Garland Theater

The Garland Theater is an independent movie theater in Spokane, Washington. Located in the Garland District, in the North Hill neighborhood, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Garland Theater
"The Garland"
The Garland Theater Sign in 2003
Address924 W. Garland Ave
Spokane, Washington
Coordinates47°41′37″N 117°25′32″W / 47.69361°N 117.42556°W / 47.69361; -117.42556Coordinates: 47°41′37″N 117°25′32″W / 47.69361°N 117.42556°W / 47.69361; -117.42556
Public transitSpokane Transit Authority
OwnerKatherine Fritchie[2]
TypeMovie theater
OpenedNovember 22, 1945; 77 years ago (1945-11-22)[1]
Renovated2015 (interior)
ArchitectAlbert Harvey Funk, Bjarne H. Moe[4]
BuilderFunk, Molander & Johnson
Bon Bon, Kiss and Makeup, and Marks Guitar Shop
Architectural styleStreamline Moderne
MPSMovie Theaters in Washington State MPS
NRHP reference No.13000999
Added to NRHPDecember 24, 2013

The Theater opened on November 22, 1945, almost three months after the end of World War II showing It's a Pleasure and Double Exposure.[1][2] The Garland became a discount theater in 1988.[2] The Garland Theater was seen as one of the west's premier theaters when it was built, and has become seen as a classic and modern movie theater in the years since.[5]


Built in 1945 in the Streamline Moderne style, the Garland Theater was built in a single-screen style with one main theater.[6]

In 2013, renovation work was done on the Garland Theater worth more than $350,000. New seats and a new projector were key parts of the updates. The capacity was reduced to meet ADA requirements. The updates also allowed for an interior connection between the bar and the theater itself, both of which are housed within the same building.[7]


The Garland Theater is a single-screen movie house that was built in a single-story apartment style in a reinforced concrete exterior and a terra cotta, brick, and tile exterior.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The Garland Theater (1945) – Nostalgia Magazine".
  2. ^ a b c "Garland History """.
  3. ^ Sparing, Tyler. "Garland Movie Theater". Spokane Historical. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  4. ^ "Garland Theater". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  5. ^ Fedor, Samuel (14 April 2022). "Garland Street is alive with rich history and eclectic businesses". Gonzaga Bulletin. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  7. ^ Lind, Treva (24 October 2013). "Garland Theater's owner modernizes iconic venue". Spokane Journal of Business. Retrieved 4 July 2022.

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