Bing Arts Center

716 Sumner Avenue,
Springfield, MA 01108

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Bing Theatre - 2001

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Another closed theater from the troubled Western Massachusetts Theatres chain, the Bing Theatre is located away from downtown Springfield near what locals call the X.

After decades of delighting local audiences, megaplexes, parking problems and more finally doomed the old Bing.

A preservation effort was started in 2001 to reopen the Bing Theatre as a cultural and community center, as the Bing Arts Center. It seems to have re-opened in 2009. Renovations are continuing, but much has been completed.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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MHale
MHale on February 21, 2008 at 7:48 pm

The Bing Theater was in fact purchased by chosen developers to create a community arts center in 2002 from the City of Springfield. Contrary to popular belief, the theater is in fact much larger than one may expect just from driving by. If anyone has any interest in the new developments at hand in this project, which is still moving forward, please feel free to visit www.bingartscenter.org, the website is in current development. We appreciate any and all feedback, and welcome interested parties and volunteers to contact us.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 1, 2008 at 11:54 am

Hi Merrilee,

http://www.bingartscenter.org/ is the actual website (the link above doesn’t work). At http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=5197 you can see pre-renovation photos I took in 2003. Has any work been done yet? I’d love to photograph any renovations that are taking place along with the finished product. Contact me by clicking my name to get to my profile and let me know if anything worth photographing has been done.

spectrum
spectrum on December 2, 2008 at 9:55 am

According to their website, a fair amount of renovation has already been completed. The exterior has been completely repainted, building secured and roof replaced on the front portion. Restrooms gutted, prep work completed for insulation, new HVAC unit installed, with ductwork underway. No date on their description, but it’s good to see this much is already done. They indicated a “june” opening date but didn’t say which year.

spectrum
spectrum on June 19, 2009 at 9:44 am

Looks like it has reopened – they currently have an art exhibit which opened June 12.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on June 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm

If they can run a string of $25 per head events successfully, like the one listed on their web site, my ballpark thinking says they should do OK.

JustinMarsh
JustinMarsh on June 18, 2011 at 11:18 pm

The Bing, in my opinion, is an EXCELLENT renovated theater — personally, it is one of my favorite theaters anywhere.

When I first saw the marquee and then decided to enter it for the first time — personally, I got a feeling like I was entering a very special place. The faces, although not familiar to me, were all smiling and nice — and the film presented was thought-provoking.

The Bing’s current owner deserves commendation on commendation, in my opinion. This would not have happened without a genuine love for Springfield, for theaters, and a sincere sense of community (team) spirit.

The Bing, I believe, is catalyzing the new coffeeshop culture/hip restaurant scene near The X, which is totally homegrown, (e.g. Three Cafe.) Suddenly, it’s an arts neighborhood!

The Bing, in my opinion, is yet another example of Springfield’s recent resurgence.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 11, 2011 at 3:03 am

This opened on August 1st, 1951. Grand opening ad in the photo section of this theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

I’ve seen elsewhere that it opened on Christmas Day 1950.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 15, 2013 at 12:39 am

i will be there for a show on Friday evening…

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