I’ve just returned from one of the best conferences I have ever attended! I spent all of last week in beautiful San Diego at the League of Historic American Theatres conference. It truly was an exceptional event and I’m returning to THS full of ideas, inspiration and excitement about what we do, what LHAT does and how we can work together in the future. I also met some really terrific people and many of them are already THS members!
I kicked the week off by attending the LHAT Theatre Ramble, touring some of San Diego’s great old theatres. We stopped at the Birch North Park Theatre, the newly re-opened Village Theatre on Coronado Island, the Old Globe Theatre Complex and Copley Symphony Hall, which was originally built as a Fox Theatre. We also stopped in at the Marston Home & Gardens, the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego and the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado. Many of our THS Movie Buffs will know the Hotel Del from the fabulous Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon classic “Some Like it Hot.” Throughout the week we were also able to visit the San Diego Civic Theatre, the beautiful Spreckles Theatre, which celebrates its centennial this year and the historic Balboa Theatre.
I attended many sessions this week about owning, operating, and restoring historic theatres. I sat in on sessions about fundraising and development, as well as sessions about individual stories of bringing a theatre and a community back to life by the restoration of a neighborhood theatre. One of the many highpoints of the week was the awards presentation and particularly Tony Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook. Mr. Holbrook was given an award recognizing his devotion and contribution to historic theatres in America. His acceptance speech was quite inspirational!
I also spent a great deal of time talking with other conference attendees and making new connections for our future. In fact, this coming week Ken Stein, the new LHAT Executive Director will be here in Chicago and we’ve already carved out some time to spend in the THS Archive. I feel that Ken and I both possess a spirit of collaboration, and in finding ways to support each other both THS and LHAT will thrive in the future.
It truly was a remarkable week and I’m glad that your THS Board has the vision to send me to the conference.
As always, I’d love to hear from our members! Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 630-782-1800.
Until next time,