Now showing at White House for visitors - movie theatre where presidents watch films

The White House has opened up its movie theatre to the public for the first time. US First Lady Melania Trump was behind the decision to allow visitors to tour the facility.
The White House has opened up its movie theatre to the public for the first time. US First Lady Melania Trump was behind the decision to allow visitors to tour the facility. PHOTO: TWITTER/THE WHITE HOUSE

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Visitors to the White House can now check out a cloakroom-turned-movie theatre where former president Dwight Eisenhower used to sneak off to watch westerns and where ex-president Jimmy Carter screened All The President's Men.

The decision to open up the private facility was made by Mr Donald Trump's wife Melania.

"The White House belongs to the people of this country," she said.

"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."

Mr Carter watched 480 movies while in the White House, more than any other president.

Mr Barack Obama screened To Kill A Mocking Bird to mark the 50th anniversary of the film about racial prejudice in the US South.

The first movie put on by Mr Trump when he came to office in January was Finding Dory, the animated tale of a fish looking for its parents.