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

LABYRINTH

Labyrinth is a 1986 musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, with George Lucas as executive producer. It revolves around 15-year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, whom Sarah... 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

The Oscar Shorts Film Festival

We will once again showcase the 10 Oscar nominees for Best Short Animation and Live-Action Film at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Here’s a chance to see the films that critics are raving about and predict the Oscar-winners before the Academy Awards on February 9th. And don’t forget to vote –... Learn more

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

“As you wish…” Immerse yourself in a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. After a long separation, they must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited. Based on the William Goldman novel The Princess Bride, which earned... Learn more

BSO 50th Season Presents - Conexiones: Diverse Voices from Spain and the Americas

Join the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra for a showcase of talent with a distinctly Latin flair! We explore music by composers from Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. as former BSO conductor Stephen Pratt returns to the podium. On the program: Manuel De Falla: The Three-Cornered... Learn more

The Dark Crystal

Jen, who was raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used... Learn more

Casablanca

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) owns the hottest nightclub in Casablanca during the early days of World War II. Rick, who professes to be neutral in all political matters, must choose between his love for an... Learn more

LOVE & BASKETBALL

Quincy (Omar Epps) and Monica (Sanaa Lathan) are childhood friends who aspire to be professional basketball players. Quincy, whose father plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, is a natural talent and a born leader. Monica is ferociously competitive but sometimes displays a temper on the court. As... Learn more

THE WIZ

The Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film that reimagines L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz . Featuring an all-black cast, the film was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. It follows the... Learn more

The Wiz

he Wiz is a 1978 American musical adventure fantasy film that reimagines L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Featuring an all-black cast, the film was loosely adapted from the 1974 Broadway musical of the same name. It... 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

Bonnie “Prince” Billy with Emmett Kelly & Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins

BONNIE “PRINCE” BILLY with EMMETT KELLY William “Will” Oldham better known by the stage name Bonnie “Prince” Billy, is an American singer-songwriter and actor. From 1993 to 1997, he performed and recorded under variations of the Palace name, including Palace Brothers,... Learn more

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

The Room Screening

“Oh Hai, Bloomington!” The BEST bad film of all time returns to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in March 2020. Since its release in 2004, The Room has become a once-in-a-generation sensation, referred to as “the Citizen Kane of bad movies,” and even inspiring a hit Hollywood film, The... Learn more

Be More Awards

The Be More Awards is our community's way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers. Ten awards will be presented during the community celebration honoring all of the nominees at the event (Tuesday, March 31, 2020) at the... 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