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Spielberg Backs D-Day Theater

April 26, 2000

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ A contribution from ``Saving Private Ryan″ director Steven Spielberg will be used to build a theater at the National D-Day Memorial.

Spielberg asked that the amount of his donation not be disclosed, Richard Burrow, the memorial foundation’s executive director, said in announcing the contribution Tuesday.

The theater, part of a $4 million education center at the memorial, will be named for the director’s father, Arnold Spielberg, who flew Army Air Corps missions as a radio operator in Burma during World War II.

``Saving Private Ryan″ is about the D-Day invasion. The movie won five Academy Awards, including one for Spielberg as best director.

The memorial is set to be dedicated June 6, 2001, the 57th anniversary of the invasion.

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