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Culver City's Art Scene

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Photo: Carol von Zumwalt

Once a blank canvas between Beverly Hills and Venice, the industrial spaces of Culver City have been turned into an art colony rivaling Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station and L.A.’s Chinatown. Besides more established galleries like Blum & Poe and outsider champion Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City has acquired a number of new, sensationally idiosyncratic venues. Care to stay? The 1924 Culver Hotel, six stories of brick Renaissance Revival, is where the Munchkins holed up while filming The Wizard of Oz.

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Destinations: Beverly Hills · Culver City

Inspired by: Next Stop, Culver City — by David A. Keeps, Published May. 2007

Hotels (2)

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    Culver Hotel

    Los Angeles–area painters and curators have transformed the industrial spaces of Culver City into a thriving art colony, and the metamorphosis at t

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    Avalon Beverly Hills

    Hidden down a tree-lined street, this hotel’s three separate buildings are all decorated in quirky, Nixon-era style: Lucite tables in the curviline

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    Wilson

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    Tender Greens

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    Café Surfas

    An offshoot of the Surfas Restaurant Supply & Gourmet Food shop, this casual café serves breakfast and lunch dishes that incorporate artisan ingred

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    Beacon

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    Ford's Filling Station

    One of Los Angeles' first gastropubs, this downtown Culver City spot serves a rotating American Regional menu in an interior of wood surfaces, poli

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    Kirk Douglas Theatre

    Kirk Douglas, the legendary actor who got his start onstage but became best known for playing Spartacus onscreen, helped inspired the Center Theatr

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    Indie Collective

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    Rolling Greens

    Tucked away in a residential area, this nursery spans eight greenhouses across two acres and sells plants, garden accessories, outdoor furniture, v

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    Empiric

    Blocks from The Grove in Hollywood, Empiric got its start as a printmaking studio 15 years ago. Derived from the word empirical, this home décor sh

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    Denizen Design Gallery

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    Jefferson West

    This massive 10,000-square-foot showroom could easily double as an airplane hanger, but instead, the space has an arched roof with exposed wood bea

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    Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Modeled after the 18th-century cabinet of curiosities, this unique museum is housed in an unassuming two-story building on Venice Boulevard. The da

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    Gregg Fleishman Studio

    One of the first artists to set up a public viewing space in Culver City, Gregg Fleishman’s studio displays a rotating body of work, all of it grou

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    SPF:a Gallery

    Situated in the Culver City art district, this gallery is the namesake of Studio Pali Fekete Architects (SPF:a), the design firm responsible for re

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    Billy Shire Fine Arts

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    Blum & Poe

    Occupying one of the biggest spaces in Culver City’s Art District, Blum and Poe fills its multi-level, 21,000-square-foot digs with a roster of maj

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