George Lucas, joined by 2,000 guests, including California’s two U.S. senators, opened his company’s new Letterman Digital Arts Center on Saturday with a bash that included entertainment by Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs and the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart.
The facility is located in San Francisco’s Presidio, a former military base that is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
“I see it as an opportunity to save the park,” Lucas said. “I love the park. I did not want to see it turned into a shopping mall.”
The 23-acre Letterman complex — complete with a stone Yoda fountain and other reminders of the filmmaker’s “Star Wars” franchise — will house several Lucasfilm divisions. The company will continue to maintain Big Ranch, Skywalker Ranch and other Marin properties.