Rose Theatre

Programming Movies

Programming Movies. I am often asked – and most often in the produce section at the Co-op – how I decide which movies play which venue, what determines the length of their engagement, and would I please explain it in my column.

Past Rocky's Reviews

The Boss, 5/15/19

Aretha, 5/9/19

Emily, 5/1/19

Buddy & Ash, 4/16/19

Shazam! & More, 4/10/19

Agnés Varda, 4/2/19

STYX & Lumet, 3/25/19

GLORIA, 3/23/19

Levitated Mass, 3/13/19

Dance Camera Tour, 3/12/19

Member Benefits, 2/13/19

Cold War, 2/6/19

Dance on Camera Tour, 1/24/19

Joni @ 75, 1/16/19

New Year’s Eve, 1/3/19

Writers, 12/6/18

Widows, 11/29/18

Hate / Heal, 11/4/18

Free Solo, 10/25/18

Wife / Colette, 10/13/18

A Star is Born, 10/4/18

Gilda & Co., 9/25/18

Sweet Spot, 9/12/18

Spike Lee, 8/16/18

Marc Forster, 8/2/18

New York, 7/26/18

Fathers & Daughters, 7/15/18

Fred, 7/7/18

Rider / Rogers, 6/27/18

Write with Light, 6/15/18

The Two Rachels, 6/6/18

Disobedience, 5/31/18

RBG, 5/16/18

Tully & Giselle, 5/4/18

Senior Superheroes, 4/28/18

Northwest Stories, 4/19/18

Woof!, 4/14/18

Sonia & Andy, 4/5/18

Comedy! Comedy! Comedy!, 3/29/18

Stormy Weather, 3/14/18

Allison Janney, 3/2/18

Oscar Week, 2/22/18

Sam Shepard, 2/9/18

Hedy Lamarr, 1/31/18

Best Parent, 1/27/18

The Shape of Water, 1/10/18

Rosamond Purcell, 1/6/18

Goldsworthy & Oldman, 12/28/17

Frances McDormand, 12/24/17

Star Wars and Lady Bird, 12/13/17

Paris Pilgrimage, 11/28/17

Greta Gerwig, 11/22/17

Refrigerators, 11/16/17

Herb & Dorothy and more, 11/13/17

Remarkable Individuals, 11/1/17

Loving Vincent, 10/26/17

Royalty Rules, 10/13/17

Battle of the Sexes, 9/28/17

Greetings From Telluride, 9/10/17

Wind River & Spain, 8/31/17

Columbus, 8/25/17

Women & Film, 8/10/17

Inconvenient Sequel, 8/6/17

Mother & Daughter, 7/14/17

25th Anniversary, 6/27/17

Wonder Woman, 6/3/17

Laura, Chuck & Norman, 5/20/17

Happy Trails, Renée, 5/13/17

A Swan Lake, 5/3/17

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

Dance on Camera - Day 2, 4/23/17

Zucchini, 4/6/17

Robert Osborne, 3/7/17

Poetry, 2/24/17

Amadeus, 2/2/17

POP QUIZ!, 1/21/17

I Am Not Your Negro, 1/12/17

Tangoheart, 1/5/17

Star-struck, 12/21/16

From the Balcony, 11/17/16

Mahler & Mom, 11/12/16

Alvin Ailey, 11/3/16

Community Arts Film Series, 9/29/16

17th Port Townsend Film Festival, 9/23/16

Off to Telluride, 8/31/16

PTFF Essay, 8/23/16

Wild Flowers, 8/2/16

Music Movies, 7/22/16

Summer Movies, 7/13/16

It’s Our Anniversary, 7/9/16

This Week, 6/30/16

Summer’s Greetings, 6/22/16

Love is in the air!, 6/17/16

5 New Movies, 6/8/16

Food Movies, 6/1/16

Tim Burton and more!, 5/28/16

This Week’s Great Films, 5/18/16

Steampunk Animation, Walken, Berlin Phil and more., 5/11/16

The King and I, My Golden Days and more., 5/4/16

     The process is a juggling act that happens every Monday morning. It’s a juggling act between three separate businesses – the Silverwater Café, which owns and operates the kitchen and bar in the Starlight, the Rose Theatre, owned by 32 shareholders, and myself as venue operator of the Starlight Room. The challenge is to make it equitable for all three parties. I know that what goes on screen in the Starlight directly effects their kitchen and bar sales, so although those employees are not my financial responsibility, I feel a responsibility towards them by programming films that support their livelihood. The other half of this equation is all about movies.

     I had every intention of holding over THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS. It sold out every show in the Starlight for a full week. But my Seattle booking agent, in his finely honed display of patience and exasperation with his long-time Port Townsend client said, “Do you really want to pass up CRAZY RICH ASIANS, the #1 movie in the country?” “Can I call you back in five minutes?” I offered. Five minutes being the amount time I needed to anguish over the decision. It’s hard to argue with a box office smash with a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

     Movies normally come off screen when their box office sales decline, but THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS got the boot to make room for CRAZY RICH ASIANS. And when you open a movie early in its run, one is prevented by contract from putting a second feature on the same screen. And last Friday I opened PUZZLE in the Starlight instead of the Rosebud because demographically-speaking it seemed like a perfect Starlight movie. 

     Tickets and passes go on sale next Wednesday (9/5) for the third season of the COMMUNITY ARTS FILM SERIES. It's a great line-up this year, and the first two events should not be missed. The series kicks off not with a film, but a lecture by esteemed University of Washington, Associate Art History Professor Estelle Lingo. Her lecture on sculptor Francesco Mochi was recently given at the National Gallery of Art. And the first film in the new series is a beautiful portrait of composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. "A portrait of an artist that is nearly as powerful and necessary as the artist himself." -IndieWire

     This newsletter come to you from 8,750 feet. It's my 20th year at the Telluride Film Festival, where I'm searching for more great movies to share with you.