Culver Studios was established in 1918 by Thomas Ince, after he built his Triangle Studio further west (which is now the site of Sony Pictures). One day while driving around town, Harry Culver (the City founder and developer) saw Thomas Ince shooting a Western film on Ballona Creek. Culver immediately realized the possibilities and approached Ince, convincing him to move his studio from the beach to Culver City.
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The Ivy Substation, once an essential component of the Pacific Railway system, stood at the crossroads of several vital transportation lines linking Culver City to many regional landmarks. Sankofa Says invites players to reminisce about this connected past by pointing to major regional destinations and landmarks.
Helms Bakery Parking Lot
Helms Bakery holds a special place in Culver City’s past. Paul Helms opened his bakery in 1931 between Venice and Washington Boulevards, and the business thrived until 1969, when the bakery could no longer keep up with local supermarkets. Unlike we’re used to today, Helms bread was never sold in stores. Instead, drivers in yellow and blue trucks delivered it “daily to your door.”