Culver City is a city in Los Angeles County. The city was named after its founder, Harry Culver. It is mostly surrounded by the city of Los Angeles but also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Over the years, it has annexed more than 40 pieces of adjoining land and now comprises about five square miles.
The city was founded primarily on the lands of the former Rancho La Ballona, Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes and Rancho La Cienega o Paso de la Tijera. Harry Culver first attempted to establish Culver City 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.
Silent film comedy producer Hal Roach built his studios there in 1919 and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) in the '20s. During Prohibition, speakeasies and nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard. The Hal Roach Studios were demolished in 1963. In the late 1960s, much of the MGM backlot acreage and the nearby 28.5-acre of the RKO Forty Acres once owned by RKO Pictures and later Desilu Productions were sold by their owners.
In 1976, the sets were razed to make way for redevelopment. Today the RKO site is the southern expansion of the Hayden Industrial Tract while the MGM property has been converted to a subdivision and a shopping center known as Raintree Plaza. Culver Center, one of Southern California's first shopping malls was completed in 1950 on Venice Boulevard near the Overland Avenue intersection.
In the 1990s, Culver City launched a successful revitalization program in which it renovated its downtown as well as several shopping centers in the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor near Westfield Culver City. Around the same time, Sony's motion picture subsidiary Columbia Pictures moved onto the old MGM lot. The influx of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city created what is formally designated as the Culver City Art District.
The city is surrounded by the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Mar Vista and Palms to the north, Westchester to the south, Mid-City, West Adams and Baldwin Hills to the east and the L.A. neighborhoods of Venice and Playa Vista to the west along with the unincorporated area of Marina del Rey.
The two primary ZIP codes for Culver City are 90230 and 90232. Because ZIP codes do not necessarily follow city boundaries a portion of Culver City is in the 90066 ZIP code which also serves some of the Mar Vista neighborhood. Culver City's major geographic feature is Ballona Creek which runs northeast to southwest through most of the city before it drains into the Santa Monica Bay through Marina Del Rey.
Points of Interest
Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Holy Cross Cemetery
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)
Kirk Douglas Theatre
Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum - the largest and most academically substantial independently held collection of objects, documents and memorabilia on African-American history and culture.
The Wende Museum - possesses a collection of Soviet and East German visual art and everyday artifacts to promote an understanding of Soviet art, history and culture between 1945 and 1991.
Six-mile Ballona Creek bicycle path
Culver Boulevard Median bicycle path
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Blair Hills Park
Culver City Park
- which includes The Boneyard (Dog Park) and Culver City Skate Park
Culver West Alexander Park
El Marino Park
Fox Hills Park
Syd Kronenthal Park
Downtown Culver City
McManus (East Culver City)
Studio Village (Lindberg Park)
Sunkist Park (El Marino)
Primary and secondary schools
Culver City has its own school district - the Culver City Unified School District. It has five elementary schools, a middle school, two high schools (regular and continuation), a Community Day School, an Office of Child Development and an Adult School. There are three elementary schools that are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
In addition, there is an Independent Study program where students of elementary, middle school, or high school age can make a weekly appointment to drop off and pick up homework, which is to be completed throughout the week.
STAR Prep Academy - a private middle and high school was established in 2004 and shares its campus with the STAR ECO Station, an exotic wildlife rescue center. It is one of the few schools in the United States where students can work with exotic and endangered animals daily as part of their curriculum.
The Willows Community School - is a private primary, elementary and middle school, grades DK through 8, established in 1994 on Higuera Street.
Turning Point School - is an independent primary, elementary and middle school, serving students from 2 years 9 months through grade 8, on National Blvd.
Kayne Eras Center - is on Machado Road. In July 2008, the Kayne Eras Center merged with the Exceptional Children's Foundation creating the only agency in Southern California that provides a continuum of services to individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood..
Wildwood School - is a private primary, elementary, middle and high school, grades K through 12, established in 1971 on McManus Avenue.
Echo Horizon School - is a private primary, elementary, and middle school, grades Pre-K through 6, established in 1985 on McManus Avenue.
Culver City High School's Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) is a "specialized secondary program" created in 1996 through a grant from the state of California with major support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The program offers classes in departments of Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Film and Dance that occur after the regular school day at Culver City HS has ended.
Colleges and universities
West Los Angeles College - in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County adjacent to Culver City is part of the Los Angeles Community College District.
Antioch University Los Angeles - is on Corporate Point, off Slauson Avenue.