Clint Eastwood has helped out one of America's oldest institutions of research after helping the Smithsonian Institute open a new movie theatre. In turn the establishment honoured the veteran director and actor, recognising his achievements in a six decade long career that have made him one of the most revered and respected men in the Hollywood film industry.

The Press Association reports that Eastwood, who it's hard to believe is 81 years old now, visited the National Museum of American History in order to dedicate the new Warner Bros Theatre as a place to present the history of Hollywood. The capacity of the theatre, formerly the museum's old Carmichael Auditorium, numbers 264 and was also aided by a $5 million investment from Warner Bros. themselves, helping to turn the building into a 3D capable cinema that'll run silent films and first-run releases. Whilst at the opening, Eastwood picked up the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal for his contribution to American, and indeed global, film history.

Though in the twilight of his life, the famed 'Million Dollar Baby' man - to pick just one of a host of titles he's been involved in over more than 60 years - has no plans to retire just yet and, indeed, will appear in the film 'Trouble With The Curve,' co-starring alongside Justin Timberlake. Currently in pre-production, the baseball movie is expected to be released in 2013.