enjoyed a lively theater scene before the dawn of the twentieth century. The
Palace Theatre, The Standard, and the Learned Opera House showcased local talent
and traveling vaudeville troupes "of the highest caliber." The
Rose, which opened around the corner on Water Street in 1907, continued this
tradition but added a recent invention to its repertoire: moving pictures. In
December 1908 the Rose moved to its current location in Taylor Street.
Tom Mix, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, and countless other
Hollywood stars graced the Rose Theatre's silver screen for more than fifty years
before it closed its doors November 8, 1958 with the potboiler High School
Confidential. The Rose reopened July 11, 1992, and with the addition
of the Rosebud Cinema three years later, has become one of the most treasured
features of Port Townsend's National Historic District.
So, experience a film at the Rose, where the popcorn is fresh, the butter is
real, the sound is superb, and every show is personally introduced by our host. If
you arrive early, you might even find a seat in our cozy balcony!