Clint Eastwood, who directed the film, was in attendance and was joined by "J. Edgar" screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, Motion Picture Association of America head and former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Pam Galloway-Tabb, the Newseum's senior vice president of conferences and special services, told The Huffington Post that the Newseum has hosted roughly 10 film premieres since it moved to its current location at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in 2008. In keeping with Mayor Vince Gray's recent push to entice more studios to film in the District, Galloway-Tabb said that the Newseum is eager to host more screenings and hopes that film premieres become another facet of its persona.
The museum, she said, certainly has the facilities to do it: the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater, in which " J. Edgar" was screened, can seat up to 535 movie goers.
Many scenes in the film, which follows the life of the former FBI director, were filmed in the District of Columbia. "J. Edgar" stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the leading role, and is currently in limited release. It opens nationally on Friday.