National Archives McGowan Theater to Get Needed Facelift
Press Release · Thursday, December 2, 2010

"New and improved" William G. McGowan Theater will reopen February 19

Washington, DC…Between December 17, 2010 and February 19, 2011, the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater in Washington, DC, will temporarily close to the public for needed improvements to the lighting, projection, and recording systems. When complete, the improvements will even better equip the 290-seat McGowan Theater to be the Capital region's most important venue for documentary film, as well as a forum for exploring the great issues of American history and other topics related to the National Archives' holdings and mission.

The William G. McGowan Theater will reopen in late February 2011, just in time to host the Seventh Annual Showcase of Academy Award®-nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects (February 23 -27), presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in partnership with The Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives.

During the renovations, National Archives daytime public programs will be held in National Archives Building conference rooms. Select evening programs in January and February will be presented in partnership with and held at three prestigious Washington-area institutions: the Newseum, the International Spy Museum, and the American Film Institute. Please check the online calendar for details.

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