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City of Culver City
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Culver Hotel

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Motto: The Heart of Screenland
Location of Culver City in Los Angeles County, California
Coordinates: 34°0′28″N 118°24′3″W / 34.00778°N 118.40083°W / 34.00778; -118.40083Coordinates: 34°0′28″N 118°24′3″W / 34.00778°N 118.40083°W / 34.00778; -118.40083
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated (city) 1917-09-07[1]
Government
 - City Manager Mark Scott[2]
Area
 - Total 5.13 sq mi (13.29 km2)
 - Land 5.11 sq mi (13.25 km2)
 - Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)  0.33%
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 - Total 38,816
 Density 7,589.8/sq mi (2,932.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 - Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 90230-90233[4]
Area code(s) 310/424,[5] 323
FIPS code 06-17568
GNIS feature ID 1652695
Website culvercity.org

Culver City is a city in western Los Angeles County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 38,816. The community is mostly surrounded by the city of Los Angeles, but also has a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The mayor is Andrew Weissman.[6]

Since the 1920s, Culver City has been a significant center for motion picture and later television production, in part because it was the home of MGM Studios. It also was the headquarters for the Hughes Aircraft Company from 1932 to 1985. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment now have headquarters in the city.

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History

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 503
1930 5,669 1,027.0%
1940 8,976 58.3%
1950 19,720 119.7%
1960 32,163 63.1%
1970 34,451 7.1%
1980 38,139 10.7%
1990 38,793 1.7%
2000 38,816 0.1%
United States Census Bureau

The area of Culver City was earlier inhabited by Gabrielino Native Americans.[7] The city was founded primarily on the lands of the former Rancho La Ballona and Rancho Rincon de los Bueyes.[7] From 1861 to 1862, during the American Civil War, Camp Latham was established by the 1st California Infantry under Col. James H. Carleton and the 1st California Cavalry under Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Davis. Camp Latham was named for California Senator Milton S. Latham and was the first staging area for the training of Union troops and their operations in Southern California. It was located on land of the Rancho La Ballona, on the south side of Ballona Creek, near what is now the intersection of Jefferson and Overland Boulevards.[8][9][10] The post was later moved to Camp Drum later the Drum Barracks.[11]

Harry Culver's first attempt to establish Culver City was 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.[7])

The first film studio in Culver City was built by Thomas Ince in 1918. In the 1920s, silent film comedy producer Hal Roach and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) built studios there. During Prohibition, speakeasies and nightclubs such as the Cotton Club lined Washington Boulevard.

The site of Culver City, 1913
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Heart of screenland

Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios, Sony Pictures Studios (originally MGM Studios), Culver Studios, and the former Hal Roach Studios. These include The Wizard of Oz, The Thin Man, Gone with the Wind, Citizen Kane, Rebecca, the Tarzan series, and the original King Kong. More recent films made in Culver City include Grease, Raging Bull, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, City Slickers, Air Force One, Wag the Dog, and Contact. Television shows made on Culver City sets have included Las Vegas, Gunsmoke, Mad About You, Lassie, Batman, Arrested Development, The Andy Griffith Show, Jeopardy!, and the night version Wheel of Fortune.

John Travolta's "Stranded at the Drive-In" sequence in Grease was filmed at the Studio Drive-In on the corner of Jefferson and Sepulveda. It served as a set for many other films, including Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The theater was closed in 1993 and was demolished in 1998; it is now a housing subdivision featuring large homes on small lots, as well as being home to the Kayne-ERAS center, a school and community center for the disabled and mentally challenged.

Downtown Culver City, about 1920

Culver City's streets have been featured in countless films and television shows. Since much of the architecture has not changed in decades, particularly in residential areas of town, the nostalgic sitcom The Wonder Years set many of its outdoor scenes in the neighborhoods of Culver City. The 1970s show CHiPs also featured many chase scenes through the streets. The Nicolas Cage film Matchstick Men included scenes made at Veterans Memorial Park (which was also featured in the opening scenes of the sitcom Valerie / Valerie's Family / The Hogan Family).

