Culver City: The Heart of Screenland

posted by Sharon February 27, 2017 34 Comments
Culver City

With all the Academy Award hullabaloo this week, you may not have associated the honored movies with Culver City. You probably think of Hollywood as the home of all the movies. But Culver City, just a few miles away, is a small town that holds a surprising history of the silver screen as well. With its recently renovated downtown, it’s a place where you can enjoy breakfast at a sidewalk café, stroll along, and visit the historic Culver Hotel.

Culver CityCulver CityCulver CityFounded in 1924, Culver City calls itself The Heart of Screenland. It was home to Goldwyn Studios, Cecil deMille Studios, and MGM studios in the early 1900s. Later the Desilu Productions studio in Hollywood opened a branch here. The Wizard of Oz (MGM) and Gone With The Wind (Selznick International) both came out of Culver City. Culver City

The industry heritage shows up as you walk around the welcoming downtown. The Kirk Douglas Theater is open for business. And, oh hi, Luci and Ricky! Culver CityCulver City

 

The centerpiece of downtown is the Culver Hotel, opened in 1924 by city founder Harry Culver. At almost a century old, this iconic hotel maintains its elegance. You can almost hear echoes of the stars and dignitaries who have visited. During the 1920s, with prohibition in place, the lounges and “secret” rooms of the hotel surely saw a lot of partying. Today, events such as wedding receptions take place regularly in this beautiful setting.

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Culver CityCulver CityCulver CityCulver CityCulver CityCulver City“City packed with visitors for opening of Culver Skyscraper” were the headlines in the Culver City Daily News when the hotel opened. This is amusing now, but the hotel is certainly tall and thin, though we now are used to buildings much taller.

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As we were leaving, we walked by the patio café and found this blue velvet sofa. Glamourous, don’t you think?

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If you are in the Los Angeles area, plan to stop in Culver City and enjoy a meal in one of restaurants and check out the lobby of the Culver Hotel. And dream of days gone by in this heart of screenland. Culver City

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34 Comments

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin February 27, 2017 at 3:09 am

What a cool place!

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Marti February 27, 2017 at 3:59 am

I think I’ve heard of Culver City, but had no idea of it’s history. It is a pretty place, and doesn’t look crowded either – or maybe that was just the time or day of your visit.

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bettyl - NZ February 27, 2017 at 5:52 am

I remember hearing ‘Culver City’ in my younger days but had no idea that it was the beginning of the movie industry, The things I learn! It looks like a wonderful place to explore.

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Marianne February 27, 2017 at 10:16 am

What a wonderful post, I had never heard of Culver City but is sure has a history of movies as I see all the pictures. Those sculptures with the newspaper look so real, you can almost sit next to them and read the paper together!

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Sami Veloso February 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

Beautiful! Love the Culver Hotel facade, the mural is so pretty and so are the statues. What a pretty town!

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klara February 27, 2017 at 11:04 am

interesting post with lot of nice photos.

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sccollections February 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

Nice informative post. I like it.

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Taken For Granted February 27, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Your photos of Culver City make it look really lush and pleasant. The mural of Lucy Ball and Ricky Ricardo is based on their road trip movie. Lucy looks great, but Ricky does not look quite like he did.

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Pam Ecrement February 27, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Visiting as your neighbor at Random-osity today. Have never been to Culver City on the several visits to CA from the Midwest, but reading this post makes me want to be sure to make that happen when we next vacation in CA. Thanks! What a fun place to visit. The hotel looks amazing!!

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Carol February 27, 2017 at 3:23 pm

What a fun place to visit! I would love to stay in the Culver Hotel.

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Jackie February 27, 2017 at 3:33 pm

I’m putting this on my list for when we visit LA and area in March!

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// Heidrun February 27, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Never heard before of Culver City. It seems to be a really fascinating town.

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Sharon Anck February 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Wow, you’ve made me put this city on my list of destinations. It looks so charming and a nice place for a quiet stroll amid the hustle and bustle of the LA area.

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t February 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

…Sharon, thanks for the tour of the town! I really like the Lucy and Desi mural. Lucy was born in nearby Jamestown, NY and the town is filled with Lucy!

