Culver City

A Westside destination with a cinematic history, Culver City's theatres and parks give a great performance.

A star was born when production studios relocated to Culver City in the early 1900s. Blending nostalgia with right-now trends, Culver City tugs on the heartstrings and pushes the envelope. Ice-skating rinks, tree-lined streets, and community theatres temper Culver City's pool-sharking bars, bare-faced art galleries, and restaurants that sound best when their name is whispered. Even better, Downtown is reachable by public transit, but like most of LA, it's still more convenient with a car.

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On the Map

Culver City is bordered by Mid-Wilshire, Mid-City, Westchester/Playa Del Rey, Venice, Del Rey, Mar Vista, South Robertson, Palms, and Baldwin Hills

LAX Airport: 20 minutes by car or 55 minutes by public transit
Santa Monica Pier: 15 minutes by car
Hollywood Walk of Fame: 25 minutes by car
Venice Boardwalk: 20 minutes by car
The Grove: 20 minutes by car

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Culver City: LA's Westside Destination

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A little city with a heart of gold, Culver City covers its five square miles in public parks, public art, moving picture studios, and prudent suburban homes.

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Canines and their human counterparts stroll Culver City's sun-shined sidewalks.

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Old buildings serve new purposes in this nearly-centurion Angeleno outpost.

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The Helms Bakery complex houses restaurants and home decor stores.

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Culver City's away-from-the-commotion but near-the-city location attracts families and trendsetters to its wholesome vicinity.

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While its city hall reminds that Culver City is a self-directed entity, its reflecting pools and tree-lined streets emanate a suburban calm.

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My, what a lovely view you have.

Dining with the Community In Culver City

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Every Tuesday, the Culver City Farmers' Market sets up stalls to sell the week's freshest produce.

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Those raw culinary delights often transform into Culver City's cafes' delights.

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From farm-to-farmers'-market and from market-to-meal, Culver City combines fresh taste with fresh decor.

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Its restaurants, cafes, and taverns encourage sidewalk seating and second rounds.

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Culver City believes in an extended happy hour.

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Culver City believes in happy hour(s).

Behind The Scenes In Culver City

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Officially nicknamed, "The Heart of Screenland," Culver City's studios have produced hundreds of films.

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Sony Pictures Studios stands as the current incarnation of what was once MGM Studios.

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The Culver Studios and the former Hal Roach Studios also share the scene.

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Old classics like "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone with the Wind," and "Citizen Kane" were produced in Culver City.

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New classics continue to make splashes at Culver City's theatres and movie megaplexes.

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Culver City celebrates its cinematic history.

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The Veterans Memorial Building houses the Culver City Historical Society Archives and Resource Center.

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The museum spotlights moments of movie magic.

Arts and Culture In Culver City

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Experimental theatre group, The Actors' Gang, performs at the Ivy Substation in Culver City.

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The 99-seat venue allows The Actors' Gang to embody their mission statement: Creating bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics.

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Music lounges, museums, and art galleries complete Culver City's curiosity-picquing and performance-based entertainment repertoire.

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology showcases scientific, historical, ethnographic, and unclassifiable items within its walls. It pays homage to pre-16th century "cabinets of curiosity."

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Consider our curiosity piqued.

The Great Escape In Culver City

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Trails meander through Culver City's outdoor expanses and into the area's surrounding hills.

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Public swimming pools, playgrounds, and bike paths offer plenty of active respite for residents.

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In Culver City, not all activity involves the great outdoors.

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The sign says it all.

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Skating Is Fun. And Great Exercise.

Lights, Camera, Action: Nightlife In Culver City

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A destination in Westside LA, Culver City's nightlife can command an audience.

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Happy hours begin the evening.

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Restaurants, bars, and lounges continue to rouse a racket throughout the night.

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Action. Camera.

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Lauren Devon is an editorial and commercial lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. She loves the adventure of her work, as well as the creativity and collaboration that goes with it. With the help of locals, Lauren explored the heart of each community for Airbnb, and discovered neighborhood gems that made each story diverse and fresh.