The March 3 CicLAvia is Full of Historic, Local Gems

CicLAvia in Downtown Culver City

To kick off our 2019 season, we're returning to one of Los Angeles’ favorite car-free event locations, CicLAvia–Culver City Meets Mar Vista + Palm. By way of vibrant corridors normally packed with cars, this popular route connects downtown Culver City to Mar Vista. For this, our 29th CicLAvia, we’ve added stretches of the route into Palms and Culver City’s Arts District.

There are countless reasons to love this route. Each street has a story to tell. Many are lined with local shops and eateries, some renowned, and others not-yet-known to many visitors. As you travel through the open streets on March 3, we encourage you to look around, make a friend, and keep an eye out for these historic gems that help tell the story of this area.

Have fun exploring the history and so much more!

Old Helms Bakery

Helms Bakery
8800 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

The historic 1931 Art Deco building that was once the family-owned and operated Helms Bakery is now the centerpiece of a busy retail and restaurant district. Helms Bakery operated from 1931 to 1969 and was an important industrial bakery in LA.

The Culver Studios
9336 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

This is the second major Culver City film studio built by the silent film-era director, Thomas Ince. A nearby street, Ince Blvd, also bears his name. After establishing his first motion picture studio in the area, Ince built his second Culver City studio in 1918. Over the years, it’s been known as DeMille Studios, RKO, RKO-Pathe, Selznick, Desilu, Culver City Studios, Laird International Studios, and most recently, The Culver Studios.

Kirk Douglas Theatre/ Culver Theatre

Kirk Douglas Theatre (Culver Theatre)
9820 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

A former movie palace, this beautiful Streamline Moderne, 1947 Art Deco theatre, was originally called the Culver Theatre. After an extensive restoration project supported by the Culver City Redevelopment Agency and Kirk and Anne Douglas, the theatre was reopened in 2004 as part of LA’s Center Theatre Group.

Hal ranch

Hal Roach Studios
8822 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

From 1919 until 1963, this site was a film studio nicknamed the “Laugh Factory to the World” for the number of great comedies made here. 

Sony Studios

Sony Pictures Studios

To some degree, the golden era of Hollywood filmmaking happened in Culver City, not Hollywood. Many of the films from the peak of the studio era were made in this location, which was the home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) from 1924 to 1986. In 1990, the Sony Corporation purchased the studio, restoring its historic properties and turning it into a state-of-the-art facility for film and television production.

King Fahad

King Fahad Mosque
10980 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

As you ride down Washington Blvd, you can’t miss this building's beautiful 70-foot minaret decorated with Turkish tiles. It was built in 1996, thanks to donations from a Saudi king name Fahad (the building's namesake) and his son. 

Tellefson Park
Spot it approximately at the corner of Washington Pl and Washington Blvd

This 1.5-acre park was once the site of one of Culver City’s premier family attractions, a wooden roller skating rink, which opened in 1928. Sadly torn down in 1970, the roller dome hosted children's birthday parties and couple skates.

Venice High School

Venice High School
13000 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Established in 1911 as the Venice Union Polytechnic High School, the school was originally located two blocks from the beach in the Kinney Company’s old Lagoon Bathhouse. It was later moved to the 29-acre site, where it is today. Many of the Art Deco buildings date to the 1930s when they were rebuilt after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake. A popular film location, the school is also recognizable to fans of the movie Grease (1978).