Culver City History (cont'd)

From 1950 through the 1960's, Culver City again enjoyed growth in development and geographic size. The main boulevards were bustling with cars, new retail space and businesses were opening, and Helms Bakeries, established in the 1930's, were still sending out Helms coaches to sell their goods to local housewives.
The city entered an era of redevelopment in the 1970's during which the market for housing was in great demand. Today it is a five square mile charter city with its own city government, school district and police and fire departments. Harry Culver's community boasts tree-lined walking streets, beautiful parks, and a balance of residential and commercial zones, with a strong film industry presence. The Helms Bakery District is now a thriving retail center focusing on furnishings and food. The city’s downtown area has received national attention and experienced an economic resurgence as a popular and distinctive destination, featuring outdoor restaurants, notable art galleries, unique shops, a state-of-the-art movie complex, the landmark Culver Hotel and homes to the Actor’s Gang Theatre as well as the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Sony Pictures Entertainment now operates the historic MGM studio on Washington Boulevard and employs approximately 3,000 people locally. Now more than ever, Culver City is an oasis within the surrounding urban metropolis.

Downtown Culver City's tree-lined streets offer a wide array of restaurants and shops.

The SPF: a gallery, formerly MODAA, is located near The Helms District.