Theatre Historical Society of America

Theatre Historical Society of America is a national non-profit organization founded in 1969 which is interested in the history of theatre buildings. Since 1993 its headquarters has been located in the 2nd floor space of the renovated 1920’s York Theatre building in Elmhurst, Illinois. Elmhurst is a suburb 16 miles west of Chicago which is easily accessible by Metra train, via interstate, or from O’Hare International Airport. The office is staffed by Richard Sklenar (Executive Director), and volunteers. Business hours are Monday though Friday from 9AM to 4PM Central time.

THS publications include the quarterly journal Marquee®, a special Annual publication on a specific theatre or topic, and a quarterly Newsletter with current THS and theatre news. The Marquee® logo was designed by Lester Glassner of New York City for THS in 1969. Issues for the current volume year are included with membership. Membership information is available on the THS website, Back Issue Publications are available for purchase.

The THS American Theatre Architecture Archives is the foremost collection of its kind in the country and includes photos, negatives, slides, clippings, programs, books, magazines and other material on more than 15,000 theatres, primarily in the U.S., from movie palaces to opera houses to drive-ins. The Archives is accessible to the public by prior appointment; research fees apply.

The THS American Movie Palace Museum displays artifacts, renderings, photos, ads, and other exhibits relating to the great motion picture palaces built in the U.S. The museum is open to the public Tuesday to Friday 9AM to 4PM and on occasional weekends and evenings. Admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted.

THS also conducts an annual Conclave/Theatre Tour, during the summer which visits historic theatres in a different part of the country each year.

For more information on THS and its activites, please visit our website,

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