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Best Historic Venues in Hartford

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This theater was built in 1930 in homage to local theologian Horace Bushnell and today it still remains as one of the Connecticut's best event venues. A must-visit for all culture lovers, the Bushnell has inspired audiences with its fantastic shows and plays a leading role in the Hartford's cultural vibrancy. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs and a leading educator and advocate of the arts. From Broadway shows to comedians, it's a great place to spend an evening.

TheaterWorks engages the best talent from the community to put on plays and performance pieces at its downtown theater. The historic building built circa 1927 is where you'll find the theater and the structure is a highlight unto itself. The theater presents hundreds of independent, original performances throughout the year and it attracts a very diverse audience, from children to adults.

Opened in September 2009, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as "The Kate") honors the late actress in her hometown. The Shoreline's premier entertainment venue, the Kate hosts stand-up comedy, theatrical performances, live music and lectures throughout the year. The facility is housed in what used to be Old Saybrook's historic City Hall (built in 1910) and the 250-seat theater (with unobstructed views) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Bridge Street Live in Collinsville (just 15 minutes from Downtown Hartford) is not your typical performance venue. Located in the 19th-century industrial town of Collinsville, this one-of-a-kind music venue has an incredible art deco decor. Drinks and snacks are served upstairs at the bar, or outdoors during summer months when you can take the beverages out to the patio. Private events can also be arranged at the venue.

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