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Looking back in photos: The Fox Theater

The art deco theater opened in 1931 as a first-run movie house, but with its stage, it also served as a venue for live performances that frequently attracted Hollywood celebrities. William Fox of Fox West Coast Studios, later to become 20th Century Fox, presided over construction of nearly 280 Fox theaters around the country, using teams of designers and artisans in each city. Fox theaters in Atlanta, St. Louis and Stockton, Calif., are among those that have been restored. The Spokane Fox was among the most elegant of the new theaters, and opened even as the Great Depression was taking down the national economy.