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        Local Landmarks: Spokane's 21st Century Fox

        Spokane's Fox Theater has been "The Place to Go" since it opened in 1931. Lines formed around the block to view the latest feature and famous performers graced its stage. Even during its decline, the theater has retained its vestiges of elegance in its faded murals and dusty chandeliers. 

        Threatened by demolition, the Fox survived the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of the Spokane community. The KSPS documentary Spokane’s 21st Century Fox explores the history of the Fox Theater, from its grand opening in 1931 to the renovation process that led to the grand-reopening of the theater in 2007.

        These video segments and accompanying learning guide will help students define and analyze “city” vocabulary words, research local historical landmarks, and examine the history of the Fox Theater, a significant cultural landmark in Spokane, Washington. Visit KSPS Education for additional educator resources.

        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Introduction to the Fox Theater

        A brief overview of the Fox Theater located in Spokane, Washington.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Early Stages of Construction

        Construction of the Fox begins right after the stock market crash of 1929.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Grand Opening

        The Fox opens on September 3, 1931 with a grand gala.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Community Gathering Place

        The Fox becomes a gathering place for the Spokane community.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - The War Years

        Movies and live shows at the Fox offer a much needed distraction during the 1940s.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Great Performances

        The Fox continues to bring the community great performances such as Katharine Hepburn in As You Like It from the 1950s through the 1970s.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - The Decline of the Fox

        In the 1970s, the Fox tries to revitalize its declining business by reinventing itself as a premiere movie house.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Saving the Fox

        The Fox is saved from demolition in the early 2000s by community organizing and funding from the Spokane Symphony.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Renovation Begins

        Work begins on transforming the Fox from a movie theater to a performing arts facility.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Full Scale Demolition

        Store fronts are gutted and theatrical equipment is stripped as part of the renovation process.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Art Deco Elements

        Great attention is made to preserve the art deco elements of the Fox.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Wall Murals

        Great work is put into preserving rather than re-creating the auditorium ceiling.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Auditorium Ceiling

        Great work is put into preserving rather than re-creating the auditorium ceiling.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Final Stages of Renovation

        The renovation heads toward the finish line with the completion of the auditorium’s iconic sunburst light fixture.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Moving in the Symphony

        The Spokane Symphony moves into the Fox and fine tunes the auditorium’s acoustics.

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        Spokane's 21st Century Fox - Grand Reopening

        After seven years of planning, organization, and renovation, the new and renewed Fox opens on November 17, 2007.

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