The Restoration of Spokane’s Fox Theater

An active philanthropist as well as a real estate investor, Keith Scribner has generously contributed to the Fox Theater, the home of the Spokane Symphony in Washington State. The generosity of Keith Scribner and his wife Leilani Scribner was recognized with a gold star in the sidewalk at the Spokane building’s entrance.

Originally built to showcase movies and live performances, the Fox Theater opened to a crowd of 30,000 in early September of 1931. Attended by locals as well as celebrity performers such as Charles Farrell, Will Rogers, and Anita Page, the event introduced visitors to a state-of-the-art theater that combined the latest technology with Anthony Heinsbergen’s eye-catching murals.

The murals are among the building’s original features, which restorers uncovered during the recent restoration. These restoration efforts had been prompted by the venue’s decline and the city’s subsequent decision to schedule it for demolition. There was a campaign to save the building. The $31 million necessary for renovation was ultimately secured with the help of private donors, different players in the local and federal governments, non-profits, and corporations. The building re-opened in 2007 as Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, and it has since hosted a number of high-profile performance events.

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