Old Saybrook Lawmakers Urge State to Support “The Kate” with Tourism Signage on Rt. 9 and I-95

February 14, 2017


Hartford – Old Saybrook lawmakers are urging the state legislature to help support the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (“The Kate”) by passing legislation that would allow tourism signage for the center to be placed on Route 9 and Interstate 95.

Senator Paul Formica, Senator Art Linares and Representative Devin Carney submitted testimony in favor of House Bill 5574 and spoke before the Transportation Committee to urge fellow lawmakers to support the local theater. The Kate is a theater in the Town of Old Saybrook that provides entertainment for the region and is named for Connecticut Hall-of-Famer, multiple Academy Award winner, and former Old Saybrook resident Katharine Hepburn.

“We believe that The Kate deserves to have signage along both I-95 and Rt. 9 because it will attract tourists to the theater and create an interest for those passing by the signs,” the lawmakers said in their written testimony. “Similar theaters have signage along various highways throughout the state due to their importance and popularity and The Kate is no different. It is a cultural hub with entertainment that draws people from across the state and the country. It is an economic engine, not only for Old Saybrook, but for the region as a whole and helps nearby businesses like the many restaurants and shops in town. Signage along the highway will only improve the number of tourists to town and we believe it is in the state’s best interest to promote this important theater with the signage suggested.”


Sen. Formica testified in person with Dana Foster, the Director of Development and External Relations at The Kate, on Jan. 31 before the Transportation Committee on which Rep. Carney is a ranking member.

Foster explained the importance of signage along the highways. “Signage would help our growing audiences navigate the multiple exits to Old Saybrook and help to further attract additional tourists and others to our historical building, great exhibit, and incredible arts and programming.”


Photo 1- Rep. Carney (left), The Kate’s Director of Development Dana Foster (center), and Paul Formica (right) at the January 29 public hearing on the proposal to install signs for The Kate on local highways.

Photo 2- Sen. Formica and Dana Foster, Director of Development and External Relations at The Kate, testify before the Transportation Committee in favor of House Bill 5574 An Act Concerning Signs Indication the Location of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.