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Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington

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Architectural Building
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 silent movie house by Harry and Nova Vonderschmitt. Beautifully restored and outfitted with state-of-the-art technical equipment, the Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc. on behalf of the City of Bloomington.

The Theater has become the primary venue for the Lotus World Music Festival, Indiana University’s African American Arts Institute, and Jazz from Bloomington. National acts such as Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Joan Baez, Andrew Bird, Kimya Dawson, the Indigo Girls, Umphrey's McGee, Gillian Welch and John Mellencamp have graced the stage. Over 200 performances take place at the Theater each year, organized by more than 50 community organizations.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Overall, we have experienced several concerts at this venue and it is one of my favorite places to see live music. We saw Steve Earle, Kenny Aronoff drum clinic, Del McCoury Band, Keb Mo, Mersey Beatl...  more »
  • I've done a lot of things here - ushering for shows, and I even performed in a couple on stage myself! I also got a nice birthday treat here one time when I went to see The Maltese Falcon for classic ...  more »
  • We visited to watch a film at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. The theater has been restored. It was originally built for silent films. Both my husband and I had visited the theater as children in the ear...  more »
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  • Undoubtedly the best performing arts venue in Bloomington with a top-notch schedule year round. Not a bad seat in this house. What I like best about it is the vibe in this former 1920's movie theatre. It's present no matter whether you see a play, a band, or the Bloomington Symphony.
  • Great atmosphere. Wonderful seating and standing options with local beer on tap. Albeit a bit expensive.
  • Beautiful venue, great music, and the staff in the box office went out of their way to help when I misplaced my phone! Thank you!
  • Best concert venue I have ever been in. I've seen several concerts there (including during the Lotus Festival).
  • Every seat is a good seat in this small theater.