Spokane's historic Fox Theater has been part of the city's vital downtown landscape since it opened in 1931. It was the place to go to view the latest Hollywood feature.
Usherettes wore evening gowns and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its declining years as a discount theater, it retained vestiges of elegance in its faced murals and dusty chandeliers. But this story nearly had a sad ending in 2000. The Theater was threatened by demolition and only the urgent efforts of the community save the Fax from the wrecking ball.
"Spokane's 21st Century Fox" tells the story of how the theater was restored to its earlier glory over a three year period. The program airs on Thursday August 8, at 7 p.m. on KSPS in Spokane.
The historic theater reopened in November, 2007 after the renovation and the program captures the complex project from dressing rooms to draperies, air conditioning to acoustics, interviews with architects, paint restorers, construction workers and historians.
The Art Deco inside the building is stunning and today it again is an elegant venue for concerts, lectures and many other types of entertainment.
Check out this program to see how the restoration was done.