Originally built in 1931 as a 2300-seat movie theater, Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox was fully renovated and reopened in November of 2007 and now seats approximately 1600 and serves as a mid-sized performance venue in the heart of the city. It is owned and operated by the Spokane Symphony and is the home of several other local performing arts organizations.
Mechanical, plumbing, electrical and ADA upgrades were essential to the Theater's new use as a performing arts venue. By reconfiguring the retail space that once ringed the building, the Theater gained much-needed space for additional dressing rooms, a staging area for catering, ticket office, storage, and an expanded lobby.
One of the Theater’s most stunning features is its intricate art deco wall murals and ceiling. Years of accumulated cigarette smoke and popcorn grease had obscured the original vibrant colors of the decorative painting throughout the Theater. In addition, many of the murals had been covered with red paint during an attempt to modernize the color scheme at some time in the recent past. Restoration of these priceless Art Deco murals was accomplished with the help of a Save America's Treasures grant.
The original hand-painted fire curtain was discovered in the Theater, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts aided in cleaning and restoring this magnificent piece of art.
The Fox Theater restoration process was captured in documentary from courtesy of KSPS. To watch “Spokane’s 21st Century Fox” please follow the link below.