Culver City

Culver City


Culver City is an area of five square miles that houses residential properties, corporate headquarters, and film studios. Enjoying a moderate climate throughout the year, the neighborhood is surrounded by the beach cities of Venice and Marina Del Rey to the west, and Westchester to the south. Culver City was incorporated in 1917, and its first movie studio, MGM, was built in 1918. Some of the most notable films to have been produced in Culver City are The Wizard of Oz, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Grease, and Wag the Dog. Many popular gamed shows are still filmed in Culver City, such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Culver City sits on land that was occupied by the Native America Tongva tribe for over 8,000 years. During the American Civil War, the area that is now Culver City was used as a camp to train Union troops. Culver City was home to many speakeasies, like the Cotton Club, in the 1920’s. Sony and the NFL Network call Culver City home to their corporate offices.

Culver City houses some interesting and fun attractions that draw in locals and visitors alike. The STAR Ecostation, an environmental studies facility that focuses on wildlife rescue of exotic animals, shares its Culver City establishment with the STAR Prep Academy, a middle/ high school offering hands-on training for school children. The Sony Pictures Plaza and the Museum of Jurassic Technology are located in Culver City, as is the 1924 landmark Culver Hotel. Families love to visit the Culver Ice Arena and the Ballona Creek Bike Path, which allows opportunities for fresh air and exercise. Holy Cross Cemetery, the burial place of Bela Lugosi and Sharon Tate, resides within the boundaries of Culver City. Residents enjoy spending time at Helm’s Bakery, which features a restaurant, art gallery, and jazz club.

Culver City benefits from a 1990’s revitalization program that cleaned up areas around the Fox Hills Mall. With an influx of artist’s galleries and hip eateries, the New York Times called Culver City a “nascent Chelsea.” Locally, Culver City is designated as a cultural arts district. Culver City is served by a light rail line that takes passengers from downtown LA’s Union Station to the station at Culver Junction. Culver City has it’s own bus system, and conveniently sits just seven miles from Los Angeles International Airport. School children attend one of five elementary schools, as well as a middle school and two high schools within the area. Culver City is close to West Los Angeles College and is home to a community day school and adult school.

Attractions include the Culver City Art District, Sony Pictures Plaza, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Culver City Public Theatre, Culver City Main Street, Heritage Fountain at Culver City Hall, with events like the Culver City Music Festival, and Fiesta La Ballona.




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