Culver City Historian and Film Industry Expert To Present New Book: Movie Studios of Culver City

Julie Lugo Cerra, official Culver City historian, and Marc Wanamaker, noted film industry author and consultant, will present images and commentary based on their recently published book, Movie Studios of Culver City at the Culver City Historical Society’s general meeting Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City.

The program will feature many of the book’s hundreds of photos and descriptions of the motion picture and television studios that made Culver City “The Heart of Screenland” and will offer a vintage tour through the legendary movie lots of Thomas Ince, Hal Roach, Goldwyn, Lorimar, MGM-UA, Columbia, Sony Pictures, DeMille, RKO-Pathe, Selznick, Desilu, Culver City Studios, Laird International, The Culver Studio and mini-factories as the Willat Studios.

Published by Arcadia Publishing, the book is part of the Images of America Series, and will be available for purchase and signing by the authors after the meeting. It will be sold at local Barnes and Nobel stores, Costco, at Amazon.com and at ArcadiaPublishing.com.

Cerra, a sixth generation Californian, was born and raised in Culver City, and is the author of more than 300 magazine and newspaper articles about Culver City as well as four books on local history including and Culver City: The Heart of Screenland and Images of America: Culver City.

Wanamaker was born in Los Angeles and grew up Hollywood. In 1971 he formed Bison Archives, a research and information archive on the history of the motion picture industry, which supplied the images for the book. Bison Productions, his adjunct production company, has assisted in the production of more than 100 documentaries and feature films.

The public is invited to enjoy this free program and students are encouraged to attend.

The CCHS Archives & Resource Center (ARC) will be open following the meeting. Entrance to the meeting is through the back parking lot of the Veterans Memorial Building.

For more information, please call the Society at (310) 253-6941 or inquire by e-mail.

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