812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
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Rates & Availability


The Buskirk-Chumley Theater may be rented for private or public events. Please review the following for available dates and fee information. For more details or to start the contracting process, please contact our Events Director at events@buskirkchumley.org.

When planning your budget, you should consider the four following costs associated with renting the theater:

  • Rental fees
  • Technical labor fees
  • Additional equipment or service fees, if any
  • Event insurance

Please see below for more details on each.


Blank dates are still available to renters. All “booked” dates have been secured by another renter. “Hold” indicates that a renter has expressed interest in the date but has not yet signed a contract. Please contact us if you are interested in a held date.

The theater can be placed on hold for your event for no more than 14 days. After this time, the date must be secured with a signed contract and a minimum $300/day non-refundable deposit, or it will be released. Renters must also agree to the theater’s Rental Terms & Conditions, along with signing a contract.

Rental fees

Current fees are listed below.

Jan–May 2022 Sunday–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $1115 $1115
Event Day $1785 $2225
Sep–Dec 2022 Sunday–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $1115 $1115
Event Day $1785 $2225
Jun–Aug 2022 Sunday–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $560 $560
Event Day $895 $1115

Marquee Rental

You may now rent the marquee to display your own message on Kirkwood Avenue! The marquee is only available on days when there are no other events happening at the BCT. See the calendar above for available dates.

2022 Rates First Day Per Additional Day One Week
Front Marquee Rental $250 (includes $100 deposit*) $50 $450
Side Marquee Rental $125 (includes $50 deposit*) $25 $225

* This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied toward your final invoice.

Technical Labor Fees

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a union-operated facility. All of our technical staff are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artist and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories, and Canada, Local 618. A union member must be present any time you are in the auditorium, and a minimum $250 labor fee per day is required. Overtime labor is charged after 8 hours in one day, 40 hours in one week, before 8am and after midnight, and all day on Sunday and holidays. Technical labor costs depend on the length and complexity of your event. We can develop an estimate of your technical labor fees based on your plans.

Tech Director Stagehand
$34 per hour $23 per hour
$51 overtime/Sunday $34 overtime/Sunday
Loader/Truck In Fee Loader/Truck Out Fee Performance Crew Fee*
$76 per hour $76 per hour $91 per performance
$115 Sun & Holidays $115 Sun & Holidays $136 Sun & Holidays

* May apply to your event if more than one technician is required during the performance.

Additional Services and Equipment

Your rental of the theater includes:

  • Basic event promotion (not intended to replace your marketing efforts)
  • Listings on buskirkchumley.org & bctboxoffice.org
  • Inclusion of a poster in the upcoming events display case, if a poster is provided
  • Promotion on marquee
  • Day-of-show house manager to coordinate front-of-house activities
  • Advice from BCT staff on planning, promoting, ticketing your event
  • A meeting with the Technical Director to plan the technical elements of your event
  • Ushers to provide patron services during your event
  • Equipment already owned by the theater
  • Six-foot tables and cloths already owned by the theater
  • Use of the entire building, including dressing rooms, lobby, mezzanine, and upper hallway
  • Access to the building from 8am to midnight

A few additional fees that may apply to your event:

BCT Box Office ticketing services (required for ticketed events) $200/day
Facility Fee for non-primary Box Office purchases (applies to for-profit renters) $3/ticket
Stage Extension A (adds 6′ to stage) $150 + labor
Stage Extension B (adds 4′ to Extension A) $150 + labor
Projection Equipment (28′ x 20′ or 16′ x 9′ screen) $150/day
Yamaha C-7 Baby Grand Piano $150 on stage
Yamaha C-7 Baby Grand Piano $200 in orchestra pit
Cleaning fee for outside catering $150/day
Second bar setup (on mezzanine or in orchestra pit) $250
Reserved parking Varies


Renters are required to obtain event liability insurance that names both BCT Management, Inc. and the City of Bloomington as additional insured in the amount of $1M per instance and $2M aggregate. You may be able to add event insurance to a homeowners or business liability policy for a minimal cost. This requirement may be waived for simple events featuring just a speaker or speaker and a film.

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