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Lights, camera, Connecticut: The local impact of the writers and actors strike

Photo of a modern movie theater with reclining red velvet seats and state-of-the-art equipment.
Ernesto López Ruiz
Courtesy of CJ E&M America
Theaters that call themselves 4-D use lights, moving seats, fog and even sprays of water and air to give moviegoers a unique experience — one they hope audiences will consider worthy of higher ticket prices.

The writers and actors strike has frozen film and TV productions across the country, and left many creatives to go back to their "civilian jobs," as Mystic-based actress Callie Beaulieu recently shared with Connecticut Public.

"We're at a tipping point with the survival of our profession," she said.

This hour, local studios, actors and crew members join us. Plus, NPR correspondent Mandalit del Barco has the latest; and Hearst Connecticut reporter Alex Soule explains why Connecticut is at a "crossroads" where it concerns the film and TV tax incentive program.

RELATED:For family owners of Mansfield Drive-In, business is 'more than a movie'

Plus, some 2,000 movie screens have gone dark over the pandemic, according to one recent study by the Cinema Foundation. But there's a bright spot where we live: Connecticut boasts four drive-in theaters. We hear from the owners of one drive-in in Mansfield.


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Katie is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show 'Where We Live.' She has previously worked for CNN and News 8-WTNH.
Ray Hardman is Connecticut Public’s Arts and Culture Reporter. He is the host of CPTV’s Emmy-nominated original series Where Art Thou? Listeners to Connecticut Public Radio may know Ray as the local voice of Morning Edition, and later of All Things Considered.