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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.

Now Playing

The One I Love

The One I Love

A delightful and highly original film starring Elizabeth Moss (aka Peggy from Mad Men) and Mark Duplass, about a couple trying to rediscover what made them great. A marriage counselor (Ted Danson) sends them to an isolated retreat, and what happens best experienced with no hints to the moviegoer. The stars have a charmingly playful chemistry that make this film work. 91 min.

Wed, 10/1 - Thu, 10/2 4:30, 7:30
The Trip to Italy
Starred s shows in the Starlight Room · 21+ venue

The Trip to Italy

Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon - or semi-fictionalized versions thereof - on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy. Hilarious and brilliant. 108 min.

Wed, 10/1 - Tue, 10/7 4:15s, 7:15s
Wed, 10/8 4:15s
Thu, 10/9 4:15s, 7:15s
The Drop

The Drop

Though James Gandolfini died more than a year ago, he left one more character behind. In this smart, taut crime drama, written by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), he plays to type, and does so beautifully. He's the owner of a Brooklyn bar that doubles as a "drop" location for crime bosses. One day he and his cousin (Tom Hardy) find themselves in over their heads. 107 min.

Wed, 10/1 - Thu, 10/2 4:00, 6:50

Coming Soon

Love is Strange
10/3 - 10/9

A beautifully modern love story. Ben and George take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to navigate some very new territory. 98 min.

Gone Girl
10/3 - 10/9

Directed by David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network), and based upon the global bestseller, this highly intelligent thriller unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Did he kill her? 145 min.

A Streetcar Named Desire
10/4, 10/5, 10/8, 10/12

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.

The Skeleton Twins
10/10 - 10/16

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star in this wonderful comedy/drama as Maggie and Milo, estranged twins who went their separate ways after the passing of their father. And now, ten years later, with painful wounds that only the other can understand, Maggie and Milo grow closer as they try to guide each other through a new set of secrets. 93 min.


Metropolitan Opera Live! Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy also stars Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo with Fabio Luisi conducting.

Playing in the Starlight Room
Good Morning, Vietnam

In honor of Robin Williams, we present one of his seminal films, in the Starlight Room. One screening only. $12. Williams plays an irreverent DJ who is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. Don't miss this hilarious and moving film.

Playing in the Starlight Room
Being There

Hal Ashby's wonderful 1979 film starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. A stately, beautifully acted satire with a premise that is funny but fragile. Sellers plays Chance, a slow-witted innocent who has spent all his adult life in seclusion. Being There explains, among other things, how illiteracy, ignorance and a sweet attitude can lead to riches, fame and glamour. 130 min.

Le Nozze di Figaro

Metropolitan Opera Live! Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy during the gilded age of the late 1920s.

10/19, 10/25

Helen McCrory (The Last of the Huaussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides' powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, and directed by Carrie Cracknell.

10/24 - 10/30

Local director Lynn Shelton brings us this funny and entertaining movie about a woman stuck in permanent adolescence. Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell headline this made-in-Seattle story.

The Legend of Love

Bolshoi Ballet. This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich's earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.


Metropolitan Opera Live! Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.

11/2, 11/8, 11/15, 11/16

Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan star in this highly anticipated West End production broadcast by National Theatre Live. One evening, a young schoolteacher receives an unexpected visit from her former lover. The two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

11/7 - 11/13

Director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, Insomnia, Memento) returns to the big screen with an all-star cast in a story set in the near future when earth can no longer produce enough food to support the population. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn and Matt Damon. 169 min.

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.

Frankenstein (1931): A Special Event with Robert Horton

Seattle film critic and Port Townsend Film Festival regular Robert Horton will talk about and sign copies of his new book "Frankenstein" following a screening of James Whale's classic 1931 film. Mr. Horton will offer an in-depth critical reading and discuss the way this cinematic Prometheus has generated countless sequels, remakes, rip-offs and parodies.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Metropolitan Opera Live! The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of opera’s most instantly recognizable melodies – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

Pharaoh's Daughter

Bolshoi Ballet. The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Theophile Gauthier's novel "Le Roman de la Momie". French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa's mighty Eyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

Dates TBD

It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the Union of National Mine Workers is on strike, prompting a group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. They identify a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. A hilarious and touching true story.120 min.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Dates TBD

In pursuit of redemption on Broadway, the faded, straight-out-of-rehab Hollywood action star Riccan Thomson (Michael Keaton) must juggle a needy mistress, an insecure leading lady (Naomi Watts), a manically over-confident costar (Ed Norton), his truth-telling daughter (Emma Stone), his terrified lawyer (Zach Galifanakis), and an exhausted ex-wife (Amy Ryan). That's not to mention facing down his vindictive superhero doppelganger. 118 min.

Broadway's Of Mice and Men
11/29 - 11/30

Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls) star in this hit Broadway production. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship.

Dates TBD

In 1977, Robyn Davidson set out on a solo trek, taking four camels and a dog 1700 miles across the vast Australian desert towards the Indian Ocean. The superbly gifted Mia Wasikowska stars in this adaptation of Davidson's best-selling memoir. She and director John Curran make the journey and the destination quietly ecstatic. 112 min.

The Theory of Everything
Dates TBD

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.

La Bayadere

Bolshoi Ballet. La Bayadere (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. This story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India.

Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Metropolitan Opera LIve! James Levine conducts Wagner’s epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.