A major film industry group paid for the construction of swanky home theaters in embassies around the world while lobbying the State Department in its favor.

The Motion Picture Association of America, which represents top Hollywood studios, funded screening rooms in four U.S. embassies, including the facility in Madrid, according to ProPublica.

"Hollywood's interests — including its push for tougher copyright rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact — often put the industry at odds with Silicon Valley," ProPublica noted.

The report said MPAA had intended the new screening rooms to "help ambassadors and their foreign guests 'keep U.S. cultural interests top of mind,' according to an internal email."

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