The THX logo: a (non-exhaustive) history

THX logo in metallic font on black background, surrounded by blue rectangular framing
(Image credit: THX)

The THX logo appearing on screen has become synonymous with the feeling of settling in for a truly cinematic experience. Developed at George Lucas’s Lucasfilm in the early 1980s for the release of Return of the Jedi, the THX brand has grown to become an assurance of audiovisual quality. 

Both films themselves and the auditoria they are shown in are required to meet stringent standards in order to be THX certified – and the logo that indicates this certification has gone through many incarnations over the years.

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Jon Stapley

Jon is a freelance writer and journalist who covers photography, art, technology, and the intersection of all three. When he's not scouting out news on the latest gadgets, he likes to play around with film cameras that were manufactured before he was born. To that end, he never goes anywhere without his Olympus XA2, loaded with a fresh roll of Kodak (Gold 200 is the best, since you asked). Jon is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq, and has also written for in Digital Camera World, Black + White Photography Magazine, Photomonitor, Outdoor Photography, Shortlist and probably a few others he's forgetting.