At the southern edge of Century City, a small community of office buildings, bungalows and sound stages comprise the present day 20th Century Fox Studios.
Before William Fox built his studio here in 1928, the 176-acre site that would one day become Century City was first the personal ranch of movie cowboy legend Tom Mix. Can you imagine it—here among the streets and skyscrapers of this bustling metropolitan center—western stars such as Mix and John Wayne galloped into the sunset?
By 1935, Fox—producers of the famous Movietone Newsreels—had merged operations with Daryll Zanuck’s 20th Century Pictures to form what would become one of the truly great studios of the American cinema’s Golden Age—20th Century Fox Pictures.
But by 1957, with box office receipts down and filmmakers shooting more on location, 20th Century Fox decided to either develop part of their extensive 260-acre back-lot or sell it off entirely. Ultimately, in 1961, the Aluminum Co. of America (Alcoa) purchased 260 acres from 20th Century Fox for $43 million, with 80 acres to remain in use by the film company for its studios.
Finally, Century City was born and very quickly became one of the most vibrant and prominent business districts in Los Angeles. To commemorate their development, Alcoa commissioned the design and construction of what would become the 44-story Century Plaza Towers—the structures’ signature “skin” or façade made entirely from gleaming aluminum.
Today, more than a half-century later, some $400 million was invested in the development and construction of 2000 Avenue of the Stars. In the future- forward company of the renowned Century Plaza Towers, it has been cast as part of the exciting destination Century Park — once more positioning this historic location to play a starring role in the business, entertainment and cultural life of Los Angeles.
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