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Warner Bros. Theater to Open at Smithsonian in February

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2011 at 10:34PM

A new theater bearing the Warner Bros. studio name will open in February 2012 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In addition to providing the grant to fund the theater's renovation, Warners will also partner with the Smithsonian Institute to present four public film festivals throughout the coming year.
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A new theater bearing the Warner Bros. studio name will open in February 2012 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  In addition to providing the grant to fund the theater's renovation, Warners will also partner with the Smithsonian Institute to present four public film festivals throughout the coming year. 

Following a gala opening in February, the new theater will present a tribute to Humphrey Bogart, with screenings of his iconic films including "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep." In June, the Museum of Natural History will feature a celebration of Clint Eastwood's work, and a retrospective on silent film in July will present a 60th anniversary screening of "Singing in the Rain." In late October, the Warner Bros. Theater will honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with showings of "Glory," "Gettysburg," "Gods & Generals" and, of course, "Gone With the Wind." The theater's renovation was funded by a $5 million donation from Warner Bros. to renovate the museum's 46-year-old auditorium.  The new, modernized venue will include top-notch visual technology and the ability to screen 3-D movies.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.