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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Echo in the Canyon - Rose Theatre

ECHO IN THE CANYON celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound.  It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. PG-13, 82 min.

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Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Thu, 7/18 - Fri, 7/19 4:30, 7:30
Sat, 7/20 2:20, 4:30, 7:30
Sun, 7/21 1;30, 4:30, 7:30
Mon, 7/22 - Tue, 7/23 4:30, 7:30
Wed, 7/24 1:30, 4:30, 7:30
Thu, 7/25 4:30, 7:30
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The Last Black Man in San Francisco - Starlight Room

Jimmie dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend, he searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city. A wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them. Rated R, 121 min.

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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Thu, 7/18 - Fri, 7/19 4:00, 7:30
Sat, 7/20 - Sun, 7/21 12:30, 4:00, 7:30
Mon, 7/22 - Tue, 7/23 4:00, 7:30
Wed, 7/24 4:00
Thu 7/25 4:00, 7:30
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Yesterday - Rosebud Cinema

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading. Then, after a freak accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed, but he remembers all their songs … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed. A rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Rated PG-13, 116 min.

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Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Thu, 7/18 - Fri, 7/19 4:00, 7:00
Sat, 7/20 - Sun, 7/21 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Mon, 7/22 - Tue, 7/23 4:00, 7:00
Wed, 7/24 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Thu, 7/25 4:00, 7:00
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Maiden - Rose Theatre - Sneak Preview

A sneak preview! The incredible, against-all-odds story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race. Regular engagement starts 8/2. UPDATE: The block of free member tickets for this event have been claimed. PG, 97 min.

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Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Sat, 7/20 12:00
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The Day the Earth Stood Still - Starlight Room

Classics Night! When a UFO lands in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth's leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth. But it is Klaatu's soft-spoken robot Gort that presents a more immediate threat to onlookers. A single mother (Patricia Neal) and her son teach the world about peace and tolerance in this moral fable, ousting the tanks and soldiers that greet the alien's arrival. 1951.

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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Wed, 7/24 7:30

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The Serengeti Rules

One of the most important but untold science stories of our time—a tale with profound implications for the fate of life on our planet. Beginning in the 60s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. They discovered a single set of rules that govern all life. Now in the twilight of their eminent careers, these unsung heroes share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be. Not rated, 84 min.


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Sneak Preview 7/25

Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOODE revisits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.


8/6, 11/12

Meet Me at the Movies

Free! A unique film experience, Meet Me at the Movies is designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, which can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion; part of the Frye Art Museum's Creative Aging initiative, an offering of programs for adults to experience the rich potential of aging through engagement with the arts and connection with others. 90 min. First come, first seated.


Select shows in the Starlight Room
Some Like It Hot
8/7

Some Like It Hot

We're showing this delightful caper by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis, which graced the Rose screen on opening day 27 years ago.


Dates TBD

Be Natural

The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché, a pioneer in filmmaking and a profoundly prolific director. Not only one of the very first female filmmakers, but one of the first filmmakers, period. She began her work in 1894. 25 years later her career came to an abrupt end and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. An energetic documentary that is both tribute and detective story. Narrated by Jodie Foster.


8/10 & 8/18

The Lehman Trilogy

The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening. Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons. "Theatre at its best. Sam Mendes triumphs." - The Times


8/11 & 8/17

Kinky Boots

Tickets go on sale July 1. Winner of every major Best Musical award on Broadway and in the West End, Kinky Boots is the hottest show in town! Broadcast straight from London to Port Townsend. This big-hearted and saucy musical tells the true story of a young man trying to save his family's shoe factory. He finds inspiration in the form of Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.


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The Killers
8/21

The Killers

The height of film noir, with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. Hit men, a bank robbery, murder for life insurance, and a cinematic siren all play into this tantalizing tale from 1946. A perfect entry in our Starlight Classics Series.


Date TBD

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

An artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.


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Five Easy Pieces
9/4

Five Easy Pieces

A Nicholson classic from 1970! A cultured upper-class pianist who rejects his background, Robert Dupea (Nicholson) opts for a blue-collar existence, working in a California oil field. When he discovers his father in Washington State is ill, he and his waitress girlfriend embark on a road trip north.


Dates TBD

The River and the Wall

Five friends journey from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment.


Dates TBD

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

The beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers, and musicians. The film follows their relationship from their early days on Hydra in 1960, a humble time of “free love” and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. Marianne and Leonard died three months apart.


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Sweet Smell of Success
9/18

Sweet Smell of Success

Classics Night! New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disapproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.


Dates TBD

The Souvenir

From acclaimed writer-director Joanna Hogg comes an enigmatic and personal portrait of the artist as a young woman, combining passionate emotions and exquisite aesthetics into a lush, dreamlike story of young adulthood and first love. At once enrapturing and mysteriously unsettling—and featuring a profoundly layered breakout performance by Honor Swinton Byrne—The Souvenir is an essential and enduring film from one of our most distinctive and exciting filmmakers.


Dates TBD

The Farewell

In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. A celebration of the ways we perform family. Richly moving and gently humorous.


