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Smithsonian honours Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has helped open a new movie theatre as the Smithsonian Institution honoured the actor and director for his six decades of work in American film.

Eastwood, 81, visited the National Museum of American History to help dedicate the new Warner Bros Theatre as a space to present the history of Hollywood.

Warner Bros Entertainment donated five million dollars in 2010 to renovate the museum's old Carmichael Auditorium into a modern cinema with 3D projection capability.

The new theatre gives the Smithsonian its first space dedicated to film history, museum spokeswoman Melinda Machado said. The 264-seat centre will be able to screen silent films and first-run movies.

Eastwood, who was awarded the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his distinguished contributions in film, said he was a fan of the museum complex. The addition of a theatre will add a piece of entertainment history to the Smithsonian's collection, he said.

"People are treating it more as a part of our American heritage," he said.

Eastwood also commented on the recent casting of Justin Timberlake to co-star in his next film, Trouble With The Curve. He said he liked Timberlake as a performer and recording artist, and added "I'd seen him acting and he does quite well".

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