Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016

Showtime: Movies and Events all day.

Price: $10 Available at the door only.

The 11th Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will be held on Saturday, Dec 3, 2016, featuring some of the best loved films of Spokane’s own Bing Crosby, along with a gallery of photos of the famous entertainer and a special live musical performance, A Tribute to “White Christmas” at 75,” by Hot Club of Spokane, a group of local musicians dedicated to the preservation of jazz, swing and blues.

The non-profit Bing Crosby Advocates (BCA) presents the festival annually 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. It was at this theater, then known as the Clemmer, that a young Bing Crosby began his career by performing skits in between the silent films shown there. The theater was renamed for him in 2006.

Tickets for the festival are $10 each and are good for the entire day’s events. Tickets are available at the door only (no advance sales) and must be purchased by check or cash (no credit/debit cards). Children age 12 and under will be admitted free.

Doors open at 10 a.m. The festival begins with the 10:30 a.m. showing of Bing Crosby’s traditional and much beloved holiday film White Christmas (1954), which also stars Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen and Danny Kaye. The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945), with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, shows at 1 p.m.

Birth of the Blues (1941) will be shown at 4 p.m. The film also features Mary Martin and Brian Donlevy, with brief appearances by such jazz greats as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Paul Whiteman.

This year’s Festival will feature a live tribute to “White Christmas” and to the works of Spokane music royalty — Bing Crosby, Mildred Bailey and Al Rinker. Spokane’s own Hot Club of Spokane will present a program at 6 p.m. that features several singers, a dozen top musicians, and historic films of the 1920s and 1930s.

And at 7:30 the festival concludes with a repeat showing of the classic White Christmas.