National Conference

National Conference and Theatre Tour


42nd National Conference & Theatre Tour

July 15-18, 2018 - Austin, TX

Downtown Austin Courtesy of Geoff Duncan, Visit Austin

Downtown Austin Courtesy of Geoff Duncan, Visit Austin

More details will be posted in January. Registration will open in April.

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About the National Conference & Theatre Tour

The League's annual conference is the largest annual gathering of historic theatre professionals, community leaders, and service providers and suppliers, attracting participants from across the U.S. and Canada for idea sharing and network building. Professionals, volunteers and devotees join together for four days of networking and peer information exchange, tools & techniques sessions, and tours of local historic theatres, plus events, banquets and receptions.

By defining our field, creating a shared vocabulary and identifying best practices, the educational components of the League's annual conference strengthen efforts to sustain historic theatres of various sizes, operating structures and programming philosophies. During theatre tours, docents emphasize how each venue has dealt with the specific challenges of sustaining their operations to serve their communities, now and in the future. The conference takes place in different locations across North America each year.



Broadway Night Shot
© Hunter Kerhart

The 41st National Conference
and Theatre Tour

Sunday, July 16 - Wednesday, 19, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

2017 National Conference

It was a pleasure to be with all of you in Los Angeles for our 41st Annual Conference and Theatre Tour. We are honored to be a part of the historic theatre community. On behalf of the board of directors and staff for the League, we hope that you left the conference with new friendships and a renewed spirit for the great work that you do within your community.

From our first day visiting the United Artist Theatre (ACE Hotel), Wiltern, Saban, Wilshire Ebell and Million Dollar; to our day in Hollywood at the El Capitan, Pantages, Egyptian and Chinese; and our last afternoon at the Globe, Tower, State, Palace and Los Angeles…  It was a wonderful experience because we got to share it together.

Thank you again to all our volunteer presenters, our distinguished exhibitors, our sponsors, our award winners and our hosts from the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation. The City of Angels was definitely full of Angels for us.

Use this link to keep in touch with our Keynote speaker, Laura Fredricks, and even order her new book.

Continue to do your good work and let us know how the League can support you in those efforts.

Please take a moment to let us know how we did and what we can do to improve for the 2018 conference in Austin, Texas, July 15-18, 2018 by taking this short survey.


Resources from 2016 Conference Education sessions are available online for all LHAT members in the Knowledge Center and the LHAT-CHAT Library. Membership and login required to access the resources.

Details on The 42nd National Conference and Theatre Tour in Austin, TX will be available in January 2018. Registration will open in April.






Egyptian Theatre
Photo by Tom Bonner

El Capitan Theatre
Photo © Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
All Rights Reserved.

Globe Theatre
Photo by Escott O. Norton

Los Angeles Theatre
Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Theatre

Million Dollar Theatre
Photo by Wendell Benedetti

Palace Theatre
Photo by Wendell Benedetti
Courtesy of Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

Pantages Theatre
Photo © by John Linden

Saban Theatre
Photo by Don Solosan
Courtesy of Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

TCL Chinese Theatre
Photo © Nadine Markova

Theatre at Ace Hotel

Wilshire Ebell Theatre

The Wiltern
Photo courtesy of the Wiltern Theatre

Visit the Theatre Tour page for information about each of the theatres we visited.