A warm and hearty thanks goes out to our friends at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) for their generous donation of a new 40” flat screen Sony Bravia Television and a Blu-ray/DVD player to the Archives & Resource Center (ARC).
Not only has SPE, which came to Culver City in January of 1990, taken historic preservation seriously (they returned Thomas Ince’s first movie lot in Culver City to a state-of-the-art entertainment facility and have two city-designated Landmark structures and several Significant structures), they’ve proven to be a wonderful corporate citizen as well. Sony adopted the Culver City Unified School District in 1991 and has been instrumental in the success of the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.
Janice Pober, Sr. VP of Corporate and Social Responsibility oversees their philanthropic support, particularly in areas of education and the arts. She is a presence at events sponsored by the CCUSD, CCEF to Friends of the Library, and of course, the Culver City Historical Society, of which Sony is a corporate member. In addition to donating a display case for the ARC, SPE also generously gave the Historical Society a grant that has enabled us to do a free celebration for the City’s 90th Anniversary of Incorporation.
Their recent TV and Blu-Ray/DVD donation will enable us to screen video oral histories, footage of events from Culver City’s past (such as the early La Ballona Days parades), and classic movies made at the studios right here in “The Heart of Screenland.”
Yes, you read that correctly. Come by the ARC on the first and third Sundays of the month and enjoy a classic movie shot in Culver City, free of charge! (See the sidebar on the right for a schedule of upcoming presentations.)