Annual Nation Conference and Theatre Tour

Annual Conference and Theatre Tour

The League's annual conference is the largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals, community leaders, and service providers and suppliers, attracting participants from across the U.S. and Canada for idea sharing and network building. Professionals, volunteers and devotees join together for four days of networking and peer information exchange, tools & techniques sessions, and tours of local historic theatres, plus events, banquets and receptions.

By defining our field, creating a shared vocabulary and identifying best practices, the educational components of the League's annual conference strengthen efforts to sustain historic theatres of various sizes, operating structures and programming philosophies. During theatre tours, docents emphasize how each venue has dealt with the specific challenges of sustaining their operations to serve their communities, now and in the future. The conference takes place in different locations across North America each year.


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41st Annual Conference & Theatre Tour

July 16-19, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Broadway Night Shot
© Hunter Kerhart

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The Chicago Theatre
© Adam Alexander Photography

The 40th Anniversary Conference
and Theatre Tour

Sunday, July 17 - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

2016 Annual Conference

With over 25 education sessions and 7 theatre tours, the National Conference July 17-20 in Chicago was a 40th anniverary that won't soon be forgotten.

Our educational program this year included sessions on restoration, safety, technology and programming along with important case studies of best practices from around the nation. In total, we had more than 25 hours of historic theatre education - truly something for everyone.

Our Keynote speaker was David J. Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Preservation Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Attendees had an opportunity to visit the Athenaeum Theatre, Mercury Theater, Pickwick Theatre, York Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts / Oriental Theatre, PrivateBank Theatre (formerly Bank of America; Shubert), Civic Opera House, and Cadillac Palace Theatre.

40 exhibitors shared their latest products and services with more than 102 different historic theatre organizations across the United States and Canada.

Resources from 2016 Conference Education sessions are now available online for all LHAT members in the Knowledge Center. Membership and login required to access the resources.

View photos from the Chicago Conference on our Facebook page or on Flickr.

Details on The 41st Annual Conference and Theatre Tour in Los Angeles, CA will be available in Winter/Spring 2017.






Athenaeum Theatre
Photo from the Athenaeum Theatre website.

Mercury Theater

Pickwick Theatre

York Theatre

Chicago Theatre
Photo by Adam Alexander Photography;
Courtesy of Choose Chicago®

Ford Center for the Performing Arts / Oriental Theatre
Photo by Adam Alexander Photography;
Courtesy of Choose Chicago®
Belcourt Theatre by Pierre Vreyen
PrivateBank Theatre, (formerly Bank of America; Shubert)
Courtesy of Broadway in Chicago.

Civic Opera House
Photo from the lyricopera.org website.

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Photo by Elizabeth Fraiberg Photography;
Courtesy of Choose Chicago®

Visit the Theatre Tour page for information about each of the theatres we visited.