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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 serves as a central ticketing office for venues and performance groups across the community. Chances are they have the tickets you're looking for.

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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

Low Cut Connie

Buskirk-Chumley Theater is very proud to present one of the most exciting rock acts touring today, Low Cut Connie. Since Low Cut Connie's debut record Get Out the Lotion (NPR's Fresh Air Top 10 albums of 2011), they've firmly established their reputation as one of the most exciting live... Learn more

Studio Ghibli at the BCT: Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer's apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft... Learn more

Studio Ghibli at the BCT: Kiki’s Delivery Service

Celebrate this beloved coming-of-age story from the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, about a resourceful young witch who uses herbroom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of... Learn more

Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet and essayist whose book, Minor Feelings, is a searching work that ruthlessly reckons with the American racial consciousness. Hong weaves together personal stories, historical context, and cultural criticism to ultimately create an emotional and impactful... Learn more

The Power of Words with Jacqueline Woodson

Hear from internationally acclaimed and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, who gives voice to African American life through more than 30 books for adults, young adults, and children, including New York Times bestsellers, Red at the Bone, and Brown Girl Dreaming. Woodson's compelling stories... Learn more

Susan Choi

Susan Choi's first novel,The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural... Learn more

The Room starring Tommy Wiseau

"Oh Hai, Bloomington!" The BEST bad film of all time returns to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on February 12, 2022. Since its release in 2004, The Room has become a once-in-a-generation sensation, referred to as "the Citizen Kane of bad movies," and even inspiring a hit Hollywood film, The... Learn more

Lucinda Williams and Her Band

"It's all come full circle," says Lucinda Williams about her powerful new album, Good Souls Better Angels. After more than forty years of music making, the pioneering, Louisiana-born artist has returned to the gritty blues foundation that first inspired her as a young singer-songwriter in the... Learn more

Bob Mould Solo Electric: Distortion and Blue Hearts!

Legendary musician Bob Mould announces his "Distortion and Blue Hearts!" tour starting September 16, 2021, in Boston at Paradise. The tour is in two parts. For the first three weeks, Bob will be joined by Jason Narducy on bass and drummer Jon Wurster. Beginning October 15 in Bloomington, IL,... Learn more

Mile Twelve

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and... Learn more

RWANDA: BEYOND THE DEADLY PIT

Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit (104 minutes) is Gilbert Ndahayo's debut autobiographical documentary film premiered at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival in 2010 and nominated for African Movie Academy Award®-. In the film, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda confronts, on-camera, his... Learn more

James Hunter Six

It's been 10 years since the Englishman James Hunter burst onto the scene with his U.S. debut People Gonna Talk (GO/Rounder 2006), topping the Billboard Blues chart, earning a Grammy-nomination, and attracting universal acclaim from critics and his fans — including Van Morrison, Sharon Jones, and... Learn more

Todd Snider: Pickin’. Grinnin’. Tellin’ Stories. Takin’ Requests

Tickets are currently only available to BCT donors. Become a donor today to participate in this donor pre-sale opportunity AND all donor pre-sales for a full year. Tickets go on sale to the public at 10am on Friday, January 14th. You don't often hear about an artist reinventing their... Learn more

Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Join IU Outdoor Adventures when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure back to an in person audience in Bloomington! The film festival will be held on Saturday, March 19th at 7pm and Sunday, March 20th at 5pm. Saturday Trailer Banff... Learn more

Robert Cray

Hearing is a funny thing. It's not just receiving sound — it's understanding and interpreting it, making sense of the various vibrations swirling around our heads. That's how two people can listen to the same thing, and come away with opposite impressions. The sounds may be the same, but the... Learn more

Joseph

The sophomore effort from Oregon – bred trio Joseph, Good Luck, Kid is a road movie in album form, an odyssey at turns emotional, existential, and entirely literal. With their intimate storytelling and restless intensity, Natalie Schepman and her sisters Allison and Meegan Closner detail... Learn more

Shawn Colvin: Steady On 32nd Anniversary Tour

Three-time GRAMMY winner Shawn Colvin's debut album, Steady On, was released in October 1989, a stunning introduction to an artist who quickly established herself as a mainstay in the singer-songwriter genre. The album was lauded for its confessional songwriting and well-crafted melodies, and for... Learn more

Portland Cello Project presents Purple Reign

The Pacific Northwest's premiere alt-classical ensemble turns the evening purple, blending their deep textures with the unique harmonic landscape of the artistic power of Prince. Joined by musicians who have worked with Prince such as Saeeda Wright and Tyrone Hendrix, expect a lively evening of... Learn more

CANDLEBOX

Throw out any preconceived notions you may have about who Candlebox is. Wolves, the band's seventh album which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Chart, is rife with brutal lyrical honesty and songs that run the gamut from dirty rock stompers to timeless, radio-ready pop-rock tunes. Wolves captures... Learn more

Steven Page Formerly of Barenaked Ladies

Steven Page's distinctive and powerful voice is among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with former bandmates, Barenaked Ladies, the award-winning band he co-founded. As one of the principal songwriters and lead singer, Steven... Learn more