Bing Crosby Theater

901 W. Sprague Avenue,
Spokane, WA 99204

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Bing Crosby Theater

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Opened February 22, 1915 as a movie theater called the Clemmer Theater. Designed in a restrained Neo-Classical style by noted theater architect Edwin W. Houghton, the Clemmer Theatre originally sat 800 patrons and boasted a 4/32 Kimball organ, one of the most impressive instruments in the city. Among the Clemmer’s first musicians to helm the organ was Jessie Crawford, eventually recognized as one of the great silent film organists of all time.

In 1988, the movie house underwent a substantial restoration and the building eventually became known as the Metropolitan Performing Arts Center, or “Met”, for short. In 2006, the theatre was renamed Bing Crosby Theater.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 30, 2008 at 3:21 am

Some photos can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 22, 2008 at 2:29 pm

This theater is also know as the Bing Crosby Theater. Movies would be another function. Here is a recent photo.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 16, 2009 at 2:12 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1960:

Bud Schmidt of the State at Spokane, Wash. used the “girls only” gimmick to get a running start with “Yellowstone Kelly”. Billing it as the “Kookie Matinee”, Schmidt had 350 avid fans of Edd “Kookie” Byrnes waiting at the box office when it opened at 10 a.m. The promotion was carried out with the city’s top-rated teenage radio station.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 25, 2010 at 12:05 am

February 22nd, 1915 amusement page: View link
no big ad for this theatre.

Mikeyisirish
Mikeyisirish on June 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm

A 2012 photo can be seen here and here.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Front cover treatment as the State Theatre in January, 1977: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Description from same issue: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 13, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Described as the Clemmer in this 1915 trade article: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Current name uses the “er” ending of the “T” word:
Bing Crosby Theater.

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