Looking for local entertainment? Check out the best spots for Spokane entertainment as voted on by locals. From the best movie theaters and live music venues, the spots you'll want to visit are right here.
Best Arcade in Spokane
1st PLACE: CHAOS ARCADE
Beverly and Eric Lee are gamers. When the couple, who prefer activities beyond the bar scene, moved to Spokane from Colorado, they had difficulty finding new diversions that they enjoyed.
So, they took matters into their own hands. In March 2021, the Lees opened Chaos Arcade in north Spokane, near Francis and Monroe, expanding the local arcade scene for gamers of all ages and interests.
“I [wanted] to bring more to this town because I like Spokane,” says Beverly Lee.
Lee’s goal was to create a space where fellow gamers could have fun, minus the vibe of a kiddie place like Chuck E. Cheese. Together, the couple made an arcade catering to an adult crowd while still being family-friendly.
“What I didn’t expect was how many families would enjoy it here and still feel super comfortable,” says Beverly.
From pinball to racing games, Chaos Arcade offers a variety of arcade classics. But what makes Chaos Arcade unique from similar venues is its virtual reality (VR) gaming options. Not only do gamers get the ultimate VR experience at Chaos, but they can also play with friends, selecting from a collection of more than 50 VR-compatible games.
After playing, tickets are redeemable for prizes. From enamel pins and imported candy to luxury electronics and novelty memorabilia, Chaos Arcade offers a wide selection.
“They’re not just little trinkets for kids,” says Beverly. “It’s actually stuff that you want.”
For gamers needing a snack, the Chaos Café offers sub sandwiches, pizza, slight bites and an assortment of sweets. Boba tea, espresso, frappes, and sodas are also on the café menu to keep you energized throughout the gaming extravaganza. Those who seek a buzz can also order craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
Gamers with a competitive side can join Chaos Arcade for its VR league nights and occasional tournaments. Coming up next on April 1, from 2-8 pm, Chaos Arcade is partnering with the Army and Navy to host a blood drive, canned food drive and a gaming tournament. (The Inlander)
2nd PLACE: JEDI ALLIANCE
Jedi Alliance is known as Spokane's original retro arcade. It features over 135 arcade games and pinball machines all set to free play. This nonprofit arcade is family-friendly! (Visit Spokane)
Gamers Arcade Bar is a laid-back spot in the heart of downtown Spokane. For local vibes, you'll want to visit this favorite hangout spot. This 21+, family-owned, retro arcade bar also features a full bar with a specialty drink menu. The cozy parlor boasts old-school, coin-operated arcade games and pinball machines. (Visit Spokane)
Best Record Store in Spokane
1st PLACE: 4000 HOLES
“Lots of classic titles.” (Merrie W.); “The best variety and Bob is the BOMB!” (Kami H.); “So awesome I don’t think anyone else exists!” (Dale B.) (The Inlander)
2nd PLACE: RESURRECTION RECORDS
Resurrection Records is both a DIY record label and record store. Located on Northwest Boulevard you won't want to miss a stop here to add a special record to your collection. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: GROOVE MERCHANTS
Best Movie Theater in Spokane
1st PLACE: AMC RIVER PARK SQUARE 20
“Nothing beats the Dolby theater!” (Hannah H.); “Twenty screens, comfy chairs and good staff.” (Angela J.); “Comfortable seating. Lots of room. Cool place to go see a movie.” (Kent J.) (The Inlander)
2nd PLACE: The Garland Theater
The Garland Theater is a local and historic favorite. In the heart of the Garland District enjoy both newly released and old favorite movies. You'll love a night at the Garland Theater. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: The Magic Lantern
A beautiful historic theater in downtown Spokane. This intimate space is perfect for a date night out. From concerts to movies, this is the ideal spot for entertainment in Spokane. (Visit Spokane)
Best Live Music Venue in Spokane
1st PLACE: LUCKY YOU LOUNGE
“Great booking, great shows… amazing!” (Zana M.); “Great bands, and they [followed] Covid protocols!” (Melissa B.); “They’re the best!” (Taylor V.) (The Inlander)
2nd PLACE: The Knitting Factory
A premiere concert venue in downtown Spokane, the Knitting Factory is host to some of the best names in the music industry. Check out upcoming shows and book your trip to Spokane. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: The Pavilion
The Pavilion is a unique concert venue in the middle of Riverfront Park. This outdoor venue is ideal for a summer concert. (Visit Spokane)