THX 1138, 1970

Director

George Lucas

Cast

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San Rafael: Visiting San Rafael

Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, across the Golden Gate Bridge about 15 miles north of San Francisco (tel: 415.499.7009)

Marin County Civic Center Tours

Trivia

Marin County Civic Center becomes the headquarters of the sinister ‘Gattaca Corporation’ in the 1997 sci-fi Gattaca.

THX 1138: the dystopian world of THX 1138: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California

THX 1138: the dystopian world of THX 1138: Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California

George Lucas’ first feature film, before he went on to American Graffiti and the phenomenally successful Star Wars, is a self-consciously film-student art movie.

Set in a clinically dystopian future, the film utilised a number of real Californian locations. The claustrophobic underground environment is the (uncompleted) tunnel system of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART).

Other locations include the Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, in the hills above the main University of California campus at Berkeley.

The clinical world of the future used Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent 1950s extravaganza, the Marin County Civic Center, Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, north of San Francisco. The same setting was used as the ‘Gattaca Corporation’ in Andrew Niccol’s underrated 1997 sci-fi Gattaca with Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law.

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