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#1 Three Eyes

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:56 PM

Hey, it's no Lee Lifeson Art Park but it's something.

 

 

George Lucas Selects Los Angeles for $1 Billion Museum

 

By Aaron Crouch, The Hollywood Reporter

 

The Force is with Los Angeles.

 

George Lucas has selected L.A. over San Francisco to be home to his $1 billion museum, with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art set to feature pieces from the filmmaker’s personal collection, including memorabilia from Star Wars and other films, vintage photographs and an impressive selection of traditional paintings. The museum is eyeing a May 4, 2020, launch, according to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

 

Related: View George Lucas’ plans for his Museum of Narrative Art

 

“After extensive due diligence and deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is pleased to announce plans to build the museum in Exposition Park in Los Angeles,” the museum’s board of directors said Tuesday in a statement. “We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process. Settling on a location proved to be an extremely difficult decision precisely because of the desirability of both sites and cities.”

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Lucas had previously unveiled two different designs for his proposed Museum of Narrative Art, one for Los Angeles’ Exposition Park and a similar proposal for the same museum to be built on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. At one point, Chicago also was in the running, but those plans were scrapped in June after it faced opposition from a local preservation group called Friends of the Parks.

 

Garcetti thanked Lucas and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, for selecting Los Angeles.

 

“They have a vision that museums should not be foreboding places, but should be welcoming,” Garcetti said Tuesday afternoon during a press conference at City Hall.

 

He also noted that “this is not a Star Wars museum.”

 

Continued Garcetti: “This is a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and storymakers in the world. The best collection of Norman Rockwell paintings on Earth. Works from R. Crumb.”

 

Related: Lucas Museum Will Bring These Rare ‘Star Wars’ Art Pieces to L.A.

 

The mayor also singled out Jeffrey Katzenberg, who he said he “relentlessly pushed” behind the scenes for the museum to come to L.A. Los Angeles County Museum of Art director Michael Govan was another key proponent in the city’s lobbying efforts.

 

“‘Do or do not — there is no try,'” Garcetti said, quoting Yoda. “Today, we did it.”

 

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While Lucas was not made available for comment, accessibility may have been the deciding factor between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Whereas Exposition Park can be reached by several public transportation lines, Treasure Island is a four-acre parcel of land in the middle of San Francisco Bay, accessible only by traffic from the bridge and a ferry.

 

The futuristic design for the museum comes from Chinese architect Ma Yansong. The museum’s supporters have said it will bring 1,500 construction jobs to the city as well as an additional 350 permanent jobs.


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 03:23 PM

It sounds like a nice idea.  The location maybe was not a great idea because he's going to be under major competition from whom he sold  LucasFilm too - Disney.  They are essentially making a "Star Wars and Indiana Jones Museum" in Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando.  He should have probably stuck this in Chicago or New York.  I'd go see this though, wherever it is, take my damn money!

 

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:23 PM

This looks like it'll be a bit more serious than the Disneyland attraction and it's going to feature more than just Star Wars stuff. Film history buffs and the like will probably dig it. There's going to be a lot of 40 and 50 year old kids who are going to love this thing.

 

Tourist traffic shouldn't be a problem. The area south of downtown has been steadily built up over the years. You have LA Live, the Nokia Theater, Staples, the Convention Center, hotels. (Oh and there's also a Hooters.) Heading south down the road a bit, where this thing will be, you have USC, the Colosseum, the Shrine Auditorium, the Natural History Museum (dinos), and the California Science Center (houses the Endeavor and has an IMAX).


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:38 AM

WTF

I'd only visit if the staff wears that Leia metal bikini and there is a Jarjar shooting range, or you can club and skin Ewoks


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:13 PM

^^^ Then it's the Disneyland attraction for you. :)

 


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 03:41 PM

Disneyland/World already have museum like creations known as the Star Wars Launch Bay.  I visited recently.  Really respectful, lots of movie memorabilia.  I would expect the Lucas museum to have more film-making process, etc.  He innovated a lot of things and hopefully shows that.  I don't know what he owns from the six movies he produced anyway now that Disney owns Lucasfilm.  I would like to see Speilberg, Scorcesse, DePalma and Coppola do similar showings.  The era of the "film school geeks" were started by those guys.


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:45 PM

LA is right for this because of the history Hollywood & LA in particular have with story-telling in our culture. I like that this is NOT a SW museum, but something much more that SW is just a part of (we can quibble about how big a part, I guess). 

 

And it's nice to see that such fine Tampa/Clearwater fare, w/ breastesses and orange booties on the side, now loves LA. /rnewman ;)


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:53 PM

There had better be a "Willow" wing.


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