History The Culver Studios, since 1918.

Our studios have a long track record of producing

some of the most celebrated shows and movies in the business because we provide an environment for creativity that makes success easier. See this in our history.

1918

Silent movie pioneer Thomas Ince builds the studio. The Mansion is the first building to go up on the lot.

1924

After Ince’s suspicious death aboard William Randolph Hearst’s yacht, the studio is purchased by Producer/Director
Cecil B. DeMille.

1928

RKO acquires the studios and controls it for years bringing stardom to Bette Davis, Robert Mitchum, Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

1933

King Kong (Scene on Skull Island)

“You won’t find that island on any chart.”

— Carl Denham

1938

A Star is Born

“I’m going out there and BE somebody!”

— Esther Blodgett

1939

Monumental sets that stood on the lot for a dozen years are burned to the ground for the burning of Atlanta sequence in
Gone With the Wind.

1939

Gone With The Wind

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

— Rhett Butler

1940

Stage hands high in the catwalks have reportedly been confronted by a ghostly figure resembling Thomas Ince.

1940

Orson Wells’ Citizen Kane and Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound are filmed on the lot.

1940

Citizen Kane

“Rosebud…”

— Charles Foster Kane

1950

Multi-millionaire tycoon and movie producer Howard Hughes acquires RKO Pictures.

1956

Desilu Productions, co–owned by husband and wife Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, purchases the lot and television emerged as the primary business conducted at the studio.

1959

The Untouchables

“There is nothing in that area… except an old abandoned warehouse.”

— Police Officer

1960

Andy Griffith Show

“If there’s anything that upsets me, it’s having people say I’m sensitive.”

— Barney Fife

1965

Hogan’s Heroes

“ I see NOTHING! I know NOTHING!”

— Schultz

1966

Batman (TV Show)

“Holy atomic pile, Batman!”

— Robin

1967

Star Trek (Pilot)

“Check the circuit.”

— Spock

1978

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

“With a little help from my friends.”

— The Band

1980

Raging Bull

“I got these small hands.
I got a little girl’s hands.”

— Jake LaMotta

1981

E.T.

“I’ll… be… right… here.”

— E.T.

1986

Pee-wee’s Playhouse

“Mekka Lekka Hi-Mekka Hiney Ho.”

— Jambi

1986

Grant Tinker and Gannett buy the lot and complete a $26 million renovation and restore the studio’s original luster and beauty.

1987

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

“Six bucks and my right nut says we’re not landing in Chicago.”

— Del Griffith

1988

Beetlejuice

“Pardon me. Did you do that?”

— Beetlejuice

1989

Baywatch

“Are you sure this is a life guard
initiation thing?”

— Lt. Stephanie Holden

1991

Sony Pictures Entertainment buys the studio.

1991

Bugsy

“You thought you could steal from ME?”

— Bugsy Siegel

1992

A Few Good Men

“Walk softly and carry an armored tank division, I always say. ”

— Col. Jessep

1992

Rumors fly that late at night a spirit—some say Gloria Swanson—roams the halls of
the mansion.

1995

Nixon

“There’s a cancer in the presidency
and it’s growing.”

— John Dean

1997

Fallen

“Time is on my side, yes it is.”

— Azazel

1998

Armageddon

“I ain’t gonna kill him. I’m just gonna take a foot off of him. A man can work with one foot.”

— Harry Stamper

1999

The Matrix

“You take the blue pill, the story ends…
You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland.”

— Morpheus

2001

Legally Blonde

“Bend and snap.”

— Elle Woods

2002

Kill Bill

“Wiggle your big toe.”

— The Bride

2004

Studio City Los Angeles buys the studio from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

2004

Arrested Development

“I’m a monster.”

— Buster

2006

Deal Or No Deal

“Hi Howie.”

— All 26 Models

2006

Night at the Museum

“ I’m made of wax, Larry. What are you
made of?”

— Teddy Roosevelt

2007

I Am Legend

“What the hell are you doing out here Fred?”

— Neville

2008

Alice In Wonderland (Tim Burton)

“Off with their heads!”

— The Red Queen

2009

America’s Next Top Model

“If conceited drag queens are ‘in’, she’s got a shot at being America’s Next Top Model.”

— Nigel Barker

2009

Cougar Town

“I know, you’re impressed.”

— Bobby Cobb

2009

Giada at Home

“Ricotta.”

— Giada De Laurentiis

2011

X-Men First Class

“How would you like a job where you get to keep your clothes on?”

— Professor Charles Xavier

2012

The Campaign

“Bring your brooms ’cause it’s a mess.”

— Marty Huggins

2012

Argo

“ Argo F**k Yourself.”

— Lester Siegel

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