The Bing Crosby Theater was built in the fall of 2015 as a silent movie theater featuring a 50-piped organ and the builder, August Paulsen, spared no expense. Reviewing the theater at its opening, the Spokesman-Review commented ‘an atmosphere of richness is over everything.’ The theater glowed with 1,600 lights. Murals on the walls were painted by Ivar Petersen, the muralist who had a year earlier painted murals is the Davenport Hotel and they still grace the walls today. The acoustical shell over the stage, though built for function as a concentrator of the organ sounds, gave ‘an elaborate architectural effect’ and ‘is the first of such design to be installed in any theater.’ (Indeed, 90 years later architectural historians surveying the building as a part of statewide survey of old theaters said they had never seen another one like it).
Seating 750 guests and featuring concessions including the usual candy and popcorn along with beer, wine and spirits, The Bing Theater has witnessed tremendous growth over the years. Patrons express enthusiasm and gratitude for the unique shows and the intimate, historic experience which is one of a kind. In 2018, over 100,000 guests visited the theater for music performances, screenings, readings, comedy, and live theater.
901 W Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201