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

Donnie Baker Live in Bloomington!

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Newsies

Cardinal Stage presents Disney’s “Newsies” December 12 – 29 at the Buskirk Chumley. Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this high-energy musical soars with rousing dance numbers and memorable songs. When New York publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst... Learn more

The Grammy Award-Winning Rebirth Brass Brand

Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and... Learn more

MAT KEARNEY * CITY OF BLACK AND WHITE REVISITED * ACOUSTIC TOUR

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his breakout album, City of Black & White , Mat Kearney decided to revisit some of his favorite songs off of the record and re-record them with a new perspective. Similarly, the City of Black & White Revisited Tour will feature Kearney’s... Learn more

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Indiana Forest Alliance is extremely excited to host it's annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an evocative collection of local and global films that focus on environmental issues and promote advocacy. The Indiana Forest... 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

Janis Ian & Livingston Taylor

Now in her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis received her most recent Grammy nomination in 2016 for the self-produced Patience & Sarah , an audio book she produced and co-narrated with the actress Jean Smart ( Designing Women ). This makes a total of 10... Learn more

CD Release Tour - Monika Herzig's Sheroes with special guest Krista Detor

Monika Herzig’s Sheroes, featuring a group of the leading NY instrumentalists, will celebrate their new release, Eternal Dance , which is a collection of music on the theme of healing and overcoming barriers. This concert will conclude Jazz Girls Day, a day-long workshop for... Learn more

Shawn Colvin: Steady On 30th Anniversary

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... Learn more