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April 12, 2010 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211

The Supreme Court will open a new theater on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Located on the Ground Floor behind the John Marshall statue, it is the first space at the Court specifically designed for use as a theater. When the Court's first visitors' film was produced in 1987, an area on the Ground Floor was outfitted for use as a make-shift theater. The new theater will feature a new 24-minute, open captioned visitors' film produced by C-SPAN in cooperation with the Supreme Court. The film, which is an edited version of a recent C-SPAN documentary on the Court, examines the history of the building and features interviews with each of the sitting Justices and the retired Justices. The film will usually air every half-hour beginning at 9:15 a.m., Monday through Friday. The last airing will begin at 3:45 p.m. But during peak seasons for visitors, the theater is designed so that the film may be shown in two separate areas on a staggered schedule with viewings starting every 15 minutes. As part of the Court's Modernization Project, the state-of-the-art theater is designed for multiple purposes and can be used internally for presentations, lectures, training, and meetings.


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