Why Did I Do This?
1. Sony bought MGM back in 1990. One might think that
they would have produced an online version of the Main Lot
#1 map, by now. From ANY era. They have not. Which is
staggering to me. So here I am.
I wonder why Sony hasn't done it? Surely, among the MOST
WANTED graphics from MGM by old fans. What are they saving
if for? Lazy? Don't care? No payback ratio? No clue? With
the popularity of TCM, one might think that they would have
And what about detailed maps for Lot #2 and Lot #3, which
are GONE? I thought that Sony was selling MGM history. No
The buildings are shown as they currently stand. The old
removed sound stages are shown in dotted lines - #18, #19
and #20. The graphic has been rotated from "north at the
top" for display purposes, since the location is at a
45° angle with respect to the compass points.
There are several OLD versions online, but the quality is
wholly unacceptable - You cannot read the words. It shows
old building locations, but you must already KNOW what the
Here is one of them - Seeing-Stars.
I created this map using the old online map, along with
Google Maps and satellite photos. Sony provided nothing. The
building numbers shown are painted on the roofs of the
buildings, taken from Google "Earth View". Positions are
relative, not absolute.
Building #30 is entirely encircled by "Culver Blvd.", which
has confused many folks, no doubt, since you turn in from
the real Culver Blvd., to the bogus Culver Blvd. within the
2. My grandfather worked at MGM as a grip during the
1930's, before he moved on to Warner Bros. in Burbank, in
the 1940s and 1950's. He lived just 6 blocks away, at
Mentone Ave. The MGM carpentry shop was
located where the Culver Parking Garage is now, as shown in
the early versions of the map. Several other departments
were located thereunder.
MGM 30-minute feature telling all about the
studio and employees at the time, is a must-see at Youtube.
Several other versions exist, which are lower quality, and
only 20 minutes long.
Stars included were -
Lucille Le Sueur (Joan Crawford)
Zasu Pitts (from Santa Cruz, CA)