Rose Theatre

Robert Osborne

The Rose Theatre and the Port Townsend Film Festival lost a dear friend yesterday. Robert Osborne passed away peacefully at his home in New York at the age of 84. He was the long-time host of Turner Classic Movies, and he was responsible for bringing to the Port Townsend Film Festival such luminaries at Tony Curtis, Eva Marie Saint and Jane Powell. Robert grew up in Colfax, WA, and as a young boy he watched movies at the local theatre - the Rose. In the early nineties he rekindled a college friendship with Peter Simpson, the former director of the Port Townsend Film Festival. And when Robert learned through Peter of my efforts to restore and reopen a long-shuttered theatre in Port Townsend - also named the Rose - he insisted on being a part of it. There are 35 owners of the Rose Theatre, and Robert was one of them.

Past Rocky's Reviews

Swiss Cows, 4/25/17

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

Zucchini, 4/6/17

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

This Week, 4/27/16

Spring Has Sprung!, 4/20/16

Spring Salutations, 4/14/16

This Week, 4/8/16

This Week, 3/30/16

J.J. Abrams, Sally Field and more., 3/23/16

New movies!, 3/18/16

A Week of Incredible International Cinema, 3/9/16

Michael Moore, Mustang, Maggie Smith and more, 3/1/16

Kaufman, Bergman, Moore and more., 2/24/16

7 Days of Oscar, 45 Years, Macbeth and more., 2/17/16

45 Years, Coen Brothers, Les Liasons Dangereuses and more, 2/10/16

Special Member Event + 6 New Movies!, 2/2/16

Elvis, Held-Over movies, Laurie Anderson, 1/26/16

This Week, 1/20/16

This Week, 1/12/16

This Week, 1/7/16

This Week, 12/31/15

Star Wars and The Big Short, 12/23/15

Spotlight Earns the Spotlight, 11/25/15

A Bounty of Great Movies, 11/20/15

Shakespeare & Cumberbatch Thrill Audiences, 11/10/15

On Tap at the Rose, 11/7/15

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 40th Anniversary, 10/28/15

My Fair Lady: Winner of 8 Academy Awards, 10/15/15

Davis Guggenheim, 10/14/15

Lili Tomlin, 9/30/15

Meru, 8/19/15

Tangerine, 8/12/15

Hot Weather, Cool Movies, 7/28/15

Classics Night in the Starlight Room, 7/21/15

Amy -  Directed by Asif Kapadia, 7/20/15

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, 7/1/15

Manohla Dargis on The Wolfpack, 6/24/15

Pixar Rules!, 6/16/15

The Salt of the Earth and Woman in Gold Return, 6/14/15

Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, 6/2/15

Stratford Festival in HD, 5/29/15

Kristen Stewart in THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA, 5/6/15

Wild Tales is Wild Indeed, 4/28/15

The Alloy Orchestra Returns With Son of the Sheik, 4/23/15

The Hunting Ground: 2 weekend showings, 4/14/15

The Wrecking Crew Rocks!, 4/10/15

Seymour: An Introduction and The Wrecking Crew, 4/1/15

Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem and Red Army, 3/27/15

‘71, 3/20/15

Dance 422, 3/10/15

And Now For Something Completely Different, 3/3/15

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne: Master Filmmakers, 2/25/15

Paul Newman: Coors Connoisseur, 2/20/15

Stewart Stern (1922 - 2015), 2/12/15

Mary Dore - She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry, 2/4/15

Academy Award Nominees - Shorts, 1/27/15

Selma and JOHN, 1/22/15

Whiplash, 1/16/15

On the Waterfront, 1/13/15

Pride, 12/30/14

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 12/23/14

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 12/16/14

Goodbye, Harvard Exit, 12/10/14

Citizenfour, 12/4/14

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014, 11/25/14

Return of the River Returns, 11/18/14

Director Jon Stewart, 11/15/14

Robert Horton, 11/4/14

Bill Murray Day at TIFF, 10/23/14

Tracks, 10/14/14

A Wealth of Great Entertainment, 10/8/14

Programming: How and Why I Select Movies, 9/30/14

Apocalypse Now, 9/16/14

Robert was a walking encyclopedia of film history.  Google couldn't hold a candle to him.  For a couple of years Peter and I were engaged in a postcard game of movie trivia; we would mail each other typewritten, movie-themed postcards with the most arcane movie trivia questions that we thought we could stump each other with. What Peter never knew, is it that when I stumped by his questions, which was often, I would call Robert for help.  It was our secret.

The next time you're standing across the street from the Rose, look up at the beautiful Rose mural that is painted on the side of the of the Silverwater  building. That was a gift to the Rose from Robert.  During one of the film festivals, he and I were standing across the street from the theatre when he said, "How about a Rose mural up there?" That's the kind of generous man that he was.

Early last month I had breakfast with Robert in his apartment at The Osborne in New York. Yes, Robert Osborne lived in an apartment building that coincidentally was named The Osborne. (If you Google it you'll discover that its notable residents have included  composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein, pianist Van Cliburn, actress Vera Miles, newscaster Charles Osgood, singer Bobby Short, and actor Gig Young).

Our talk that day was all about the future, his possible return to TCM, and getting out into the warm spring weather that was just around the corner. But mostly he wanted to know everything about the Rose, and he dazzled me - as he always did - with his incredible knowledge of the history of movies. He was as sharp and whip-smart that day as I've ever seen him. It was a wonderful visit, and I looked forward to seeing him again.

Robert was an old-school gentleman of the first order, and the most gracious man I've ever met. As I walked out the door that day, he said, "Be well, my friend."

I will, my friend, and thank you for the lovely memories.