER
ANDY STRUNK
Andy Strunk
TERENCE 'TERRY' GEORGE
Terence 'Terry' George
HOLLY S. MERRILL
Holly S. Merrill
CHRIS SHULTZ
Chris Shultz
ELENA DEVERS
Elena Devers
SCOTT SAUNDERS
Scott Saunders
DIRECTOR EMERITUS
GEORGE COOPER
George Cooper
DIRECTOR EMERITUS
MATTHEW HELMERICH
Matthew Helmerich

PRESS

Tropic Cinema in the News

 Florida Weekly Logo  “ … consistently voted one of the best in the state of Florida thanks to its dynamite mix of special programming, charming décor, dedicated volunteer staff, curated film schedule and mouth-watering concessions.”
 film-journal-international  “The four-screen art house in the heart of Key West’s Old Town is central to a community that counts some 25,000 year-round residents.”
new-york-daily-news  “It’s dazzling — and when the Tropic’s marquee lights up around sunset, magical.”
tripping “…a pleasant place to spend the evening.”
travel-leisure  “Catch an art film at the nonprofit Tropic Cinema”
fodors  “One of my favorites would be the Tropic Cinema…”
 vogue “…offers a pleasant diversion from bar and restaurant hopping.”
miami-herald “ …in true indie cinema fashion, you can get a beer or glass of wine to take into the theater with you.”
 new-york-times  “Back in town, the old Tropic Cinema has been restored into a multiplex theater and locals’ hub by the Key West Film Society, spearheaded in part by George Cooper, husband of the author Judy Blume.”
usa-today “…the perfect refuge on a hot or rainy day during your vacation.”