235 Taylor Street,
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Rose Theatre, Port Townsend (Official)
Functions: Movies (Independent)
Originally opened in 1907, and now beautifully restored, this old theatre is now running art house movies and fully updated with Dolby Digital sound. The original auditorium has 330-seats. On July 11, 1992 a second screen was opened which has 83-seatsa and in 2013 a third screen was created in a former banquet room next door which has 45-seats
The Rose Theatre is on a side street and a little hard to find, but what a gem!
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The Rose Theatre’s website has been revised. Now there are many pictures of the beutiful interior, history and more.
My family & I visited Port Townsend and the the Rose Theater last week and saw Hairspray (2007 version). What a find! The theatre is beautifully restored and the sound (Dolby Digital) and picture were fantastic. Much better than our new, local Cinemark at home in Texas. The movie was introduced by a staff member and the whole experience was perfect. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking this one out.
A 2011 photo can be seen here
The Rose opened in 1907 on Water St. and moved to the Taylor St. location the next year. It closed fifty years later, the last film was ‘High School Confidential’ It reopened July 11, 1992 and expanded 3 years later with the 83 seat Rosebud theater. In 2013, for the Port Townsend Film Festival, a third screen was added, taking over an unused banquet room next door. The Starlight Room is a 21+ venue, featuring appetizers & cocktails from the Silverlight Cafe. It is a Living Room layout with room for forty five people.
Recently attended a screening at the Rose and I think it’s one of the best run cinemas I’ve experienced. It’s a 3 screener now and I was in the original auditorium. It has a steep rake to the floor so sight lines are good. All the equipment is first rate and acoustics were excellent. A brief introduction from the staff with information about the film made it seem like a special event. Some original stenciling on a side wall was viewable before the introduction but the drapes were pulled over it for better acoustics. It’s all part of the small efforts that together the Rose a very special place to see a movie.