Lights, Camera, Connecticut!

Book launch with Illeana Douglas in conversation with Colin McEnroeBuy TicketsTicket price includes a signed copy of Illeana’s new book!

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Lights, Camera, Connecticut!   

Ticket price includes a signed copy of Illeana’s new book, Connecticut in the Movies, published by Lyons Press (local publisher in Essex, CT).  

Join actress and author Illeana Douglas and public radio’s Colin McEnroe as they discuss Illeana’s new book Connecticut in the Movies and share behind the scenes histories highlighting Connecticut cinema. 

Illeana Douglas has long been known for shining new light on forgotten films. Now the celebrated actress and film historian turns her focus to the Connecticut movie. Told from the passionate perspective of an author who grew up here, the book takes the reader on a cinematic road trip through Hollywood history and Connecticut geography. She defines how the perception of on-screen Connecticut, originally created in Hollywood, has shifted more than that of any other New England state over the decades and provides some surprising conclusions about just what it means to be a “Connecticut movie.” 

ILLEANA DOUGLAS has starred in films such as Cape Fear, To Die For, Grace of My Heart, and Ghost World, as well as in the TV shows Goliath, Shrill, Entourage, and Six Feet Under. She is the author of I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies. A regular contributor to Trailers From Hell, she’s done memorable film interviews and introductions for Turner Classic Movies, for Criterion Channel, and on her podcast The Film Scene.

COLIN MCENROE is an author, playwright, professor, columnist, and blogger, who is allergic to penicillin.


The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!


The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions


The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

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The Kate’s Sponsors

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  • Gowrie Group
  • Saybrook Point Resort & Marina
  • CT Humanities, CT Cultural Fund
  • Sennheiser
  • Coburn Financial Group, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
  • Damon Wealth Management Group, Ameriprise Private Wealth Advisory Practice