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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (knowns as "the Kate") is a non-profit performing arts organization located in a historic theatre and former town hall.  The Kate presents a full repertoire of cultural and performing arts programming for all ages and provides a lasting legacy for America’s iconic actress. 

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Originally opened in 1911 with a theatre on the upper two floors and a few town offices on the ground floor, the Kate, then known as the Town Hall, has always been the center of cultural activities in Old Saybrook. After state of the art renovations, the Kate includes a 250-seat theatre that presents work in several genres including music, theater, opera, dance, comedy, film, art exhibits, lectures, a variety of Children’s programing, and other artistic endeavors.  The Kate is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the theatre lobby encompasses a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn.

The Kate presents a varied and diverse array of arts programming on more than 300 days throughout the year. Neary 37,000 adults and children per year cross its threshold to enjoy live theater, music, film, dance, the MET HD and Bolshoi Ballet simulcasts, comedy, family programs and much more.  It has been recognized as Yankee Magazine’s “Best Small Theater in Connecticut” in 2014 and in Connecticut Magazine as the “Best Small Concert Venue” in the state. The Kate also offers arts education programs for children and youth through Kate's Camp for Kids and Missoula Children's Theatre.

Other amenities: Concessions, Dining Nearby, Parking, Printed Guides


Pricing: Rates vary.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Special Rentals

Dates of Operation: Year-round.



300 Main St.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475


Box Office: Tue.-Fri., 10-4, and one hour before performances.

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