National Conference

National Conference and Theatre Tour

46th National Conference & Theatre Tour

Cleveland, Ohio - July 2022

This will be LHAT's first IN-PERSON Conference since 2019! Dates will be announced very soon. Please check back.

A Call for Conference Education Proposals will be announced in late 2021.


45th National Conference & Theatre Tour

Virtual Event - July 12-14, 2021

Presented Virtually in Partnership with Agile Ticketing

2021 National Conference Sponsors

2021 Virtual Conference Image


THANK YOU to Everyone Who Attended the 2021 Virtual National Conference!

The League's national conference is always one of the best conferences out there because our members are simply the best people working with some of the world's most beautiful venues. That proved to be true again this year when almost 400 historic theatre owners, operators, volunteers, aficionados, along with service providers and suppliers who are experts in our industry, from three different countries gathered together online for three days of education, networking, theatre tours and more.

This year we offered over 20 hours of both live and OnDemand educational sessions and events during the conference, which were all handcrafted with your historic theatre in mind, covering topics like fundraising, reopening guidance, DEIA, tax credits, and more.

In case you missed it, recordings of the Conference Sessions are now available OnDemand for all LHAT members! (login required)

This year 22 LHAT Service Providers and Suppliers participated in the 2021 LHAT Annual EXPO.  Each exhibitor had its own virtual "booth" during the conference to display a description of their services, links to their websites and product brochures, promotional videos and more. We hope everyone who attended the conference took the time to explore the Expo and get to know more about this year's exhibitors because, simply, they all have extensive expertise they would like to share with you to make your theatre more successful. Click here for a list of our 2021 exhibitors.

We also hosted a virtual Haunted Historic Theatre Ramble that took us from the Monticello Opera House in Monticello, Florida and the STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall, in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb, IL and the Liberty Theatre in Astoria, OR.  Not only did we take a fun virtual bus trip and cross-country plane ride, we also got to hear (and even see in some cases) how haunted each of these theatres are!

Did we forget to mention our hilariously delightful Networking Happy Hours? We all gathered together on Zoom on the first and last afternoons of the conference to share stories, laughs and give virtual hugs with LHAT friends, new and old.  While we shared some frustrations over the challenges of the last year, one resounding thing was clear – WE MADE IT THROUGH TOGETHER!  We were all so happy to be together, even if only on screen; we are all grateful to have had each other to lean on this past year and a half; and we can’t wait until next July to be able to gather together in person in Cleveland where we can have all the conversations, cocktails and hugs we’ve been missing so dearly.   

We couldn’t have come together again this year (or offered the conference to members for free!) without the support of our very generous National Partners and Sponsors.

Once again we would like to extend a very special thank you for all of our National Partners and Conference Sponsors who stuck by the League during this challenging time and made this year’s event possible.


The 44th National Conference
and Theatre Tour

Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, 15, 2020
Presented Virtually

2020 National Conference

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 44th National Conference a HUGE success!

LHAT’s 44th National Conference went Virtual July 13, 15, 2020.

It was a Great Success!

560 Participants  ❇  44 speakers  ❇  24 Sponsors  ❇  28 Exhibitors  ❇  7 Time Zones  ❇  4 Countries . . .

ONE LEAGUE. We’re in this Together!

In case you missed it, recordings of the Conference Sessions are now available OnDemand for all LHAT members! (login required)

Click here to view a special thank you video for all of our National Partners and Conference Sponsors who stuck by the League during this challenging time and made this year’s event possible.


About the National Conference & 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.