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100 years ago in Spokane: Famous animal trainer to help film movie at Minnehaha studio

A well-known animal trainer, James B. Murphy, arrived in Spokane with a large “collection of wild animals” to be used in a movie to be filmed at the Playter Studios …


100 years ago in Spokane: Demand strong for giant, dangerous fireworks

Sales of firecrackers, Roman candles, pinwheels and rockets were strong in Spokane — and one fireworks retailer said that even these were considered too tame by some purchasers.


100 years ago in Spokane: New company making cartoons, documentaries and movies

A “completely equipped commercial motion picture plant” was now operating in Spokane.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Compromise raises streetcar fare to 6 cents; Minnehaha movie studio in trouble

The newest development in an ongoing problems with Spokane streetcar system was the approval of a temporary fare increase.


100 years ago in Spokane: Logger lands in jail after admitting he hadn’t bought war bonds

Liberty Loan (war bond) workers approached I. Erickson, 31, a logger from Sweden, in a restaurant on Main Avenue and asked him to purchase a bond. He refused, and further …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies

A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018

100 years ago in Spokane: Famous director and animal trainer Larry Trimble hired by new movie company

Larry Trimble, well known to motion picture fans “of both England and America,” signed a contract to be director of productions for Spokane’s new Washington Motion Picture Corp. He was …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Adult film actress reportedly paid by Trump filmed movie in Spokane

A former adult film star who reportedly was paid to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with President Donald Trump was once in Spokane to film a movie about …


100 years ago in Spokane: Humane Society rounds up scraps; plans unveiled for new movie studio

Spokane’s dogs had a Christmas request for downtown diners: “Please order chicken or turkey and please do not pick the bones too clean.” That was the whimsical message supposedly signed …


100 years ago in Spokane: Silent films starring two local actresses open in theaters

Two Spokane actresses – Seena Owen and Violet Palmer – had starring roles in two movies opening in town.


100 years ago in North Idaho: Snow slides kill 3; entire blacksmith shop near Mullan carried away

Huge snowslides roared into valleys in North Idaho, killing three people. On Placer Creek, near Wallace, Custer Laird heard the avalanche coming and, according to witnesses, ran as hard as …


100 years ago in California: Spokane actor dies in stagecoach fall during filming

From our archives, 100 years ago Leslie Reed, a well-known actor in Spokane, died during a motion picture shoot near Santa Barbara.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago One of Spokane’s early attempts to become a filmmaking center couldn’t possibly have turned out worse.


Despite Spokane setting, ‘Red Dawn’ feels foreign

They manage to pronounce Spokane the right way. But nearly everything else about “Spokane” in the new war-adventure film “Red Dawn” doesn’t ring true, several moviegoers said after the film’s …


Garland District icons will return

As word spread online about a blaze in Spokane’s Garland District, so did cellphone pictures of the fire – and a ton of anxiety. The Garland District without the Milk …