With the construction of the East Wing, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had an East Terrace cloakroom converted into a movie theater. Here the president enjoyed watching news reels and took special interest in the battles fought in Europe and Asia.

With 42 seats in tiered rows, the First Family and their guests can view current movies, sports games and TV shows. In March 2010, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks joined President Obama, members of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Women in the Military Service for America Memorial for a screening of The Pacific, a series that tells the story of the Pacific front during World War II.