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November 13, 2014

“The Fall of the American Movie Palace” Lecture & Presentation by Matt Lambros

November 13 | Chicago, IL

We’ve partnered with Chicago’s Portage Theater to bring you Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain in this upcoming lecture, “The Fall of the American Movie Palace.”

We hope you’ll join us for this free event on Thursday, November 13 at the Portage Theater in Chicago.

Date: Nov. 13, 2014
Where: Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL
Time: Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

About Matt Lambros: Matt Lambros is an internationally-renowned architectural photographer who specializes in photographing abandoned buildings. Lambros’ work documenting abandoned theatres has been featured in many print and online publications including Gawker, Curbed and The New York Times. His work has been shown in galleries across the globe including the Jean Cocteau Cinema Gallery (New Mexico), Sakura Gallery (Paris), Portman Gallery (London), and Greenpoint Gallery (Brooklyn). He has hosted photography workshops at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, MA and his lecture “The Fall of the American Movie Palace” has been heard at the Jean Cocteau Cinema (Santa Fe, New Mexico), Woodbury Historical Society (Highland Mills, NY) and at the Observatory (Brooklyn, NY). View his work at his popular online blog

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Start: November 13, 2014 6:30 pm
End: November 13, 2014 9:00 pm
Venue: Portage Theater
Phone: (773)-283-7244
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60641 , United States
Cost: Free

October 19, 2014

Fall Board Meeting

October 19 | Elmhurst, IL
Fall Board Meeting, 2pm at the THS main office in Elmhurst.

Start: October 19, 2014 2:00 pm
End: October 19, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126

October 18, 2014

Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour

Join us on Saturday October 18, 2014 for the 2014 Classic Cinemas Historic Theatre Tour: a one-day bus tour of three of the Classic Cinemas’ historic theatres.

The tour will start in Elmhurst, IL with a tour of the York Theatre, journey to Oak Park to visit the Lake and then head to Downers Grove to visit the Tivoli. Before returning to Elmhurst, we’ll also stop into the Downers Grove Museum to see their exhibit on the Tivoli “Movie Magic: Celebrating 86 years of the Tivoli Theatre.”

Registration fee includes bus transportation between theatres and a pizza lunch at the Tivoli Bowl.

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Price: $60 for members* / $70 for non-members.
Tour Check in starts at: York Theatre 152 N York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126

Tour Day Schedule:

8:30AM Check in at York in Lobby

9:00AM Tour York

9:45AM Leave York Theatre

10:25AM Tour Lake Theatre

11:25AM Leave Lake Theatre

12:10PM Tour Tivoli Theatre

1:10PM Lunch at the Tivoli Bowl

2:20PM Leave Tivoli Bowl

2:40PM Tour Downers Grove Museum

3:40PM Leave Downers Grove Museum

4:20PM Arrive Back at York Theatre


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*You must be logged in as a member to receive this discount. Discount will appear in cart. Please contact the main office at 630-782-1800 if you have problems logging in.





Date: October 18, 2014
Venue: TBA
United States

August 8, 2014

TOUR: Fred Hermes’ Basement Bijou

Join us on August 8, 2014 in Racine, WI at the home of Fred Hermes for a tour and short silent film presentation at the famous “Basement Bijou.”

A founding member of THS, Hermes’ collection of theatre memorabilia is displayed in and around his “Basement Bijou” located in his home overlooking Lake Michigan. The crowning glory of his collection? The 5 manual, 28 rank Wurlitzer pipe organ from Detroit’s Michigan Theatre. Recently featured in an “On the Road” segment during the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pulley” this event is sure to be popular! Watch the segment online.

Event Details:
Date: August 8, 2014
Event Time: 1:30PM
Location: Fred Hermes’ home | 1710 Heather Lane. Racine, WI 53402-1542
Price: $20 for members* / $25 for non-members. [Purchase tickets to this event online.]

Start: August 8, 2014 1:30 pm
End: August 8, 2014 3:00 pm
Venue: Fred Hermes' Basement Bijou
1710 Heather Lane, Racine, WI, 53402-1542, United States
Cost: $20 Member / $25 Non Member

June 25, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting

Join us for the Annual Membership Meeting in Pennsylvania on June 25, 2014.

Time: 2:15pm
Date: June 25, 2014
Location: Edwin S. Porter Theater [201 East Fairview Avenue Connellsville, Pennsylvania]
RSVP: Not required, but recommended. Email to RSVP.

Start: June 25, 2014 2:15 pm
End: June 25, 2014 3:05 pm
Venue: Edwin S. Porter Theater
201 East Fairview Avenue, Connellsville, PA, 15425, United States

June 24, 2014

Summer Board Meeting

Join us for the Summer Board Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

Time: 1:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Allegheny Room (17th Floor), Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA
RSVP: Not required, but recommended. Email

Start: June 24, 2014 1:00 pm
End: June 24, 2014 4:30 pm
Venue: Omni William Penn Hotel
530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219, United States

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

May 15, 2014

Deadline: Member of the Year Nominations

The Member of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organizational member of THS who has continuously demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement, and contribution to the Society and its purposes, or been instrumental in work on outside projects in keeping with the aims of THS.

[Click here to find out more and nominate someone.]

Date: May 15, 2014

Deadline: Honorary Member of the Year Award Nominations

The Honorary Member of the Year Award recognizes a non-member individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding efforts for THS or been instrumental in work outside the organization in keeping with its purposes.

[Click here to find out more and nominate someone.]

Date: May 15, 2014
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