Special Events

Pre-Conference Historic Theatre Ramble

Fee-Paid Option - Includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

Sunday, July 10, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Before the main conference begins, attendees of the optional Pre-conference Theatre Ramble will travel by motor coach to visit 5-6 historic theatres. Breakfast and registration will begin at 7:15. Bus will load at 8:15 and depart the Crowne Plaza Playhouse Square Hotel at 8:30 am.

All theatre visits are still being confirmed. We will post the venue list as soon as it’s available. Please check back. The group will enjoy lunch mid-day and return to the conference hotel in time to freshen up before the Opening Night Festivities begin.

Sorry! The Ramble SOLD OUT in the first five days!

We have started a waiting list in case anyone cancels, or we decide to add a second bus. Email info@lhat.org to join the list.

First Timers Welcome Lounge

Sunday, July 10, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

If this is your first LHAT National Conference, please make time on Sunday to stop by the First Timers Welcome Lounge. Enjoy a cold beverage and meet some fellow attendees, including your "First Friends" (if possible). Ask questions and get pointers from seasoned LHAT conference attendees -- important things like:

  • Don't forget to wear your name badge.
  • Attend any education session you like; no need to sign up in advance (except for Early Bird Sessions).
  • If you came with a group, consider not sitting together at social events and splitting up for education sessions - divide and conquer!
  • Don't worry - the conference will seem overwhelming no matter what you do; just try to take in as much as you can.
  • You're here to network in person, so do as much as you can. Take advantage of having one-on-one access to LHAT's "brain trust" - the people who have "been there and done that". LHAT folks are very willing to share their own tips, techniques, technologies, and best practices for historic theatre (and personal) success and survival. Remember, they were once first timers just like you!

We also encourage you to make time before the Lounge opens to attend one or more of this year’s Early Bird Sessions. All three sessions offer extremely valuable information and resources for people new to LHAT and/or the historic theatre industry.

Opening Reception & Welcome Dinner

Sunday, July 10, 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

We'll officially kick off the 2022 conference with a Welcome Reception, where you can enjoy a cocktail, reconnect with old LHAT friends, and meet new people who share your enthusiasm and passion for historic theatres. Then, continue conversations over a sit-down dinner. It's not required, but for those of you who like to have a chance to get dressed up for an LHAT event, go for it!

2022 Awards for Excellence Ceremony

Sunday, July 10, 8:45 pm - 9:30 pm

Following this year's Opening Cocktail Reception & Welcome Dinner, LHAT will celebrate historic theatre excellence by honoring this year's Outstanding Historic Theatre and Outstanding Individual Contribution Award recipients.

Visit the Awards Program page for more information.

LHAT Award Statue

Eye Opener Breakfasts: Peer Discussions and Networking

Monday, July 11; Tuesday, July 12; & Wednesday, July 13 (times vary) - Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Seek advice from your LHAT colleagues and share experiences in historic theatre operations, programming, management, and facilities development through highly interactive information exchanges two mornings during the conference. A favorite of LHAT conferences, this networking breakfast introduces you to valuable resources within the League's network.

Eye Opener Breakfast Sponsored by Custom Plaster

Service Providers & Suppliers EXPO and Reception

Monday, July 11, 3:15 pm - 5:45 pm - Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Learn about new technologies, goods, and services that historic theatres need most, while making new contacts or renewing relationships and enjoying a reception with late afternoon snacks and drinks. LHAT's 2022 Expo provides an opportunity for service providers and suppliers to meet representatives from historic theatres, discover their needs, and "put a face with a name" during a premiere conference event.

Since there are no competing conference events during the Expo, exhibitors have uninterrupted time to share their expertise and showcase the products and services historic theatres need to renovate and operate successfully.

Exhibitor registration, including a single-day registration for Monday, July 11, is $565 for League Allied and Theatre Members. The fee for Non-members and LHAT Subscriber members to exhibit is $925. Read full Expo guidelines here. Fees will increase after June 13th.

Email Colleen Poehlman with any questions. Space is reserved on a first come, first served basis

Networking Refreshment Break & Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, July 12, 11:00 am - 11:30 am & 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

On Tuesday morning, between Tools & Techniques sessions, enjoy a 30 minute break to network with your fellow attendees over a refreshing beverage. This is your chance to share the interesting things you learned during the session you just attended. Or find a new peer to connect with to ask or discuss anything and everything related to historic theatres.

Following the Tuesday afternoon Plenary Session there will be more time to network and share stories, this time over cocktails before heading out on your own for the evening or participating in the LHAT Conference tradition of attending a baseball game.

It's up to you to take advantage of opportunities like this to network in person - that's why you came to Cleveland! Take advantage of having one-on-one access to LHAT's "brain trust" - the people who have "been there and done that". LHAT folks are very willing to share their own tips, techniques, technologies, and best practices for historic theatre (and personal) success and survival.

2022 Annual Membership Meeting

Tuesday, July 12, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

On Tuesday morning, network with your historic theatre peers over breakfast, then tune into the 2022 LHAT Annual Membership Meeting. Celebrating its 46th year, your national association is forging ahead, fueled by members' recommendations. To achieve our mission - to champion the preservation, restoration, and operation of historic theatres -- the League needs your active participation. During this year's Annual Membership Meeting, learn the "2022 State of the League" and join the conversation about shaping the League's future.

LHAT Annual Membership Meeting Sponsored by Custom Plaster

Optional LHAT Baseball Game Outing

Tuesday, July 12, 7:05 pm - Cleveland Guardians vs. Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field (six-minute walk from the Crown Plaza)

After a long day of peer networking and education, get out and see Cleveland, our host city! In line with the long-standing tradition of attending a baseball game during the LHAT Conference, we will be purchasing tickets for interested LHAT folks to see the Cleveland Guardians take on the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field on Tuesday evening. If you're traveling alone to LHAT, don't be shy about buying yourself a ticket. We will have tickets for at least 25 LHAT attendees to attend the game, so you won't be alone.

Ticket Purchase Required; Limited Quantity of Tickets Available; First Come, First Served.

When you register, please indicate your interest in attending the game (and how many tickets). We will purchase tickets when we have a better idea how many seats we’ll need so our group can all sit together. Once we have purchased tickets, we’ll email you the details so you can purchase yours.

Progressive Field

We’ll be working on some more optional evening events for you to consider, so please check back!

Closing Party

Wednesday, July 13, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (time subject to change) - Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square

Celebrate your national association and close out the 2022 Conference with a toast and some snacks. Say goodbye to LHAT friends, new and old, make plans to connect throughout the year through the LHAT-CHAT, and we'll send you off with hopes of seeing you again next summer at the 47th National Conference!