Culver City is turning 100! That’s right! And “The Heart of Screenland” is celebrating the event in style. Culver City has been celebrating its centennial since last September, as we countdown to the closing ceremonies and ceremonial bash on September 20th, the date of incorporation by Harry Culver one-hundred years ago. As part of the celebration, and a lasting commemorative of the 100th, is a time capsule which will be interned during the closing events.
Everyone who has any connection to Culver City, or who has ever seen a movie, knows the name of “Mayer.” Louis B. Mayer was the legendary head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio with "more stars than there are in heaven." He gave the world stars like Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, and Norma Shearer, along with more fabled actors, producers, directors, and designers, while making MGM the home to some of the famous films in history, “Gone With the Wind”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Singin’ in the Rain” among them. And he did all of this in Culver City. Mayer's sister, Ida Mayer Cummings, devoted her life to Jewish causes and was such a powerhouse fundraiser in Los Angeles that Bob Hope once quipped Ida was, "the only woman I know who can grab a man by the lapels through the telephone!"
As part of the Centennial celebration and Centennial Time Capsule events, Alicia Mayer, great-grandniece of Louis B. Mayer, and the keeper of the MGM and Mayer flames and legacies, is donating some MGM memorabilia and photos to include in the time capsule. The items will be announced and on display to the public on August 6th at the Veteran’s Auditorium in Culver City.
Accompanying the announcement of the MGM-Mayer time capsule memorabilia is a special Q&A presentation with Alicia Mayer on August 6th at 2pm in the Rotunda Room of the Veterans Auditorium in Culver City complete with photos, slideshow, and a giveaway of 10 prints of one of the rarest photos in the family collection, as she stands on a piece of family history as the site was long a part of MGM. As Alicia lives in Australia, this event is a rare treat indeed.
Join us in celebration of Culver City’s Centennial and go behind-the-scenes with an intimate look into the history of MGM, Louis B. Mayer and Culver City!