11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
An Intimate Black Box Theatre in the NoHo Arts District

Want to know what’s happening at The Belfry Stage?  

Want to know what’s happening at The Belfry Stage?  

The Belfry Stage is an affordable theater rental in North Hollywood that is perfect for small-scale theatrical productions. At 40 seats, this intimate NoHo theater is also quickly becoming a favorite for classes of all kinds.

Besides theatrical productions, The Belfry Stage has been used for podcast recordings, music video shoots, and as a filming location. It is also a staple rehearsal space in North Hollywood.

Whatever you need room for, we’ve got the room for you.

The Belfry Stage is an affordable theater rental in North Hollywood that is perfect for small-scale theatrical productions. At 40 seats, this intimate NoHo theater is also quickly becoming a favorite for classes of all kinds.

Besides theatrical productions, The Belfry Stage has been used for podcast recordings, music video shoots, and as a filming location. It is also a staple rehearsal space in North Hollywood.

Whatever you need room for, we’ve got the room for you.

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FEATURES & AMENITIES

the theater

Our 40-seat North Hollywood theater

The Belfry Stage is an intimate black box NoHo theater located in the south end of the Arts District. Perfect for small-scale productions, you will find that this is a very affordable theater rental in North Hollywood. Searching for affordable rehearsal space in North Hollywood? We’ve got you covered here, too.

  • 20′ wide by 15′ deep stage
  • 12′ from stage to ceiling (10′ to grid)
  • 28 hard seats, plus 15 folding chairs
  • Four 18″ by 12″ stage boxes

Want to mark out your set for your upcoming theater rental in North Hollywood? Having trouble visualizing what our rehearsal space in North Hollywood looks like? Download our 3D rendering of The Belfry Stage, viewable in SketchUp!

the belfry stage – 3D rendering

suitable for: live performance, photo shoots, on-location film shoots, music video shoots, classes, parties, events, fundraisers, showcases, casting sessions, rehearsals, readings, recitals, and more.

marketing space

Let the world know about your event! Post your banner on the lawn!

  • Space available for 4′ by 3′ banner on the front lawn
lighting equipment

The Belfry Stage boasts a dozen brand-new high-end LED instruments.

Shop List

  • Twelve Stage Right Super-Bright, 12-watt x 7 LED PAR Stage Light (RGBAW-UV)
  • Four 4-Channel Dimmer Packs for additional instruments
  • ETC Nomad Board on a dedicated iMac

Need to get a head start on the lighting design for your theater rental in North Hollywood? Or, coming in to our rehearsal space in North Hollywood and just want to see what we have on our grid? Download a copy of The Belfry Stage’s lighting patch spreadsheet.

 The Belfry Stage ETC patch sheet and light plot

sound equipment

The Belfry Stage comes fully equipped with a multi-speaker stereo system. Whether you’re looking to host a spoken word poetry jam or Goth-Industrial karaoke, we’ll make you sound great.

Gear

  • Ceiling-mounted stereo sound system
  • Dedicated Apple Laptop with full QLab Sound License

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PAYMENTS, FINES, INSURANCE, AND SAFETY

What is the payment schedule required of renters?

Payment schedules for production rentals are negotiable. We require the first installment being due when the contract is signed, but from there we are happy to split the balance up into multiple equal payments due at evenly-spaced intervals between the contract signing, and the production’s load-in date. The rent must be paid in full before the start of the production’s load-in.

Also, because we take the space off the market and turn down other paying offers for the dates agreed to once a contract is signed, there are no refunds, even if the production does not open, or if it cannot complete its full scheduled run.

Do you require a security deposit? If so, will you cash it or hold onto it? If it is refundable, what expectations must be met in order to receive the refund?

Yes, we do require a refundable security deposit of at least $250 for most rentals. The required deposit may be higher if it is determined that the production or elements of it bring a significant risk of damage or destruction to the space or its equipment.

