12 Facts About Desilu Studios


Culver Studios is a movie studio in Culver City, California.

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Culver Desilu Studios was used for television shows such as The Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Batman, The Nanny and, more recently, Scrubs, Arrested Development and Cougar Town.

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Culver Studios was founded in 1918 by silent movie actor, director, and producer Thomas H Ince after he acquired land from real estate developer Harry Culver.

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Desilu Studios Productions, owned by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, purchased the lot from General Tire for $6 million in 1957 and television soon became the primary business conducted on the site.

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In 1977, the studio was renamed Laird International Desilu Studios, which was a rental facility.

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GTG remodeled the studio and renamed the lot to The Culver Desilu Studios, which was acquired by Sony Pictures for $80 million in June 1991.

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In March 2014, the Culver Desilu Studios was purchased by another private investment group, Hackman Capital Partners.

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Culver Desilu Studios formerly had 13 sound stages, on-site offices, a screening theatre, fitness facility, medical services, and parking.

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Desilu Studios reoriented the existing stages and moved numerous office bungalows and production service buildings.

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RKO-Pathe Desilu Studios built two large stage facilities and several production service buildings.

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At the southern end of Culver Desilu Studios sat a collection of four bungalows, dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.

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Culver Desilu Studios helped spawn the career of numerous movie and television stars.

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