"Smurfs–The Lost Village" Marks Culver City’s First World Premiere Movie!
On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Culver City Mayor Jim B. Clarke proclaimed the City of Culver City to be "America's Official Smurfs Village." The proclamation came during the World Premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village, the first-ever World Premiere of a film to be held in Culver City, which is home to Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation.
Dignitaries from Culver City were on-hand for the proclamation, including: Mayor Jim B. Clarke, Vice Mayor Jeffrey Cooper, and Council Member Göran Eriksson. Several Culver City businesses showed their Culver City spirit by 'blue-tifying' their businesses, and Culver City Unified School District students planted flowers throughout the city.
As part of the celebration, Sony Pictures Animation made a donation of playground supplies to the Culver City Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, matching the "Give Back to Your Village" theme of the premiere that follows the Smurfs' timeless messages of peace and living in harmony. "We're proud of our neighbors at Sony Pictures, who have always proven to be wonderful members of our community – we’re grateful for their donation today and thrilled to be celebrating the World Premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village with them," said Mayor Clarke. "Culver City has been the Heart of Screenland for 100 years and, in that time, so many classic movies have been filmed here, but today is the very first time that we have been honored to host a World Premiere. This event is a special occasion for us."