Best Theatre

707 W. Main Avenue,
Spokane, WA 99201

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The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 1, 1917 that the Best Theatre was being demolished. It was one of the first theaters in Spokane designed especially for motion pictures. It was last operated by James McConahey as a “nickelodeum” and was said to have been at one time one of the leading cinemas in Spokane.

After the Best Theatre, McConahey opened the Strand Theatre in July of 1917 but a fire demolished it in December. Mr. McConahey was also an early Spokane filmmaker, who documented many local happenings, which he then showed at his theater.

The landmark Crescent Department Store building, which still remains today, opened on the site in 1919.

Contributed by Ron Pierce
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