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Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
PO Box 1323
Bloomington, IN 47402
812-323-3024 (fax)
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a 600 seat, historic theater located at 114 E. Kirkwood in downtown Bloomington. Beautifully restored by the Bloomington Area Arts Council, the theater is currently managed by a private non-profit organization, BCT Management, Inc. The theater is a valued community resource, available for public or private events rental for events.
Now in the National Register of Historic Places, the Indiana Theater – or simply “the Indiana,” as it is known to Bloomington residents – was built in 1922 as a movie and vaudeville theater by Harry and Nova Vonderschmitt. In its early years, the theater had a pipe organ for movie accompaniment; bands also played on the bandstand, for movies and contests. Hoagy Carmichael led “The Collegians” there from 1925 to 1928. Movies soon dominated the activity at the theater, and the Indiana continued to be a popular destination for decades. In 1975, Nova Vonderschmitt sold the theater to Kerasotes Theatres, Inc. Kerasotes altered the interior, blocking off the original balcony to add an upstairs screen, and operated the theater until 1995. Most Bloomington residents have fond memories of evenings spent enthralled by the big screen. In December of 1995, Kerasotes gave the theater to the Bloomington Area Arts Council for use as a performing arts center. Garnering support from the entire co
Services Offered
  • Exhibitions/Demonstrations
  • Offer Works for Sale
  • Performances
Visitor Information
Events are regularly updated on our website, Hours for operation of theater offices are Monday through Friday, 9-5. Box office hours are: Tuesday-Thursday: Noon-6pm Friday-Saturday: Noon-8pm Sunday-Monday: Closed.
Contact Information
812-323-3024 (fax)

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