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It’s not Christmas until Bing says it’s Christmas

Oh, I'm a sucker for old movies. Especially old Christmas movies. Super especially old Christmas movies with lots of song and dance and jazz hands.

This Saturday you'll find me in my happy place — ensconced in a comfy seat at the Bing, with visions of sugar plums and sequins and the sweet sounds of the Crooner of the Century filling my head. 

The 7th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival happens this Saturday, and features some of Bing's best-loved films:

  • Noon: White Christmas (1954) … my fave!
  • 2:30: Bells of St. Mary's (1945) … will be seeing this for the first time on Saturday!
  • 5: Holiday Inn (1942) … Bing AND Fred Astaire. Serious swoonage!
  • 7:30: White Christmas (again) … a film so nice they'll play it twice!

In addition to the films you can also see the Best Actor Oscar that Bing won for his role in 1944's Going My Way, and a vast photo collection that features the actor. It's a Bing-A-Palooza!

Doors open at 11. Festival tickets are $7 each, and are good for the entire day. You can buy tickets through TicketsWest or at the door, and kids aged 12/under are admitted free. Snacks will be available at the theater's concession stand, plus there will be beer and wine service. 

The non-profit advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater (ABCT) presents the festival at the Bing Crosby Theater at Sprague and Lincoln in downtown Spokane each December as part of the community's celebration of the holiday season. The Bing Crosby Theater, where the world-famous entertainer began his career, was renamed for him in 2006.  

You'll find the Bing Crosby Theater at 901 W. Sprague, downtown.