Regional Conferences

The League typically hosts two regional conferences each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, in different locations across the United States. Regional conferences provide intensive, intimate professional development and networking experiences, and the condensed format fits into participants' busy schedules. Members of the League's national Board of Directors act as the conference presenters and share practical and pertinent insights based on their experiences as leaders in the historic theatre field.

Typical conference topics include: The Historic Theatre Advantage; Making the Case for Investment; Raising Capital Campaign Money; Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion and Projection; Writing Contracts, Operations Basics; Maximizing Concession Profits; Marketing Q & A; Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards; Historic Theatre Renovation 101; Reducing Risk and Other Insurance Issues.



2018 Fall Regional Conference - Portland, OR

Making the Case for Historic Theatres

September 12-13, 2018

Held at Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland.
This conference is being presented in partnership with Restore Oregon*.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Porland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Porland, OR
Photo Credit: Jason Quigley

On September 12-13, following its quarterly board meeting in Portland, Oregon, the League's National Board of Directors hosted a (sold out!) 1.5 day Regional Conference to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation. The conference was presented in partnership with Restore Oregon. The 57 attendees represented 29 historic theatres in 15 different cities in Oregon, plus cities in California, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members, participants attended engaging educational sessions that provided practical and pertinent insights led by the leaders in the field of historic theatre restoration, renovation and maintenance as well as theatre operations and fundraising. The group was also treated to a special evening reception hosted by Restore Oregon at Portland's historic 1926 Hollywood Theatre. Some attendees were also treated to a tour of Portland'5 Centers for the Arts' 1928 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Special thanks to:

  • Our talented presenters,
  • Restore Oregon, Travel Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust,
  • Doug Whyte and the Hollywood Theatre
  • Portland'5 Centers for the Arts / Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and
  • Our National Partners and Conference Sponsors

Later this fall, we'll announce plans for LHAT's 2019 Regional Conferences.


*Restore Oregon initiated a scholarship program to enable Oregon LHAT members to attend and participate in the regional conference in Portland, Oregon. The scholarship program was made possible through grant support from Travel Oregon and Oregon Cultural Trust.

Oregon Cultural Trust, Travel Oregon, Restore Oregon Logos



Schedule (Tentative)

  • Wednesday, September 12
    9:30 AM - 5:15 PM
  • Thursday, September 13
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fees (Subject to Change)

  • League members:
    • $185 first attendee
    • $165 each additional attendee
  • Non-members:
    • $230 first attendee
    • $200 each additional attendee

Fee includes: Beverages during entire conference, lunch on Day 1 and light breakfast on Day 2, plus networking opportunities and a tour of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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Session Highlights (Subject to Change)

Sessions and schedule are subject to change. Download the PDF schedule here.

  • The Historic Theatre Advantage
  • Need Money, Ask for Advice: Raising Capital Money for Your Historic Theatre
  • Optional sessions: Renovation 101 Intensive and "Ask the Experts" (theatre operations – programming, marketing & more)
  • Marketing Q&A
  • Security Concerns - From Main Street to Broadway
  • Making the Case for Investment in the Arts and Your Historic Theatre
  • Concessions - Candy, Popcorn, and a Whole Lot of Liquor
  • Fundraising Basics
  • Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion, Projection & Popcorn
  • Reducing Risk and other Insurance Issues
  • Plus:
    • one lunch, one breakfast, beverages and snacks
    • a Nuts & Bolts Icebreaker
    • a Tour of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (only for those not attending the "Renovation 101" session on Wednesday during lunch)
    • a Networking Reception (6:30 - 8:15 pm on Wed.), hosted by Restore Oregon at Portland's historic Hollywood Theatre. (transportation will be provided for anyone who isn't local and/or doesn't have a car)

Speakers / Networking (Subject to Change)

Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Jeffrey W. Gabel, Majestic Theater
Becky Hancock, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
Mark Litvin, New York City Center (retired)
Randy McKay, Jefferson Live!
Paul Siemborski, AIA, DLR Group / Westlake Reed Leskosky
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Darlene Smolik, Plymouth Soundings, LLC
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Kevin Sullivan, MDP Programs / National Trust Insurance Services
Doug Whyte, Hollywood Theatre



Special Thanks to our 2018...

National Partners

Ambassador Theatre Group Disney Theatrical Group DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky National Trust Insurance Services, LLC The Nederlander Organization The Shubert Organization

Regional Conference Partners

Jujamcyn Theaters Patron Technology Schuler Shook

Local Sponsors

Oregon Cultural Trust Restore Oregon Travel Oregon