Celebrating their 65th season, the well-received Spokane Children's Theatre transports audiences of all ages to new heights of delight through the transformative power of live theater. Their rendering of Hansel & Gretel by I.E. Clark, which plays the spacious Spartan Theatre at Spokane Falls Community College, is set to display fantastical features including a singing cuckoo clock, a story-telling robin and crumb-hating wicked witch. Their new adaptation of Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, which plays at the Masonic Center, was penned by local author Ken Pickering with songs scored by John Dawson. Shows shun the stuffy silence of library puppet shows in favor of lively audience participation, encouraging enthusiastic attendees to vocally scale the fourth wall and aid the occasionally confused characters.
Originally known as the Clemmer Theatre, the Bing Crosby Theater was opened in 1915, riding the first wave of movie palaces. A unique acoustic shell with thousands of lights hang over the stage, complementing the auditorium's atmosphere of old-timey elegance and Illuminating the night sky for attendees who flew in on their old-timey blimps.
With plush upholstered armchairs for mid-game lounging and a solid wood bar for post-game swallowing, Far West Billiards offers a casual respite from uncomfortable gaming halls. Saddle up to one of six well-maintained Brunswick Gold Crown IV Tables, or hang back and bank on a burger with a choice of toppings, including chipotle sauce, bacon, and avocado. While mourning the loss of long-forgotten geometry lessons, sip on some wine, draft and bottled beers, or a classic cocktail made with real fruit and premium liquors. A solid game of pocket-plumping can be had at $7 per hour on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 p.m.–6 p.m., and all day on Sunday; evening pool sharks can attack for $10 per hour.
What was once the boiler room at the historical Montvale Hotel has turned into the Catacombs Pub, a European-style pub situated inside the building's cellar. The hotel, which is listed on the Spokane and National Registers of Historic Places, has served as everything from a hardware store to a bordello.
Today in this underground pub, a brick oven fires up made-from-scratch pizzas in the spot where coal was once shoved into the boiler. The original coal chute has been transformed into a cave-like seating area where servers deliver irish stew, bratwursts, European beers, and specialty cocktails. The pub's brick hearth and exposed stone walls, modeled after German and Viennese pubs, contribute to the its Old-World feel, along with 2,800-pound solid oak beams, which weigh as much as King Midas's cell phone.
The chefs at The Sidebar & Grill sizzle 6-ounce Angus beef burgers and serve sandwiches beside house-made chips in a relaxed sports bar setting. Diners dive headfirst into the menu's selection of appetizers with an order of orange chicken bites, morsels of boneless chicken basted in sweet and spicy orange sauce and speckled with sesame seeds. David's Parolled pork sandwich nestles a 6-ounce pork medallion with pepper jack cheese and barbecue sauce inside a hoagie, while the Double Jeopardy's corned beef and pastrami on grilled marbled rye must be ordered in the form of a question. Sports fanatics can scarf down baja fish tacos with grilled mahi-mahi while keeping eyes fixed on eight HDTVs, broadcasting adrenaline-pumping athletic action.
Sprawling across 100 acres in the verdant, picturesque Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park beckons with awe-inspiring visual and auditory wonders. The newly constructed SkyRide invites visitors to survey the land from above, swooping across the Spokane River and past city hall, where they can wave to their favorite comptroller. Back on the ground, the historic Looff Carousel, built in 1909, whirls riders around on 54 horses, two Chinese-dragon chairs, one giraffe, and one tiger, and a tour train chugs through the park on a 30-minute narrated jaunt. Among other attractions, such as the Sculpture Walk and pony rides, Riverfront Park houses an enormous IMAX theater with one of the largest indoor screens in the Pacific Northwest. Standing 53 feet high and stretching 69 feet wide, the screen is slightly taller than the average human and displays crystal-clear two-dimensional images, which are complemented by the sounds of a booming, wraparound surround-sound system.