LHAT Awards for Excellence Program

LHAT Awards Program

LHAT is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Awards for Excellence! Submission deadline: April 28.

To declare your intent to submit a 2017 nomination, complete the brief Online Nomination Form (required).

Download complete 2017 eligibility requirements, review criteria and submission details below:

Outstanding Historic Theatre      |      Outstanding Individual Contribution

The 2017 Awards will be presented during the League's 41st National Conference in Los Angeles on July 16*.

Questions? Contact us.

*Date subject to change. Possible alternate dates are they 17th, 18th, or 19th.

LHAT Awards Statue

LHAT Awards Statue, designed and donated by
EverGreene Architectural Arts

The League's Awards Program inspires excellence by recognizing theatres and individuals for their significant accomplishments or distinguished service to our field. There are two Annual awards presented at the National Conference:

  • The Outstanding Historic Theatre Award recognizes a theatre that demonstrates excellence through its community impact, quality of programs and services, and quality of the restoration or rehabilitation of its historic structure. An award-winning theatre will have demonstrated excellence through significant achievement, the impact of its services and breadth of populations served, and the length of time and/or intensity of its activities.
  • The Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution recognizes an individual who demonstrates vision, dedication, selflessness and excellence through his or her contribution to historic theatres and their communities as a volunteer, board member, patron, donor, service provider, staff member or historic theatre advocate-at-large. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated excellence through his or her significant contributions, the impact of his or her services and breadth of populations served, and the length of time and/or intensity of contributions that benefit the field of historic theatres.

In addition to the two annual awards, LHAT also presents The Marquee Award which recognizes exemplary artists whose names have lit up the marquees of America's historic theatres. The Marquee Award is also presented at the national conference but not necessarily annually.

On July 17, at Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel during the League's 40th Annual Conference in Chicago, the League of Historic American Theatres celebrated excellence in the field of historic theatres. Read the full press release here.

2016 Awards Recipients

2016 Outstanding Historic Theatre Award


Morristown, NJ

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2016 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award


Retired, San Diego Theatres - San Diego, CA

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Click here to learn about past awards winners.