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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Rosebud Cinema

Parasite

A pitch-black modern Korean fairytale. Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Through their mastermind children, the Kim's form a symbiotic relationship with the rich family. An underhanded battle for dominance breaks out. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching PARASITE showcases a modern master director, Bong Joon Ho, at the top of his game. R, 131 min. In Korean w/English subtitles.

Showtimes

Playing in the Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Sat, 12/14 - Sun, 12/15 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Mon, 12/16 - Tue, 12/17 4:00, 7:00
Wed, 12/18 1:00, 4:00, 7:00
Thu, 12/19 4:00
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Rose Theatre & Starlight Room (Starlight 21+ Venue, ID required)

The Two Popes

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. PG-13, 126 min. In Spanish, Italian, French Portuguese, German, Latin, English. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).

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Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Sat, 12/14 1:30, 4:30, 7:30
Sun, 12/15 - Tue, 12/17 4:30, 7:30
Wed, 12/18 1:30, 4:30, 7:30
Thu, 12/19 4:30
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Playing in the Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Thu, 12/19 7:30
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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Sat, 12/14 - Thu, 12/19 4:00
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Starlight Room - (21+ Venue, ID required)

Queen and Slim

From trailblazing, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waith comes this unflinching new drama/love story. While on a forgettable first date together, a black man (GET OUT's Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith in a stunning debut), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, with sudden and tragic results. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. R, 120 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).

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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Sat, 12/14 - Sun, 12/15 12:30, 7:30
Mon, 12/16 - Tue, 12/17 7:30
Wed, 12/18 No Show
Thu, 12/19 7:30
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Rose Theatre

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.

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Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Sun, 12/15 11:00
Sat, 12/21 11:00
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Starlight Room - 21+ Venue, ID required & Rosebud Cinema

It's a Wonderful Life

This timeless Frank Capra film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed! PG, 130 min.

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Playing in the Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Sun, 12/22 12:00
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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Wed, 12/18 7:30 SOLD OUT

Rose Theatre

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Our sneak peek screening on the 19th is sold out but tickets will be available soon for our full run beginning 12/20! The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron's journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Tickets for its regular engagement - beginning Friday 12/20 - will be available Monday, 12/16.

Closed Captioned Described Video

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Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Thu, 12/19 7:30

Coming Soon

Dates TBD

Bombshell

Starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and John Lithgow and based on a real scandal, BOMBSHELL is a revealing look inside the most powerful and controversial media empire of all time; Fox News, and the explosive story of the women who brought down the infamous man who created it. R, 108 min.


Starts 12/25

Little Women

Director Greta Gerwig offers a delicious new take on Louis May Alcott's classic tale. the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms --  is both timeless and timely.  Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.


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.


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.


Dates TBD

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all. R, 121 min.


1/20

Selma - Free Screening

Our annual free screening for the community in honor of MLK Day. A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965. Directed by Ava DuVernay. First come, first seated. PG-13, 128 min.


Dates TBD

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

Directed by veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin, the film reveals the hidden power of sound in cinema, introduces us to the unsung heroes who create it, and features insights from legendary directors with whom they collaborate. NR, 94 min.


Dates TBD

What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael

“The most powerful, loved, and hated film critic of her time.” – Roger Ebert on Pauline Kael (1919-2001). In a field that has historically embraced few women film critics, Kael was controversial, witty, and fiercely discerning. Her decades-long berth at The New Yorker energized her fans and infuriated her detractors on a weekly basis. NR, 98 min.


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.


Starts 1/31

Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animation

This year's Oscar nominated animated short films! A variety of wonderfully illustrated movies. Full program line-up available soon.




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.


Dates TBD

Stuffed

Filmmaker Erin Derham is a vegetarian and animal lover with a Masters degree in Environmental History, so she approached the subject of taxidermy with trepidation. But in this gorgeous, quirky, fascinating documentary she discovers a new generation of taxidermists dedicated to applying their artistry to a field that has conservation at its heart center. Whether tattooed or strictly white-bread, these new taxidermists are articulate and passionate about their work; they will surprise and delight you. NR, 85 min.


Dates TBD

The Times of Bill Cunningham

Features incredible photographs chosen from over 3 million previously unpublicized images and documents from iconic street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words from a recently unearthed 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily cheerful and plainspoken manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his democratic view of fashion and society. NR, 74 min.


Dates TBD

Varda by Agnès

The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding new light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. NR, 115 min.


2/16/20

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.


Select shows in the Starlight Room
When We Were Kings
2/19

When We Were Kings

In 1974, Leon Gast filmed an unprecedented sports spectacle: the Rumble in the Jungle, in which late-career underdog Muhammad Ali would contend with the younger powerhouse George Foreman for the boxing heavyweight championship title in Zaire. Gast wound up amassing a treasure trove of footage, observing the wildly charismatic athlete training for one of the toughest bouts of his career. PG, 89 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.


Dates TBD

Cunningham

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: This beautiful documentary traces Merce Cunningham's artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery, from his early years as a struggling dancer in New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce's philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, the film is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. PG, 93 min.


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

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

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.


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.