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April 22, 2015

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: April 22, 2015

April 20, 2015

Kings Theatre Tour

The Theatre Historical Society of America is pleased to offer a guided tour of the newly restored and reopened Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

Join Executive Director Richard Fosbrink on the evening of April 20th on a look into the reborn Loew’s Wonder Theatre!

For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Start: April 20, 2015 7:00 pm
End: April 20, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Kings Theatre
1027 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11226, United States

January 17, 2015

Using the THS Archives – Beginner’s Workshop

Using the THS Archives – Beginner’s Workshop
The American Theatre Architecture Archive at THS holds a wealth of information on theatre history. While access to the archives is open to all researchers, it can be difficult to know how to begin! “Using the THS Archives – Beginner’s Workshop” is designed to equip THS members with a basic toolkit for archival research. From archival object handling and care to understanding finding aids and using web resources, to tips for discovering the information you need in the sometimes overwhelming collections, participants leaving this workshop will be newly equipped with the skills they need to effectively research at the THS archive, and at many others.

This 90 minute workshop will feature an information session and time for hands on research.

Event Details
Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Willis & Shirley Johnson and Classic Cinemas Research & Education Center at THS, 152 N York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
(Please note the Willis & Shirley Johnson and Classic Cinemas Research & Education Center is not currently handicap accessible.)

RSVP Information
This workshop is only open to current THS members.
Registration is limited to 10 participants.
All participants will need to submit a “theatre or theatre topic of interest” with their RSVP.

All attendees must RSVP using this form.

Start: January 17, 2015 11:30 am
End: January 17, 2015 1:30 pm
Venue: THS Headquarters
152 N York Street, 2nd Floor, Elmhurst, 60126
Cost: Free

December 31, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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

[Click here for more information.]

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


Click here to purchase tickets.


*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
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