Smiths Give $5 million to Sponsor Big Screen Theater
Robert H. and Clarice Smith will give $5 million to sponsor the Newseum’s Big Screen Theater, a 3,500-square-foot theater that will present historic newscasts, original documentaries and breaking news on a 100-foot-long video wall.
Visitors will see some of the most important and memorable broadcast news moments, as well as original productions that will take them behind the scenes of news reporting. When a major news story breaks, the Big Screen Theater’s ability to draw from more than 100 news feeds from around the globe and to project multiple images simultaneously on the screen will offer visitors the latest news and perspectives on the day’s events.
Robert H. Smith is chairman of Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty, a division of Vornado Realty Trust, and chairman of Charles E. Smith Residential, a division of Archstone-Smith. His family company is best known for developing and building the Crystal City complex in Northern Virginia. His wife, Clarice Smith, is a well-known Virginia artist and collector, and paints landscapes, florals, still life and equestrian subjects. She has had solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries in Washington, New York, Paris, London and Zurich.
"In my opinion, living under our Constitution is perhaps the greatest political privilege ever accorded to the human race," Bob Smith said. "This Newseum epitomizes the values of our Constitution and encourages us to dream."