The history of the town is beginning to be recognized. The Aviator, a film about Howard Hughes, featured several mentions of Culver City in connection with Hughes. The Hughes Aircraft Company plant had a Culver City mailing address but was actually in the adjacent Los Angeles neighborhood of Westchester at a site now called Playa Vista. Scenes from Bewitched (2005) with Nicole Kidman and Will Farrell were also filmed in the Culver City streets as well as the liquor store scene in Superbad. The 2005 film, Fun with Dick and Jane, starring Jim Carrey was filmed there.

Decline of the studios (1960s and 1970s)

In the late 1960s, much of the MGM back lot acreage (lot 3 and other property on Jefferson Boulevard), and the nearby 28 acres (113,000 m²) of the somewhat inaccurately named "back forty", 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 "back forty" 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.

Rebirth of downtown (1990s and 2000s)

Culver Center

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 Fox Hills Mall. Around the same time, the relocation of Sony's motion picture operations (known as Columbia Pictures)[12] to the former MGM studios at Washington Boulevard and Overland Avenue brought much-needed jobs to the city.

The influx of many art galleries and restaurants to the eastern part of the city, formally designated as the Culver City Art District,[13] prompted The New York Times in 2007 to praise the new art scene and call Culver City a "nascent Chelsea."

Transportation

The first phase of the Expo line, a light rail line from Downtown Los Angeles to a terminal station at the Culver Junction near Venice and Robertson Boulevards in Culver City started in 2006, with an estimated completion date in 2011. The line mostly follows the right of way which the Pacific Electric Santa Monica Air Line used. The intent of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority is that the line eventually be extended westward to Santa Monica, again mostly along the existing right of way.

Culver City Bus currently operates bus service within Culver City.[14]

The city is served by the Los Angeles International Airport, which is located about 7 miles (11 km) south of the city.

Points of interest

Businesses

  • Culver Hotel:[15] A 1924 landmark pie-slice-shaped hotel in downtown. Many of the cast of The Wizard of Oz stayed here during filming of the movie in 1939. The hijinks of that period, including the hotel's being taken over by the "Munchkins," were featured in the 1981 movie Under the Rainbow. Formerly owned by John Wayne, the hotel has housed many stars including Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Red Skelton, Buster Keaton and Ronald Reagan.
  • Helms Bakery,[16] now a center for restaurants, art galleries, the Jazz Bakery (a jazz club), and furniture sales rooms.
  • Sony Pictures Plaza:[17] This unusual, cantilevered building was featured as the headquarters of Wolfram & Hart, the demonic law firm that was the chief nemesis in the TV Show Angel. The building is across the street from the main gate of Sony Studios, which is at 10202 W. Washington Boulevard (occupying the former MGM Studio facilities).
  • Surfas:[18] A company selling restaurant equipment and specialty cooking supplies, along with a variety of foods, including gourmet spices. It was featured on the FOX television show Hell's Kitchen.

Education and research

  • Star Eco Station[19] is an environmental science and wildlife rescue center; the STAR ECO Station houses exotic animals that have been abandoned or confiscated and teaches learners of all ages about the environment. At 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., it offers organized tours. The STAR ECO Station shares its facility with STAR Prep Academy:[20] a Middle-High School that provides hands on opportunities to work with the animals on site.
  • West Los Angeles College[21] is a two-year community college within adjacent unincorporated county territory of Baldwin Hills, California. (Thomas Guide Los Angeles County, page 673.)

Local landmarks

Museums and the arts

  • The Actors' Gang[23] at the Ivy Substation (within the Palms district, city of Los Angeles, but on long-term lease to Culver City).
  • Culver City Art District:[24] A cluster of more than 20 contemporary art galleries in the vicinity of Washington and La Cienega Boulevards.
  • Culver City Public Theatre:[25] presents an annual summer season of free, outdoor, classical theatre in beautiful Dr. Paul Carlson Memorial Park, at the corner of Motor Avenue and Braddock Drive (near the 405 and 10 Freeways) in Culver City, CA as well as a yearly tradition of presenting theater for young audiences, the Children's Popcorn Theatre. All performances are held during the summer on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., with the Children’s Popcorn Theater performance at noon.
  • The Jazz Bakery,[26] the only nonprofit nightly jazz venue in greater Los Angeles.
  • Kirk Douglas Theatre,[27] featuring the Center Theater Group

Recreation

Neighborhoods

Dr. Paul Carlson Park, in the center of the Carlson Park neighborhood

Neighborhoods[29]

