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Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington

(4.7/5 based on 50 reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • I've seen a few different types of programs here. Overall nice place. Could use a few more bathrooms. The easiest one to get to the second floor to the right. You won't notice it's the bathroom immediately. Generally nice and comfortable seats.
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  • Excellent venue.. great acoustics in a theater built in 1922.. I always enjoyed this theater as a child. John Mayall is still rocken at 83 years of age..  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.