Producers for Before the Curtain Rises attended the 2004 Theatre Historical Society of America's Conclave in Kansas City, Missouri.

The THSA records and preserves the architectural, cultural and
social history of American theatres. Founded in 1969 by the late
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 country. The group visits and documents historic theaters from small neighborhood venues to magnificent movie palaces.

The producers 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.

Listen to a story that NPR produced on an earlier Conclave, and visit our gallery of productions stills for this shoot.


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