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.

Spring 2017 Regional Conference Fort Wayne, IN

Making the Case for Historic Theatres

April 5-6, 2017

Hosted by / Held at the Embassy Theatre

Registration is now open!

Following its quarterly board meeting, the League's National Board of Directors will host a 1.5 day Regional Conference to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation.

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members, participants will attend engaging educational sessions that provide 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.

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  • Wednesday, April 5
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 6
    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration Fees

  • 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 Wednesday and light breakfast on Thursday, plus multiple networking opportunities and a tour of the Embassy Theatre.

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Session Highlights

  • The Historic Theatre Advantage
  • Making the Case for Investment in the Arts and Your Historic Theatre
  • Need Money, Ask for Advice: Raising Capital Money for Your Historic Theatre
  • Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion, Projection & Popcorn
  • Security Concerns - From Main Street to Broadway
  • Reducing Risk and other Insurance Issues
  • Fundraising Q&A
  • Plus:
    • An opening Nuts & Bolts Icebreaker and an evening Networking Social
    • A Case Study and Tour of the Embassy Theatre
    • Two Lunchtime Options: "Renovation 101" (planning a renovation or capital project) or "Ask the Experts" (theatre operations – programming, marketing + more)

Speakers / Networking

Dana Amendola, New York, NY
John Bell, Tampa, FL
Randy Cohen, Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey W. Gabel, Gettysburg, PA
Dulcie Gilmore, Crown Point, IN
Becky Hancock, Knoxville, TN
Mark Litvin, New York, NY
Keith Marston, New York, NY
Halsey & Alice North, New York, NY
Maureen Patton, Galveston, TX
Brian Phoebus, Baltimore, MD
Bill Register, New York, NY
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Princeton, NJ
Tony Sias, Cleveland, OH
Paul Siemborski, AIA, Cleveland, OH
Stephanie Silverman, Nashville, TN
Lynne King Smith, Mesa, AZ
Darlene Smolik, Loudon, TN
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Tom Tomlinson, Charleston, SC
Kelly Updike, Embassy Theatre Foundation, IN


Hilton Ft. Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center

1020 S. Calhoun Street
Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46802

LHAT Group Rate: We are sorry, but LHAT's room block and group rate ($134/night) was only guaranteed through March 24. Since the Hilton is just across the street from the Embassy, where the LHAT conference will be held, we still suggest you stay there, but it will now be at the hotel's prevailing rate and based on their availability.

Includes complimentary wifi.


800-HILTONS (800-445-8667)

Special Thanks to our 2017...

National Partners

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

Regional Conference Partners

Schuler Shook