  • Beverlywood West
  • Blair Hills
  • Blanco
  • Carlson Park
  • Clarkdale
  • Culver Crest
  • Culver West
  • Downtown Culver City
  • Federal Park
  • Fox Hills
  • Hayden Tract
  • Helms District
  • Higuera
  • Lucerne
  • Jefferson
  • McLaughlin
  • McManus (East Culver City)
  • Park East
  • Rancho Higuera
  • Studio Estates
  • Studio Village (Lindberg Park)
  • Sunkist Park (El Marino)
  • Telefson Park
  • Veterans Park (Park West)
  • Veterans Park

Geography

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The city is surrounded by the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Mar Vista, West Los Angeles and Palms to the north; Westchester to the south; the Baldwin Hills and Ladera Heights unincorporated areas 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 of the city of Los Angeles.

The major geographic feature of Culver City is Ballona Creek, which runs northeast to southwest through most of the city before it drains into Santa Monica Bay in Marina Del Rey.

Culver City is served by the San Diego, Santa Monica, and Marina freeways.

Culver City is at 34°0′28″N 118°24′3″W / 34.00778°N 118.40083°W / 34.00778; -118.40083 (34.007761, -118.400905).[30] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.2 km2).

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Culver City has its own school district, 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. 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 in which students have the unique opportunity to work with exotic and endangered animals on a daily basis as part of their school-day curriculum.[20]

Colleges and universities

West Los Angeles College, located in an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County adjacent to Culver City,[31] is part of the Los Angeles Community College District. Antioch University Los Angeles is also located in Culver City, off Slauson Avenue.

Other

The Los Angeles County Probation Department's Training Academy is housed on the campus of West L.A. College.

Culver City is the location for the Los Angeles area campus of the Gemological Institute of America as well as Culver Beauty College and the Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles.

Demographics

As of the census[32] of 2000, there were 38,816 people, 16,611 households, and 9,518 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,932.9/km² (7,589.8/mi²). There were 17,130 housing units at an average density of 1,294.3/km ² (3,349.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.24% White, 11.96% Black or African American, 0.71% Native American, 12.02% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 10.16% from other races, and 5.69% from two or more races. 23.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 16,611 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.7% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,792, and the median income for a family was $61,451 (these figures had risen to $65,525 and $82,582 as of a 2007 estimate[33]). Males had a median income of $46,683 versus $41,478 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,025. About 5.5% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

In the state legislature Culver City is located in the 26th Senate District, represented by Democrat Curren D. Price, Jr., and in the 47th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Karen Bass. Federally, Culver City is located in California's 33rd congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +36[34] and is represented by Democrat Diane Watson.

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services SPA 5 West Area Health Office serves Culver City.[35] The department operates the Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center in Santa Monica, serving Culver City.[36]

The United States Postal Service operates the Culver City Post Office at 11111 Jefferson Boulevard and the Gateway Post Office at 9942 Culver Boulevard.[37][38]

Sister cities

Culver City has four sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Noted natives

References

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  7. ^ a b c Cerra, Julie Lugo (2004). Culver City. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 7. ISBN 9780738528939. 
  8. ^ Camp Latham Marker Unveiling
  9. ^ The California State Military Museum, Historic California Posts: Fort Moore (Post at Los Angeles, Fort Hill and including Camp Fitzgerald), reprinted with permission from Colonel Herbert M. Hart, USMC (retired), Old Forts of the Far West, published in 1965
  10. ^ The California State Military Museum, Historic California Posts: Camp Latham
  11. ^ Historic California Posts: Fort MacArthur - Military Museum
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  21. ^ "West Los Angeles College". http://www.wlac.edu. 
  22. ^ "Inauguration of the King Fahd Mosque" from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
  23. ^ ""The Actors Gang"". http://www.theactorsgand.com. 
  24. ^ "Culver City Public Theatre - Home". http://www.ccpt.org. 
  25. ^ "The Jazz Bakery". http://www.jazzbakery.org. 
  26. ^ "Kirk Douglas Theatre". http://www.centertheatregroup.org/theatres/douglas/. 
  27. ^ "Culver Ice Arena - Entry Page". http://www.culvericearena.com. 
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  37. ^ "Post Office Location - GATEWAY." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  38. ^ Culver City High Class of 1981 (I)
  39. ^ Drew Barrymore (I)
  40. ^ Gary Carter Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac
  41. ^ Dee Dee Davis (II)
  42. ^ Jeff Fisher Speaker Booking Agent – Hire Jeff Fisher for a Celebrity Appearance
  43. ^ : Robert Trujillo - Musician Profile :
  44. ^ Charles Herbert (I)
  45. ^ Michael Richards Information, Photos, and Trivia at MovieTome
  46. ^ IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information
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  48. ^ Seattle Seahawks - Players : Michael Bumpus
  49. ^ http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/dcj/rf/artalexis.htm

