Fox Theater 90th Birthday Open House Celebration


September 03, 2021


Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox


Free to the public

Fox Theater 90th Birthday Open House Celebration


Noon - 4pm

Spokane’s iconic Art Deco-style Fox Theater, owned and operated by the Spokane Symphony, turns 90 years old on September 3, 2021.  (The original grand opening was September 3, 1931.)

To celebrate, there will be a free Open House that day from noon to 4:00 p.m.

  • Self-guided tours
  • Spokane Symphony and other event tickets on sale
  • Spokane Symphony virtual concerts playing on the giant screen; author Jim Kershner signing his book, “The Sound of Spokane: A History of the Spokane Symphony”
  • Chris Bovey’s Fox Theater merchandise for sale
  • KSPS Public Television’s Fox Theater documentary DVD for sale
  • Refreshments
  • Plus a birthday card to sign and share thoughts and memories about our community’s beloved gathering place


A Little HIstory

Built during the depression at a price of $1 million, Spokane’s Fox Theater was the city’s largest movie theater of its day, and Spokane’s first air-conditioned building. The Fox was also a venue for countless stage performances over the years. Stars who graced the early stage include Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and American contralto Marian Anderson. Memorable modern stars have included Tony Bennett, Chris Cornell, k.d. lang, Robin Williams, Dave Brubeck, Norah Jones, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan and Jim Gaffigan. As tastes and habits changed over the decades, and audiences shifted to suburban movie complexes, the Fox went into decline.  After the Spokane Symphony purchased the building (to save it from being razed and turned into a parking lot) and led the community’s restoration effort, it was renamed Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox to honor the father of major donor Myrtle Woldson, and re-opened in 2007. 


Phone: 509-624-1200
Box Office: Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue
The box office hours are Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm.

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