FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Town Hall South is a non-profit, premier lecture series that has been bringing world-renowned speakers to the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA since 1969.  We offer five daytime lectures, each followed by a luncheon, from October to March.  As an outreach of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Town Hall South’s proceeds are shared with the community through philanthropic gifts to a wide range of local organizations.

No. We do not sell single tickets. Lectures are sold by series subscription only. There are limited instances where tickets become available at the last minute. Waitlists are maintained for each lecture in case tickets become available. If you’d like to be put on a waitlist, email your request to townhallsouth@gmail.com

It should be noted that the cost of an individual ticket is $50 and you will only be notified of availability 48 hours prior to the lecture.

Yes, you may purchase a 4-lecture package after the first lecture in October at a cost of $140. Or, you may purchase a 3-lecture package after the second lecture in November at a cost of $120. It should be noted that the per ticket price increases as the size of your package decreases.

We do not sell 2-lecture packages or single tickets.

No. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. If you are unable to use a ticket that you purchased, we recommend selling or giving the ticket to a friend.  

No. Subscriptions are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.  If you are unable to use a ticket that you purchased, we recommend giving or selling the ticket to a friend.

Due to security concerns and the safety of students, the High School will not open the exterior theater lobby doors until 9:30 a.m.  If you arrive before 9:30 a.m., you will be asked to wait outside.

Each lecture begins at 10:10 a.m. and lasts approximately an hour. Book signing, if applicable, occurs immediately following the lecture at the rear of the theater.

All tickets purchased prior to August 31 will be mailed the second week of September, immediately prior to the first lecture in October. You will receive an email once the tickets are mailed alerting you that they were mailed.

Tickets are no longer distributed for luncheons – a list of reservations are maintained by the Luncheons Committee. However, you do receive a table assignment acknowledging your reservation. All table assignments are mailed along with your lecture tickets the second week of September. You will receive an email once the table assignment is mailed alerting you that your lecture tickets and luncheon table assignment have been mailed.

Our Membership Committee has a list of series ticket holders. Please contact them directly for replacement tickets at townhallsouth@gmail.com.

The next season’s speaker lineup will be revealed to our members at the February lecture. At the same time, a brochure announcing the new season will be mailed to current members, past members and those on the mailing list. Subscription sales for the next season officially begin after the reveal at the February lecture. The TICKETS page on our website will be ready as well immediately after the February lecture to allow you to order the next season’s series tickets online.

No. Luncheon reservations cannot be made online. Because luncheons are only available to subscribers, we ask that you print and mail the luncheon reservation form once you are a confirmed lecture subscriber. 

One item to note:  existing luncheon subscribers are given the opportunity at the February luncheon to submit their luncheon table reservation form and checks in advance of purchasing their lecture subscriptions. This secures their “spot in line” for luncheon reservations. The luncheon reservation will not be processed, however, until their lecture series purchase is confirmed.

The lectures are held at the Upper St. Clair High School Theater, 1825 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.

Yes. The theater entrance doors and theater seating are all on the same, main floor level. Seating for individuals requiring special needs will be available in the last row, center section of the theater. These seats have wheelchair accessibility and easy access to the exits and restrooms for individuals who have limited mobility.

No. All of our lectures are open seating.

If applicable, there is a book signing at the end of the lecture. It takes place at the rear of the theater. You can certainly purchase and bring your own book for signing. Alternatively, a book can be preordered from Barnes & Noble at South Hills Village by completing a form the month before each lecture and submitting it to the B&N representative in the lobby, paying with cash or check. (No credit cards accepted.) Books will then be available for pick up the day of the lecture for the featured speaker to sign or subscribers have the option of picking their books up early at the South Hill Village Barnes & Noble store one week prior to the scheduled lecture. Preorder forms will be available at the lectures as well as in an attachment sent via email each month.

The luncheons are held immediately following the lecture at St. Clair Country Club, 2300 Old Washington Road, Upper St. Clair, PA 15241.

Reservations are required and sell out quickly. Similar to lectures, members register and pay for all luncheons as a subscription.  Making a reservation to a single luncheon is not permitted. Note that unlike lectures, waitlists are NOT maintained for individual luncheons.

Our luncheons are limited to 300 reservations to preserve the intimate feeling of dining with the speaker. Only those who have subscribed to the lectures may make luncheon reservations. Your luncheon registration will not be processed until your lecture subscription is confirmed. Luncheons sell out quickly. You will receive your table assignment along with your lecture tickets in September.

In addition to the USC High School parking lot, there are four auxiliary parking lots available to Town Hall South members that are serviced by six shuttle busses:

  • Westminster Presbyterian Church South parking lot
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church North parking lot
  • Marmion parking lot – located at McLaughlin Run Road and Morrow Road
  • Clair Country Club parking lot – for those attending the luncheon following the lecture.

Note that Upper St. Clair High School is undergoing construction throughout the 2018-2019 lecture season. As a result, the number of available parking spots at the high school has been reduced. Given the limited availability, we highly encourage members to carpool and/or make use of auxiliary lots.

The buses start picking up from the auxiliary lots about 9:15 a.m.  They do not run on a specific schedule because they leave the various lots as they fill.  They make continuous loops until the lecture starts.

Flash photography, audio recording and videotaping are expressly prohibited.

If you have any questions the morning of the lecture, we have board members available at the Membership and Luncheon desks immediately outside of the theater entrance who will be happy to assist you.