Find the perfect location for your production, shoot, or special event.

Los Angeles is home to some of the most spectacular historic theatres in the world.  With three historic theatre districts, including the first nationally recognized historic theatre district in the country, there are dozens of historic venues of all sizes, conditions and architectural styles. 

What We Do:

Based on your script or description, we will find the best locations for your needs, make the connections, and provide a host of services to make sure your shoot or event goes smoothly.  

Standard Services include:

Ideal Location Selection - Based on your needs we will present a short list of possible Theatres and provide initial photographs. Once selected we can arrange for site visits. 


Direct Connection with Theatre Management - We will connect your production with the right people at each venue and can assist in the negotiations.  

A minimal fee will be charged if you book a location we recommend.

Special Services:

Custom Site Photography - Based on your production’s specific needs, custom photos and video can be taken and sent to you digitally. 360 degree panos can also be taken upon request. 


Custom Site Tours - We can provide in-person tours of your chosen location, with an eye toward your specific production needs.


Location Site Rep - We can arrange for a site rep familiar with the location, who understands the needs of pre-production and production crews, while also protecting these one-of-a-kind historic theatres.

A fee will be charged  for these services whether you book the location or not.

Who We Are:

Escott O. Norton has spent almost 40 years immersed in the preservation and advocacy of historic theatres. In 1983 he founded the Friends of the Rialto, a non-profit group dedicated to advocating for the Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena. He was a founding member of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation in 1987, and in 2013 he was chosen to serve on the Board of Directors, acting as Executive Director for 7 years. In that role he actively worked with theatre owners, managers, and government officials to protect, preserve, restore and sustain historic theatres throughout Los Angeles County.

Escott also worked in the film industry as a production designer for over a decade, designing commercials and feature films. As a native of Los Angeles he was familiar with his city at an early age and started shooting his own low budget movies on location when he was 12 years old.   

Combining his filmmaking experience with his extensive knowledge of local historic theatres, Escott can help you find the PERFECT theatre location for your production or event.


Escott O. Norton  - (323) 459-5005

Select photographs on this site are provided with kind permission of the following wonderful theatre photographers:

Mike Hume -  Historic Theatre Photography

Wendell Benedetti     Hunter Kerhart


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