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August 20, 2006


The Saranac Hotel Renovation


Anonymous joshua said...

spokane has needed this for a long time...

good to see folks taking it seriously and the magic lantern coming back.

August 21, 2006 3:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the renovation include making it accessible? The last time I was in the Magic Lantern was before my injury in '94. It's great seeing these buildings being updated. I just hope the disabled are being included in the mix.

August 26, 2006 1:54 PM

Anonymous hotel construction said...

Renovation is one key step to improve the hotel's facilities and appearance. It's a great sign of progress.

December 14, 2011 5:29 AM


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It looks like construction has already begun on the remodel of the Saranac Hotel. Anyone who has passed by it lately will see that new windows and a new roof line have been added. I will get some photos of the new construction sometime this next week. From the look of the above rendering the currently existing Saranac Hotel building will sit behind a newly constructed building.
[Spokesman-Review] "A building renovation in downtown Spokane may bring back a beloved name in art-house cinema.

The Magic Lantern, which operated from 1973 to 1999, is scheduled to reopen next summer in the historic Saranac Hotel building at 25 W. Main Ave.

The movie theater will have two screens and will operate as a nonprofit to bring Spokane moviegoers independent films, foreign features and documentaries that otherwise might not be shown locally.

The movie theater will be part of an ambitious renovation project that would create one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the region. The project will include huge solar panels for electricity, a geothermal heat source and lights that turn off automatically when people leave a room.

Ground will be broken at 10 a.m. July 18 for the renovation project in the four-story, 32,000-square-foot building. Plans call for apartments or condominiums on the top floor, commercial and office space on the second and third floors and a restaurant and the movie theaters on the ground floor."

Full Article: Magic Lantern

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