The foundations of the Sony Pictures studios, which incorporate both post-production facilities and a centrepiece scoring stage, were laid almost a century ago. In 1915, the real-estate tycoon Harry Culver founded Culver City, halfway between downtown Los Angeles and the Pacific coast, and built its first film studios. Only three years later, the lot was taken over by Samuel Goldwyn, and, after a merger in 1924, the company was renamed Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). Even in those early days, the huge studio area, which had its own police and fire stations, was, in many ways, a city within a city.
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