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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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My Love, Don't Cross That River

My Love, Don't Cross That River

100-year old lovebirds Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang have been inseparable companions for the past 76 years. Every night they go to sleep holding each other's hands. Observing this couple for 15 months, the director captures their twilight days with tender moments that reveal simple acts of affection - from a good-natured leaf fight to a gentle caress of the cheek. Not rated, 86 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Thu 8/25 4:00 Ends Thursday
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Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

It is only fitting that a comet and a mollusk are named in Frank Zappa’s honor. The famed American musician, composer, and thinker created satirical, operatic interpretations of music that seemed to originate from another world. Thorsten Schütte’s film is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Rated R, 90 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Thu, 8/25 7:00 Ends Thursday
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Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

Ben (Viggo Mortenson) and his six children live off the grid in rural Washington, where they hunt and farm and joyously celebrate Noam Chomsky's birthday like it's Christmas. When tragedy strikes, the family is forced out into the 'real' word on a journey to New Mexico to visit Ben's in-laws. Gorgeously shot and equal parts hilarious and moving, the film surely earns the lofty praise of its title. Rated R, 118 min. The Starlight Room seats 46 and sells out quickly. Seating begins 45 minutes before show time.

Starlight Room Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Thu, 8/25 4:15 Ends Thursday
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Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins

The voice Florence (Streep) heard in her head was divine, but to the rest of the world it was hilariously awful. At private recitals, her devoted husband and manager, St Clair Bayfield (Grant), managed to protect Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give her first public concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, St Clair realized he had perhaps bitten off more than he could chew. Rated PG-13, 110 min. The Starlight Room seats 46 and sells out quickly. Seating begins 45 minutes before show time.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Thu 8/25 4:30, 7:30
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Starlight Room Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Fri, 8/26 - Thu, 9/1 4:15, 7:30
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Back by popular demand! A hard-to-handle foster kid from the big city and a grouchy bushman in his sixties (Sam Neill) are forced to forge an unlikely alliance to survive in the New Zealand wilderness in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a deliciously good time at the movies. Rated PG-13, 101 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Tue, 8/23 - Thu 8/25 No Shows
Fri, 8/26 - Thu, 9/1 4:00
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Bad Moms

Bad Moms

In this new comedy from the writers of THE HANGOVER, Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life. However she's over-worked and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Fed up, she joins forces with two other over-stressed moms on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities – going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence. Rated R, 101 min. The Starlight Room seats 46 and sells out quickly. Seating begins 45 minutes before show time.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Fri, 8/26 - Thu, 9/1 7:00
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Starlight Room Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Thu, 8/25 7:30
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Don't Think Twice

Don't Think Twice

A hilarious look into the world of improv theater, with a top-flight cast of comic actors. When a long-running improv group in NYC faces the closure of their theatre and two members are invited to perform for a hit TV show, the dynamic of the group begins to crack. Funny, insightful and honest, the film looks at a common experiences that's an uncommon subject for a film: failure. From the creator of This American Life. R, 92 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Fri, 8/26 - Sat 8/27 4:30, 7:30
Sun, 8/28 5:00, 7:30
Mon, 8/29 - Thu, 9/1 4:30, 7:30
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Life, Animated

Life, Animated

The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. A thriving 3-year-old who inexplicably went silent was only able to connect with people through repeated viewings of animated movies. PG, 91 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Sat, 8/27 2:15
Sun, 8/28 2:45
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The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

The Silk Road Ensemble is an extraordinary group of musicians, led by Yo-Yo Ma, that celebrates the universal power of music. The international collective reaches across the globe in this intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind. Rated PG-13, 96 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Sat, 8/27 - Sun, 8/28 1:30
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Richard III

Richard III

An explosive new adaptation from London's Almeida Theatre, starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare's most notorious villain, opposite Vanessa Redgrave. Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. This searing production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history. 3 hrs, 15 min.

Rose Theatre or Rosebud Theatre Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Sun, 8/28 11:00
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Coming Soon

Southside With You
9/2 - 9/8

The first date of young law associate Barack Obama and attorney Michelle Robinson one summer day in 1989 is brought to buoyant life in this film that has been garnering rave reviews at film festivals around the globe. From an exhibit at the the Art Institute of Chicago to, to a Spike Lee movie and finally ice cream and a first kiss, this pair of curious minds test the waters. PG-13, 81 min.

Snowden Live

A live, time-delayed interview between Edward Snowden (via satellite from Moscow) and director Oliver Stone follows the sneak peek screening of Stone's latest film SNOWDEN, starring Joseph Gorden-Levitt. This is a tremendous opportunity to not only enjoy a thrilling new film that reveals the incredible untold personal story of Snowden, but also to hear from the man himself.

A View From the Bridge

Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong in this ‘magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold’ production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent’s top theatre pick of 2014. Arthur Miller's masterpiece confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate Brooklyn tale.

Select shows in the Starlight

In this comedic thriller, a trio of crooks relentlessly pursue a young American, played by Audrey Hepburn in gorgeous Givenchy, through Paris in an attempt to recover the fortune her dead husband stole from them. The only person she can trust is Cary Grant’s suave, mysterious stranger. A glittering emblem of sixties style and macabre wit. Not rated, 113 min. The Starlight Room seats 46 and sells out quickly. Seating begins 45 min. before show time.

Dates TBD

Based on Philip Roth's late novel, INDIGNATION takes place in 1951, as Marcus, a brilliant working class Jewish boy from Newark, NJ, travels to a small conservative college in Ohio, thus exempting him from being drafted in the Korean War. But once there, his growing infatuation with his classmate, and his clashes with the college's imposing dean put his and his familys best laid plans to the ultimate test. R, 110 min.

