Bing Crosby Theater

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Bing Crosby Theater
Clemmer Theater.JPG
Former names Clemmer Theater, State Theater, Metropolitan Performing Arts Center
Address 901 West Sprague Avenue
Location Spokane, Washington
Owner Jerry Dicker
Type Theatre
Capacity 756
Construction
Built 1914
Renovated 1988
Website

www.bingcrosbytheater.com

Clemmer Theater
Bing Crosby Theater is located in Washington (state)
Bing Crosby Theater
Coordinates 47°39′26″N 117°25′26″W / 47.65722°N 117.42389°W / 47.65722; -117.42389Coordinates: 47°39′26″N 117°25′26″W / 47.65722°N 117.42389°W / 47.65722; -117.42389
Architect Edwin W. Houghton
Architectural style Chicago, Classical Revival, Other
NRHP Reference # 88002758[1]
Added to NRHP December 01, 1988

Bing Crosby Theater is a performing arts theater located in Spokane, Washington that was designed by theater architect Edwin W. Houghton. The theater was originally built in 1914 as an 800-seat movie theater called Clemmer Theater.[2] Between May and October 1925, local singer Bing Crosby was a regular performer at the theater.[3]

Over the years the theater fell into disrepair until it was purchased by a local company in 1988 and refurbished. The theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in December 1988.[1] It was re-opened as the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center and was used for concerts, lectures, and movies. The Met was purchased by local businessman Mitch Silver in 2004 and in 2006 renamed after Bing Crosby when a local historian noticed that the city did not have any landmarks named after the notable singer, who grew up in Spokane.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Flom, Eric L. (February 22, 2003). "Clemmer Theatre in Spokane opens in 1914.". Essay 5273. HistoryLink. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.bingmagazine.co.uk/bingmagazine/1903-1935.htm
  4. ^ "Spokane honors most famous hometowner Bing Crosby by naming theater after him". The Associated Press. December 7, 2006. pp. One. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ Sowa, Tom (September 29, 2006). "Met Theater will be renamed to honor Bing Crosby". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved October 13, 2014.