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Culver City [1] is located on the West Side of Los Angeles County. The city is best known for film and TV production, including MGM studios, which is now part of Sony Pictures. Some of the most famous films of all time were shot here, including Citizen Kane, The Wizard of Oz, and Gone With the Wind, as well as the television series I Love Lucy, at Desilu Studios.

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Understand

Culver City was founded in 1913 by Harry Culver, a brilliant real estate developer from Nebraska who sold tract homes to "immigrants" from the Midwest. For a monthly mortgage payment, the homes included furniture, dishes, a record player, and sometimes even a Model T. In the 1920s, silent film comedy producer Hal Roach and Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) built studios. By the 1930s, Culver City boasted three major film studios, including MGM, and was publicized as the "Heart of Screenland." During the 1930s through the 1940s Culver City was home to half of America's motion picture production.

Hundreds of movies have been produced on the lots of Culver City's studios, including the Tarzan series and the original King Kong. The yellow brick road from The Wizard of Oz is still inside the lot on Stage 27 of Sony Studios. More recent films include Grease, Raging Bull, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, City Slickers, Wag the Dog and Contact. Television shows made on Culver City sets include Lassie, I Love Lucy, Batman, The Andy Griffith Show and Jeopardy!.

Outside of the studios, Culver City is mostly comprised of middle class homes that were originally built to house studio workers, with street names reflecting this heritage, such as (Mary) Pickford and (Douglas) Fairbanks. The downtown area has been undergoing a rejuvenation since the late 1990s with new restaurants, art galleries, theaters and shops that attract a large number of visitors from the local area.

Get in

CityBus Line 6 connects directly to the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Transit Center. There are services every 15 minutes peak, 30-60 min off-peak.

Get around

Culver CityBus [2] operates buses in and around Culver City.

Be aware that Culver City has placed red-light cameras throughout the city, and at $350 the fine for running a red light is one of the highest in the country. Be very aware at intersections, and when the light turns yellow, STOP!

  • Museum of Jurassic Technology, 9341 Venice Blvd. (four blocks west of Robertson Boulevard), +1-310-836-6131 (), [3]. Th 2PM-8PM, F-Su 12PM-6PM. This museum is an artistic mixture of fact and fiction, featuring weird and wonderful displays of things that never happened, next to strange but true practices of bygone years. It can be hard to distinguish between the two, and it's best not to try. An enjoyable afternoon's visit and a tribute to the weirdness of the world. An upstairs tea room serves complimentary tea and cookies. Free movie screenings hourly. This attraction is actually in the Palms district of Los Angeles, although it has a Culver City address. $5 suggested donation.  edit
  • Star Eco Station, 10101 West Jefferson Blvd. (near the intersection of Jefferson & Overland), +1-310-842-8060, [4]. Fri. 1-5PM, Sat. & sun. 10AM - 4PM. An exotic environmental science & wildlife rescue center that is located in a nondescript building, the Eco Station is a hidden attraction offering hands-on experiences with rescued tropical birds, mammals, reptiles and other critters. Most of the facility's animals are illegal shipments seized by US customs that needed a home. Hands-on tours lasting from forty-five minutes to one and a half hours (depending on crowd size and the enthusiasm of the group) leave every half hour from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on weekends and seven days a week in the summer. Hands-on opportunities as part of the tour. Special community events throughout the year. Appropriate for all age learners. Infants IN strollers - FREE. $8 for adults, $6 for children.  edit
  • Culver City Farmer's Market, Main Street and Bagley Avenue (downtown between Venice and Culver Boulevards), [5]. Held every Tuesday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. The market offers fresh foods, flowers, crafts, and other fare. Two hours of free parking are available in downtown garages. When you walk across the alley, you are actually moving from Los Angeles to Culver City (or vice versa).  edit
  • Sony Pictures Studio Tour, +1-323-520-8687, [6]. Formerly the MGM studios, the tour leads through stages that have seen the filming of such productions as the Wizard of Oz, Men in Black, and Spider-Man. Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM. Reservations are recommended. $25 per person.  edit

