Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival
WHAT: If you find yourself in the eastern part of the state, you might want to take in the ninth annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival. It features some of the best loved films of Spokane's own Bing Crosby. There also will be a musical performance by Howard Crosby, son of Bing Crosby's brother Ted.
WHEN: From 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 13.
WHERE: Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane.
FILM SCHEDULE: The festival begins with the 1954 film “White Christmas,” followed by the 1956 film “Anything Goes” at 2 p.m. A showing of the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” will be at 4:30 p.m. The showings conclude with “White Christmas” at 7:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE THEATER: Opened in 1915 as the Clemmer Theater, it featured a four-manual pipe organ to accompany the silent films of the day. In 1988, the building was purchased and renovated as the Metropolitan Theater of Performing Arts to become a home for live performances. In 2006, the theater was named for the famed entertainer.
COST: An $8 ticket is good for all the events. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are available only at the theater’s box office.
OF NOTE: The theater also will have a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer. There also will be other exhibits, raffles and souvenir sales. Refreshments also will be sold. Crosby’s version of Irving Berlin’s song “White Christmas” holds the Guinness World Record as the best-selling single of all time, with an estimated sales of more than 50 million copies worldwide.