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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  • 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

Countryside Getaway

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Vienna Boys Choir

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An Evening with Leo Kottke

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny – Dream Box Tour In Fall 2023 - 20x Grammy Award Winning Guitarist & Composer Pat Metheny is launching a solo tour which will coincide with a new album release on BMG Modern Recordings, Dream Box. The tour, a first of its kind for Metheny, will feature... Learn more

Fruition

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Science on Screen: The Martian

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2024 Asianfest

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2024 Women's History Month Luncheon

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In Lights Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

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BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour

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MANIA: THE ABBA TRIBUTE

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The Trashion Refashion Runway Show

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African American Dance Company Spring Concert

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Spyro Gyra 50th Anniversary Tour

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Breaking Away: Celebrating the Little 500

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2024 BE MORE AWARDS

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Mark Normand

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

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BELT OUT LOUD! FEATURING BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY

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The Rocket Man Experience

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The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

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