First Lady Melania Trump opened up the White House Movie Theater on Friday to East Wing visitors for the first time ever in history. “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.”
A photo of the red lined movie house was also shared on the First Lady’s Instagram account earlier in the day. The caption next to the post 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 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 remodeling 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.