Buy

Culver City offers a bit of everything when it comes to shopping. The Westfield Malls, located just off of I-405 at Sepulveda, is a 200 store mega-mall. The district near the intersection of Washington Blvd. and La Cienaga Blvd. is a major art destination, featuring dozens of galleries. The downtown area is home to several smaller and more upscale shops, as well as the old Helms Bakery complex, now home to a variety of upscale furniture stores. And for those looking for familiar shopping establishments, major chain stores such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and Toys 'R Us are also represented within the city limits.

  • Westfield Fox Hills Shopping Center, 294 Fox Hills Mall (at the intersection of Slauson and Sepulveda), +1-310-390-5073 (), [7]. 10AM to 9PM Monday - Friday, 10AM to 8PM Saturday, 11AM to 6PM Sunday. With nearly 200 stores, Westfield is a major shopping center located close to the 405 and 90 freeways. The complex has recently undergone a major expansion and now features a Target, Best Buy, Gold's Gym and BJ's Restaurant in addition to the many smaller stores.  edit
  • Sorrento Italian Market, 5518 Sepulveda Blvd., +1-310-391-7654. Owned by the former mayor (and current councilman) of Culver City, this market has a reputation as the place to go for authentic Italian grocery items on the West Side. The deli offers amazing sandwiches and the friendly family owners are more than willing to help with everything from selecting a wine to choosing a dessert.  edit
  • Surfas Restaurant Supply & Gourmet Food, 8824 National Blvd. (corner of Washington & National), +1-310-559-4770 (fax: 1-310-559-4983), [8]. M-Sa 8:30AM-6:30PM, Su 10AM-6:30PM. While a restaurant supply store is usually nothing to get excited about, Surfas is worth a visit for its variety of imported foods, specialty kitchen items, cooking demonstrations, and other in-store events. The shelves are stocked with any odd ingredient that a chef might need, from buffalo sausage to seaweed wraps for sushi to dozens of varieties of olive oil. The attached cafe offers a variety of sandwiches and snacks.  edit
  • C Vault, 8590 National Blvd., +1-310-559-2435 (fax: 1-310-559-2436). M-F 10:00AM-5:00PM. Owned by the 'godfather of design' Joel Chen, C Vault is a new loft store carrying a significant and extensive collection of design, art and collectables from every era and by every designer imagineable from early 20th century via the Bauhaus to new emerging design talent. The loft has a strong spatial narrative with a series of vintage and modern room sets in which different pieces are juxtaposed so that they work and interact together. C Vault is a design lover's dream resource.  edit

Eat

During the past several years the downtown Culver City area has become a hotspot for restaurants; around twenty non-chain restaurants now offer everything from sushi to barbecue to Korean to organic fare. Other restaurants are spread throughout the city and include chains such as Denny's, Coco's, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, Chipotle, and others.

