Voted “Best Cinema in Florida” by the readers of Florida Monthly Magazine, the Tropic Cinema brings cutting edge independent and popular movies to Key West. The Tropic features state-of-the- art theaters, lounge area and concession stand that serves popcorn, candy, ice cream and savory snacks as well as beer and wine.
Located in historic Mallory Square for over 75 years, this 150-seat theater has been a vital part of the cultural fabric of Key West. The programming is dynamic, engaging and highly entertaining with a wide range of performance genres including comedies, dramas, musicals, new works and fare for family and children. And for a post-show meal or libation, there are many great options to choose from in this popular location.
Legend has it that the concept of a "fringe theater" was born in 1947 when eight theater groups, unable to gain admission to the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival, performed anywhere they could. Today hundreds of Fringe Theater Festivals and thousands of Fringe Theater companies exist throughout the world. In 2011, Fringe Theater Key West joined those ranks! They follow the tradition of fringe theatrical troupes by being a “point of entry” into the theater world for people who used to do theater, always wanted to do theater, or are looking forward to the new experience of doing theater! Their vision is to create theater that is intriguing, diverse, and affordable.
Key West Theatre
The Key West Theater is a newly-renovated performing arts center that presents original plays, musicals, films, concerts and more. Originally built in 1848 as the 1st Baptist Church of Key West, the building has a rich history as a church, dance club and concert venue prior to being transformed into a fully working performing arts center.
Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center
The Tennesse Williams Fine Arts Theater (TWFAC) has been providing residents and visitors world- class entertainment for nearly 30 years. Located on the campus of The College of the Florida Keys, the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center is home to Keys Chorale, Paradise Big Band, Key West Pops Orchestra, South Florida Symphony Orchestra and In The Cabaret.
The Studios of Key West
The Studios of Key West, located just steps off Duval Street in the landmark Art Deco building, was founded with the vision of bringing world class artists to the island and promoting Keys artists. The Studios presents live music, new theater, writing and art classes, and showcases national, international and island artists in four galleries under one roof. The Studios aims to connect visitors and locals with the creative spirit of the island.
Founded in 1871 as a civic center by Cuban exiles, the San Carlos today is a multi-cultural center for performing arts and events as well as a museum, library and art gallery. The San Carlos can accommodate over 350 people in its theater and plays host to the Key West Film Festival and the Key West Literary Seminar each year.
Red Barn Theatre
The Red Barn Theatre is not only a premiere location for awe-inspiring performances, but it’s also a historical and cultural hub. Red Barn’s history includes iconic figures such as Poet Laureate Richard Wilbur, Tennessee Williams, Jimmy Buffett and Shel Silverstein, the beloved children’s writer. For the past 32 years, the Red Barn Theatre staff has been premiering new scripts, reworking classic pieces, and encouraging artistic excellence among the Key West community.