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A bit of good news: The Bing Crosby Theater will endure, says new owner

A long line of movie fans were waiting for admittance into the State theater in downtown Spokane in this 1951 photo.  The State, at the corner of Sprague and Lincoln, is now called the Met and is used as a performance theater, rather than a movie theater.    Photo archive/The Spokesman-Review (Photo Archive)
A long line of movie fans were waiting for admittance into the State theater in downtown Spokane in this 1951 photo. The State, at the corner of Sprague and Lincoln, is now called the Met and is used as a performance theater, rather than a movie theater. Photo archive/The Spokesman-Review (Photo Archive)

We'd hear rumors for weeks that a number of area folks were considering buying the Bing Crosby Theater, a major part of entertainment history in downtown Spokane.

We got the word earlier on Thursday that the deal was done; local property developer Gerry Dicker put together a package and signed the deal recently. We reported that on Spokesman.com earlier.

Here's a 1951 photo that shows what the building, at the corner of Lincoln and Sprague, looked like. At the time, it was the State Theater, having gone through a few changes after starting life in 1915 as the Clemmer.

Dicker said he'll maintain the building as a theater and keep the Bing Crosby name.

Photo source: The Spokesman-Review




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