I attended my first-ever League of Historic American Theatres conference last week. Usually our Executive Director, Richard Sklenar, covers this important outreach for THS. But since the League was in my own “backyard” of Schenectady NY this year I was happy to fill in AND get a chance to spend quality time at the fabulous PROCTOR’S theater there.
It’s been a full week and my head is still swimming with all the great fresh ideas and new-found knowledge that was flying back and forth! The technical and organizational seminars are applicable to everyone who is charged with the care and feeding of a historic theater – whether an old hand or a wide-eyed newbie.
Theater restoration projects call on THS all the time for historical background. That’s what we do best. But when it comes to acoustics, seating, master crafters in painting, plaster, terra-cotta work or in programming expertise, we gladly defer to the experts in that arena, the staff and member associates of the League of Historic American Theaters. These are the folks who can steer your project to a successful completion through the knowledge and expertise of professionals in the field.
If your group or organization has not yet taken advantage of the League’s resources, I urge you to visit their website at www.lhat.org and start making plans NOW to attend their next conference in 2012. If you are serious about the restoration and reuse of your historic theater, it is probably the most valuable investment your group can make!