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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See you at the movies!

Meet our Staff

Executive Director
PAUL MELROY
Paul Melroy
Theater Manager
LORI REID
Lori Reid
House Manager
JOHN ABRAMSON
John Abramson
Lobby Manager
MITZI FIEDLER
Mitzi Fiedler
Staff Accountant
DAVID NORWOOD
David Norwood
Projectionist
STEVE RAYNN
Steve Raynn
Projectionist
BOB ROWAND
Bob Rowand
Membership and Marketing Manager
CARLA TURNER
Carla Turner
WEBMASTER
MATT KONRAD
Matt Konrad

Board Members

CHAIR
HOLLY MERRILL
Holly Merrill
VICE CHAIR
BENJAMIN EGNATZ
Benjamin Egnatz
SECRETARY
PIPER SMITH
Piper Smith
TREASURER
ANDY STRUNK
Andy Strunk
DIRECTOR EMERITUS
GEORGE COOPER
George Cooper
KEN DOMANSKI
Ken Domanski
Terence “Terry” George
Terence “Terry” George
S. RUNI GOYAL
S. Runi Goyal
MIKE MARRERO
Mike Marrero
VICTOR MCTEER
Victor McTeer
LINDA MEWSHAW
Linda Mewshaw
ADELE VIRGINIA "GINNY" STONES
Adele Virginia “Ginny” Stones

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.”