On land traversed by Native Americans called Gabrielinos — followed by early settlers like the Machados, Talamantes, and Higuera families — this area became fertile space for movie production, beginning with Thomas Ince.
Incorporated in 1917, Culver City has been a force in the entertainment industry from the beginning. Host to three major movie studios, many production companies and support services, Harry Culver’s dream city remains “The Heart of Screenland.” Classic movies like Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and many others were filmed on our studio lots, along with many noted television productions. Culver City history has been captured by production companies, (i.e. Laurel and Hardy shorts) that continue to film on city streets.
Today, Sony Pictures Studios and The Culver Studios continue the work begun by Ince/Triangle Studios, Hal Roach Studios, Goldwyn, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Selznick Studios, DeMille Studios, Desilu Studios, Culver City Studios, and many more.
The Culver City Historical Society, founded in 1980, is a non-profit membership organization created for the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting the history of Culver City and its cultural and civic accomplishments. Proceeds from merchadise sold on this site will benefit the ongoing work of the Culver City Historical Society.