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June 24, 2014 – June 29, 2014

2014 Conclave Theatre Tour: Steel City

Come join us in our neighborhood!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania known as the “Steel City,” and the “City of Bridges” will host our 2014 Conclave Theatre Tour.

Home to the world’s first Nickelodeon, Pittsburgh is chock-full of internationally renowned venues that we can’t wait to share with you.

We’ll start the tour in the heart the Steel City, visiting Heinz Hall, Benedum Center, The Byham Theatre, The O’Reilly Theatre and The Harris Theatre. In a new friendship with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, we’ll receive unprecedented back-stage access to these architectural gems. Next we’ll take you on a stroll through the unique neighborhoods of Oakland, Dormont, Carnegie, Homestead, McKees Rocks, and East Liberty.

[Read more about Conclave Theatre Tour and view schedule and hotel information.]

Start: June 24, 2014
End: June 29, 2014
Venue: The City of Pittsburgh, PA

June 7, 2014

First Saturdays at THS

Have you ever stopped into THS on a Saturday?

In addition to keeping regular office hours during the week, THS is also open one Saturday a month for people who are interested in conducting research or helping us with volunteer projects.

This upcoming Saturday, June 7th from 9:30am-2pm, we invite you to come and visit us at the THS main office in Elmhurst above the York Theatre. The full staff will be here, and we’d love to meet you.

If you’ve always wanted a Conclave Theatre Tour to go to a place you’ve never been to before, Rick will be here with an open chair.

If you’ve been interested in pitching an article for consideration in Marquee, Janine will be here to take notes for the new Managing Editor Holly Berecz.

If you want to get your hands deep into the collections or help us process items, Pat will be here with an extra set of white gloves.

If you just want to stop in and say hi, Megan will be here to tell you more about the exhibit up in the gallery.

If you’re interested in volunteering or doing research, kindly let us know if advance via email so we’re prepared for you.

We hope to see you!

Start: June 7, 2014 9:30 am
End: June 7, 2014 2:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

March 29, 2014

Redford Theatre Tour & Movie

Join us on March 29, 2014 in at the Redford Theatre in Detroit, MI for a pre-film tour of the theatre and an 8PM showing of the classic movie-musical Singin’ in the Rain.

Event Details:
Date: March 29th, 2014
Event Time: Tour 6:30PM | Organ Concert 7:30PM | Film 8PM
Location: The Redford Theatre | 17360 Lahser Road | Detroit, MI 48219
Price: $10 for members* / $15 for non-members. [Purchase tickets to this event online.]

Find out more about the Redford Theatre online.

Start: March 29, 2014 6:30 pm
End: March 29, 2014 10:00 pm
Venue: Redford Theatre
17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, MI, 48219, United States
Cost: $10 MEM / $15 Non-Mem

March 15, 2014

Deadline: Board of Director Nominations

THS is pleased to put out its annual CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the Board of Directors.

Who is eligible: Any member in good standing.

Who we are seeking: Interested individuals who share a commitment to helping THS excel as the foremost theatre archival/historical organization in the U.S.

Desirable Qualifications: General appreciation and knowledge of historic theatres. Skill or experience in any of the following areas – finance, fundraising, computers, public relations, publicity, marketing, historic preservation. Previous experience serving on a board of directors.

Deadline for Nominations: March 15, 2014.

[Find out the full details and fill out the nomination form.]

Date: March 15, 2014
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 25, 2014

THS Board of Directors Meeting

Join us at the THS headquarters in Elmhurst, IL for the bi-annual Board Meeting.

This meeting is open to all members of THS.

Start: January 25, 2014 1:00 pm
End: January 25, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 24, 2014

2014 Open House & Dedication Ceremony



ELMHURST, IL – You’re cordially invited to join the Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) on January 24, 2014 for a public Open House from 6-8 P.M. at its headquarters above the York Theatre in Elmhurst.

During the event, THS will also unveil the new Willis & Shirley Johnson and Classic Cinemas Research & Education Center, named after local philanthropists Willis and Shirley Johnson whose Tivoli Enterprises, Inc./Classic Cinemas provided leadership support for the THS office renovation project this past fall.


“We have the largest collection of theatre architecture-related materials in North America and we wanted to make sure our space was best suited for researchers coming to visit Elmhurst and our collections,” said Richard Fosbrink, Executive Director about the renovation.


“We were extremely lucky to have the generous support of Willis and Shirley Johnson in this project. In recognition of their leadership support, we’re thrilled to name our new Research & Education Center after them in gratitude.”


The Open House is open to the public, RSVP is recommended.



Date: January 24, 2014

Time:     6-8 P.M.

7 PM: Official dedication honoring Willis & Shirley Johnson

Location: Theatre Historical Society of America, 152 N York Street, 2nd Floor Elmhurst, IL 60126

Admission: Free, RSVP encouraged

RSVP: [Click here to RSVP.]


Read the press release here.

Start: January 24, 2014 6:00 pm
End: January 24, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

January 6, 2014

Online Registration for Conclave Opens

Online registration for the 2014 Conclave Theatre Tour is now open. Register online today!

Date: January 6, 2014

December 31, 2013

Deadline: Weiss Award Entries

The competition is intended to encourage interest in research and writing on historic theatres and to provide additional content for Marquee®, the quarterly journal of the Society. Certificates and monetary prizes are awarded for the winning entries.

[Click here to find out more and apply online.]

Date: December 31, 2013

Deadline: Book of the Year Nominations

The Outstanding Theatre Book of the Year Award recognizes the book judged to have best exemplified documentation and appreciation of historic theatres. Nominations are voted on by the Board of Directors and the award is presented at the awards banquet during the annual Conclave each June.

[Click here to find out more and submit a title.]

Date: December 31, 2013

October 24, 2013

“Flickering Treasures”

Photo 1 - Amy Davis, PHOTO CREDIT Robert Cronan ICONThe Theatre Historical Society of America (THS) cordially invites you to attend a presentation by award-winning Baltimore, MD photographer and author Amy Davis, who will talk about her upcoming book, “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters.” Sponsored by Classic Cinemas, this free event will take place at 1PM on Thursday, October 24 at the York Theatre in Elmhurst, IL.

“Flickering Treasures” celebrates the golden age of Baltimore movie-going. In this engagement, Davis will present old and new photographs from her upcoming book, as well as reminiscences from  Barry Levinson, John Waters and others that tell a fresh story of one American city – Baltimore – through its movie houses.

Since joining the staff of The Baltimore Sun in 1987,  Davis has garnered many national awards as a photojournalist. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union (New York, NY) informs her documentary approach. Photographic work by Davis has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum (New York, NY), and is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY.

Davis is one of the first recipients of the THS Thomas R. DuBuque Research Fellowship. Created in 2012, the Fellowship honors the memory of past THS president Thomas R. DuBuque. Intended to support scholars conducting research in the Society’s archives and collections, the Fellowship provides grants of up to $1,500 for research in the THS American Theatre Architecture Archive. The Fellowship is sponsored in part by SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Elmhurst, IL.

Join us in the York Theatre’s original auditorium 30 minutes before the presentation and enjoy an organ concert on the 2/7 Barton “Baby Barton” Theatre Pipe Organ.



Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 12:30PM, Organ Concert; 1PM Presentation

Presentation length: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Location: Classic Cinemas’ York Theatre, 150 N York St, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Admission: Free

RSVP: Online at


This presentation is sponsored by Classic Cinemas.

Start: October 24, 2013 12:30 pm
End: October 24, 2013 3:00 pm
Venue: Classic Cinemas' York Theatre
150 N York Street, Elmhurst, IL, 60126, United States
Cost: Free
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