National Conference

National Conference and Theatre Tour

43rd National Conference & Theatre Tour

July 14-17, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia 201 Hotel

Downtown Austin Courtesy of Geoff Duncan, Visit Austin

Photo by Bob Krist for the PHLCVB

Why Should You Attend the 2019 National Conference?

Philadelphia is known for many things -- it's the fifth largest city in the U.S. It's the home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Reading Terminal Market and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (let's not forget the "Rocky statue and steps!"). And yes, it's where the famous Philly Cheesesteak was born. But the City of Brotherly Love is not only rich in history and culinary delights, it's a town with a strong focus on arts and culture, including a thriving Avenue of the Arts.

The League is excited to host its 43rd National Conference & Theatre Tour in this vibrant city. In addition to 10 theatre tours and 27 professional development sessions -- including two in-depth early bird sessions -- attendees will enjoy an Opening Banquet, Welcome Cocktail Reception and the presentation of the 2019 Awards for Excellence, plus daily breakfasts and refreshment breaks designed to maximize your opportunities to network with your peers in the field. At the annual Expo, you'll learn about the latest tools and technologies that can aid you in successfully restoring, maintaining and operating your venue, and meet the professionals who specialize in providing products and services designed specifically for historic theatres. This year, you'll even have the chance to see the Philadelphia Phillies play at Citizens Bank Park.

In short, the League’s largest annual event will leave you both exhilarated and exhausted!

When the conference day is done, your head might be full, but your eyes and your stomach will still have plenty of opportunities to feast on the legendary food and nightlife in Rittenhouse Square, on South Street, in Old City / Society Hill or in the many other neighborhoods for which Philadelphia is famous.

We hope you will be able to join us!

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.