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.

Registration will open soon for our Fall Regional Conference in Portland, OR, September 12-13. If you are interested in receiving more information about the Portland conference, please provide your contact information here.

2018 Spring Regional Conference Gettysburg, PA

April 10-11, 2018

Hosted by and Held at Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater.
This conference is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Majestic Theater, Gettysburg, PA

Following its Spring board meeting, the League's National Board of Directors hosted a 1.5 day Regional Conference to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation. It was the largest regional conference in League history!

In addition to networking with 23 LHAT Board and staff members and members of the Majestic Theater staff, 64 representatives from historic theatres in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Michigan, Virginia and Maryland, attended engaging educational sessions that provided 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.

Special thanks to: the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for its generous support of this conference; to the Majestic Theater, Jeffrey Gabel and his talented staff for hosting the conference; to all of our volunteer presenters for sharing their time and expertise; and to our National Partners and Conference Sponsors listed below, for making this and other League programs possible.

Session Highlights

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)
  • Marketing Q&A
  • 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 Basics
  • Film Presentation 101: Programming, Promotion, Projection & Popcorn
  • Reducing Risk and other Insurance Issues
  • Plus:
    • at least one lunch and one breakfast
    • a Nuts & Bolts Icebreaker
    • a Networking Social
    • a Theatre Tour

Speakers / Networking

Dana Amendola, New York, NY
Randy Cohen, Washington, D.C.
Molly Fortune, Newberry, SC
Jeffrey W. Gabel, Gettysburg, PA
Dulcie Gilmore, Crown Point, IN
Becky Hancock, Knoxville, TN
Mark Litvin, New York, NY
Chris Loeser, Cleveland, OH
Keith Marston, New York, NY
Randy McKay, Redding, CA
Halsey & Alice North, New York, NY
Maureen Patton, Galveston, TX
Brian Phoebus, Baltimore, MD
Bill Register, New York, NY
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Princeton, NJ
Tony Sias, Cleveland, OH
Stephanie Silverman, Nashville, TN
Darlene Smolik, Loudon, TN
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Tom Tomlinson, Charleston, SC

Special Thanks to our 2018...

National Partners

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

Regional Conference Partners

Jujamcyn Theaters Patron Technology Schuler Shook

Local Sponsors

Majestic Theater Pennsylvania Council on the Arts