Culver City Timeline

Pre 1900s – The Very Early Days
1781
City of Los Angeles is established
 
1819
Rancho La Ballona is established by the Machado/Talamantes families
 
1822
California becomes a territory of the Republic of Mexico
 
1850
California achieves statehood
 
1865
La Ballona School is constructed
 
1900 – 1920s – Early Culver City & the arrival of first studios
1907
Ivy Substation is constructed; listed today on the National Registry
 
1910
Harry Culver arrives in California
 
1913
Culver announces plans for Culver City
 
1915
First major studio built: Ince/Triangle Studios; today Sony Pictures Studios
 
1917
Culver City incorporates; population 550
 
1918
Goldwyn Studios purchases Ince/Triangle Studios
 
1919
Second major studio built: Ince Studios; today The Culver Studios
 
 
Third major studio built: Hal Roach Studios
 
 
First Culver City movie theatre opens with 300 seats
 
1920s – Nightclubs Arrive
Films produced and/or distributed from studios operating in Culver City:
1924: He Who Gets Slapped; 1926: Ben Hur; 1927: The King of Kings; 1928: The Cameraman; 1929: The Kiss
Nightclubs:
Frank Sebastian’s Cotton Club, Fatty Arbuckle’s Plantation Café, and King’s Tropical Inn were the rage featuring the likes of Louis Armstrong and Lionel Hampton
1921
Chamber of Commerce is founded
 
1922
Beginning of manufacturing industry in Culver City
 
1924
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M) is founded
 
 
Will Rogers opens the Meralta Movie Theatre
 
 
Thomas Ince dies
 
 
Culver constructs a six story skyscraper hotel on site of Culver City movie theatre
 
1925
American Legion Building is constructed over the city's first swimming pool
 
 
First hospital built: Hull Building
 
 
Cecil B. De Mille purchases Ince Studios and renames it De Mille Studios
 
 
Washington Building is constructed; listed today on the National Registry
 
1927
Cecil B. DeMille is given Special Police Officer status in Culver City
 
 
First park is named Victory Park; today known as Carlson Park
 
1928
First building is constructed as Culver City’s City Hall
 
 
Culver City Planning Commission is created
 
 
Culver City's municipal bus line is founded
 
 
DeMille Studios merges with Pathe Studios
 
1929
Citizen Building is constructed; listed today on the National Registry
 
 
First sound stages built on MGM lot
 
 
Leo the Lion first roars on film
 
 
Lantana is adopted as city flower