Culver Studios

9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Also known as:  
Thomas H. Ince Studios (1918)
DeMille Studios (1925)
RKO (1928)
Selznick International
Desilu (1956)
Culver City Studios
Laird International Studio (1977-1986)
The Culver Studios

South of the existing studio buildings was a 28 acre backlot which stretched all the way to the hills, and was known as ’40 Acres’. The huge backlot was used for classic movies such as King Kong (1933) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

See also

History of Culver Studios

External Links

Productions shot at Culver Studios

Feature Film (47)

Alice in Wonderland2010Tim BurtonIMDB Database page about Alice in Wonderland
State of Play2009Kevin MacdonaldIMDB Database page about State of Play
Beowulf2007Robert ZemeckisIMDB Database page about Beowulf
Rush Hour 32007Brett RatnerIMDB Database page about Rush Hour 3
For Your Consideration2006Christopher GuestIMDB Database page about For Your Consideration
When A Stranger Calls2006Simon WestIMDB Database page about When A Stranger Calls
Bewitched2005Nora EphronIMDB Database page about Bewitched
50 First Dates2004Peter SegalIMDB Database page about 50 First Dates
Christmas with the Kranks2004Joe RothIMDB Database page about Christmas with the Kranks
Cheaper by the Dozen2003Shawn LevyIMDB Database page about Cheaper by the Dozen
Gigli2003Martin BrestIMDB Database page about Gigli
Matchstick Men2003Ridley ScottIMDB Database page about Matchstick Men
Galaxy Quest1999Dean ParisotIMDB Database page about Galaxy Quest
Stuart Little1999Rob MinkoffIMDB Database page about Stuart Little
Armageddon1998Michael BayIMDB Database page about Armageddon
City of Angels1998Brad SilberlingIMDB Database page about City of Angels
Independence Day1996Roland EmmerichIMDB Database page about Independence Day
Used the American President Oval Office White House set
Nixon1995Oliver StoneIMDB Database page about Nixon
Oval Office set built for American President was reused for this film.
The American President1995Rob ReinerIMDB Database page about The American President
White House Oval Office interior set built at Culver Studios for this film was subsequently used for other projects
A Few Good Men1992Rob ReinerIMDB Database page about A Few Good Men
Bugsy1991Barry LevinsonIMDB Database page about Bugsy
City Slickers1991Ron UnderwoodIMDB Database page about City Slickers
BeetleJuice1988Tim BurtonIMDB Database page about BeetleJuice
Moonwalker1988Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers IMDB Database page about Moonwalker
The movie begins with a history of Michael's work so far, followed by a chase sequence around a fictional movie studio. Although it is believed to have been shot at Culver Studios, it features a Universal Studios Hollywood tram.
Fright Night1985Tom HollandIMDB Database page about Fright Night
All of Me1984Carl ReinerIMDB Database page about All of Me
The Man With Two Brains1983Carl ReinerIMDB Database page about The Man With Two Brains
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial1982Steven SpielbergIMDB Database page about E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Production began in September 1981, under the code name of A Boy's Life. Interiors of Elliots home were shot at Culver Studios (known at the time as Laird International Studios) over 42 days.
Raging Bull1980Martin ScorseseIMDB Database page about Raging Bull
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band1978Michael SchultzIMDB Database page about Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Carrie1976Brian De PalmaIMDB Database page about Carrie
Principal photography and filming began on May 17, 1976 and ended in July, with a 50-day shooting schedule.
Sleeper1973Woody AllenIMDB Database page about Sleeper
The Greatest Story Ever Told1965George StevensIMDB Database page about The Greatest Story Ever Told
Around the World in Eighty Days1956Michael AndersonIMDB Database page about Around the World in Eighty Days
Carmen Jones1954Otto PremingerIMDB Database page about Carmen Jones
It's A Wonderful Life1946Frank CapraIMDB Database page about It
Spellbound1945Alfred HitchcockIMDB Database page about Spellbound
Since You Went Away1944John CromwellIMDB Database page about Since You Went Away
Citizen Kane1941Orson WellesIMDB Database page about Citizen Kane
Stage 10
Rebecca1940Alfred HitchcockIMDB Database page about Rebecca
Gone with the Wind1939Victor FlemingIMDB Database page about Gone with the Wind
Stages 11 and 12 used for interiors. All the exteriors of Tara, Twelve Oaks and the city of Atlanta were created on the studio's 28-acre backlot (known as the back 40).
Made For Each Other1939John CromwellIMDB Database page about Made For Each Other
A Star Is Born1937William A. Wellman IMDB Database page about A Star Is Born
King Kong1933Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. SchoedsackIMDB Database page about King Kong
The native village, Great Wall set and jungle sets were built on the backlot at Culver Studios, while the aboard ship scenes, interiors, miniature & stop-motion photography and special effects footage was shot on soundstages at Culver.
All Quiet on the Western Front1930Lewis MilestoneIMDB Database page about All Quiet on the Western Front
The King of Kings1927Cecil B. DeMilleIMDB Database page about The King of Kings
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ1925Fred NibloIMDB Database page about Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Studio base and chariot race

TV Series (16)

TitleReleasedCreator / ShowrunnerIMDB
Cougar Town2009 - Kevin Biegel, Bill LawrenceIMDB Database page about Cougar Town
Knight Rider2008VariousIMDB Database page about Knight Rider
Arrested Development2003-2006VariousIMDB Database page about Arrested Development
Scrubs2001 - 2010VariousIMDB Database page about Scrubs
Prior to Season 9, the show was filmed 'on location' at the former North Hollywood Medical Center. However, due to the need for new sets for Winston University, the whole production moved to Culver Studios, where the historic studio buildings doubled as the University exteriors.
That Girl1966-1971Sam Denoff, Bill PerskyIMDB Database page about That Girl
Star Trek1966 - 1969VariousIMDB Database page about Star Trek
The two pilot episodes of Star Trek [The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before] were shot at Desliu Studios (now known as Culver Studios)
Batman1966Bob KaneIMDB Database page about Batman
The majority of the interiors (e.g. The Batcave, Wayne Manor interior and Commissioner Gordons office) were on Stages 15 and 16 at Culver Studios. The exteriors were shot at various backlots including 40 Acres (Culver), Fox Hills and Warner Brothers (Burbank).
Hogan's Heroes1965-1971Bernard Fein, Albert S. RuddyIMDB Database page about Hogan
The Lucy Show1962-1968IMDB Database page about The Lucy Show
My Three Sons1960-1972IMDB Database page about My Three Sons
Backlot and stages
The Andy Griffith Show1960-1968Sheldon Leonard, Aaron Ruben, Danny ThomasIMDB Database page about The Andy Griffith Show
The Untouchables1959-1963IMDB Database page about The Untouchables
Whirlybirds1957-1960Art Napoleon, Jo NapoleonIMDB Database page about Whirlybirds
Lassie1954-1974VariousIMDB Database page about Lassie
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet1952-1966VariousIMDB Database page about The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Adventures of Superman1952-1958[writers] Roy Chanslor, Jay Morton IMDB Database page about Adventures of Superman

Music Video (1)

Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal1988Colin ChilversIMDB Database page about Michael Jackson: Smooth Criminal
Dance rehearsals took place at Culver Studios. It is not confirmed whether the club interiors were filmed here, but it seems likely.

Animated Feature (1)

Monster House2006Gil KenanIMDB Database page about Monster House
Soundstages used for motion capture work