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.

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 quarterly board meeting, the League's National Board of Directors is hosting a 1.5 day Regional Conference to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation.

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members, participants are attending 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.

ALMOST SOLD OUT! Only a handful of seats remain for the Gettysburg conference. If you want to attend, please register right away to ensure you will have a seat.

Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all seats have been filled. Registrations will not be counted until they are fully paid, and registrations from Pennsylvania theatres will receive priority since the conference is being supported in part by the PA Council on the Arts.

Register by Mail or Fax      |      Download the Brochure      |      Hotel Information

Because space is limited and registrations will not be counted until they are fully paid, we recommend you pay by credit card (email, phone or fax) rather than mailing a check.


  • Tuesday, April 10
    9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 11
    8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Registration Fees

  • 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 on Day 1 and light breakfast on Day 2, plus networking opportunities and a tour of the Majestic Theater.

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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
Micah Hollingworth, New York, NY
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
Lynne King Smith, Mesa, AZ
Darlene Smolik, Loudon, TN
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Tom Tomlinson, Charleston, SC


We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to early registration turnout and the popularity of this event, the group conference hotel (Gettysburg Hotel) has completely sold out.

LHAT has not arranged for more sleeping rooms at any other hotels, but there are many available hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area at reasonable rates. Please make your own reservations at one of these venues for your stay in Gettysburg.

Please download this list of available accommodations near the Majestic Theater where the conference will be held. It includes a website link for each hotel or B&B, its distance from the theatre and the going room rates.

Some are within walking distance of the theatre, so you will not need to have a car, but many of the hotels will require that you have a car and drive back and forth from the conference each day.

Parking at the theatre is $12.00 per day max. LHAT will provide attendees parking garage information prior to the conference.

Please note: There are no taxis in Gettysburg and Uber (other car service) drivers are very scarce, so you must provide your own transportation if you are not staying within walking distance of the Majestic Theater.

Special Thanks to our 2018...

National Partners

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