The force is with...LOS ANGELES! Star Wars creator George Lucas and co choose LA as home of 'Lucas Museum of Narrative Art' over San Francisco

Mail Online | 1/10/2017 | Forrest Hanson For Dailymail.com;Associated Press
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Los Angeles won out over San Francisco as Star Wars creator George Lucas and his team decided to open a museum showcasing his life's work and huge film history collection there.

After what organizers called 'extensive due diligence and deliberation,' they announced that the museum will be built in Exposition Park in Los Angeles.

California - Science - Center - Natural - History

It will sit alongside the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum.

Lucas, 72, has been trying to build the museum, called The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, for nearly a decade.

Project - Plans

He is financing the project by himself with plans to spend more than $1bn.

The project became the source of yet another heated rivalry between the competitive cities.

San - Francisco - Treasure - Island - Views

San Francisco offered Treasure Island, which offers scenic views in the middle of San Francisco bay, as a home that the museum would have had virtually to itself.

Museum organizers said: 'We have been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive support we received from both San Francisco and Los Angeles during our selection process.'

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It will house an extensive personal collection that includes 40,000 paintings including some by Norman Rockwell, illustrations and film-related items.

Items to be displayed from his film collection include storyboards and costumes from films 'The Wizard of Oz,' 'Casablanca,' 'The Ten Commandments' and of course 'Star Wars.'

LA - Fit - Lucas - Film - Industry

LA seemed a fit for Lucas, and not just because of its film industry legacy.

He is an alumnus of the film school at the University of Southern California, which is right across the street from the museum site.

Lucas - San - Francisco - Bay - Area

But Lucas has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of...
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