— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 12, 2017
Friday (May 12th) at the direction of First Lady Melania Trump, visitors to the East Wing are now being treated to a new piece of history along the tour route. Yesterday the self-guided tours started in the East Wing and will include the White House movie theater.
“The White House belongs to the people of this country,” stated First Lady Melania Trump in a statement. she continues; “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 East Room was originally the East Terrace cloakroom which was converted into a movie theater July of 1942 under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1982-1983, during the Reagan administration, a major remodeling introduced 51 seats in tiered rows. The most recent refurbishment in 2004-2005 was inspired by theater interiors of the early 20th century.
For more information on The East Room please go to White House Movie Theater Opened for East Wing Tours for the First Time in History
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