Neon Jubilee

BCT100 Centennial Gala Event

7:00 pm Tickets

Presented By:

BCT Presents


Buskirk-Chumley Theater


January 28




3 hour 20 minutes


General Admission





The Indiana Theatre’s Official Birthday Party! On January 28th, the Bloomington community is coming together to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, which first opened its doors as the Indiana Theatre silent movie house on December 11th, 1922.

Let’s go all out! Guests are invited to dress to the nines in their favorite 1920s-inspired costumes. Doors open at 6:30 pm to check in, grab a cocktail and finger foods, and join us in the auditorium for a journey through time beginning with a presentation at 7:30 pm. After remarks from key contributors to the theater’s evolution, you’ll be invited to explore the spaces you’ve never seen with backstage tours and other exciting activities. No will-call will be available until doors open the day of the event.

Eat, drink, and dance! Tickets include a feast of hors d’oeuvres and sweets throughout the theater and throughout the night with special thanks to One World Catering. Tickets also include one drink ticket to two bars which will be serving specialty cocktails from Cardinal Spirits, local wine from Butler Winery, and fun beers from Upland Brewing Co.

Meet the Stars of the Show! We invite you to journey with us back to the Roaring Twenties, review the theater’s first 100 years and look forward to the next 100. The evening features remarks from former State Senator Vi Simpson, Dr. Norris Chumley (of the Buskirk-Chumley Family), professor emerita of IU African American and Diaspora Studies and former director of the Black Film Archive Dr. Audrey McCluskey, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, and more!

Join Us for the Party of the Century! It may be our anniversary but we’re throwing a party for you. We’re hoping you’ll join us in celebrating BCT’s last 10 decades as well as what’s to come in the next 10!

Event Schedule


6:30 pm — Doors Open
      Check-In/ticket pick-up in Box Office
      Food & drink available — Concessions & Inner Lobby
            Hors d’oeuvres & sweets, courtesy of One World Catering
            Cocktails, courtesy of Cardinal Spirits
            Wine, courtesy of Butler Winery
            Beer, courtesy of Upland Brewing Company
      Live Music — Auditorium
            Pianist, Julian Garvue
      1920s costume contest — Outer Lobby
      Photo booth — Outer Lobby

Act I

7:30 pm — Welcoming Remarks
      Sue & Bob Talbot, Centennial Committee Honorary Co-chairs
7:35 pm — Greetings from the City of Bloomington
      The Honorable John Hamilton, Mayor
7:35 pm — A Brief History of the Theater
      Erick Gjerdingen, Board President
      Sneak Peak at WTIU’s Documentary — “The Indiana Theater at 100: The Evolution of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater”

Act II

8:00 pm — Neon Centennial Heroes Panel
      Glenda Murray, Centennial Committee History Chair
      Vi Simpson, Former Indiana State Senator
      Dr. Norris Chumley, representative of the Chumley Family, major donors to the renovation
      Dr. Audrey McCluskey, professor emerita IU & former director of the Black Film Archive


8:30 pm — Bright Lights and Opening Nights, the Neon Centennial Year
      Brad Schiesser, Intermim Executive Director
8:35 pm — Our Brightly-colored Future
      Sara Laughlin, Board President 2021-2022
      Lily Bonwich, CFRE, Philanthropy Director


8:45 pm — Live Performances & Activities Begin!
      Performance by B-Town Bearcats
            Bill James, clarinet
            Pat Harbison, trumpet
            Dan Hughey, trombone and vocals
            Phil Sloffer, tuba
            Mike Lucas, piano and leader
            John Valdez, drums
            Kathleen Miller, vocals
      Dancing led by IU Swing Club — Join us!
      Outer Lobby
            Photo booth & 1920s costume contest
            Backstage Tours leaving every 15 min from H304
      Upstairs Hallway
            Caricature Portraits by Dan Alexander
            Theater History Exhibit
      Dressing Rooms
            Roaring 20s Selfie Stations
            (Gummy) Goldfish Swallowing & Vintage Fads