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Skywalker Ranch

Skywalker Ranch Main House

Skywalker Ranch is a universeStar Wars. Years later, Moyers returned to the Ranch to interview Lucas for a documentary titled The Mythology of Star Wars around the time Episode I was in production.

In 1996, the band Journey recorded the music video for their song "When You Love a Woman" inside the Scoring Stage of the Ranch.

The ranch was featured in an episode of The Big Bang Theory (The Skywalker Incursion – 2015) where Leonard and Sheldon tried to gain access in order to see the ranch for themselves.


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External links

  • Official website
  • Virtual Tour of the Stag Theater
  • Regular land map of Skywalker Ranch: from The Center For Land Use Interpretation
  • Google map view centered on the Main House

The 2009 comedy film

In media

Lucas also owns McGuire Ranch (3801 Lucas Valley Road[8]) and Loma Alta Ranch (4001 Lucas Valley Road[8]) in Marin County.[12]

Starting in 1988, Lucasfilm sought approval to develop another nearby property called Grady Ranch at 2400 Lucas Valley Road.[8] The most recent proposals called for a 263,701-square-foot (24,498.6 m2) digital film production center for the property. However, in the wake of delays caused by local resistance and environmental concerns, Lucas abandoned these plans in April 2012 and has instead decided to sell the land.[12][13]


The ranch comprises 1,061 acres (429 ha), of which 43 acres (17 ha) are developed with 317,000 sq ft (29,500 m²) of office space.[9] Before the move to the Presidio in 2005, Big Rock Ranch housed the marketing, licensing, distribution and online divisions of Lucasfilm.[10] As of 2007 it was the headquarters of the animation division[11] and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

Big Rock Ranch is a later Lucasfilm development in Marin county at 3800 Lucas Valley Road[8] adjacent to Skywalker Ranch. The county's planning commission approved this facility in September 1996[8] and construction was completed in August 2002.[9] However in November 2004, Lucas announced that the 250 employees of the ranch were to be moved to the Letterman Digital Arts Center.[10]

Big Rock Ranch

Nearby Lucas properties

Skywalker Ranch Ewok Lake

[1] Although Lucas maintains his offices there, he does not personally reside at the Ranch.[7] Skywalker Ranch is intended to be more of a "filmmaker's retreat" than a headquarters for Lucas's business operations. The headquarters of

The Ranch contains a barn with animals, vineyards, a garden with fruits and vegetables used in the on-site restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center with racquetball courts, the man-made "Lake Ewok," a hilltop observatory, a 300-seat theater called "The Stag" as well as multiple theater screening rooms, and parking that is mostly concealed underground to preserve the natural landscape.[5] Skywalker Sound was moved onto the ranch in 1987, now occupying the Technical Building.[6] The Main House has a company research library under a stained-glass dome.[1] Skywalker Ranch has its own fire station, which is part of the Marin County Mutual Aid system, and is often called on to assist firefighters in nearby Marinwood.[1]

Assembled parcel by parcel since September 1978,[2] Skywalker Ranch has cost Lucas up to US$100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Lucasfilm acquired 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of adjoining land for a total of over 4,700 acres (1,900 ha). Only 15 acres (6.1 ha) have been developed. [3] The residents of the area have for 25 years fought his plan to build a larger studio on the property, citing light and noise pollution.[4]



  • Overview 1
  • Nearby Lucas properties 2
    • Big Rock Ranch 2.1
    • Others 2.2
  • In media 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

A gated road leads to the ranch. [1] The Ranch is not open to the public and keeps a low profile from the road.[1]

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