  • Grand Casino Bakery, 3820 Main St., +1-310-202-6969. This is a simple, quaint little Argentine bakery. The "Empanadas" are delicious, and you can always find the big screen in the dining area tuned to a soccer match.  edit
  • Tito's Tacos, 11222 Washington Place (west of Sepulveda), (310) 391-5780. Cheap (a full meal for under $5) and authentic Mexican food, individually prepared while you watch. You stand in line to order, then move aside to wait. Delicious and unusual. Noisy; you hear Spanish and English spoken here in equal amounts. Family-friendly. Park in the lot or under the freeway (feed the meters with dimes or quarters), not in the red cul-de-sac. Hours are from 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM daily.
  • Tokyo 7-7 Coffee Shop, 3839-B Main St. (downtown, not accessible from the street). Open Monday through Saturday, this hidden diner offers what may be the lowest food prices in Los Angeles. Breakfast specials (until 11 AM) are $2.10 and include eggs, bacon, and toast. A full breakfast including drink is unlikely to cost more than $4.50. The diner is not accessible from the street, but can be reached by exiting the rear of the downtown parking garage or by searching the alley behind the "Hidden Treasures" thrift shop. $3-5.  edit
  • Annapurna Cuisine, 10200 Venice Blvd, +1 (310) 204-5500 (), [9]. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM, closed Mondays. This Indian vegetarian restaurant serves up tasty South Indian dishes including a large selection of masala dosas. It's usually full of Indian families. Mains $6-10.  edit
  • Bluebird Cafe, 8572 National Blvd., +1-310- 841-0939, [10]. M–Fr 8AM-5PM; Sa 8AM-3PM. Quaint café draws the hungry masses from nearby media companies with a superb menu that boasts tasty salads, hamburgers, BLTs with avocado, pressed sandwiches of cold cuts and cheeses, paninis and sandwiches. Enjoy addictive cupcakes and cookies as well.  edit
  • Cafe Surfas, 8824 National Blvd. (corner of Washington & National), +1-310-558-1548 (fax: 1-310-558-1549), [11]. M-Sa 8:30AM-3PM, Su 10AM-3PM. Located within Surfas Restaurant Supply, the cafe offers absolutely amazing (although small) Italian sandwiches for $6-8. In addition, Italian drinks, pastries, cheeses, and salads are available for those looking for top-quality food to go.  edit
  • Gaby's Mediterranean Grill, 10445 Venice Blvd. (at the intersection with Motor Ave), +1-310-559-1808. Open until 1:00 AM on weekdays and 2:00 AM on weekends. Reasonably priced and very tasty Lebanese restaurant. Seating is in an outdoor patio complete with hookahs, heat lamps, candles, and a bustling crowd that mixes young hipsters with Lebanese locals. Service is friendly and the place stays busy until closing. Meals are between $8 and $13.  edit
  • Giovanni's Trattoria and Pizzeria, 10026 Venice Blvd. (at the intersection with Clarington Ave), +1-310-839-1757, [12]. Open until 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM weekday lunches and 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM every night for dinner. Neighborhood Italian restaurant. Meals are between $8 and $17.  edit
  • J R's Bar-B-Que, 3055 La Cienega Blvd., +1-310-837-6838. The industrial location is appropriate for a barbeque place that's "Tender as Mother's Love." Real pit barbecue beef ribs, pork ribs, "rib tips", great sides, and if you have room left, peach cobbler or 7-up cake! Three choices of sauce - they're serious when they say it's hot. The proprietor, "Robert Johnson" may or may not be the famous bluesman, but thinking about their barbecue makes many patrons sing the blues.  edit
  • Kay & Dave's, 9341 Culver Blvd (downtown Culver City in the location formerly occupied by Pacifico's), +1 310-558-8100, [13]. Tasty fresh Mex food made without lard or trans fats. The vibe is easy-going with plenty of outdoor seating (including a firepit) and a friendly, slightly quirky staff. Happy hour specials include 2-for-one margaritas and appetizer specials. $10-$20 per person.  edit
  • K-Zo, 9240 Culver Blvd. (downtown), +1-310-202-8890, [14]. Another restaurant born of Culver City's downtown renaissance, K-Zo is a sushi bar and "Japanese tapas" restaurant, offering various hot and cold bites in addition to the more standard Japanese fare. Prices are a bit higher than some other restaurants, but the food is generally excellent, service is friendly, and the atmosphere is great. For those seeking to maximize their eating dollar, the popcorn shrimp nuggets ($8.50) and eel avocado roll ($6) are particularly tasty and filling. $6 - $15 for most sushi rolls and tapas items.  edit
