Historic Properties of Spokane
The Fox Theater is significant for its cultural and social contribution to the Spokane community. Although movies had been shown in downtown theaters for some time, the construction of the Fox in 1920 marked the first time that a motion picture company had built its own theater in Spokane to showcase its own movies. Architecturally, the Fox is one of two significant and progressive buildings that mark the culmination of Seattle architect R.C. Reamer’s distinguished career. The modernistic style, the use of poured in place concrete, and the abstract, stylized ornamentation was up-to-date and sophisticated. For the conservative Washington public, these experiments in softer modernism were received with mixed reviews at their opening, but were also recognized for their innovation for placing Seattle and Spokane on the national map architecturally.