Special Events

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

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We're sorry, but the 2018 Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble is SOLD OUT!

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

Sunday, July 15, 8:30 AM - 5:00 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 Austin Hotel at the Capitol at 8:30 AM.

All theatre visits are still being confirmed and are subject to change, but we hope to visit the following theatres: Austin Scottish Rite Theater, Austin; Gaslight Baker Theatre, Lockhart; Majestic Theatre, San Antonio; Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, San Antonio; Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio; and Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, New Braunfels. The group will enjoy lunch in San Antonio and return to the conference hotel in time to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

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First Timers Welcome Lounge

Sunday, July 15, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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 15, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We'll officially kick off the 2018 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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2018 Awards Ceremony

Sunday, July 15, 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Following this year's Opening Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner, LHAT will celebrate historic theatre excellence by honoring this year's Outstanding Historic Theatre, Outstanding Individual Contribution Award, and Marquee Award recipients.

More Information about the League's Awards Program

Awards Ceremony Sponsored by

Evergreene Architectural Arts

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Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday Breakfast Sponsored by

Staging Concepts

Monday, July 16 & Wednesday, July 18 (times vary) - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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 networking breakfast introduces you to valuable resources within the League's network.

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Networking Refreshment Breaks

Monday, July 16 & Tuesday, July 17 (times vary) - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Between each repeating segment of Tools & Techniques sessions on Monday and Tuesday 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 Austin! 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 17, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

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 2018 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 16, is now $875 for League Allied Members and $1,000 for non-members.

Exhibitor space may still be available. Please contact Colleen Poehlman at cpoehlman@lhat.org by July 9 if you are interested in registering.

Email Colleen Poehlman with any questions. Space is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and all exhibitors must register by June 29.

See list of 2018 Exhibitors

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2018 Annual Membership Meeting

Tuesday, July 17, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

On Tuesday, network with your historic theatre peers over lunch, then tune into the 2018 LHAT Annual Membership Meeting. Celebrating its 42nd 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 "2018 State of the League" and join the conversation about shaping the League's future.

Sponsored by


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2018 Keynote Address

Tuesday, July 17, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM (time subject to change) - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Sponsored by

Jujamcyn Theaters

Following a day of professional development and peer networking, we will welcome our special guest:

Duff Stewart

Duff Stewart is a 27-year veteran of GSD&M Idea City LLC. As CEO, he ensures the agency has the right people, resources and perspective to fulfill its purpose of doing whatever it takes to build clients' businesses. Through purpose-based branding, GSD&M helps articulate and activate its client's core purpose and creates simple yet powerful ideas that make a difference.

Prior to becoming CEO, Duff held many other agency roles, including president, COO, head of strategy and HR, and finally head of account service where was a three-time Effie Award–winning group account director for clients including Fannie Mae, the Fannie Mae Foundation, United Health Care and the United Health Foundation. His other brand experience at the agency includes Southwest Airlines, BMW, Walmart, PGA Tour, Jos. A. Banks, and Molson Coors Brewing Company.

In addition to his many operational contributions, Duff has long served as a cultural leader. He helped define and articulate the agency's core values: integrity, curiosity, restlessness, community, freedom & responsibility and winning. These values are carved into the floor of the agency's headquarters building—a massive construction project that Duff led as part of the revitalization of the western edge of Austin's downtown.

Within the Austin community, Duff is president of the board of directors for the Austin Theatre Alliance, past president and current board member of Songwriting with Soldiers, and has lent his time and talents to causes like the Anti-Defamation League and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He is also active in local, state and national politics.

Duff began his career in commercial real estate after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in economics.

Of the many opportunities that GSD&M has offered him, none compare with meeting and marrying his wife Liz and raising their three childre

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Closing Party

Wednesday, July 18, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Paramount Theatre

Celebrate your national association and close out the 2018 Conference with a toast and some light local cuisine at the Paramount Theatre. Say goodbye to LHAT friends, new and old, make plans to connect throughout the year through the LHAT-CHAT, and we'll send you off with hopes of seeing you again next summer at the 43rd National Conference!

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