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.

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  • 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

Just Like Me: Vietnam War Stories from All Sides

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Mexico Remixed Presents: Valeria Luiselli

Born in Mexico City and raised largely in South Africa, Valeria Luiselli is the award-winning author of Faces in the Crowd(2012), Sidewalks (2010), The Story of My Teeth (2015). Her most recent work, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions (2017) was described as “the First Must-Read Book... Learn more

African American Dance Company Spring Concert

Indiana University's African American Dance Company presents its 45th annual Spring Concert. Directed by renowned choreographer and Black dance scholar Baba Stafford C. Berry Jr., the African American Dance Company will share movement traditions and dances from the Americas and the African... Learn more

Set It Off!

Hip Hop ConnXion – Indiana presents Set It Off! This is a dance showcase that shows all of Hip Hop ConnXion – Indiana's talent and hard work throughout the school year. We have guest performers come from throughout the Bloomington community and out of town in the Midwest region to... Learn more

Mexico Remixed Presents: ÓNIX Ensamble

Apr. 18 - Auer Hall. 7:00 p.m. Apr. 19 - Buskirk-Chumley Theater. 7:30 p.m. Free, but ticketed. Comprised of outstanding musicians from Mexico, ÓNIX Ensamble has achieved world-wide recognition as a leading champion of contemporary music. The group has premiered... Learn more

Mexico Remixed Presents: Flor de Toloache

Founded in 2008 by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol as New York City's first all-women mariachi group, Flor de Toloache got their start performing as a harp, violin, and vihuela trio for subway riders. Today they perform as a full mariachi ensemble, featuring members who hail from Mexico,... Learn more

African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert

Indiana University's critically acclaimed African American Choral Ensemble presents its 43rd annual Spring Concert. Directed by Dr. Raymond Wise, the Choral Ensemble features a broad repertoire of African American music, including spirituals, traditional and contemporary gospel, and formally... Learn more

A Thousand Words

Find out why a picture – or a piece of music – is worth a thousand words with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Check back soon for more details. The stage will be extended into the orchestra pit for this performance. Please note that lower balcony seats... Learn more

Over the Rhine & Carrie Newcomer

We are pleased to present an evening of acoustic music from two local favorites: Over the Rhine and Carrie Newcomer. Over the Rhine "It's a collection of songs that required some extra real estate," Linford Detweiler says of Over the Rhine 's... Learn more

Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band

Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. Guitar Player magazine describes him as “a virtual deity — a living legend.” After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage,... Learn more

Bloomington's Chefs' Challenge

This Iron-Chef type event features three local chefs as they compete on stage, with an hour to prepare a winning dish, using a secret ingredient. Chefs are chosen by email voting prior to the event. All proceeds benefit Community Kitchen's hunger relief efforts. Learn more

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

The Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival explores the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community through feature-length and short films, talkbacks, and programming that promote community-wide attitudes of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity. Weekend, and daily passes, as well as... Learn more