Special Events

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

Sponsored by


We're sorry, but the 2017 Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble is SOLD OUT!

Fee-Paid Option - Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Sunday, July 16, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Before the main conference begins, attendees of the optional Pre-conference Theatre Ramble will travel by motor coach to visit 5-6 historic theatres. Bus will depart the Sheraton Grand Hotel at 8:30 AM.

All theatre visits are still being confirmed and are subject to change, but we hope to visit the following theatres: Theatre at Ace Hotel, The Wiltern, Saban Theatre, Wilshire Ebell Theatre, and Million Dollar Theatre. The group will enjoy lunch at the Saban Theatre and return to the conference hotel in time for ramblers to attend the late afternoon Tools & Techniques sessions and to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

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First Timers Welcome Lounge

Sunday, July 16, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

If this is your first LHAT National Conference, please make time on Sunday to stop by the First Timers Welcome Lounge. Enjoy a cold beverage and meet some fellow attendees, including your "first friend" (if possible). Ask questions and get pointers from seasoned LHAT conference attendees -- important things like:

  • Don't forget to wear your name badge
  • Attend any education session you like; no need to sign up in advance
  • If you came with a group, consider not sitting together at social events and splitting up for education sessions - divide and conquer!
  • Don't worry - the conference will seem overwhelming no matter what you do; just try to take in as much as you can.
  • You're here to network in person, so do as much as you can. Take advantage of having one-on-one access to LHAT's "brain trust" - the people who have "been there and done that". LHAT folks are very willing to share their own tips, techniques, technologies, and best practices for historic theatre (and personal) success and survival. Remember, they were once first timers just like you!

Sponsored by:

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC

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Opening Reception & Dinner

Cocktail Reception Sponsored by

Jujamcyn Theaters

Sunday, July 16, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

We'll officially kick off the 2017 conference with a Welcome Reception, where you can enjoy a cocktail, reconnect with old LHAT friends and meet new people who share your enthusiasm and passion for historic theatres. Then, continue conversations over a sit down dinner. It's not required, but for those of you who like to have a chance to get dressed up for an LHAT event, go for it!

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Spotlight Discussion: Film

Sunday, July 16, 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Following the Welcome Dinner, enjoy a conversation with special guests Greg Laemmle, President of Laemmle Theaters, and John Nein, Senior Programmer at Sundance Film Festival.

About Laemmle Theaters

Laemmle Theaters are synonymous with great independent, foreign, and art house cinema. In over 70 years of operation, they have been guided by their commitment to exhibit "quality film without regard to genre or provenance." Their theaters serve over a million film patrons each year from eight locations in the greater Los Angeles region including Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Pasadena, and Claremont. Laemmle is a scion of cinema's golden age. The company was established in 1938 by Kurt and Max Laemmle, nephews of legendary Universal Pictures founder, Carl Laemmle.

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Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking


Monday, July 17 & Tuesday, July 18 AM (times vary) - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Seek advice from your LHAT colleagues and share experiences in historic theatre operations, programming, management and facilities development through highly interactive information exchanges two mornings during the conference. A favorite of LHAT conferences, this breakfast session introduces you to valuable resources within the League's network.

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Service Providers & Suppliers EXPO and Reception

Monday, July 17, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Learn about new technologies, goods and services that historic theatres need most, while making new contacts or renewing relationships and enjoying a reception with late afternoon snacks and drinks. LHAT's 2017 Expo provides an opportunity for service providers and suppliers to meet representatives from historic theatres, discover their needs, and "put a face with a name" during a premiere conference event.

Since there are no competing conference events during the Expo, exhibitors have uninterrupted time to share their expertise and showcase the products and services historic theatres need to renovate and operate successfully.

Exhibitor registration, including a single-day registration for Monday, July 17, is $750 for League Allied Members and $1,000 for non-members.

Exhibitor space may still be available! After July 1, email Colleen Poehlman to inquire about availability.

Email Colleen Poehlman with any questions. Space is reserved on a first come, first served basis.

See list of 2017 Exhibitors

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2017 Keynote Address

Tuesday, July 18, 4:45 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Following our day of theatre tours in Hollywood, we will return downtown for this year's Keynote Address and welcome out special guest:

Laura Fredricks

Laura Fredricks is the Billion Dollar A$K Maker Powerhouse, who, as CEO and Founder of THE A$K©, trains and coaches nonprofits and businesses on How to A$K for Money…and More of It. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, to show how any person, charity or business can raise money to unprecedented levels. For over 25 years, she has advised organizations around the globe on current trends within the philanthropic world and emerging thoughts on management of their assets, personnel, and organizational structure. Her five books, including THE A$K©, are the international industry leading go-to guides. Her latest book: "THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, and Every Day Living" will be out October 2017. Laura is today's Money Wellness Expert and Media Personality.

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2017 Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, July 18, 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Following this year's Keynote Address and a Cocktail Reception, LHAT will celebrate historic theatre excellence by honoring this year's Outstanding Historic Theatre and Outstanding Individual Contribution Award recipients.

More Information about the League's Awards Program

Awards Ceremony Sponsored by

Evergreene Architectural Arts

Cocktail Reception Sponsored by


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2017 Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, July 19, 8:00 AM - 9:05 AM - Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown

Kick off the last day of the conference with a sit-down breakfast and the 2017 LHAT Annual Membership Meeting. Celebrating its 41st year, your national association is forging ahead, fueled by members' recommendations. To achieve our mission - to champion the preservation, restoration and operation of historic theatres -- the League needs your active participation. During the year's Annual Membership Meeting, learn the "2017 State of the League" and join the conversation about shaping the League's future.

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Networking Refreshment Breaks

Between each repeating segment of Tools & Techniques sessions on Monday and Wednesday mornings, enjoy a 30 minute break to network with your fellow attendees over a refreshing beverage. This is your chance to listen to the buzz about which session you just can't miss in the next segment and to share the interesting things you learned during the session you just attended. Or just find a new peer to connect with to ask or discuss anything and everything related to historic theatres.

It's up to you to take advantage of opportunities like this to network in person - that's why you came to Los Angeles! Take advantage of having one-on-one access to LHAT's "brain trust" - the people who have "been there and done that". LHAT folks are very willing to share their own tips, techniques, technologies, and best practices for historic theatre (and personal) success and survival.

Monday Break Sponsored by

Patron Technology

Wednesday Break Sponsored by


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