The new Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will have its grand opening on Feb. 3 with a screening of “Casablanca.”
Project was made possible by a $5 million grant from the studio, announced in September 2010 to update the Carmichael auditorium into a modern theater that can screen 3D titles. The 47-year-old auditorium in Washington, D.C., has been renamed after Warner Bros.
The screening of “Casablanca” will be a ticketed gala and show as part of a tribute to Humphrey Bogart as one of four public film festivals slated for 2012. Warner topper Barry Meyer made the announcement Monday.
“Casablanca,” which is celebrating its 70th anni, will be introduced by Stephen Bogart, son of Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Additional films set to screen during the opening weekend include “The Maltese Falcon,” “Treasure of Sierra Madre” and “The Big Sleep.” There will also be an accompanying display highlighting costumes and artifacts related to these classic films and the history of Warner Bros.
Second series, running June 22-24, will highlight Clint Eastwood films including “The Unforgiven,” “Pale Rider,” “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and the documentary, “The Eastwood Factor.”
The third series, to be held July 13-15, will highlight the birth of motion picture sound, with “Singin’ in the Rain” (celebrating its 60th anni), “The Jazz Singer,” “The Broadway Melody” and “Don Juan.”
The final series will mark the 150th anni of the start of the American Civil War on open Oct. 19 with “Gone With the Wind,” followed by “Glory,” “Gettysburg” and “Gods & Generals.”
Most film screenings will be free, with admission on a first come-first served basis.