Newseum Announces $15 Million Annenberg Foundation Gift

From the release:

    The Newseum today announced that the Annenberg Foundation will give $15 million to support the museum of news opening Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C. In recognition of the gift, the Newseum will name its 535-seat theater the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater.

    The gift is the largest received to date by the Newseum. In the last year, the Newseum has announced a total of $79 million in gifts from 11 media organizations, foundations and families, including the Annenberg Foundation, in support of the new Newseum.

    “This very generous gift continues the tradition of the Annenberg Foundation supporting the advancement of a free press and better journalism,” said Newseum CEO Charles L. Overby. “The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater will be one of the most used and talked-about venues in the Newseum.”

    The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater is the largest of 15 theaters in the new Newseum and will offer a flexible presentation space, capable of seating 535 visitors for public programs, film screenings, debates, artistic performances and town-hall gatherings. In its primary daytime configuration, the Annenberg Theater will present a customized, high-tech, four-dimensional interactive time travel that transports visitors to great news events of history in a “you-are-there” experience combining museum-quality content with theme-park excitement.