City, the home of the legendary M-G-M Studios,
the city where "Gone With the Wind," "The
Wizard of Oz" and "Citizen Kane" were filmed,
recently unveiled a brand new Walk of Fame.
It consists of 62 palm trees lining a mile of Washington Blvd (between National and La Cienega) - the same street that is home to the MGM historic studio.
Each palm tree has a wrap-around "surround" (described by the city as "futuristic") which bears the name of a film shot in Culver City, ranging from "Meet Me in St. Louis" to "The Good Earth," "Singing in the Rain," and "Showboat." The "surround" also lists the names of the stars on each movie.
Alas, this "Walk of Fame" sounds better on paper than it looks when you actually see it. The "surrounds" are rather bulky, bright yellow steel posts, that have a distinctly industrial look to them. To me, they somewhat resemble an ocean buoy.
And the section of Washington Boulevard that they
chose for the tribute is not the familiar area near MGM studios, but a
somewhat seedy district farther to the northeast. I can't really recommend
going out of your way to see it.
Getting there: The new tree-lined Walk of Fame in Culver City is located along Washington Blvd., from National Blvd. on the west, to La Cienega Blvd. on the east. From MGM Studios (now Sony Entertainment Studios), just go east on Washington Blvd. about half a mile.
[For more information on this subject, you can access Culver City's official website at: http://www.ci.culver-city.ca.us.]
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