Washington Theatre Goes Bing

The Metropolitan Performing Arts Center in Spokane, Wash., is being renamed in honor of the city’s most famous crooner, Bing Crosby.

Crosby grew up in Spokane and, while attending Gonzaga College, was hired by the manager of the venue (a silent movie theatre at the time) to entertain audiences during intermissions, according to the Spokeman-Review.

The 750-capacity PAC, known locally as the Met, will get a new sign and a lobby display featuring Crosby’s contributions to the music industry.