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Fox Theater

Interior of the Fox Theater

Spokane, Washington

The Fox Theater is a beautiful 1931 Art Deco stage, restored to life through a combination of public effort and Federal aid. It was once facing demolition, but is now the home to the Spokane Symphony and other performers. The restored auditorium, lobby, and mezzanine murals create the illusion of moving through an undersea world into a dense forest canopy, rising to castles and clouds at the top level, all illuminated by a huge sunburst in the ceiling. A combination of funds including a $246,919 Save America's Treasures grant helped to save and restore this historic Depression-era theater. The massive $30 million rehabilitation project also qualified for a Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The theater reopened in 2007 and was renamed the Martin Woodson Theater at the Fox.

Photo: Interior of the Fox Theater