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

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

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2001: A Space Odyssey

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Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

Ten years after the The Phantom Menace , the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi named Count Dooku, thousands of planets threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. When an assassination attempt is made on Senator Padmé Amidala, the former Queen... Learn more

Bloomington's Chefs' Challenge

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Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Lucinda Williams and her band Buick 6

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Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke Skywalker is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begins Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to... Learn more

Breaking Away

Shot in and around Bloomington and the IU campus, Breaking Away takes the viewer on a tour of 1979 Bloomington as a story full of comedy, excitement, and pathos unfolds against locations both familiar and surprising for current residents. Much like the scenery, the story captures a... Learn more

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion’s defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to... Learn more

The Matrix

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary... Learn more

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

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Bohemian Rhapsody Sing Along Screening

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Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus

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Amethyst House Benefit Concert Featuring Anders Osborne

Amethyst House is excited to present "An Evening with Anders Osborne" for our 7th Annual Benefit Concert. Local favorite Charlie Jesseph will open the show. Purchase a VIP ticket and get front-of-house seating as well as admission to the VIP reception at 6:30pm before the show. ... Learn more

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

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The Del McCoury Band

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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

Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival

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