9/29

One Man, Two Guvnors

The National Theatre of London's riotous and outlandish comedy returns to the big screen for an encore screening. James Cordon starts as a man serving two masters, to dizzying and hilarious effect. A not-to-be-missed theatre event. Laughter is promised. 3 hrs, 12 min.


Select shows in the Starlight Room
Ninotchka
10/2

Ninotchka

Classics night! A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna "Ninotchka" Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, a carefree bachelor Count (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables. Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon's charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment. One of Garbo's most iconic roles.


10/12

Met Opera Live: Turandot

Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production returns to cinemas, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, conducting his first Puccini opera with the company. Powerhouse soprano Christine Goerke takes on the icy title princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as the unknown prince vying for her love.


10/19 & 10/20

A Midsummer Night's Dream

An immersive production starring Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) as the fairy queen Titania. She and her feuding fairy king cross paths in the woods with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors. The magical royal couple meddle with the mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations with hilarious consequences. A dream production with flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels.


10/26

Met Opera Live: Manon

Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Massenet’s tale of passion, excess, and their consequences stars rising soprano Lisette Oropesa in the effervescent title role. Tenor Michael Fabiano is her ardent admirer, Chevalier des Grieux, with Maurizio Benini conducting Laurent Pelly’s enchanting production. 4 hrs, 15 min.


11/9

Met Opera Live: Madama Butterfly

Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Anthony Minghella’s vividly cinematic staging returns to cinemas, featuring soprano Hui He in the devastating title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts one of opera’s most beautiful and heartbreaking scores, with a cast that also includes tenor Piero Pretti as Pinkerton, baritone Paulo Szot as Sharpless, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki.


11/10

Raymonda

Bolshoi Ballet. Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him. Raymonda is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso. 180 min.


11/16 & 11/24

Hansard

NT Live! It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


11/17

Le Corsaire

Bolshoi Ballet. On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the beautiful Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair (pirate). Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the mesmerizing Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaire remains a breath-taking production, with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magnificence of the Bolshoi to life. 210 min.


11/23

Met Opera Live: Akhnaten

Broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo headlines American composer Philip Glass’s transcendent contemporary creation, with Karen Kamensek conducting. Phelim McDermott’s stunning production employs a virtuosic company of acrobats and jugglers to conjure a mystical reimagining of ancient Egypt.


11/30 & 12/8

Present Laughter

Captured live from The Old Vic in London, PRESENT LAUGHTER is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine's colorful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry's few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


12/15 & 12/21

The Nutcracker

Bolshoi Ballet. The Bolshoi’s magical Nutcracker production captivates audiences of all ages and brings them on whirlwind journey of enchantment with rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodying Marie’s innocence and joy along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as her Nutcracker Prince. A timeless holiday classic accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. 150 min.


1/11

Met Opera Live: Wozzeck

Broadcast live in HD from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Berg’s 20th-century shocker stars baritone Peter Mattei in the title role, with Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium and soprano Elza van den Heever as the long-suffering Marie. Groundbreaking visual artist and director William Kentridge unveils a bold new staging set in an apocalyptic wasteland.


1/26 & 2/8

All My Sons

National Theatre of London. It's 1947: despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe (Bill Pullman) and Kate Keller (Sally Field) are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.


2/1

Met Opera Live: Porgy and Bess

Broadcast live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera house in New York. The Gershwins’ modern American masterpiece has its first Met performances in almost three decades, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue in the title roles. Director James Robinson’s stylish production transports audiences to Catfish Row, a setting vibrant with the music, dancing, emotion, and heartbreak of its inhabitants.


2/9/20

Giselle

Bolshoi Ballet. The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion. In this brand-new production, world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew. 150 min.


2/29

Met Opera Live: Agrippina

Broadcast live in HD from New York's Metropolitan Opera. As the imperious title empress, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato leads the Met premiere of Handel’s tale of deception and deceit. Harry Bicket conducts Sir David McVicar’s wry new production, which gives this Baroque black comedy a politically charged, modern updating.


3/14

Met Opera Live: Der Fliegende Hollander

Broadcast live in HD from New York's Metropolitan Opera. Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, as the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of PARSIFAL recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork.


3/22/20

Swan Lake

Bolshoi Ballet. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see. 165 min.


4/11

Met Opera Live: Tosca

Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko appears in her 16th Live in HD transmission, taking on the soaring title diva of Puccini’s grand melodrama. Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s evocative production, with tenor Brian Jagde as Tosca’s impassioned lover, Cavaradossi, and baritone Michael Volle as the sinister Scarpia.


4/12/20

Romeo and Juliet

Bolshoi Ballet. Despite each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the two families will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend. The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev’s remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. 185 min.


May 2020

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.


5/9

Met Opera Live: Maria Stuarda

Broadcast Live in HD from the Metropolitan Opera in New York. A pseudo-historical opera about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her bitter rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, Donizetti’s drama thrills with intense stand-offs and impressive vocal displays. Soprano Diana Damrau and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton square off as two of history’s most formidable monarchs, with Maurizio Benini conducting.


5/10/20

Jewels

Bolshoi Ballet. This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond. Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style, each represented by a contrasting gemstone. 165 min.