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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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. Not rated, 96 min. Starlight Room 21+ Venue, ID required.


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Wed, 9/18 7:30
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Nestled in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of Macedonian wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city – a mere four hours’ walk away. Hatidze’s peaceful existence is suddenly thrown into upheaval. HONEYLAND was shot over 3 years by a skeleton crew committed to an intimate collaboration between filmmakers and subject. Not rated, 90 min.


Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
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Tue, 9/17 4:30, 7:30
Wed, 9/18 1:30, 4:30, 7:30
Thu, 9/19 4:30, 7:30
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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis's life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. Miles' bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos. Not rated, 115 min.


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Tue, 9/17 4:00, 7:00
Wed, 9/18 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Thu, 9/19 4:00, 7:00
Fri, 9/20 - Sun, 9/22 PT Film Festival
Mon, 9/23 - Thu, 9/26 7:30
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Give Me Liberty

Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it’s not his fault. Roads are closed for a protest, and no one else can shuttle his Russian grandfather and émigré friends to a funeral. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer in a breakout performance), a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride becomes a hilarious, compassionate, and intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. Not rated, 110 min. Starlight Room 21+ Venue, ID required.


Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
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Fri, 9/20 - Sun, 9/22 PT Film Festival
Mon, 9/23 - Tue, 9/24 4:30
Wed, 9/25 1:30, 4:30
Thu, 9/26 4:30
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Tue, 9/17 4:15, 7:30
Wed, 9/18 4:15
Thu, 9/19 4:15, 7:30
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Downton Abbey

The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. Written by series creator Julian Fellowes and starring the original cast. PG 123 min. Starlight Room 21+ Venue, ID required.

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Mon, 9/23 - Tue, 9/24 4:00, 7:00
Wed, 9/25 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Thu, 9/26 4:00, 7:00
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20th Annual Port Townsend Film Festival

The 20th edition of the Port Townsend Film Festival is shaping up to be one of the best. The stellar line-up of films is online now at


Playing in the Rose Theatre or Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Thu, 9/19 - Sun, 9/22 All day!

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Starts 9/27

The Bowmakers

The story of the most important instrument you've never heard of. Port Townsend is known as the "Mecca of Bowmaking," where five world-renowned bowmakers live and work. They are among the handful of craftspeople who still practice this centuries old trade. Director Ward Serrill and producer Rocky Friedman will be present (9/27-9/29) for questions following the each show. Not rated, 104 min.

Starts 9/27

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Brittany Forgler is a funny, likeable, 27-year-old hot mess of a New Yorker whose trashy nightclub adventures make her late for work every day. Suddenly forced to get a grip, Brittany laces up her Converse sneakers and runs one sweaty block. The next day, she runs two. Soon she runs a mile. Brittany finally has direction—but is she on the right path? A bright, brisk comedy with an irresistible cast, as entertaining as it is inspirational.


Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

FREE SCREENING FOR ROSE MEMBERS AND A GUEST! The story of media firebrand Molly Ivins, six feet of Texas trouble who took on the Good Old Boy corruption wherever she found it. Her razor sharp wit left both sides of the aisle laughing, and craving ink in her columns. She knew the Bill of Rights was in peril, and said "Polarizing people is a good way to win an election and a good way to wreck a country." Molly's words have proved prescient. Now it's up to us to raise hell! Tickets for the Member screening available at the box office only, starting Monday, September 23, 3:30. The film will return in October for a regular engagement. NR, 93 min.


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.

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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.

Starts 10/4


In a yurt on the snow-covered fields of the North, Nanook and Sedna live following the traditions of their ancestors. They look like the last people on Earth. Their traditional way of life starts changing – slowly, but inevitably. Hunting becomes more and more difficult, the animals around them die from inexplicable causes, and the ice has been melting earlier every year. Chena, who visits them regularly, is their only connection to the outside world – and to their daughter Ága, who left the icy tundra long ago due to a family feud.

