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Fox facts: A journey through the years

1927 “Million-dollar theater” plan announced.

1931 Grand opening celebration, featuring five Hollywood stars, attracts 20,000 spectators.

1935 Frank Sinatra, member of the Hoboken Four, gets in a fight backstage.

1937 “Lost Horizon” plays in reserved-seat engagement.

1938 “Snow White” breaks box-office record.

1948 Touring company of “Oklahoma!” plays the Fox.

1953 Fox presents first 3-D film: “Bwana Devil.”

1953 Cinemascope screen installed.

1958 Hundreds of kids turned away during “cookie matinee,” a special 21-cartoon show in which admission is a cookie wrapper.

1968 New sound shell installed for Spokane Symphony.

1969 Police and prosecutors shut down “I Am Curious (Yellow)” on charges of obscenity.

1975 Fox split into three screens, grand re-opening presided over by actress Rhonda Fleming.

1989 Fox becomes bargain movie theater.

2000 Symphony purchases Fox

2000 Last movie, “Gladiator,” is shown

2005 Renovation begins in earnest


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