Love Bing Crosby? You can mingle with other fans, talk to people who knew the man personally, view exhibits, and see classic Bing films on Saturday, December 11 at the Bing Crosby Theater Christmas Festival in downtown Spokane, WA. For the fifth consecutive year, the non-profit group Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater will host a full day of Bing Crosby memories. The theater will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with activities in the lobby all day while films play in the theater. Free cider and cookies will be served.
Bing Crosby’s niece, Carolyn Schneider, and his nephew, Howard Crosby, will speak about Bing starting at 6:00 p.m. The classic, beloved movie White Christmas will begin and end the day, with Road to Morocco, films from Bing’s private archives, and the documentary The Legendary Bing Crosby in between.
This family friendly event is offered free, but the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater request a $5 donation for the entire day of fun.
If you would like to brush up on your Bing history before or after the film festival, check out Gonzaga University’s amazing Crosby Collection. Housed in the Crosbyana Room in the Crosby Student Center (502 E. Boone), this collection contains approximately 200 items, including the duplicate Oscar he won in 1944 for Going My Way, gold and platinum records, movie stills and photographs, record albums, books, and sheet music. You will also see interesting items from the Crosby Research Foundation, such as the “Trip Trap,” a mousetrap that the foundation invented. Over 2500 guests visit each year, from all fifty states and twenty other countries.
The Crosbyana Room is free and open 7:30 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 11:00 a.m. to midnight weekends. While you are there, stop by the Crosby Alumni House at 508 E. Sharp. This house was Bing’s boyhood home, and it is open to the public on weekdays. Be sure to check out the campus map before you go if you are not familiar with Gonzaga University campus.