Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, Spokane

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Originally opened in 1931, the Fox Theater was built during the transition between vaudeville and silent movies and the "talkies."

Slated for demolition in 2000, the theater was saved by a community campaign led by the Spokane Symphony.

Miss Myrtle Woldson, daughter of Spokane businessman Martin Woldson, provided a leadership gift to help rescue and restore the theater. With leadership-level support from the State of Washington as well as other important contributions from foundations, corporations, private donors, the federal and local goverments, along with the innovative use of Historic and New Markets tax credits, a $31 million restoration was undertaken.

The results? Outstanding acoustics were achieved and a world-class performance space was created for the Spokane Symphony and other performing arts organizations, including Spokane String Quartet, Gonzaga University, Spokane Youth Symphony and others.

The renovation received a 2010 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Washington Heritage Register and the Spokane Register.

Stop by and take in a performance. Marvel at the exuberant and modernistic Art Deco style created by architect Robert Reamer, famous for his design of Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful Inn. Inside, artist Anthony Heinsbergen created murals that evolve from underwater floral patterns at the lobby level to landscapes of castles, rivers, and clouds on the mezzanine, culminating with a magnificent 60-foot wide sunburst that dominates the auditorium. Sunlight radiates across the ceiling and falls on a canopy of foliage representative of a forest under a starlit sky.

For information about performances, please visit

Listed hours are for the Box Office. In addition to the stated hours, the Box Office is also open at least two hours before the start of a performance. For weekend performances of the Spokane Symphony, the Box Office opens on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at noon.

The theater is available for rental for weddings, business meetings, receptions and other events. For further information, please visit the website and review the information on the "Facility" pull-down menu.

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox® is a trademark of the Spokane Symphony Society.
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  • We went to a show at the Fox Theater and the decor was incredible. It was so beautifully done. The theater didn't seem to have a bad seat in the house. We were in the balcony and still very close to t...  more »
  • I attended a talk given by an author. The sound quality was good and there is truly "no bad seat in the house."  more »
  • The home of the Spokane Symphony is truly a stunning place. If you like art deco you will not be disappointed and the orchestra is first rate. Enjoy the sights and sounds!  more »
  • I came here for a wedding and it a very beautiful venue. Lovely wall and ceiling decorations; nice area over all. However, the bathrooms we're oddly located and the dance floor may hinder larger groups. I liked it alot as a whole, but usually need more of a reason to give a 5.
  • A MUST EXPERIENCE, if in Spokane! The exterior of the Martin Woldson Theater (as locals, we will always remember it as the Fox Theater), doesn't even hint at the majesty and awe inspiring luxury of the painstakingly thorough restoration of the Fox's art deco interior architecture. Truly, this magnificent gem is not something you just go see, it's an unforgettable experience. Couple the eye candy of its architecture with the incredible natural acoustics inherent in the building's design, showcasing world-class talent represented in the Spokane Symphony, and the combined experience for the first time visitor is simply stunning! Absolutely an experience that shouldn't be missed!
  • I remember going to $3 movies in this rundown theater in the 1980's & 90's (think Java Junkie days). What was a dark decrepit liability at one time, has been transformed into a functioning work of art. I can't believe what has been done to improve downtown Spokane's Fox theater considering it's condition back in the day. I thought for sure it would have been turned into a parking lot @ one time. Thank goodness some wealthy folks found a worthy cause for their backing/muscle. Nice to see $ spent on something we all can enjoy & access. And to do it so well. Thank you.
  • I recently attended a magic show here not too long ago, and surprisingly was the first time I have ever been in this theatre. This place has been well maintained throughout the years and had really comfy chairs. Show wasn't the best, but you win some and lose others.
  • A beautiful, older venue that has been lovingly restored. One of the best places to see a concert in Spokane. Very glad this theater exists in our city.
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