On a crisp November evening in 1945, just two months after WWII finally ended, the giddy murmuring of moviegoers floated through a lobby lushly decorated with rose-colored carpet, brown oak walls, and columns tiled in purple. As impressive as these appointments were, they paled next to the lobby’s other ornamentation: congratulatory telegrams from the likes of Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, and Ginger Rogers, nestled alongside flowers from well-wishing movie studios. This was the opening night of The Garland Theater, and its excited guests were about to watch a double feature of It’s a Pleasure and Double Exposure in a stadium-style theater that could seat 1,000 among its powder-blue and Italian-red walls.
Today, the family-friendly theater continues to welcome cinephiles and popcorn bloggers, but it keeps ticket prices down by playing its blockbusters slightly after their initial releases. Since undergoing a total renovation this year at the hands of current owner Katherine Fritchie, The Garland now hosts 540 spacious seats, modern sound, and a state-of-the-art digital projection system. Events such as Totally Tubular Tuesdays, which feature classic movies such as Peewee's Big Adventure or The Matrix, boast even cheaper admission. After the credits roll, moviegoers head to the theater’s cocktail bar with full kitchen, Bon Bon, for a pint of beer or a glass of wine to enjoy while you watch the show.
The Northwest Museum of Art & Culture preserves and illuminates an extensive collection of material about the Plateau Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Traditional textiles and carvings coexist with more than 10,000 photographs that document the indigenous culture. Historic regional paintings include works from Spokane's Works Progress Administration arts center, which created a vibrant space for artists in the depths of the Great Depression.
In addition to its staggering exhibits and regular collections, the museum immerses guests in turn-of-the-century culture with the Campbell House, which is nestled on the campus. Originally built by Idaho mine owner Amasa Campbell at the end of the 19th century, the neoclassical revival home designed by Kirtland K. Cutter provides a window into the life of a wealthy northwestern family at the turn of the century. A handsome Tudor façade welcomes visitors before they venture into the elegantly restored interior, which deftly mixes architectural styles with a French-style reception area, a Middle Eastern–style game room, and a library outfitted with an inglenook fireplace and an authentic steam-powered flat-screen TV.
Mobius Children's Museum encourages youngsters eight-years-old and younger to broaden their knowledge of the world around them in fun, hands-on educational exhibits. Hands-on is often a child's favorite way to learn about something, so the museum provides tykes with plenty of opportunity to dig into the workings of the world around them first hand. They experience erosion and water currents in scientific exhibits such as Geotopia, while the Out of Hand Art Studio and Globe Theater explore the visual and performing arts. Inside the Wattson's World exhibit, children learn about energy safety and conservation while playing inside a people-sized doghouse. Every exhibit invite parents to play along with their kids for a fun-filled family bonding experience.
When a fire destroyed the skating rink owned by Evelyn Pattison's father, she and her husband tenaciously forged ahead and opened a new facility, Pattison's North Family Skating Center. This happened more than 60 years ago, and since then the Skating Center has become a reliable destination for families in search of a little fun and a lot of really shiny floors.
The center has acquired a venerable inventory of brand-name skates and inline speed skates, and staffers at the pro shop outfit patrons before teaching roller or inline basics at group and private lessons. Throughout the week, guests can also skate at after-school sessions, private parties, or Sunday retro nights, where they must weave their way through the rink's Civil War reenactments.
North Bowl’s glossy lanes unravel into pin-filled pastures, fostering competitive, family-friendly action in a completely smoke-free environment. Between thunderous bouts, patrons can roam into one of the facility’s trio of ancillary spaces, including the game room, pro shop, and bar and grill, where burgers, sandwiches, and pizza fuel fingers for rematches. During lights and strikes bowling, lasers and fog dance across darkened alleys, while speakers help energize competitors by blasting out tunes. The alley’s expanse is ideal for groups of friends to battle gutter-to-gutter in league play or during birthday parties, which, like the prerogative to scream for ice cream, are available to kids and adults alike.
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Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this casino.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Hugos on the Hill has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Watch the game with fellow fans to get the full sports experience.
Decibels can approach upper limits at this casino, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.