2017 Outstanding Individual Contribution Award Winner
Congratulations to Hillsman Wright recipient of the League of Historic American Theatres' 2017 Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution.
Hillsman Wright has a long career within the industry, managing his first historic theatre in NYC in the mid-70s. He also has roots in Memphis Tennessee, his hometown, where he fulfilled a lifelong dream of saving his favorite downtown theatre for use as a performing arts center. He served as Project Manager for the Orpheum Theatre, a 1928, 2800 seat vaudeville movie palace. Among his many accomplishments, Wright might be best known as co-founder of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, a non-profit tax-exempt organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and sustaining the operation of Southern California's historic theatres.
Wright, a self-proclaimed activist, admits his efforts to protect historic theatres in Los Angeles at times made him less than popular with theatre owners and city leaders who might have chosen a different future for the theatres if not for Wright's efforts. Downtown Los Angeles has the first and largest historic theater district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With twelve movie palaces located along a six-block stretch of Broadway, it is the largest concentration of movie palaces left in the United States.