The Garland Theater makes plan to reopen this summer

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Garland Theater is a beloved Spokane landmark and it’s been closed for over a year now. They tell us they’ve taken the time to give the space a “facelift”—and their reopening plans are dependent upon how Washington progresses in the months ahead.

Katherine Fritchie has owned the theater for over 20 years and even though they could have reopened back in March, doors there are still closed. She made the tough decision to stay closed till they can open the right way and with more stability.

She wants to welcome people back with the full experience; that includes Bon Bon, their small and beloved cocktail bar. Fritchie told us, “It doesn’t make sense to staff it and to pay to have people there if we can only have 2 tables.”

“It’s always a story about coming here as a kid, having their first movie here, they met their wife working here, they went here on a first date,” said Fritchie, “everyone seems to have a story that revolves around the theater.”

As for her employees, she’s in a unique position. Most Spokane businesses are struggling to find staffing help, but her team has stayed ready. She explained, “They’re really excited to come back. It’s amazing how many people have kind of hung in there, waiting for us to reopen.”

Their reopening plans rely heavily on what happens with the reopening phasing through Spokane County over the next few months. Right now though, they have their sights set on June.

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