Culver City Real Estate

Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 38,883. It is mostly surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Culver City’s mayor is Andrew Weissman. Over the years, considering its incorporated status, over forty annexations of adjoining areas have occurred. As a result the city now comprises approximately five square miles.

Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a significant center for motion pictureand later television production, in part because it was the home of MGM Studios. It was also the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company from 1932 to 1985. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainmentnow have headquarters in the city. The NFL Network studio is also based in Culver City.

Background Information

Harry Culver‘s first attempt to establish Culver City was in 1913, and the city was incorporated on September 20, 1917. (His first ads read “All roads lead to Culver City” indicating a main transportation route via the city.)

The first film studio in Culver City was built by Thomas Ince in 1918. In the 1920s, silent film comedy producer Hal Roach and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) built studios there. During Prohibitionspeakeasiesand nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard.

Culver Center, one of Southern California’s first shopping malls, was completed in 1950 as a post World War II-project. Situated on Venice Boulevard near the Overland Avenue intersection, it featured many retail stores, a supermarket, J. C. Penney’s department store, a dime store, several banks and a drug store.

Movie & Television Production

Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City’s studios: Sony Pictures Studios (originally MGM Studios), Culver Studios, and the former Hal Roach Studios. These include The Wizard of OzThe Thin ManGone with the WindCitizen KaneRebecca, theTarzan series, and the original King Kong. More recent films made in Culver City includeGreaseRaging BullE.T. the Extra-TerrestrialCity SlickersAir Force OneWag the Dog, andContact. Television shows made on Culver City sets have included Las VegasGunsmoke,Cougar TownMad About YouLassieHogan’s HeroesBatmanThe Green HornetArrested DevelopmentThe Andy Griffith ShowGomer PyleJeopardy!The Nanny, and thesyndicated version of Wheel of Fortune. The TV series The Green Hornet featured Bruce Lee as Kato, who also resided in Culver City during the Series’ production.

John Travolta‘s “Stranded at the Drive-In” sequence in Grease was filmed at the Studio Drive-In on the corner of Jefferson and Sepulveda. It served as a set for many other films, includingPee-wee’s Big Adventure. The theatre was closed in 1993 and was demolished in 1998; it is now a housing subdivision featuring large homes on small lots, as well as being home to the Kayne-ERAS center, a school and community center for the disabled and mentally challenged.

Culver City’s streets have been featured in many films and television shows. Since much of the architecture has not changed in decades, particularly in residential areas of town, the nostalgic sitcom The Wonder Years set many of its outdoor scenes in the neighborhoods of Culver City. The 1970s show CHiPs also featured many chase scenes through the streets. The Nicolas Cage film Matchstick Men included scenes made at Veterans Memorial Park, which was also featured in the opening scenes of the sitcom The Hogan Family.

The Aviator, a film about Howard Hughes, featured several mentions of Culver City in connection with Hughes. Scenes from Bewitched (2005) with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrellwere also filmed in the Culver City streets. The 2005 film, Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey was filmed there. The closing aerial sequence of Get Shorty (1995) starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito is also filmed in Culver City, at the Sony Studios. Additionally, scenes of “Superbad” (2007) starring Jonah Hill and Michael Cera were filmed in areas surrounding Culver City High School.

In 2010, the films Killers and Dinner for Schmucks were filmed in Culver City. In 2011, Lincoln LawyerMoneyballHorrible Bosses, and Jack and Jill were released, all of which were filmed in Culver City. Think Like A Man and The Campaign were filmed in Culver City and released in 2012.

Points Of Interest In Culver City

Businesses

  • Culver Hotel: A 1924 landmark pie-slice-shaped hotel in downtown. Many of the cast ofThe Wizard of Oz stayed here during filming of the movie in 1939. The hijinks of that period, including the hotel’s being taken over by the “Munchkins,” were featured in the 1981 movie Under the Rainbow. Formerly owned by John Wayne, the hotel has housed many stars including Clark GableGreta GarboJoan CrawfordRed SkeltonBuster Keaton and Ronald Reagan.
  • Helms Bakery,now a center for restaurants, art galleries, the Jazz Bakery (a jazz club), and furniture sales rooms.
  • Sony Pictures Plaza: This unusual, cantilevered building was featured as the headquarters of Wolfram & Hart, the demonic law firm that was the chief nemesis in the TV Show Angel. The building is across the street from the main gate of Sony Studios, which is at 10202 W. Washington Boulevard (occupying the former MGM Studio facilities).

Education & Research

  • Star Eco Station is an environmental science and wildlife rescue center; the STAR ECO Station houses exotic animals that have been abandoned or confiscated and teaches learners of all ages about the environment. At 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., it offers organized tours. The STAR ECO Station shares its facility with STAR Prep Academy: a Middle-High School that provides hands on opportunities to work with the animals on site.
  • West Los Angeles College is a two-year community college in the Culver Crest of Culver City proper.

Local landmarks

Museums and the arts

  • The Actors’ Gang at the Ivy Substation (within the Palms district, city of Los Angeles, but on long-term lease to Culver City).
  • Culver City Art District: A cluster of more than 30 contemporary art galleries in the vicinity of Washington and La Cienega Boulevards.
  • Culver City Public Theatre:presents an annual summer season of free, outdoor, classical theatre in beautiful Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park, at the corner of Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive (near the 405 and 10 Freeways) in Culver City, CA as well as a yearly tradition of presenting theater for young audiences, the Children’s Popcorn Theatre. All performances are held during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the Children’s Popcorn Theater performance at noon.
  • Kirk Douglas Theatre,featuring the Center Theater Group
  • The Museum of Jurassic Technology
  • The Actors Circle
  • The Wende Museum possesses a collection of former Soviet Union‘s and German Democratic Republic‘s visual art and every day artifacts. Open to the public on Friday.
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