Riverfront Park IMAX

507 N. Howard Street,
Spokane, WA 99201

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Riverfront Park IMAX

The original IMAX Theatre at Spokane’s Riverfront Park opened for the World’s Fair- Expo 74 and was the third IMAX screen at the time.

A permanent 385-seat IMAX opened at Riverfront Park on June 3,1978 with a 53 x 69 foot screen. Trogdon, Smith and Grossman of Spokane were the designers of the $1,010,000 theatre financed by the city.

One of the notable films to play at the IMAX was a four-month run of Walt Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” beginning on January 1, 2000. “Fantasia” had 22,000 admissions in January and February of that year. In 2001 Disney returned in January with a five-month run of “Beauty and the Beast”.

In addition to the IMAX educational films, Hollywood films that have shown at the IMAX were “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones”.

In 2007 the original plastic seats from 1974 were upgraded and reduced to a more comfortable 342 for a showing of “Spiderman 3”. It was closed in 2015 and was demolished in February 2018.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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CSWalczak on November 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The official website is: http://spokaneriverfrontpark.com/index.php/RFP/page/327/

CSWalczak on November 30, 2012 at 10:42 pm

A picture of this IMAX theater can be seen here.

BigScreen_com on May 6, 2021 at 9:49 pm

This theater closed in 2015 and was demolished in 2018: Spokane, WA: Demolition Begins on Riverfront Park IMAX [Jan 31, 2018]

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