Hell or High Water
Dates TBD

Two brothers (Ben Foster and Chris Pine) in West Texas must come up with a large sum in order to save their mother's land. With no other options, they set to robbing a string of banks. Jeff Bridges is the Sheriff on their tail. With echoes of the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men and the best of the 70s crime movies like The French Connection, this film is a stunner. With masterful storytelling, cinematography and performances. R, 102 min.

Tristan und Isolde

Met Opera Live in HD. Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death has astounded, infuriated, and inspired audiences since it was first heard. The vocal challenges, the sumptuous symphonic scale of the orchestral writing, and the mystical nature of the story, with its opportunities for creative visual design, make this awe-inspiring work a phenomenon of the repertory.

Dates TBD

HOCKNEY is the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life. NR, 112 min.

Little Men
Dates TBD

13-year-old Jake moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn into the family home, when his grandfather dies. There he befriends the charismatic Tony, son of a Chilean dressmaker, and new rental tenant to his parents. But the children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever. Directed with humanism and insight, the movie highlights the NYC landscape with a story of life-defining friendships. PG, 85 min.

The Threepenny Opera
10/15 - 10/16

Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight. Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn’t come home last night and it’s all about to kick off...

Dates TBD

The hit documentary from this year's Sundance goes inside the life of Steve Gleason, the former Saints defensive back who was diagnosed with ALS and given a life expectancy of two to five years. Weeks later, Gleason found out his wife was expecting their first child. A video journal that began as a gift for his unborn son expands to chronicle Steve’s determination and buoyant legacy. R, 110 min.

Don Giovanni

Met Opera Live in HD. Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is lighthearted, urbane, and ironic. We follow the title character and his earthy comic sidekick, Leporello, through a series of encounters that begins with a fatal duel, moves back and forth between the humorous and the sentimental, and ends with the protagonist being dragged down to hell.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age

A satire of Europe during the Roaring 20s, THE GOLDEN AGE makes for an original, colorful, and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. It has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes, and decadent cabaret numbers. With its passionate love story featuring beautiful duets, the Bolshoi dancers plunge into every stylized step and gesture magnificently.

10/29 - 10/30

An encore presentation of one of the National Theatre's biggest hits, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his Creature.

The Deep Blue Sea
11/12 & 11/27

Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece is illuminated by Helen McCrory, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. London 1952: When Hester Collyer is found in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Bright Stream

A laugh-out-loud masterpiece with bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities and many colorful characters. The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in this brilliantly choreographed smash of a ballerina who decides to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson.

11/19 - 11/20

Hamlet returns for two encore presentations. Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralyzed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament. 195 min.

The Entertainer
12/3 - 12/4

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osborneʼs modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Rob Ashford directs Kenneth Branagh as Archie Rice. A tremendous production.

L'Amour de Loin

Met Opera Live in HD. This breakthrough opera was described by the NY Times as “transfixing…a lushly beautiful score" and has become one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. A dazzling new production, featuring glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Eric Owens is the knight on a quest of love and Susanna Phillips is his lover on the other side of the sea.

War Horse
12/11 & 12/17

The National Theatre of London's most successful show of all time careens across the screen in this tremendous production. A WWI tale of a boy and his horse, featuring the most incredible life-size puppets you've ever seen. WAR HORSE is a visual stunner.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker
12/18 & 12/23

Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her Nutcracker prince, with music by Tchaikovsky! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s fairytale staged by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.


Met Opera Live in HD. Starring Plácido Domingo, music by Verdi. A stirring drama about the fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar (Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to international fame. The music and Verdi himself were subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the foundation of the modern nation of Italy.

Roméo et Juliette

Perhaps the most enduringly successful of the many operatic settings of the world’s consummate love story, Roméo et Juliette is an excellent example of French Romanticism, a tradition that values subtlety, sensuality, and graceful vocal delivery over showy effects. The focus is on the two lovers, who are given four irresistible duets. Directed by Bartlett Sher.

Bolshoi Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other.

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake

A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.


Met Opera Live in HD. The only one of Dvořák’s operas to gain an international following, Rusalka is in many ways a definitive example of late Romanticism—containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and even a poignant interpretation of the idea of a love-death. The story has a strong national flavor as well as universal appeal, infused by romantic supernaturalism.

La Traviata

Met Opera Live in HD. Verdi’s opera survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Its intimate subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges.


Met Opera Live in HD. Like many stories from Greek myth, Mozart's Idomeneo explores the motivations and emotions of humans whose fates seem beyond their own control. The opera casts these issues within the framework of the opera seria genre, a stylized format popular in the 18th century that is characterized by a succession of arias and recitatives and a cast of noble characters.

Bolshoi Ballet: A Contemporary Evening

The Bolshoi takes on a new challenge with audacity. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis of bringing Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level. With music by Benjamin Britten, Ludwig van Beethoven and Max Richter.

Eugene Onegin

Met Opera Live in HD. Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein. The Byronic romantic anti-hero is caught between convention and ennui. At the core of the opera is the young girl Tatiana, who grows from a sentimental adolescent into a complete woman in one of the operatic stage’s most convincing character developments.

Bolshoi Ballet: A Hero of Our Time

“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” The story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece in three separate stories recounting his heartbreaking betrayals. Is Pechorin a real hero? Or is he a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.

Der Rosenkavalier

Met Opera Live in HD. Set in an idealized Vienna of the past, Strauss’s most popular opera concerns a wise woman of the world who is involved with a much younger lover but ultimately forced to accept the laws of time, giving him up to a pretty young heiress. Deftly combines comedy, dreamy nostalgic fantasy and genuine human drama. Starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles.