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Holmes to visit Maumee Indoor Theatre on Friday

Q&A session supports her film directing debut, 'All We Had'

Toledo Blade
By Geoff Burns

Toledo-born actress Katie Holmes will visit the Maumee Indoor Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday for an in-person Q&A session in support of her film directing debut, All We Had.

Sam Johnson, executive director for the Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St., said the venue hosts several local filmmakers every year to speak about their films, but the visit by Ms. Holmes is the facility’s first meet-and-greet with an actor of her caliber.

“This is the first nationally distributed movie we’ve had with a director and movie star coming to the theater,” Mr. Johnson said. The theater seats 494 people.

Tomorrow night’s event will begin with a showing of All We Had, which has a running time of one hour and 45 minutes. Afterward the actress will take questions from the audience, about her experiences as the film’s star and first-time director.

Mr. Johnson said the program came to fruition after Ms. Holmes drove past the theater during the Thanksgiving holiday. He was contacted by Ms. Holmes’ representatives and told she was going to be back in Toledo for the Christmas holiday, and asked whether he was interested in hosting a Q&A with the actress. He jumped at the opportunity.

“She wanted her movie to play in her hometown area,” Mr. Johnson said. ”She picked our theater and I was happy to pick it up.”

Based on a novel by Annie Weatherwax, All We Had was shot in and around New York City during the summer of 2015, and tells the story of struggling single mother Rita Carmichael and her teenage daughter Ruthie during the 2008 economic downturn.

Best known for her roles in Dawson’s Creek, Phone Booth, Batman Begins, and the television mini-series The Kennedys, Ms. Holmes is a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame Academy. She left Toledo for Hollywood in the late 1990s. She was married to Hollywood actor Tom Cruise from 2006-12 and has a 10-year-old daughter, Suri.

All We Had will screen at about 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Ms. Holmes directly afterward. Tickets are $5 per person, which includes both the screening and Q&A. Tickets can be purchased directly at the theater or on the facility’s website at greateasterntheatres.com.

For more information, call the theater at 419-897-8902.