Regional Conferences

The League typically hosts two regional conferences each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, in different locations across the United States. Regional conferences provide intensive, intimate professional development and networking experiences, and the condensed format fits into participants' busy schedules. Members of the League's national Board of Directors act as the conference presenters and share practical and pertinent insights based on their experiences as leaders in the historic theatre field.

Typical conference topics include: The Historic Theatre Advantage; Making the Case for Investment; Raising Capital Campaign Money; Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion and Projection; Writing Contracts, Operations Basics; Maximizing Concession Profits; Marketing Q&A; Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards; Historic Theatre Renovation 101; Reducing Risk and Other Insurance Issues.

2019 Spring Regional Conference - Knoxville, TN

Making the Case for Historic Theatres

April 17-18, 2019

Held at the Historic Tennessee Theatre

Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
Photo Credit: Jennie L. Andrews

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In Knoxville, Tennessee on April 17-18, following its quarterly meeting, the League's National Board of Directors will host a 1.5 day Regional Conference to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation. The conference will be held at the iconic 1928 Tennessee Theatre.

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members and their peers from across North America, participants will attend engaging educational sessions that provide practical and pertinent insights led by the leaders in the field of historic theatre restoration, renovation and maintenance, as well as theatre operations and fundraising. The group will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tennessee Theatre.

Schedule (Tentative)

  • Wednesday, April 17
    9:30 AM - 5:30 PM followed by a networking social
  • Thursday, April 18
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fees (Subject to Change)

  • League members:
    • $185 first attendee
    • $165 each additional attendee
  • Non-members:
    • $230 first attendee
    • $200 each additional attendee

Fee includes: Beverages during entire conference, lunch and a networking social on Day 1, a Networking Coffee on Day 2, a tour of the Historic Tennessee Theatre, and an optional tour of the historic Bijou Theatre.

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Session Highlights (Subject to Change)

Sessions and schedule are subject to change. Download the PDF schedule here.

  • The Historic Theatre Advantage
  • Need Money, Ask for Advice: Raising Capital Money for Your Historic Theatre
  • Optional sessions: Renovation 101 Intensive and "Ask the Experts" (theatre operations – programming, marketing & more)
  • Programming 101
  • Security Concerns - From Main Street to Broadway
  • Making the Case for Investment in the Arts and Your Historic Theatre
  • Concessions - Candy, Popcorn, and a Whole Lot of Liquor
  • Fundraising Q&A
  • Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion, Projection & Popcorn
  • Reducing Risk and other Insurance Issues
  • Plus:
    • one lunch, an evening networking reception and a morning networking coffee, beverages and snacks
    • a Nuts & Bolts Icebreaker
    • a tour of the Historic 1928 Tennessee Theatre
    • optional tour of the 1909 Bijou Theatre

Speakers / Networking (Subject to Change)

Dana Amendola, Disney Theatrical Group
Frances Bennett, Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden
Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Laura Corman, Austin, TX
Christine Delaney, Tibbits Opera House
Steven Ehrenberg, Ambassador Theatre Group / ATG North America
Molly Fortune, Newberry Opera House
Jeffrey Gabel, Majestic Theater
Becky Hancock, Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation
Mark Litvin, New York, NY
Chris Loeser, AIA, DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky
Keith Marston, The Shubert Organization
Randy McKay, Jefferson Live!
Maureen Patton, The Grand 1894 Opera House
Bill Register, Nederlander Producing Co. of America, Inc.
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Tony Sias, Karamu House, Inc.
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Lynne King Smith, TicketForce
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Kevin Sullivan, National Trust Insurance Services/MDP Programs
Tom Tomlinson, Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County


Hyatt Place Downtown Knoxville
530 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

LHAT Group Rate: $129/night + 17.25% tax

  • King or Double/Double Rooms, single or double occupancy
  • Rate is $139 for triple occupancy; $149 for quad occupancy
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast for LHAT hotel guests
  • $22 valet parking for hotel guests (or click here for info on less expensive nearby parking; recommended are: Locust Street, Market Square, Langley and Dwight Kessel)
  • Check in: 04:00 PM | Check out: 12:00 PM


Please note: Our group room block is very close to selling out. If you need a room, please make your reservation right away using the links below or you may not be able to access our discounted rate and rooms.

Available nights are: Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17.

If you try to book and are told our block is sold out, please email right away with your name, organization name, dates you plan to check in and check out, and how many people will be in the room. We can't guarantee we can add more rooms, but we will do our best to accommodate you.

Note: At the top right of the web page, enter the dates of your stay and the LHAT rates will appear.
(800) 233-1234
You must reference "League of Historic American Theatres" in order to receive the group rate.

Reservation Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019

Special Thanks to our 2019...

National Partners

Ambassador Theatre Group Disney Theatrical Group DLR Group | Westlake Reed Leskosky National Trust Insurance Services, LLC The Nederlander Organization The Shubert Organization

Regional Conference Partners

Agile Ticketing Jujamcyn Theaters Patron Technology Schuler Shook Vendini