All those Americans lucky enough to have toured the White House in years past may now have a new reason to revisit the historic building.
On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump announced that one of the landmark's more entertaining rooms — the famous White House movie theater — will now be open to the public “for the first time in history.”
In its May 12 statement, the White House noted that, “at the direction of First Lady Melania Trump, visitors to the East Wing are now being treated to a new piece of history along the tour route ... the White House movie theater.”
Along with her announcement, Trump said:
"The White House belongs to the people of this country.
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. It is my hope that our visitors truly enjoy the newest piece of the tour."
The first lady also shared the news across social media, including a shot of the theater, which now includes a total of 51 seats along tiered rows:
The room itself — which President Franklin D. Roosevelt converted from a cloakroom in 1942 — has a long history at the White House:
The room has gone through a number of renovations since then, including during the Reagan administration in the 80's, and then again under President George W. Bush.
Administrations often treat special guests — like military personnel and their families — to viewings in theater:
A number of presidents have also reportedly used it to rehearse major speeches during their various administrations, such as the State of the Union:
More than anything, however, it has served as a way for the president to take a break from the stress of his job and relax with his family, when circumstances allow for it.
See the video that the White House released accompanying their announcement, which gives a preview of the area that guests can now check out for the first time: