Kate Classic Film Series
We don’t often feature events that occur on Tuesdays, but we’re Katharine Hepburn fans. And if you are, too – The Kate, as the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is known will be featuring a classic Kate film called Quality Street at 2 pm. It's a romantic comeday about a couple who discover true love under a ruse that Phoebe (Katharine Hepburn) plays on her beau Dr. Gray (Franchot Tone.) Another something you rarely see – admission is just $8.00 each.
The Kate does more than pay homage to Hepburn, so it’s well worth getting acquainted with. It’s located in Old Saybrook’s historic 1911 town hall, so it feels more of a classic than it really is (The Kate opened in 2008), but it has quickly become a cultural star -- Yankee Magazine named it One of Connecticut’s Best Attractions in 2014. About 4 shows a week are staged in the 250-seat theater, on average, featuring everything from kids’ shows to operas, contemporary music to opera, world premieres to timeless Kate classics. If you’re interested, trained docents will fill you in on the rich history of Old Saybrook’s crown jewel – call 860 510 0473 to schedule a tour.
There’s also a small museum honoring the theater’s namesake, who was Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. On performance days it’s open one hour prior to the show; it’s otherwise open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Parking isn’t the easiest here, although there are a number of off-street lots where The Kate’s patrons have permission to park. See the website for a map of locations.