Smithsonian honors Eastwood, opens theater on mall

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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 4:12 AM
Smithsonian honors Eastwood, opens theater on mall

The Smithsonian Institution is honoring Clint Eastwood for his six decades of work in American film, and the actor and director is cutting the ribbon to open a new theater to showcase film at the National Museum of American History.

On Wednesday, Eastwood will visit the museum to help dedicate the new Warner Bros. Theater as a new space to present the history of Hollywood. Warner Bros. Entertainment donated $5 million in 2010 to renovate the old Carmichael Auditorium into a modern theater with 3D projection capability.

On Friday, the museum will open a three-day film festival to highlight the work of Humphrey Bogart with free screenings of "Casablanca," "The Maltese Falcon" and other films.

The 81-year-old Eastwood will be awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his distinguished contributions.