“This house belongs to the people…”
Those are the words of First Lady Melania Trump, who just announced that the White House’s private movie theater will now be open to the public in new tours of the estate.
“The White House belongs to the people of this country,” stated First Lady Melania Trump. “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.”
In July 1942, the East Terrace cloakroom was converted into a movie theater 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.
“Self-guided tours in the White House now include movie theater! This house belongs to the people and everyone deserves to enjoy its history!” the First Lady tweeted out on Friday.
Self-guided tours in the @WhiteHouse now include movie theater! This house belongs to the people & everyone deserves to enjoy its history!
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 12, 2017
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