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The Rose is a little jewel of a cinema with a world-class line-up of movies, plays, ballets and operas from around the globe. Our generous, culture-loving fans are the heart of this historic theatre, and part of what makes Port Townsend so rich and so unique.

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Based on Cheryl Strayed's acclaimed, best-selling memoir, Wild is an emotional, funny and involving cinematic journey. After a divorce and the death of her mother, Strayed (a superbly unsentimental Reese Witherspoon) falls into a period of drug use and abuse. At the edge of homelessness, she decides to hike the 1,100-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Oregon. Solo. 115 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Fri, 12/19 4:00, 6:50
Sat, 12/20 1:00, 4:00, 6:50
Sun, 12/21 - Tue, 12/23 4:00, 6:50
Wed, 12/24 4:00 Open Caption
Thu, 12/25 4:00, 6:50
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Starlight Room Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Fri, 12/19 - Tue, 12/23 4:15, 7:30
Wed, 12/24 4:15
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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world of ballet. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. Live same day, 3 hr delay.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Sun, 12/21 1:00
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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

The extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Hawking receives an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting by his side, he embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing that he has precious little of - time. 123 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Fri, 12/19 4:30, 7:15
Sat, 12/20 - Sun, 12/21 1:20, 4:30, 7:15
Mon, 12/22 - Tue, 12/23 4:30, 7:15
Wed, 12/24 4:30
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Coming Soon

Dates TBD

Taut and tremendously acted, Whiplash focuses on Andrew, a 19-year-old jazz drummer dreaming of greatness, but unsure if the dream will ever come true. One night a conductor equally known for his talent as he is for his terrifying method of instruction, discovers him practicing the drums and changes the young man's life forever. A wholly shocking story ensues. 106 min.

Into the Woods
12/25 - 1/1

Stephen Sondheim's hit musical comes to the big screen with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Tracey Ullman and James Corden. Based on the interwoven adventures of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, among others.

The Imitation Game
Dates TBD

During WWII the brilliant, idiosyncratic British mathematician Alan Turing -- pioneer in the theory of artificial intelligence -- was assigned the task of decoding Nazi Germany's encrypted military messages. Benedict Cumberbatch convincingly conveys both the excitement and the painful isolation of Turing's creative genius. This film is sure to garner a Best Picture of the Year Oscar nomination. 114 min.

1/10, 1/18

Internationally renowned DV8 Physical Theatre bring their powerful new production to the National Theatre. An authentic depiction of real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for ages 18 and up.

Playing in the Starlight Room
On the Waterfront

Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb star in one of the greatest films of all time. Based on "Crime on the Waterfront," a series articles that won the Pulitzer Prize, the stories detail widespread corruption, extortion, and racketeering on the waterfronts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It went on to receive 12 Academy Award nominations. 108 min.

1/16 - 1/22

An astonishing new film about Rev. Martin Luther King and the Selma civil rights marches. There is a palpable sense of political urgency as a vivid assortment of characters (importantly but not exclusively David Oyelowo's King) quarrel over strategy, tactics and the moral future of America. 122 min.

The Merry Widow

Metropolitan Opera Live! The great Renée Fleming stars as the beguiling woman who captivates all of Paris in Lehár’s enchanting operetta, seen in a new staging by Broadway virtuoso director and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers, Oklahoma!, Contact). Stroman and her team have created an art-nouveau setting that climaxes with singing and dancing grisettes at the legendary Maxim’s.

Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Free community screening in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.This film reveals the instrumental role that Ella Baker, a friend and advisor to Martin Luther King, played in shaping the American civil rights movement. The dynamic activist was affectionately known as Fundi, a Swahili word for a person who passes skills from one generation to another. 48 min.

Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet. With Tchaikovsky's famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must. Live same day, 3 hr delay.

Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Metropolitan Opera Live! The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the title role of the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer in the Met’s kaleidoscopic production of Offenbach’s energetic, operatic masterpiece. Hibla Gerzmava, Erin Morley and Christine Rice sing the three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire.

Oscar Nominated Short Films
Dates TBD

We are pleased to once again be presenting the Oscar nominated short films for 2015, in all three categories - Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. So grab some popcorn, kick back, and cast your vote before Oscar's big night, Sunday, February 22nd.

Iolanta/Blue Beard's Castle

Metropolitan Opera Live! On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta) followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Bluebeard’s Castle).

Treasure Island
2/15, 2/21

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery. It’s a dark, stormy night. The stars are out. Jim, the inn-keeper’s granddaughter, opens the door to a terrifying stranger. At the old sailor’s feet sits a huge sea-chest, full of secrets. Jim invites him in – and her dangerous voyage begins. For ages 10 and up.

After Silence & The Woman Behind the Symbol

A free community screening of two films in honor of Day of Remembrance. The filmmakers will be in attendance. Both films cover the Japanese American experience of deportation from Bainbridge Island after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. 45 minutes.

King Lear
3/1, 3/7

From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.

Romeo and Juliet

Bolshoi Ballet. William Shakespeare's timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev's much-loved score.

La Donna del Lago

Metropolitan Opera Live! Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her.

King John
4/12, 4/18

From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favor of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

Ivan the Terrible

Bolshoi Ballet. Yuri Grigorovich's powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible's controversial reign, and portrays events in 16-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. Live same day, 3 hr delay.

Cavallaria Rusticana/Pagliacci

Metropolitan Opera Live! Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods, but in the same Sicilian village. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci.

The Hard Problem
5/3, 5/9

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National with this highly-anticipated new play, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors). A young researcher of brainscience is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet.

Son of the Sheik with Alloy Orchestra Live!

The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Rose with another thrilling live score! Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Hear their stunning accompaniment to Rudolph Valentino's last and greatest silent film, Son of the Sheik, a movie of passion, betrayal and redemption. 81 min.

Antony and Cleopatra
5/30, 6/7

From the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.

Man and Superman
5/31, 6/6

Ralph Fiennes stars in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary.