WWII theater to open with Tom Hanks, '4-D' film

November 4, 2009 7:56:50 AM PST
Tom Hanks is scheduled to be there when the National World War II Museum in New Orleans debuts the war film he produced to immerse audiences with all their senses in key battles.

The film "Beyond All Boundaries" will be shown exclusively at the museum's new Victory Theater, which includes elements billed as "4-D" such as wind and shaking seats to accent vintage footage from Pearl Harbor and the Battle of the Bulge playing on a 120-foot-wide screen.

The theater was built for the film as part of a $300 million expansion of the museum that is expected to continue through 2015.

Two other museum additions - a canteen that will feature musical revues inspired by USO-style productions and a restaurant called The American Sector - are also opening Friday.

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