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Betty Crow February 27, 2017 at 6:31 pm

Great post! Makes me want to plan a trip. Love the Desi and Lucy mural!

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Divya February 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Just right for the biggest week for Hollywood. So much History here. Culver City looks very charming, too.
Thank you for showing us around Culver City, Sharon.

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jesh StG February 27, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Smiled at the first lines of your post. Have been in Culver city (not knowing it was used in movies) for something we needed, but it looks rather mundane:):) Definitely Southern Cal! There is more than one house I recognized in a movie in Pasadena where my art for audiences began. And Bass lake where we used to rent a cabin yearly, is in “The Great Outdoors.” I could go on, but when you have lived there for a few decades, it is not more than a nice place to live …because of the weather, nature and the plethora of stores:):) But for the movie buffs your post will definitely get ooohs and aaahs! (Not derogatorely meant though) Thank you much for sharing this noteworthy post with ALL SEASONS! Have an enjoyable week!
By the way, had no idea you already have grand kids:)

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Fiona Cambouropoulos February 28, 2017 at 3:32 pm

The Culver Hotel does look very Grand in a happening looking city #CityTripping

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Photo Cache February 28, 2017 at 3:46 pm

I am from NorCal and sadly have not ventured out to SoCal. Pity, because it looks like it’s not all crowds as evidenced by these images. Thanks for sharing.

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Hilary February 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Great post! I spend quite a bit of time in Culver City and love how the city has been built back up over the past 10 years! One of my favorite spots is the old Helms Bakery, and of course all the fun street art! I might have to consider the Culver Hotel for a staycation! #citytripping

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Oakland Daily Photo March 1, 2017 at 12:49 am

This looks like a fun trip. Kinda like the one Lucy and Desi are on. Isn’t it amazing how 50 year old reruns of I Love Lucy can still make you laugh? Thanks for contributing to this week’s Monday Mural.

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Ruth March 1, 2017 at 1:40 am

Sharon, your post gives me a great idea for the weekend. I haven’t been to Culver City in ages (even though I live less than 10 miles away). Sometimes, we pass by when avoiding the traffic and mention we want to come back another day because a restaurant or cafe catches our attention. I know the restaurant and art scene is booming in there. #WordlessWednesday

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kelleyn rothaermel March 1, 2017 at 10:42 pm

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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Cathy (MummyTravels) March 2, 2017 at 8:16 pm

Before I read your post, I was racking my brains to think why Culver City rang a bell – amazing to think how important this was in the movies and how it’s almost faded from people’s memories. I’d love to wander round, gorgeous photos. #citytripping

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Abrianna Miller March 2, 2017 at 8:53 pm

Besides the blue velvet couch, the red velvet chairs look lovely. And the lion statue in the fountain gave me a chuckle.

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Photo(Geo)grapher March 3, 2017 at 11:29 am

What beautiful place 🙂

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Katy Clarke March 3, 2017 at 11:58 am

That blue velvet sofa looks so inviting Sharon! I’ve been to LA several times but Culver City is a new discovery – looks like so much fun, Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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Buckeroomama March 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that blue velvet sofa!

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Antonio March 3, 2017 at 3:10 pm

congratulations for your writing and beautiful photos…..
best regards from Italy 🙂

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Antonio March 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

good Woman’s Day… 🙂

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Elizabeth (Wander Mum) March 6, 2017 at 8:04 am

I do like the look of the hotel…and blue velvet sofa! What a great area to wander around and soak up some film history. Thanks for sharing on #citytripping

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Leigh March 7, 2017 at 3:19 am

Looks like a quaint alternative to LA. I’ve always wanted to do a long weekend in LA and do every cheesy tourist thing there is to do. I’ll be sure to add Culver City to the list 🙂

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Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World March 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm

The historic hotel is stunning. Happy they have preserved a little old school Hollywood glamour. Thanks for sharing this lovely corner of Los Angeles – I’m sure many people don’t know what Culver City has to offer! Cheers from Copenhagen, thanks for linking with #FarawayFiles, Erin

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Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) March 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

The Culver Hotel looks wonderful – stylish and glamorous. I don’t know much about the history of Culver City and the film industry at all so this was really interesting to read. I’d love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

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