We in Spokane are so lucky to have an independent movie theater – The Magic Lantern. This two screen theater has a long history in Spokane, has relocated several times, opened and closed, and through it all, has always offered a great selection of independent and art films. It’s a real treasure to our community.

This theater holds so many happy memories for our family. Like the time Colin took me on a surprise date to see El Bulli, the time Lukie and I saw Being Elmo,

and many more date night, dad/son, mom/son, and family nights at the theater.

Want to know my favorite thing about The Magic Lantern?

The service. I can remember several times when the little control room window would open and we were greeted with a welcome and a check to make sure the temperature in the theater is okay. See above? Isn’t that the greatest?

But that’s the beauty of a small mom and pop business isn’t it? Spokane is so lucky.


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.