Keith-Albee Theatre


Apply to join the Trail:

WV Historic Theatre Trail Application

Preservation Organizations:

Preservation Alliance of West Virginia
National Trust for Historic Preservation

State Agencies:

WV State Historic Preservation Office
West Virginia Commission on the Arts

Theatre Organizations:

Theatre Historical Society of America
League of Historic American Theatres
United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association
American Association of Community Theatre
Association of Performing Arts Presenters

Arts Organizations:

Arts Advocacy of West Virginia


10 Steps for Restoring Historic Theaters (2013 – Julia Rocchi, National Trust for Historic Preservation, DC)
League of Historic American Theatres’ Rescue & Rehab Manual (2012 – League of Historic American Theatres, Bel Air, MD)
The Cycle: Planning for Success in the Arts (2011 – Michael M. Kaiser, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY, and Brett Egan, DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, New York, NY)


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