The THSA records and preserves the architectural, cultural
social history of American theatres. Founded in 1969 by the
writer and theatre historian Ben
M. Hall, author of the
first book on movie palaces, The Best
Remaining Seats, the
THSA has grown into a national organization with an international
membership of more than 1,000 individuals. Their annual
Conclave is a theater tour in a different city or area of the
The group visits and documents historic theaters from small
neighborhood venues to magnificent movie palaces.
covered their activities in and around Kansas City and interviewed several of their members to add to the documentary's
rich story of the many efforts to save our motion
picture theatre legacy.
to a story that NPR produced
on an earlier Conclave, and
visit our gallery of productions stills for this shoot.