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Chicago, IL: Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) Announces Chicago Location

Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 4:57 PM

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George Lucas announced yesterday that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will be located in Chicago, Illinois. According to the press release that was issued describes the museum as "a gathering place to experience narrative art and the evolution of the visual image – from illustration to cinema to digital arts."

An article in the Chicago Tribune says that the museum will be host to a collection that includes movie memorabilia such as Darth Vader's costume from the Star Wars movies, examples of special effects from Industrial Light & Magic (which he founded), and paintings from Norman Rockwell.

Los Angeles and San Francisco were reportedly in the running for the museum as well, but Chicago was chosen for the 17-acre site downtown on space that is now parking lots between Soldier Field and McCormick Place. The site is also near the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, and the Adler Planetarium.

“George Lucas has revolutionized the art of storytelling over the last four decades and we are honored to be the recipient of this incredible legacy investment that will allow everyone to learn about and experience narrative arts,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Like Marshall Field, John G. Shedd and Max Adler before him, George’s philanthropy will inspire and educate for generations. No other museum like this exists in the world, making it a tremendous educational, cultural and job creation asset for all Chicagoans, as well as an unparalleled draw for international tourists.”

Architectural renderings will be presented to the City of Chicago in early Fall. The museum is planning to open in 2018. A web site for the LMNA has been created, which will presumably contain more information as the details become available.

One can only hope that Lucas will choose to include a screening room in the museum similar to the Stag Theater at the Skywalker Ranch in California. The "Stag" is a 300-seat, Art Deco theater that has a legendary sound system and is the screening room for the facility. After all, what better way to showcase the cinema portion of the narrative art collections than with a theater that matches the achievements of the items in the collection?

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