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
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.