  • La Dijonnaise, 8703 Washington Blvd. (in the Helms Bakery complex), +1-310-287-2770, [15]. Worth a visit if only to be served by waiters with authentic French accents, the cafe also offers excellent French cafe fare at reasonable prices. A few blocks from downtown on a corner of the old Helms Bakery complex; expect large crowds, with both indoor and outdoor seating.  edit
  • Mi Ranchito, 12223 Washington Blvd. (near Centinela), +1-310-398-6106. Authentic cuisine from Veracruz, Mexico.  edit
  • Novecento Pasta & Grill, 3837 Main St. (between Venice Blvd. and Culver Blvd.), +1-310-842-3838. Northern Italian cuisine on Main St. Try the homemade gnocchi.  edit
  • S&W Country Diner, 9748 Washington Blvd. (at Hughes Ave.), +1-310-204-5136. Affordable, home-cooked style breakfast and lunch in a cozy, neighborhood diner. Food is good and portions are reasonably large, but be prepared for long lines in the mornings, especially on weekends. Cash only. $5-$10.  edit
  • Tender Greens, 9523 Culver Blvd (downtown), +1-310-842-8300, [16]. Sunday Thursday 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. As you might guess, the emphasis here is on the fresh salads of all types, but you can get them small, meal-sized or pair them with steak, chicken or fish. This popular eatery uses local, organic produce to assemble fresh and healthy salads and soups, as well as delectable hot dishes from the grill, such as free-range chicken, Angus flatiron steak, and line-caught tuna. This eco-conscious restaurant also uses biodegradable to-go containers, reclaimed timber, and non-toxic cleaners. The atmosphere is relaxed and beautiful, with a spacious patio for outdoor dining. Portions are large, and a wide array of boutique wines and microbrews will please any palate. Friendly service. $5 and up.  edit
  • Ugo, 3685 Cardiff Ave (downtown Culver City across the street from the theatre), +1 310-204-1222 (, fax: +1 310-204-1992), [17]. A cozy Italian cafe with extensive outdoor seating and a reasonably-authentic Italian menu. This establishment specializes in Italian cafe food, so expect sandwiches, carpacchio, insalata, pasta, and gelato rather than the standard "spaghetti and steaks" fare common at most Italian restaurants. $10-$30.  edit
  • Akasha Restaurant, 9543 Culver Blvd (Corner of Culver and Watseka), 310.845.1700, [18]. Easily the best New American food in West Los Angeles. Everything is delicious, organic, and local. You'll never feel trendier but welcomed. If you're looking for a place to take a date, or business meeting, go here. Check out out in awesome bar, too. $15-$35.  edit
  • Beacon, 3280 Helms Ave. (at Washington Blvd. in the Helms Bakery complex), +1-310-838-7500. Chef Kazuto Matsusaka serves up Asian fusion with a mix of small plates and entrees. Crispy oysters w/ lettuce cups and a miso-marinated black cod are two menu standouts. Sparse, modern space blends well with the cuisine and vibe. Rice Krispies sundae and green tea and white chocolate cheesecake are desert highlights.  edit
  • Ford's Filling Station, 9531 Culver Blvd. (downtown), +1-310-202-1470, [19]. Run by the son of actor Harrison Ford, this relatively new (February 2006) and somewhat trendy restaurant strives for a pub atmosphere while still keeping the quality of a high-end restaurant. The drinks are good if slightly pricey ($6 for a beer) and the food is excellent. Half of the menu consists of excellent home-cured deli meats for about $10 a tray, while the flatbreads and other dishes are slightly more expensive ($15 - $30) but very tasty.  edit
  • Gyenari Korean Barbecue, 9540 Washington Boulevard (downtown Culver City), +1 310-838-3131 (), [20]. Standard Korean barbecue in an upscale setting - diners can either order prepared meals off of the menu or grill meats at their table. A bar at the front of the restaurant offers a good spot to grab drinks and watch the game, and weekday happy hour with inexpensive appetizers helps take some of the burden off of the wallet. $20-$50.  edit
  • Wilson, 8631 Washington Blvd., +1-310-287-2093, [21]. Chef Michael Wilson (son of the late Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys) has himself a charming food and wine café in a hip, new Culver City complex. The menu features global cuisine and wines from just about everywhere. Roasted sardines with olives, warm potato and herring salad and Jidori chicken are a few examples of the menu’s eclectic aspirations.  edit