10/5 & 10/6

The Sweet Requiem

A young Tibetan woman, Dolkar, lives in exile, revealing a side of the refugee crisis we rarely get to see. An unexpected encounter with a figure from her past sets off a flurry of memories she had long repressed regarding the journey that brought her here. Based on a real-life escape across the border, but the film's deeper insights emerge from the complex and shifting allegiances Dolkar must navigate in exile. Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will present the film on 10/5.

Dates TBD

The Proposal

Community Arts Film Series: Known as “the artist among architects,” Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

10/12 & 10/13

Walking on Water

Community Arts Film Series: Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people.


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.

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Wild River

Wild River

One of Martin Scorsese's favorite films comes to Classics Night! Tennessee Valley Authority man Montgomery Clift heads south to save the an obdurate matriarch who just won't leave her scheduled-to-be-flooded-farm. He finds derision from the locals and love from the war widow Lee Remick. Filmed magnificently on location in CinemaScope. Long considered a sleeper classic, this Elia Kazan film is worth rediscovering. NR, 112 min.

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.


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.

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The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

1956, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Noir at its best. Returning at dawn to Jackson Heights, Stork Club bass player Henry Fonda finds himself trapped in a classic mistaken identity case. Shot in ruthlessly restrained semi-doc style on the locations of the actual case, with harrowing sequences of Fonda’s booking and arraignment, and memorable innocent-to-guilty dissolve.

11/2 & 11/3


See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, broadcast live to cinemas from London’s West End. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg...

Starts 11/8

Pain and Glory

From Indiewire: "The Spanish auteur's finest film in years, Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory is also his most personal, a colorful vivisection of the director's life and work, his regrets and achievements." Starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.


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.



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.


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.

Dates TBD

Jay Myself

JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City. NR, 79 min.

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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

One of Hollywood’s most well-known screen couples, Rock Hudson and Doris Day, kicked off their partnership with this classic romantic comedy. Hudson’s Brad and Day’s Jan are strangers who happen to share a phone line—and also happen to hate each other—until Brad decides to amuse himself by adopting a Texan accent and sweet-talking Jan over the phone. What’s he going to do when he realizes he’s fallen in love with Jan? Find out—and laugh out loud—in the stylish and saucy flick that earned Doris Day her first Academy Award nomination.

11/16 & 11/24


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.


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.

Dates TBD

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Ponys; and her reign as the “rock queen” of the ‘70s and early ’80s. She was a pioneer for women in the male-dominated music industry and a passionate advocate for human rights. Ultimately, her singing voice was stilled by illness and forced her into retirement but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever.


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.

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West Side Story
12/4 & 12/7

West Side Story

From 1961, this has long been considered one of the most explosive movie musicals of all time. With songs by Stephen Sondheim, a score by Leonard Bernstein and unforgettable choreography by Jerome Robbins, this updated Romeo and Juliet tale takes place on the hot summer streets of Manhattan. Featuring the songs "Tonight", "Something's Coming", "I Feel Pretty", "Jet Song", "Maria" and "Gee, Officer Krupke." With standout performances by Natalie Wood, Rita Morena (continuing the role she originated on Broadway), Russ Tamblyn and Richard Beymer. G, 153 min.

Dates TBD

Vision Portraits

Community Arts Film Series: VISION PORTRAITS is the personal story of filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother To Brother, The Happy Sad) as he embarks on a scientific and artistic journey, questioning how his loss of vision might impact his creative future. Through illuminating portraits of three artists: a photographer, a dancer and a writer, the film looks at the ways each artist was affected by the loss of their vision and the ways in which their creative process has changed or adapted. NR, 80 min.

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.


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.

Dates TBD

Witkin & Witkin

Community Arts Film Series: Joel-Peter Witkin is a celebrated photographer, known for dark tableaux full of disturbing images. His identical twin brother Jerome is an equally acclaimed figurative painter, whose work explores sociohistorical themes. These two gifted artists rarely communicate with one another, maintaining separate lives despite their shared upbringing. When they reunite for their first-ever joint exhibition, will the brothers’ artistic collaboration change their perspectives on their own – or each other’s – work and lives?

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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.