Century City is a 0.70-square-mile neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles’ Westside. The neighboring communities are Beverly Hills (northeast), Beverlywood & Cheviot Hills (south), Pico-Robertson(east), West Los Angeles (west) and Westwood (northwest).
Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area’s most prominent employment centers, with approximately 10 million square feet of Class A office space, and its skyscrapers form a distinctive skyline on the Westside. The 2000 U.S. census counted 5,513 residents in the Century City neighborhood, which is near the average population density for the city. The daytime population swells to an estimated 48,343 people during the week.
Over the past 50 years, Century City has transformed into a vibrant city with culture, shopping, and businesses making it a destination stop within Los Angeles. More recently, CNN Money ranked 90067 as the 7th richest zip code in the country. Century City remains a link to the movie industry and old Hollywood. The district was developed on the former backlot of film studio 20th Century Fox, (on land that once belonged to cowboy actor Tom Mix (1880-1940), who used it as a ranch), and it is still home to the 20th Century Fox headquarters.
Built in 1987, the 35-story Fox Plaza is perhaps best known to action movie fans as the fictional Nakatomi Plaza in the 1988 Bruce Willis movie, Die Hard. But since Fox Studios is the namesake of the neighborhood, it should come as no surprise that the building is the studio’s official headquarters. Ronald Reagan occupied the 34th-floor penthouse for several years after leaving office. In addition to Die Hard, the building has also been featured in Fight Club, Speed, Lethal Weapon 2 and Airheads.
As of 2016, Westfield Century City is currently undergoing an $800 million renovation and expansion that aims to maintain the center’s status as one of the Westside’s premier shopping and entertainment destinations.
Three private schools are located within the Century City neighborhood — VINCI Academy Daycare & Preschool, at 1940 Century Park East; Lycée Français de Los Angeles, at 10361 Pico Boulevard; and Temple Isaiah Preschool and Kindergarten, at 10345 West PIco Boulevard.
Below is some 1965 documentary footage on the history of Century City done by KTLA (enjoy!):