The security deposit will be deposited into our savings account for the duration of the production’s run. If the space or its equipment are damaged during the production, the producer will be notified in writing of the amount of funds to be withheld from the deposit to cover the damages before any funds are claimed. If the cost of damages is greater than the deposit (or its remaining balance if there have been previous assessments), an additional security deposit may be required before the production is allowed to continue its run.

At the end of a production’s run, management and the producer shall perform an in-person walk-through and inspection of the space. If the space is left in satisfactory condition, then the managers will cut a check for the deposit in full at the end of the walk-through.

Assessments from the security deposit may be waived if the producer repairs any damages inflicted on the property or equipment (or replaces any damaged elements) to the satisfaction of the space’s management.

What insurance requirements do you have for renters?

StageCrafts L.L.C. requires all productions to have at least $2 million in General Liability Insurance Coverage. If a producer does not have that kind of coverage, they can purchase a rider and be added on to StageCrafts’ policy for $128.25 (due at least a week before the production’s load-in date). The coverage is good until mid-April each year, when StageCrafts’ master policy is renewed.

Also, while it is not required, we strongly recommend that non-profit producing entities also have Volunteer Accident Insurance to protect their artists and members.

What missteps or violations at the theater trigger a warning before incurring fines?

We try to be very laid back, friendly, and relatively hands-off landlords, but there are a few simple rules we ask our renters to follow. Failing to follow them will result in a written notification. Failing to follow them a second time may incur fines or other actions.

  • Failing to keep the various areas of the space clean and in usable shape for other renters. (2nd offense & beyond is $25 fine/instance, assessed from security deposit)
  • Leaving either air conditioner in the studio or the stage at studio/stage at the end of your rental. (2nd offense & beyond is $25 fine/instance, assessed from security deposit)
  • Leaving the dimmer pack on at the end of the night. (2nd offense & beyond is $25 fine/ offense, assessed from security deposit)
  • Leaving the space at the end of the night in a state that requires management to move, organize, or clean up a rental’s property or equipment so that other tenants may use the space. (2nd offense & beyond is $25 fine/ offense, assessed from security deposit)
  • Smoking on the property (including outside on the loading dock and in the back parking lot. (2nd offense & beyond is $25 fine/ offenses, assessed from security deposit)
  • Failing to comply with any other written notifications from the managers may result in penalties. These penalties will be spelled out clearly in said notifications.
What missteps or violations at the theater incur fines without warning?

In addition to the events listed above, some missteps will incur punitive action without warning. These missteps include, but are not limited to:

  • Rent payments made after their scheduled due date (as outlined in the rental contract) incur a $50 late fee.
  • Entering the space early, before your scheduled rental start time, or staying late beyond your scheduled end time will be subject to additional rental fees at a rate of at least $25/hr. (unless otherwise approved by management).
  • Failing to properly secure the building at the end of the night will incur a $50 fine, assessed from the security deposit. This means locking all doors, closing and locking the gate to the bay window in the studio, and closing the back parking lot gate. A second offense is a $100 fine. A third offense is immediate termination of contract and forfeiting the remaining balance of the security deposit. Furthermore, the rental will be held liable for any damage to the property or loss of equipment that may result from either location being left unsecured.
  • Failing to notify management about damage to the property or its equipment is a $50 fine, in addition to any assessment made to the security deposit to resolve the damage or loss.
  • Parking in, or obstructing, either of the two spaces in the back parking lot marked Snow Studios (our upstairs neighbors) may result in the vehicles being towed without warning.
  • Taking or using props, set pieces, equipment and/or other resources belonging to the management or other rentals without permission will result in an immediate $50 fine.
  • Renters are welcome to store food and beverages in our refrigerators at either property. However, all items stored in the refrigerator must be labeled with a name and date. Markers and labels are provided. Any unlabeled items will be thrown out immediately.
Are renters permitted to display signage at the theater? If so, where and under what parameters?

Not only are renters allowed to display signage at the theatre, but they’re encouraged to do so!

