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Friday, February 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Then and Now

Garland Theater

The Garland Theater, which opened in November of 1945, was the classiest movie spot in Spokane at the time, but now survives showing second-run movies and hosting a bar in an adjacent space.

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Good wishes came via telegram from Bing Crosby, Cary Grant and Bob Hope when the Garland Theater opened in 1945 at Garland and Monroe on the north side. The stylish interior, the record and gift shop in the lobby and almost 1000 seats made quite a splash at the close of WWII. The opening night film was a forgettable one, “It’s a Pleasure” starring Sonya Henie. By the 1960s, the glitz was gone and it closed, opening and closing sporadically over the next 20 years. In the late 1980s, it opened as a discount theater, an idea that caught on, and it survives today showing second-run movies with one dollar admissions on Wednesday nights. Recently, owner Kathy Fritchie has recently added a trendy bar, Bon Bon, in an attached building.

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