Rose Theatre

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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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 film weaves 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. PG, 93 min.

Dance Shorts: Program B

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Our second line-up of wonderful short dance films includes THE KING OF TWIRL, about the 11-year old Janero. He can't sit still, he's alway dancing. He wants to prove himself and be the best in twirl, a sport that's traditionally just for girls. Janero is the only boy of his age in Northern Netherlands who competes in this sport.

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Choreographer Nacho Duato composed the one-act ballet White Darkness as a requiem for his sister. The result is a masterpiece which, according to critics, has reached heights deemed hitherto impossible on the landscape of modern arts. In contrast, Joseph Hernandez creates an exhilarating aesthetic universe in The Lavender Follies. 76 min.

Dance Is Its Own Liberation: From Mindfulness to Macabre

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Three eclectic dance films that as a trio evoke the endless power of the art form including the world renowned HOFESH SCHECHTER'S CLOWNS, a macabre comedy of murder and desire, asking how far will we go in the name of entertainment. Exhilarating choreography combined with a percussive score. 60 min.

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Fire and Ashes: Making the Ballet RAkU

Port Townsend Dance Film Festival: Raku pottery prizes spontaneity in the interaction of fire and falling ashes, and this stunning documentary captures the beauty of both traditional Japanese pottery and the novel The Golden Temple by Japanese author Mishima. 64 min.

The Booksellers

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. NR, 99 min.


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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Written and directed by Eliza Hittman, the film is an intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) and her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) embark across state lines to New York City on a fraught journey of friendship, bravery and compassion. 101 min.


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COVID-19: The Rose & Starlight Room

To Our Rose Family: Out of deep concern for the health of our community, we are closing the Rose Theatre and the Starlight Room beginning Monday, March 16th.

Given the recommendations from the World Health Organization, Washington State health officials and actions taken by Governor Jay Inslee, we believe this is the most responsible choice in an attempt to "flatten the curve" and keep our local health care providers from becoming overwhelmed.

This decision was the most challenging one I have ever faced in regards to the Rose. It was made after consultation with the Jefferson County Health Department, the Rose and Starlight managers, the Rose board of directors, and with the Silverwater Cafe, co-owners of the Starlight Room.

The financial implications of this decision to our staff and all other small businesses associated with the Rose and Starlight Room are significant. But the decision to close our venues was the only choice for us.

If you are looking for ways to continue to support our Port Townsend economy during this challenging time, please consider purchasing a gift card from a local restaurant or shop for future use. On Taylor street alone, Honazono, Lehani's, The Tin Brick and the Silverwater Cafe are offering wonderful take-out choices. One way to assist the Rose today is to become a member (click Membership in the menu above) or purchase a gift membership (click Shop in the menu above) for a friend. Our members receive wonderful discounts and benefits throughout the year - like free weekly popcorn - and are the lifeblood of the theatre.

If you have purchased a ticket to an upcoming film, opera or play, we will be happy to provide a refund. Just call or email us at (360) 385.1039 /

We are deeply grateful for your ongoing support. Stay healthy, take care of your loved ones, and we hope to see you at the movies soon. --Rocky

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No Time To Die

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. PG-13, 163 min.

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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.

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First Cow

Director Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early 19th century way of life. A taciturn loner cook (John Magaro) has joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee). Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America. PG-13, 122 min.

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Hal Ashby's 1975 masterpiece. In the last two days before Nixon’s 1968 election, hairdresser Warren Beatty (co-author of the scabrous screenplay with Robert Towne) motorcycles through Beverly Hills, hairdryer on hip, servicing, aside from his girlfriend (Goldie Hawn), the mistress (Julie Christie), wife (Oscar-winning Lee Grant), and daughter (Carrie Fisher) of a Hollywood mogul. 110 min. Playing in Starlight Room (21+ Venue, ID required).

5/5, 8/4, 11/17

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. February's theme: Travel. 90 min. First come, first seated.



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.

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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Charismatic art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang) and his American lover (Elizabeth Debicki) travel to the lavish Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger, in a star turn). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist's studio, whatever the cost.

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A Quiet Place II

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott Family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must nnow face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. PG-13, 98 min.

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Saint Frances

Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances (played by a scene-stealing Ramona Edith-Williams). But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. Amidst her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and difficulties of becoming a part of someone else’s family. NR, 106 min.

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A fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. PG-13, 120 min.

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The Traitor

The true story of Tommaso Buscetta, the man who brought down the Cosa Nostra. In the early 1980’s, an all out war rages between Sicilian mafia bosses over the heroin trade. Tommaso Buscetta, a made man, flees to hide out in Brazil. Back home, scores are being settled and Buscetta watches from afar as his sons and brother are killed in Palermo, knowing he may be next.