Rocky’s Review
The Rose Re-opens

THE ROSE REOPENS! How I have longed to write those three words. By the time we reopen we will have been closed for 499 days. 

     FOR YOUR SAFETY. Although 100% occupancy is now permitted, and no social distancing is required of theatres in Washington state, we are going above and beyond that for everyone's safety. We will be underselling both the Rose and the Rosebud by one-third in order to give patrons more room to spread out. You will find hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the theatre. Both of our HVAC systems now have MERV 13 air filters installed, which remove very fine particles from the air, as well as potential allergens, and airborne germs. 

     WEDNESDAY, JULY 28th. Rose Theatre Members will be invited to be our first audience at this soft opening, giving our new staff a chance to practice their concession skills. Seating is limited and members will receive a link to reserve their tickets via email next week.

     See our re-opening schedule below for movies from Wednesday, July 28 through Thursday, August 5th.

     The Starlight Room will not be opening until some time in September.

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     Our three new streaming films this week are very much about courage and extraordinary athleticism. How does a Japanese women's volleyball team from the late 1950s become an international sensation, feminist role models, the subject of a wildly popular comic book and a still-influential anime? THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT is a stranger-than-fiction story dynamically told by director Julien Farout. 

     A group of Osaka textile workers are transformed into a fiercely competitive volleyball team by their astonishing ruthless coach whose unconventional techniques emphasize speed and aggression. A record-setting winning streak and a dramatic 1964 Tokyo Olympics triumph follow. [The Witches Of The Orient] "spikes, serves and scores again...(with) a dreamy, glitchy immersive soundtrack, a crackling editing style and a facility with 16mm archival footage that practically puts you inside its gorgeous grain." -Variety

     CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS brings to life the creative process that culminated in choreographer-dancer-director Bill T. Jones's tour de force ballet D-Man in the Waters, one of the most important works of art to come out of the AIDS crisis. In 1989, D-Man gave physical manifestation to the fear, anger, grief and hope for salvation. Now a group of young dancers re-interpret the work and deepen their understanding of its power. "Stirring...a consummate dance film about art as witness, and its importance to culture and humanity." -EDGE Media Network

     MAIDEN was our most successful film in 2018. I'm very pleased that as of this week it will be part of our Film Library. The 1989 story of the all-female sailboat crew that entered the Whitbread Round the World Race was tailor-made for Port Townsend audiences. And what an exciting day it was when Maiden and her current crew stopped in Port Townsend to say hello.

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky