The premiere of Robert Redford's new film The Conspirator was given a last-minute reprieve on Sunday (10Apr11) after Washington, D.C.'s famed Ford's Theatre came under threat from U.S. budget cuts.
The Hollywood actor directs the new movie, starring James MCAvoy and Robin Wright, which tells the story of a woman charged with conspiracy in the aftermath of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.
The assassination took place in 1865 at the Ford's Theatre and Redford planned to hold the film's premiere there - but the screening was thrown into jeopardy last week (ends10Apr11) as government budget cuts threatened to close the venue, which is partly public funded.
Organisers looked into moving the premiere to another building in the city, but the screening was given the go-ahead at the last minute.
Bosses at the venue hope to continue the theatre's schedule even if government funding is withdrawn.