BCT100 Centennial Gala Event
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!
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
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”
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
Brad Schiesser, Intermim Executive Director
8:35 pm — Our Brightly-colored Future
Sara Laughlin, Board President 2021-2022
Lily Bonwich, CFRE, Philanthropy Director
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!
Photo booth & 1920s costume contest
Backstage Tours leaving every 15 min from H304
Caricature Portraits by Dan Alexander
Theater History Exhibit
Roaring 20s Selfie Stations
(Gummy) Goldfish Swallowing & Vintage Fads