This year’s event will have a 50s theme. Dress in your best 50s attire and help us preserve the spirit of Hank Williams’ untimely passing in 1953.
Schedule of Events
Doors open at 5:00 pm
5:15 – Join PAWV for an optional, guided walking tour from the Municipal Auditorium to another of Charleston’s premier historic theatre venues, WVSU Capitol Center, for an interior tour.
6:00 – Reception with drinks and appetizers, an optional tour of the Municipal Auditorium, and a presentation about the Municipal Auditorium by General Manager John Robertson.
6:30 – Dinner buffet and dessert, catered by Distinctive Gourmet.
Guests will hear Hank Williams hits by Rob McNurlin, in honor of the performance scheduled when Hank died tragically enroute to a Municipal Auditorium performance.
West Virginia historic preservation professionals and projects will be honored during the 9th annual awards ceremony. Historic preservation celebrity presenters, including Susan Pierce, Deputy Secretary of the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, will help us recognize these special projects.
This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Patrick Seymour, Archive Director for the Theatre Historical Society of America.
Mr. Seymour will discuss “The Important Legacy of America’s Theatres,” in which he will give a presentation on the history of movie theatre architecture and how it developed alongside changes in technology, audience demands, and forms of entertainment. From nickelodeons to movie palaces to drive-ins to multi-plex theatres and beyond, he will discuss the narrative of theatre architecture and will relate the importance of preserving the legacy and the remaining historic buildings.