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.


The League will not host a Regional Conference in Fall 2019, but we will announce the location of our Spring 2020 Regional in September.
See below for information about our sold out Spring 2019 Regional in Knoxville.

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

Following its quarterly board meeting, the League's National Board of Directors hosted a 1.5 day Regional Conference at Knoxville's iconic Tennessee Theatre to discuss historic theatre best practices from around the nation.

The 59 attendees represented 39 historic theatres in seven different cities in Tennessee, plus cities in 21 other states!

In addition to networking with LHAT Board members, participants 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.

The attendees were also treated to a reception hosted by and a tour of the 1928 Tennessee Theatre, as well as a tour of the nearby 1909 Bijou Theatre.

Special thanks to the board and staff of the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, to our volunteer presenters, and to our National Partners and Sponsors of this event.

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)

Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts
Christine Delaney, Tibbits Opera House
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
Michael R. Schnoering, FAIA, Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC
Tony Sias, Karamu House, Inc.
Stephanie Silverman, Belcourt Theatre
Lynne King Smith, TicketForce
Dee Smolik, Plymouth Soundings, LLC
Ken Stein, LHAT President & CEO
Kevin Sullivan, National Trust Insurance Services/MDP Programs

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