Special Events

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

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All theatre visits are still being confirmed and are subject to change, but we hope to visit the following theatres: Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE; Playhouse on Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE; Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, Media, PA; and Lansdowne Theater, Lansdowne, PA; and a fifth theatre to be announced. We'll return to the conference hotel in time for you to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

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First Timers Welcome Lounge

Sunday, July 14, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

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 (except for Early Bird Sessions).
  • 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!

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Opening Reception & Welcome Dinner

Welcome Dinner Sponsored by

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC

Sunday, July 14, 6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

We'll officially kick off the 2019 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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2019 Awards Ceremony

Sunday, July 14, 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM - Philadelphia 2019 Hotel

Following this year's Opening Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner, 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

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Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 15; Tuesday, July 16; & Wednesday, July 17 (times vary) - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

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

Monday Breakfast Sponsored by

Choice Ticketing

Tuesday Breakfast Sponsored by

Staging Concepts

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Networking Refreshment Breaks

Monday, July 15 & Tuesday, July 16 (times vary) - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Between each repeating segment of Tools & Techniques sessions on Monday and Tuesday, 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 Philadelphia! 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

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Service Providers & Suppliers EXPO and Reception

Monday, July 15, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

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 2019 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 15, is now $565 for League Allied Members and $925 for non-members. Fees increase on June 15. Please note: Discounted fees available to active Theatre and Allied members only.

Email Colleen Poehlman with any questions. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and all exhibitors must register by June 28.

More details

Register Now   |   See list of 2019 Exhibitors

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2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Tuesday, July 16, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Following offsite theatre tours on Tuesday, network with your colleagues over a sit-down luncheon at the conference hotel, followed by the 2019 LHAT Annual Membership Meeting. Celebrating its 43rd 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 "2019 State of the League" and join the conversation about shaping the League's future.

Sponsored by


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On Your Own Optional Evening Activities

These opportunities will be announced as soon as details are confirmed. We expect to offer tickets to see the L.A. Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, July 16, as well as one or two other local opportunities on Monday and Tuesday evenings. You’ll be able to add tickets for these events after you’ve registered.

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