Katharine Hepburn returns to the big screen: CHS hosts free outdoor movie + tours
Hartford, CT (July 2014) Katharine Hepburn was meant for the big screen, and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS), along with its partners, is making sure she returns there. On August 14, 2014, the CHS will host a free outdoor movie screening of The Philadelphia Story, the 1940 romantic comedy featuring Hepburn, along with co-stars Cary Grant and James Stewart. The movie will be shown on the grounds of the CHS in the West End of Hartford at 8:00 p.m. The exhibit, Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, will be open to the public at no charge from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as a prelude to the movie screening. In the event of inclement weather, the movie will be screened indoors in CHS’s Hoadley Auditorium.
“We are excited to bring Katharine Hepburn back to the silver screen here in Connecticut! The CHS couldn’t think of a better way to spend a summer evening than with Katharine Hepburn in one of her best romantic comedy roles. We’ll supply the popcorn—just bring a blanket and enjoy!” – Jenny Steadman, Adult Programs Manager, CHS
In addition, on July 25, 2014, the CHS is partnering with the City of Hartford’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs’ (MECA) Free Movies After Dark series and Riverfront Recapture, to present another Hepburn classic, African Queen, the 1951 romantic adventure, co-starring Humphrey Bogart. The movie will occur at dusk at Riverside Park, located immediately north of the downtown area, along the banks of the Connecticut River.
Hepburn, “The First Lady of Cinema,” was nominated for “ Best Actress in a Leading Role” by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her roles in both movies. Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) dazzled silver screen, television, and theater audiences with memorable characters and portrayals in 52 films and over 25 theater productions—receiving four Oscars (12 nominations), two Tony Award nominations, and even an Emmy.
Also, CHS will offer guided tours of the exhibit, free with museum admission, every Tuesday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. during the months of July and August. Spanish-led tours will also be available at select times (see chs.org/hepburn for details).
Hepburn, born and raised in Connecticut, is currently being celebrated in the Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen exhibit, organized by Kent State University Museum, at the CHS, now through September 13, 2014. The CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford. For more, visit chs.org.
Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen
April 11—September 13, 2014
Connecticut Historical Society
One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105