In New Orleans, WW II Museum is going great guns

In New Orleans, WW II Museum is going great guns
By Jayne Clark
USA Today

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans unveils a major expansion Nov. 6 with the debut of a new movie theater, live show venue and a celebrity-chef restaurant.

The Solomon Victory Theater houses a new 40-minute movie billed as a "4-D cinematic experience" (think anti-aircraft guns, falling snow, rumbling seats and multiple projection layers — without having to wear goofy 3-D glasses).

The movie, Beyond All Boundaries, tells the WWII story from the perspective of soldiers, journalists and workers at home and features Hollywood A-list voices including Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt.

A Stage Door Canteen, a replica of R&R venues for troops, will showcase popular culture of the era and present period entertainment. And The American Sector, a restaurant by New Orleans chef John Besh, will serve comfort food.

The $60 million addition is just part of a larger $300 million expansion planned for the 9-year-old venue. Information: 877-813-3329;

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