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

Randy & Mr. Lahey

  • February 21, 2017
  • 812-323-3020

The Randy and Lahey show is a silly, sexist, drunken hour and a half of songs and skits, audience participation, profanity, Shakespeare, and general hilarity. Over the past eight years, it has developed into the fastest moving two-man show in the known universe. Door will open one hour... Learn more

Gene Yang

  • February 23, 2017

Yang is a comic book artist and author of graphic novels, who teaches creative writing through Hamline University's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. His book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the... Learn more

Focus Dance Company & IU Contemporary Dance

  • February 24, 2017

The Taipei National University of the Arts is sending 22 students from the Focus Dance Group to perform a thrilling new set on a joint bill with students from IU’s Contemporary Dance Program. Learn more

Scene Change: Music of Latin America

  • March 4, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Explore the uncharted musical language of Latin America with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and IU’s Latin American Music Center. Featuring the world premiere of Juan Orrego-Salas’s Ash Wednesday. * O Garatuja – Alberto Nepomuceno (Brazil) – Prelude to an opera that was... Learn more

Victor Gama: Ocea Mundo

  • March 6, 2017
  • 812-323-3020

Victor Gama is a renowned composer and musician. Gama's solo performance, Ocea-Mundo, is a new composition written for acrux (inspired by the Southern Cross) and toha (taking its shape from the weaver bird nest of Southern Angola), two contemporary musical instruments from his Pangeia... Learn more

The Banff Mountain Film Festival

  • April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Join IU Outdoor Adventures when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bloomington for the 15th year in a row! The Banff Mountain Film... Learn more

8th Annual Bloomington Trashion Refashion Runway Show

  • April 9, 2017

Trashion-Refashion runway show benefitting the Center for Sustainable Living - https://www.simplycsl.org/ Learn more

Marc Cohn

  • April 12, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller,... Learn more

Joe Wong

  • April 14, 2017

Wong is a stand-up comedian and holds a PhD in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston. While living in Boston, Wong eventually qualified for the Boston Comedy Festival, where a booker for “The Late Show with David Letterman” spotted him. Wong became a favorite of David Letterman and Ellen... Learn more

Another Round Spring Concert

  • April 15, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Another Round is the only all-male and "mostly single" a cappella group at Indiana University. It is comprised of 12 of IU's finest singers and performers. The group originated as Straight No Chaser in 1996; the name has since changed, but the legacy lives on. They perform with a unique, relaxed... Learn more

Mary Wilson of The Supremes

  • April 30, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Mary Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world’s most famous female trio The Supremes — who recorded 12 No.1 hits from 1964 to 1969 — but the legendary singer’s career did not stop there. Ms. Wilson still performs with the same passion as she did while singing with... Learn more

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

  • May 13, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

A banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an... Learn more

An Evening With Kris Kristofferson

  • May 21, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

This show is sold out but we will maintain a short waiting list of patrons interested in purchasing tickets. Please call the box office at 812-323-3020 during business hours to be added to that list. Heralded as an artist's artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 27 albums,... Learn more

Sara Watkins

  • May 31, 2017
  • (812) 323-3020

Sara Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler. Watkins debuted in 1989 as fiddler and founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek, along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. Watkins also plays the ukulele and guitar, and played percussion while... Learn more

Cardinal Stage Company presents West Side Story

  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until June 25, 2017
  • 812-336-9300

Rounding out the season is Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s masterwork West Side Story. Inspired by Romeo and Juliet and showcasing one of the greatest scores in musical theatre history, Cardinal’s production of West Side promises to bring the 10th Anniversary Season of Legends to a... Learn more

Bloomington's Chefs' Challenge

  • July 30, 2017
  • (812) 332-0999

Based on television’s popular Iron Chef, this culinary event will feature three local chefs who will have one hour to prepare a winning dish from a pantry of ingredients. A mystery ingredient will be revealed right before the competition begins. BCAT film crews will show close-ups of the... Learn more