Productions are welcome to put postcards in our lobby, as well as mount posters on the lobby walls. Productions running for at least two weeks are welcome to hang a banner in a PVC frame on the front lawn, next to Crown City Theatre Company's banner spot. This banner may be left in place for the duration of the production’s run. The recommended dimensions for these banners are 4′ x 3′. 

FACILITY

Do you have a ground plan with stage dimensions?

Yes, as a matter of fact, we do! Actually, we have 3-dimensional renderings of our North Hollywood theatre rental facility, The Belfry Stage in SketchUp format.

 The Belfry Stage 3D rendered ground plan

Download SketchUp Viewer

Is there a standard plot in the air that we can use or augment?

Yes, The Belfry Stage comes fully equipped with a default repertory light plot hanging in the air. You are welcome to modify it as you see fit, however, any and all modifications must be undone during strike, or a $500 fine will be levied if the management team must restore the plot themselves.

Is the air conditioner in good, working condition? How old is the unit? When was it last serviced?

The Belfry Stage comes equipped with a pair of incredibly powerful wall A/C units that can cool the space to your desired temperature within minutes. They were installed in 2016 and work very well. 

Is the space handicap accessible?

As The Belfry Stage is located upstairs in a decades-old church with no elevator access, it is technically not ADA-compliant. 

Is there a physical box office? If so, do renters have use of it? If there isn’t one or it is not available to renters, what box office setup is permitted for renters?

The Belfry Stage does not feature a traditional Box Office window. However, most producers set their box office up behind the lobby bar. 

What is stage floor made of and can it be used to anchor into?

The stage is made of 3’x8’ masonite panels over a layer of plywood. Designers can anchor into the surface as long as any holes they create are repaired afterward. Also, renters can paint the floor for their productions, as long as it is restored to its default matte black at the completion of the rental.

Has the theatre been sound-proofed?

As this space was originally a chapel and not a theater, there is only a modicum of soundproofing. That being said, if the doors and windows to the courtyard are kept closed, most outside noise is effectively shut out. 

What kinds of noise from outside the theatre is audible inside?

Keeping the doors and windows in The Belfry Stage to the church courtyard prevents most outside sound from bleeding in. However, loud noise from crowds or large vehicles on or above the street (ambulances, helicopters, etc.) can be heard inside. 

Is there a refrigerator and microwave accessible?

Yes, The Belfry Stage has access to a mini-fridge behind the lobby bar. Renters may use them for food props, concessions, and hospitality, and/or cast and crew food. We do require that all food stored in the refrigerator has a label with a name and date written clearly on it (there are labels and markers provided nearby). Each Monday, any food stored in the refrigerator that doesn’t have a label will be discarded.

MAINTENANCE & UPKEEP

How often is the theatre cleaned?

The theatre is cleaned by the staff at least once a week. As this facility experiences a high volume of renters on a regular basis, we do require our rentals to contribute to the cleaning effort by empty the trash cans and replenishing any depleted paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) from our supply as they leave each day. Rentals are also required to clean up after themselves before they depart and restore the space to the state it was in upon their arrival or risk incurring a fine.

Do you provide bathroom supplies (hand soap, bathroom tissue, paper towels)?

Yes, we do provide paper hand towels, toilet paper, liquid hand soap, as well as cleaning supplies for the bathroom and kitchen.

Will we have access to dumpsters? How often are dumpsters emptied?

Yes, you will have access to the dumpster and recycling bins. They are located in the alley directly behind the church. Ask Greg or Jenn for instructions on how to get to it. 

Where are cleaning supplies located?

Cleaning supplies are located in the cabinet in the lobby bathroom.

Do you have preferred vendors for emergencies (plumbing, leaks, etc.)?

Yes we do. Should you encounter a problem that requires the services of a plumber, electrician, etc. Please call Jenn or Greg immediately and they will coordinate repairs with the appropriate vendors.

EQUIPMENT

Do you have an up-to-date inventory of lighting equipment?

Yes, we do, and it is listed on this page under the Lighting section of the "Features & Amenities" tab above.

