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.

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  • Magnificent Art Deco building. Beautifully redone with wonderful acoustics and good views from every seat. If the show you have gone to see is a bit of a disappointment, don't worry, just spend the ti...  more »
  • This theatre is something to see in itself! The interior is a fully remodeled rendition of the classic look of the 40s and 50s that has many artful features to seek while visiting. Before a show I mar...  more »
  • Nicest of the smaller theaters in the West. As nice as any theater in Seattle or San Francisco... The acoustics are also great. Not a bad seat in the place.  more »
  • It was a clean, intimate-venue with friendly staff. The concessions ran out of several items at intermission and while high priced, it wasn't Regal pricing. I don't think that there is a bad seat in the place. There are family restrooms that are nice though one we used didn't have a changing table. It is within easy walking distance of RPS parking garage. I would certainly go back and would recommend it.
  • Absolutely gorgeous restoration on the Art Deco building. The attention to detail is amazing. I highly recommend a visit if you are in Spokane.
  • What an amazing place for a concert! So beautiful. I love coming here:)
  • Beautifully restored Art Deco style theatre. Great sound, great acts. Seats are packed close together.
  • Beautiful place for meetings and professional gatherings. It’s a classic place and people are usually dressed up going there.
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