For the first time in history, visitors will now be able to see the White House Movie Theater, thanks to Melania Trump.
“The White House belongs to the people of this country,” the first lady said in a White House press release. “I believe everyone who takes the time to visit and tour the White House should have as much access to its rich history and wonderful traditions as possible. It is my hope that our visitors truly enjoy the newest piece of the tour.”
The first lady also shared a photo of the plush theater on her Instagram account, with a caption that read, ““Self-guided tours in the East Wing now include the @WhiteHouse movie theater! This house belongs to the people & everyone deserves to enjoy its history!”
The Daily Caller reports:
The movie room–which at one point started out as the East Terrace cloakroom–was converted into a theater at the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in July 1942. It underwent major remodelling during Ronald Reagan’s administration with the addition of 51 seats in tiered rows. The most recent refurbishment took place in 2004-05 and was inspired by theater design of the early 20th century.
One wonders what has gone on historically in the movie room – presidents viewing classified footage or just relaxing with the latest blockbuster? The Obamas were photographed several times relaxing in the theater wearing 3-D glasses.