Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Approved by the LA City Council

The billion dollar museum will include state-of-the-art cinematic theaters digital classrooms and video conference rooms

The billion dollar museum will include state-of-the-art cinematic theaters digital classrooms and video conference rooms

Before that unanimous vote, George Lucas himself made a decision to address the city council, explaining to them why he had chosen Los Angeles when the museum was not welcomed in his home town.

Besides Star Wars memorabilia and movie props, the museum will host interactive exhibitions and a vast collection of narrative art, from Maxfield Parrish to Norman Rockwell paintings.

Hobson said she was heartbroken that they couldn't get the project built in the two other cities.

In January, he said he had selected Los Angeles over his hometown of San Francisco as the location, a coup for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and local elected officials.

The state-of-the-art cultural institution will be fully funded by the Lucas family which is estimated at over 1.2 billion dollars for construction and operating endowment with no cost to taxpayers, making LMNA one of the largest gifts given to an American City. Construction will begin early next year for a targeted 2021 opening. "That's where I learned my craft, that's where I basically started my career".

Despite LA being the billionaire's third choice after coming up short in both Chicago and San Francisco, Lucas touched on his deep ties to the area that he forged during his years studying film at USC.

"I realized that the whole concept of narrative art has been forgotten", he told the council.

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Designed by MAD Architects, the five-story museum will look like a spaceship hovering above the park. Lucas stressed the importance of the visual arts, including filmmaking, in shaping history, perception and myth.

The non-profit museum will be located in the heart of South L.A.in the ninth district at Exposition Park along Vermont Blvd., bordering Martin Luther King Jr. The museum will be underpinned by a 2,425-stall parking complex located underground and will be surrounded by almost 11 acres of new parkland.

Other amenities at the museum include theaters, educational labs and classrooms, a research library for the public, a cafe and restaurant, and a museum store.

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