Port Townsend’s Starlight Room is a classy moviegoing experience.


Written by: Cheryl



Comfortable seats, chandeliers, popcorn with REAL butter, and craft beers make going to Port Townsend Rose Theater's Starlight Room a way to see a movie in style.
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Port Townsend’s Starlight Room offers a small theater with great popcorn, cocktails, and comfy seating. Recommended.

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Back in the 1980s, 1 what is now the Taproot Theater in Seattle used to show double features. It was a favorite moviegoing place for teenagers as some of the seating in the back were on old, dilapidated double sofas. Otherwise known as “makeout spots” for some people. And you could get in and see two movies for cheap.

Some 25+ years later, I sit on a movie theater sofa to watch a movie again. Only this time, the sofas are eclectic and upscale — and in good repair — and they are located in a beautiful room on the upper floor of an old Port Townsend building. Next to them on the table is a craft beer, a local cider, and popcorn in a ceramic bowl with real butter (not the stuff that passes for “butter” at most mainstream theaters).

Popcorn Beer and Cider at Port Townsend Starlight Room

Port Townsend’s circa 1907 Rose Theater has long been a favorite of mine. Although I don’t live in PT, I don’t get there as often as I’d like. They’ve long had good popcorn — and good ambiance.

However, in 2013, they also opened the Starlight Room on the building’s third floor. A long staircase or elevator takes you up to the theater, where you’ll find, when you go in, a bar serving beer, cider, and specialty cocktails, as well as their excellent popcorn, candy, and hand-dipped ice cream bars.

Port Townsend Starlight Room 6 of 10

As you step into the theater, a well-lit room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering breathtaking views of the water and the Cascades greets you. The seating arrangements are comfortable, with plush chairs and sofas. 2 The room is already equipped with lush drapes, thanks to its previous life as a photography studio, making it a convenient and luxurious movie-watching spot.

Port Townsend Rose Theater Starlight Room

As the showtime draws near, a sense of anticipation fills the air. The curtains are gracefully lowered, and the chandeliers dim, setting the stage for the main event. The screen descends in front of the front windows, and the announcer steps out. They share a few tidbits about the upcoming film, as well as a sneak peek into the other shows playing at the Rose Theater. And then, it’s showtime. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the unique movie experience at the Starlight Room.

Where is the Starlight Room?

You’ll find the Rose Theater and Starlight Room at 235 Taylor Street in Port Townsend. The map below is a static image. If you’d like to view the live map page, click here or on the map image.

Map of location of Rose Theater and Starlight Room in Port Townsend
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  1. I’m showing my age here.[]
  2. My spouse insists they should consider adding a massage feature to the chairs, though![]
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