Buskirk-Chumley Theater

  • 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 323-3020

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Spanish mission revival silent movie house is one of the busiest community theaters in the country. As a high-quality performance venue and community resource, the BCT hosts a year-round program of music, theatre, dance, film, and community events, presented by more than 50 organizations. They also bring national-touring performers - primarily musicians and comedians - to downtown Bloomington. The BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitors Center serves as a central ticketing office for venues and performance groups across the community. Chances are they have the tickets you're looking for!  The BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitors Center also sells locally-made or locally-themed gift items ranging from t-shirts that celebrate biking in Bloomington to a Christmas ornament featuring the iconic "Indiana" sign on the BCT's marquee.

Attractions
  • Tickets Available at BCT Box Office:

Meeting Rooms

  • Description

     The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a completely renovated vaudeville theater and movie house built in 1922.  Located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, the theater is an ideal space to present music, theater, dance and variety performances.  The beautiful interior and comfortable seating also make it an ideal venue for fundraising or gala events.  Perfect for corporate presentations, the theater's ambiance adds a sense of history and culture to any event. 

     

    Theater management offers technical and professional assistance in the planning and execution of your event, including regular announcements to the media regarding upcoming events. 
  • Number of Rooms 1
Main Floor
  • Theater Capacity: 301
Balcony
  • Theater Capacity: 260
Orchestra Pit
  • Theater Capacity: 55

Facility Info

  • Description

     The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a completely renovated vaudeville theater and movie house built in 1922.  Located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, the theater is an ideal space to present music, theater, dance and variety performances.  The beautiful interior and comfortable seating also make it an ideal venue for fundraising or gala events.  Perfect for corporate presentations, the theater's ambiance adds a sense of history and culture to any event. 

     

    Theater management offers technical and professional assistance in the planning and execution of your event, including regular announcements to the media regarding upcoming events. 
  • Number of Rooms 1

The Robert Cray Band

  • August 22, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene,... Learn more

The CanJoe Man

  • September 3, 2017
  • 812-323-3020

“CanJoe” John VanArsdall, a longtime fiddler, has been making canjoes, a one-string instrument with a can (yes, like a soda or beer car) for more than 20 years. VanArsdall began making the unique instrument as a hobby in the early 1990s with his friend, Herschel Brown, who believes himself to be... Learn more

Rory Block in Concert: A Benefit for Amethyst House

  • September 8, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Rory Block, along with guest Austin Lucas, are playing special benefit concert for Amethyst House. Amethyst House provides residential and out-patient services for those recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. Learn more

WFIU's Evening with Steve Inskeep

  • September 15, 2017
  • (812) 855-5068

Join WFIU for an evening with NPR's Steve Inskeep! Known for posing probing questions to everyone from presidents to warlords to musicians, Inskeep has a passion for stories of the less famous—like an American soldier who lost both feet in Afghanistan, or an Ethiopian woman’s extraordinary... Learn more

Carrie Newcomer & Friends

  • September 16, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Celebrate the release of Carrie Newcomer's latest album, Carrie Newcomer Live at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, at the very theater in the album title! This album was recorded during her 2016 concert and we're thrilled to welcome Carrie back to our stage for another exuberant and uplifting... Learn more

Rhiannon Giddens

  • September 23, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New... Learn more

Be Golden

  • October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

Be Golden is a multi-day experience to inspire and empower individuals to be unapologetically authentic through the personal stories of our keynote speakers, workshops, meet-ups, a 5k walk/run, and much more. Our team of women is headquartered in Bloomington, IN with members of our Fembassador... Learn more

Frankenstein

  • Dates vary between October 29, 2017 - November 5, 2017
  • (812) 336-9300

Abandoned by his creator, Frankenstein's Creature seeks affection...and revenge. Mary Shelley's still-shocking gothic thriller is produced in partnership with IU's 2017 Themester: Diversity, Difference, and Otherness. Visit cardinalstage.org for more information. Learn more

Peter Pan

  • Dates vary between December 17, 2017 - December 30, 2017
  • (812) 336-9300

"All children grow up - except one!" Clap your hands and believe this holiday season as Peter, Wendy, and Captain Hook soar to Neverland! Visit cardinalstage.org for more information. Learn more

9 to 5 the Musical

  • Dates vary between June 17, 2018 - June 24, 2018
  • (812) 336-9300

A musical crack in the glass ceiling. Three female co-workers concoct a plan to even the score with their sexist boss. A musical for our times, featuring music and lyrics by the incomparable Dolly Parton! Visit cardinalstage.org for more information. Learn more