Star Wars in California
California has been the backdrop for countless films, TV shows and commercials, but none more popular than the galactic adventures of the Star Wars franchise. In fact, The Force is stronger in California than anywhere else in the world.
Star Wars creator George Lucas was born and raised in Modesto, California, where he spent his youth aspiring to be a race-car driver among other things. In college, his love for film making had grown more powerful than the Dark Side and he ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Eventually, Lucas’ personal and professional lives would lead him to putting down some roots in San Anselmo where he created Star Wars in 1973 and Indiana Jones in 1974.
40 years later, Imagination Park was built in the heart of San Anselmo to provide the community with a central gathering place and to pay tribute to George Lucas’ cinematic masterpieces Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
In addition to the creation of Star Wars, George Lucas used California’s vast landscapes for several key scenes throughout the original trilogy. Furthermore, the state also plays a significant role outside of the films where fans can immerse themselves in their own adventures through amusement parks, statues and memorabilia collections.