Drink

Bars

Most of the downtown restaurants also have a lively bar scene. Other bars located throughout the city include:

  • Backstage, 10400 Culver Blvd. (near Culver and Overland at the intersection with Motor), +1-310-839-3892, [22]. Proudly advertising itself as "the best dive bar in the world" Backstage offers a high-energy atmosphere with a really fun crowd. Expect a packed house on weekends and call ahead to reserve a table if you don't want to be standing. Drinks are reasonably priced ($4 for a draft beer), the staff is extraordinarily friendly, and there is karaoke (Thursday - Saturday), pool, darts, and decent bar food to help keep the evening entertaining.  edit
  • Bottlerock, 3847 Main Street (downtown Culver City), +1-310-836-WINE (9463), [23]. Su-Th 12PM - 11PM, Fr-Sa 12PM - 12AM. Located downtown, this unique establishment is a combination wine bar, wine retailer, and cafe. Over 800 wines are sold, with prices ranging from $5 to over $600 per bottle, but most people come either for wine tasting or simply to enjoy a glass of wine with an appetizer. Happy hour is Monday - Thursday from 4PM to 6PM.  edit
  • Duke's Hideaway, 9400 Culver Blvd. (in the Culver Hotel downtown), +1-310-838-7963, [24]. Named after John Wayne (the hotel's former owner and resident), Duke's Hideaway attracts mainly local residents and employees from the nearby Sony and Culver Studios looking for a laid-back spot to enjoy a few drinks. Chairs are comfortable and plentiful, prices are reasonable, the bartenders tend to be chatty, it's usually not overly crowded, and the close proximity to the rest of downtown makes it a good spot to begin or end an evening. Happy hour 5 to 7:00 PM Monday through Thursday.  edit
  • Father's Office 2.0, 3229 Helms Ave. (in the Helm's Bakery complex), [25]. This upscale pub is famous for its burger, just don't try to make any substitutions. There are also over 70 beers on tap.  edit
  • Tattle Tale Room, 5401 Sepulveda Blvd. (at the intersection of Sepulveda and Sawtelle). The crowd at this bar combines students from Loyola Marymount with middle-aged regulars. Karaoke every night but Thursday, pool tables, and an atmosphere that borders on dive-bar without actually crossing the line.  edit
  • Conservatory for Coffee, Tea and Cocoa, 10117 Washington Blvd. (across from Sony Studios), +1-310-558-0436, [26]. Family-run coffee shop that roasts their own beans daily and makes one of the best macchiato's this side of the Big Pond. They are known for their "latte art" - you have to order one in a china cup to appreciate it. A local favorite, they also have a huge variety of teas from around the world and make a wonderful Mexican hot chocolate.  edit
  • Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside, 6333 Bristol Parkway. (Visible from the 405), 310-484-7000 or +1-800-321-2211 (, fax: 310-590-2593), [27]. Opened April 2008! This brand new hotel features 260 spacious guestrooms and suites in addition to 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a full catering department. It is conveniently located 3 miles north of LAX; a short drive to Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, and El Segundo. Rates range from $139 for a room with two queen beds to $299 for a one-bedroom suite.  edit
  • Culver Hotel, 9400 Culver Blvd. (downtown), +1-888-328-5837 or +1-310-838-7963, [28]. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Culver City, this hotel opened in 1924 and offers a unique lodging option with rooms featuring antique furniture. The hotel was once owned by John Wayne and served as accommodation for most of the cast of the Wizard of Oz during its filming. $89 for a room with queen beds to $299 for the John Wayne Suite.  edit
  • Radisson Hotel Los Angeles Westside, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, +1-888-201-1718 or +1-310-649-1776 (, fax: +1-310-649-4411), [29]. This chain hotel is located close to the 405 freeway and is a ten-minute drive from the LAX airport. Amenities include free high-speed internet access, pool, fitness center, free airport shuttle, meeting spaces and dining. Those expecting a five-star experience will be disappointed by the relatively basic rooms and somewhat dated elevators and floorplans, but despite a bit of age this hotel offers an upgrade over many of the area's other motels. Rates start around $130 per night.  edit

Contact

Culver City offers free internet access in several areas.

  • Culver City WiFi, (downtown), [30]. Free wireless internet access is provided in downtown Culver City, but connectivity varies greatly depending on your location. Login is required using any web browser to activate access.  edit
  • Culver City Library, 4975 Overland Ave. (near Overland and Culver), +1-310-559-1676, [31]. 10AM - 8PM Monday thru Friday, 10AM to 5PM Saturday, closed Sunday. The Culver City library offers free internet connections (no wireless) as well as an extensive book collection.  edit
  • Venice. The neighboring beach town offers miles of sand, an eclectic nightlife, and the infamous Muscle Beach.
  • Santa Monica. Best known for its famous pier, Santa Monica is a must-see destination for most tourists, and home to many restaurants and bars frequented by locals.
  • Marina del Rey. The "marina of the king" is home to a vast number of restaurants and hotels, and while not as touristy as some of the neighboring beach cities is nonetheless a fun spot to spend an evening.
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