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.


2019 Spring Regional Conference - Knoxville, TN

Making the Case for Historic Theatres

April 17-18, 2019

Held at the Historic Tennessee Theatre

Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Photo Credit: Jennie L. Andrews

Registration will open in mid-February.

In Knoxville, Tennessee on April 17-18, following its quarterly 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. The conference will be held at the iconic 1928 Tennessee Theatre.

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members and their peers from across North America, 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. The group will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tennessee Theatre and hopefully one additional historic theatre in downtown Knoxville.


Schedule (Tentative)

  • Wednesday, April 17
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, April 18
    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 Historic Tennessee Theatre.

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Session Highlights (Subject to Change)

Sessions and schedule are subject to change.

  • 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 Historic 1928 Tennessee Theatre

Speakers / Networking (Subject to Change)

Dana Amendola, Disney Theatrical Group
John Bell, Tampa Theatre
Frances Bennett, Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden
Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Laura Corman, Austin, TX
Christine Delaney, Tibbits Opera House
Steven Ehrenberg, Ambassador Theatre Group / ATG North America
Molly Fortune, Newberry Opera House
Jeffrey Gabel, Majestic Theater
Becky Hancock, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
Mark Litvin, New York, NY
Chris Loeser, AIA, DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky
Keith Marston, The Shubert Organization
Randy McKay, Jefferson Live!
Maureen Patton, The Grand 1894 Opera House
Bill Register, Nederlander Producing Co. of America, Inc.
Micheal R. Schnoering, FAIA, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Tony Sias, Karamu House, Inc.
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Lynne King Smith, TicketForce
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Kevin Sullivan, National Trust Insurance Services / MDP Programs
Tom Tomlinson, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County



Special Thanks to our 2019...

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