Do you have an up-to-date inventory of sound equipment?

Yes, we do, and it is listed on this page under the Sound section of the "Features & Amenities" tab above.

Do you have a piano?

We do not have a piano in the theater.

Do you have wifi available for use?

Yes, rentals are welcome to use the wifi network named "cctc." Password available upon request.

LOAD-IN & STRIKE

Can we build our set on-site? If so, are there restricted hours for noisy work?

Yes, you are welcome to build your set on site inside the theater. Please be aware of noise levels and how that may affect other groups that share the church campus. 

Are there tools and/or expendables available for use?

There are tools on-site that can be used with permission. The cases are secured and locked, and the tools are inventoried. Should any tools "mysteriously grow legs and walk away," the renter will be responsible for replacing them at their own expense.

Are we able to drill into walls and the floor of the theatre?

Rentals are welcome to drill into the stage floor and the upstage flats, but we ask that the walls not be drilled into unless absolutely necessary (and even then, permission must be obtained management prior to said drilling).

Are we permitted to paint the walls and stage floor?

Yes, rentals are welcome to paint the stage walls and floor. However, they must restore the walls and floor to their default states as a part of their strike, using as many coats of paint as deemed necessary to adequately conceal any designs. The rental shall be expected to provide their own high-quality matte black paint to restore said surfaces. Should the surfaces not be repainted, the rental shall be charged $500 for the management to handle the restoration themselves.

What responsibilities are ours for strike? Yours? Shared?

It is the responsibility of the renter to restore the space back to its default state, including removing any additional equipment brought in, repainting any surfaces that were painted, returning any borrowed furnishings to their rightful place, etc.

It is the responsibility of the property manager to ensure this is carried out and completed in a satisfactory fashion via the post-strike walkthrough, and to provide necessary supplies like trash bags, rolls of toilet paper, etc.

STORAGE

Are there designated storage areas for set pieces and props offstage?

There is a very limited amount of storage available backstage. 

Do you provide costume racks and props tables?

Yes, we have two costume racks and a large bookcase backstage for prop and costume storage. 

SPACE SHARE

Will others have access to the space during our contract?

Yes. The Belfry Stage is primarily a rental house with a wide variety of clients and events coming through every week. Some are regulars, others are short-term productions or one-offs. While all renters are contractually obligated to be respectful of others' sets/props/costumes/etc., we strongly recommend that all personal belongings and items of a valuable nature are taken with you at the end of each day of occupancy, or otherwise secured.

If the space is shared, can you provide a checklist of expectations for all parties?

Yes, and one is already posted in the booth, for everyone's reference.

Are we ever required to strike any part of our set for another event?

We will work with all renters to make sure that all events can coexist as best as possible with minimal impact on one another. Productions with large sets will be asked to store any and all large movable items backstage while they are not occupying the space. This will allow classes, workshops, and other events enough room to use the space for their own purposes. Don't worry; the regulars are used to it.

Do we have complete control over the lighting plot?

Production rentals may rearrange the lighting as they see fit WITH THE CAVEAT that the new plot must be able to provide a general wash suitable for use by classes, workshops, and other events that may book in during the production's run.

Full documentation of the new plot must be provided to The Belfry Stage management; a detailed magic sheet, plus details on any new instruments installed for the production.

Will our plot remain untouched by other events using the theatre?

Yes, your plot will remain untouched during the run of a show unless absolutely necessary. Any temporary changes will be made with the foreknowledge of the production's stage manager and lighting designer and restored immediately under the guidance of The Belfry Stage management.

Questions?  

Questions?  

The Belfry Stage

events | rentals

11031 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Located inside St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Upstairs from Crown City Theatre Company

Contact:
(323) 591-4849
rentals@stagecraftsllc.com

The Belfry Stage
11031 Camarillo St, North Hollywood, CA 91602, USA
events | rentals

11031 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Located inside St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Upstairs from Crown City Theatre Company

Contact:
(323) 591-4849
rentals@stagecraftsllc.com

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