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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Rose Theatre - 10 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture


Sam Mendes shot this pulse-pounding film in a single 2-hr long take after months of rehearsal. At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them. R, 119 min.

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Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Mon, 1/20 - Tue, 1/21 4:30, 7:20
Wed, 1/22 1:15, 4:30, 7:20
Thu, 1/23 4:30, 7:20
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Starlight Room - 21+ Venue, ID required - 6 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture

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. Rated PG, 134 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).

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Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Mon, 1/20 4:00, 7:40
Tue, 1/21 4:00, 7:40
Wed, 1/22 4:00
Thu, 1/23 4:00, 7:40
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Rosebud Cinema - Oscar Nominee, Best Original Screenplay

Knives Out

This caper pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie, in a fun, modern-day murder tale where everyone is a suspect. When a famous novelist (Christopher Plummer) is found dead, a debonair detective (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family, to his devoted staff, a web or red herrings appear before the truth is revealed. Also starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Lakeith Stanfield. Rated PG-13, 130 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).


Playing in the Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Mon, 1/20 6:45
Tue, 1/21 6:45
Wed, 1/22 12:45, 6:45
Thu, 1/23 6:45
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Rosebud Cinema - 6 Oscar Nominations, Including Best Picture

Jojo Rabbit

An audacious anti-hate satire. Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided only by his imaginary friend -- the Fuhrer himself -- Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on. 6 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. PG-13, 108 min.


Playing in the Rosebud Cinema
Date Time
Mon, 1/20 4:00
Tue, 1/21 4:00
Wed, 1/22 4:00
Thu, 1/23 4:00
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Rose Theatre

Selma - Free Screening

Our annual free screening for the community in honor of Martin Luther King 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.


Playing in the Rose Theatre
Date Time
Mon, 1/20 12:30

Starlight Room - 21+ Venue, ID required


See Humphrey Bogart in this 1943 adventure tale! After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water. 97 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).


Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Date Time
Wed, 1/22 7:30
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Coming Soon

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

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.

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 - 2/2

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project

Marion Stokes secretly recorded television 24 hours a day for 30 years. Before “fake news” Marion was fighting to protect the truth by archiving everything that was said and shown on television. The public didn’t know it, but the networks were disposing their archives for decades into the trashcan of history. Her work was a mystery in the form of a time capsule. Eventually she would pay a profound price for dedicating her life to this visionary and maddening project. NR, 87 min.


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.

Selling Fast
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Christine Hemp Book Launch: Wild Ride Home
2/4 & 2/8

Christine Hemp Book Launch: Wild Ride Home

Join author Christine Hemp for the book launch of her debut memoir WILD RIDE HOME: LOVE, LOSS, AND A LITTLE WHITE HORSE. Hemp will read from her book and be in conversation with novelist and Port Townsend literary light Anna Quinn. Admission includes a hardback copy of the book. Full Starlight food and cocktail menu available. FIRST SHOW SOLD OUT IN 1 DAY. SECOND SHOW ADDED on Saturday, Feb. 8, 12:30.

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McCabe and Mrs. Miller

McCabe and Mrs. Miller

Classics Night in the Starlight! A gambler and a prostitute become business partners in a remote Old West mining town, and their enterprise thrives until a large corporation arrives on the scene. Starring Julie Christie and Warren Beattie. Written and directed by Robert Altman. R, 120 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.


After Parkland

In the days after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 that killed 17 people and launched a nationwide student movement, filmmakers Emily Taguchi and Jake Lefferman embedded with students and families whose lives were forever transformed. Weaving together candid, in-depth interviews, vérité footage, and personal videos, the film chronicles moments both intimate and defining – from the quiet hours of grief and reflection, to those of political awakening, and onto milestones on the public stage. NR, 92 min.

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.

Starts 2/14

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.



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.

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When We Were Kings

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.

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.


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.


Tangoheart in Concert

Tangoheart, the premier tango ensemble in the Northwest, returns to the Rose bringing the power, beauty, and passion of the Argentine tango to the Port Townsend community. Tangoheart is a classic, authentic orquesta typica which contains a piano, contrabajo, string section, and the bandoneon, the Argentine instrument with its emblematic tango sound. The group is led by Bertram Levy. Their last appearance at the Rose sold out!

Dates TBD


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.


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.

3/15 & 3/21

Cyrano de Bergerac

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight? Starring James McAvoy, and broadcast from London's West End. 180 min.

Dates TBD

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild – and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the factors that destroyed her career and the forces that brought her back. NR, 83 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.


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.

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?


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.

6/14 & 6/20

The Welkin

A bold and gripping new thriller from playwright Lucy Kirkwood. One life in the hands of 12 women. Rural England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, 21-year-old Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for murder. When Sally claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth. With only a midwife prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst. Approx. 180 min.