Opened in 1924, the Culver Hotel entered the annals of cinematic notoriety in 1939 for housing all 124 of the “little people” who played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz. Wild stories emerged — “Munchkins Run Riot!” — augmented by claims of an underground tunnel from the hotel to the soundstage, though only one case of drunken disorderliness was actually accounted for. A rather unimaginative 1981 movie, Under the Rainbow, starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher, attempted to bring the legend to life — and failed. That hasn’t stopped Wizard of Oz fans from smiling at the thought of a hotel overrun with members of the Lollipop Guild. 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 558-9400, —David Ehrenstein

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