Special Events

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

Sunday, July 14, 8:30 AM - 5:45 PM

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

We're sorry, but the 2019 Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble is SOLD OUT!

We are no longer taking any names for the waiting list.

All theatre visits are subject to change, but we are currently confirmed to visit the following theatres:
Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
Playhouse on Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE
Ambler Theater, Ambler, PA
Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Plays & Players Theatre, Philadelphia, PA

We’ll return to the conference hotel in time for you to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

Pre-Conference Ramble Sponsored by:  Ticketmaster

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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

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!

Welcome Dinner Sponsored byMills + Schnoering Architects, LLC

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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 byChoice Ticketing        Tuesday Breakfast Sponsored byStaging 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 byPatron Technology        Tuesday Break Sponsored byQuinn Evans Architects

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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 $775 for League Allied Members and $925 $1,125 for non-members. Please note: Discounted fees available to active Theatre and Allied members only.

We are no longer accepting exhibitors for the 2019 Expo!

More details

See list of 2019 Exhibitors

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2019 Annual Membership Meeting

Tuesday, July 16, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Philadelphia 201 Hotel

After starting your day networking with peers and enjoying a buffet breakfast, stay on for 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 AudienceView

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Optional Baseball Game Outing

Tuesday, July 16, 7:05 PM - Citizens Bank Park

We're sorry, but the baseball game is SOLD OUT!

Join us as we resume a much-loved LHAT tradition of attending a Major League Baseball game during the National Conference. After a jam-packed day of professional development and networking, join a group of LHAT conference attendees to watch the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizen Bank Park.

The game starts at 7:05 PM. All game-goers will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the ballpark / hotel. Whether you use a ride share service (Lyft/Uber), catch a taxi, or take public transportation (Septa), the trip takes approximately 30 minutes each way.

Note: When you pick up your game tickets at the LHAT registration desk, we'll include tips about where and how to go by Septa if that's your preferred method of transportation.

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