Our 2011 Conclave also included our traditional Awards Banquet to honor outstanding accomplishment in 2010 as nominated by the membership and voted on by the Directors.
HONORARY MEMBER OF THE YEAR went to Dr. Sam & Patty Shaheen who personally contributed almost $8 million to save and renovate the Temple Theatre in Saginaw, MI. They then gifted the theater to the people of Saginaw.
CREATING THEATRE HISTORY AWARD will be presented to filmmaker Michael Moore for his personal efforts to restore the State Theatre in Traverse City, Michigan and for creating a business model that is being used to return historic small town theaters to use and vitality all across Michigan. THS visited the State Theater and was treated to a wonderful video presentation and tour of this groundbreaking facility. The award will be presented to Mr Moore during the annual Traverse City Film Festival later this month.
OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR: Publications during 2010 were submitted to THS for consideration and voted on during the 2011 Winter Board Meeting. This year, we had a tie for the top spot! Congratulations to Larry Widen for Milwaukee Movie Theaters and Cezar DelValle for his multi-volume compilation Brooklyn Theatre Index. These books are available in the THS Bookstore by visiting www.historictheatres.org