Seating, Directions, Parking, Accessibility, & Concessions
We’re here to ensure that you enjoy your BCT experience. If you have any questions, please contact the box office at 812.323.3020.
With just 600 seats, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is small enough to provide an intimate experience but big enough to provide you with seating options. Want to sit up close? If seats are available in the orchestra pit for a reserved seating show, you’ll see rows U, V, and W on the seating chart when making your purchase. If not, there will be a small open area between row A and the edge of the stage.
Prefer to sit in the balcony? Even the very back row gives you a full view of the stage with great sound. Our box seats (rows YL, ZL, YR, and ZR) are oriented at a slight angle to the stage, not perpendicular to the stage as they appear when you’re choosing your seats. More detail can be found on our seating chart but you can also call the box office at 812.323.3020 to discuss your seating options.
Located in the heart of downtown Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is just blocks away from many downtown attractions and restaurants. The theater is just off the downtown square, at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue. Find us on a map.
From the Indiana University Campus
Walk west from the Indiana Memorial Union towards the Sample Gates. The theater is located four blocks west of campus on Kirkwood Avenue (aka 5th Street).
From Hwy 37/I-69
Take the State Road 46 Bloomington exit and take 46 east, away from Ellettsville. Turn right on N. College Ave./N. Walnut St by Denny’s. This road will take you into downtown Bloomington. To reach the theater, turn left on Kirkwood Avenue (5th Street) and travel a block and a half. To reach convenient parking, turn left onto 4th Street and then right into the 4th Street Garage.
Downtown Bloomington is easily accessible on foot; however, public street, lot, and garage parking are all available near the theater. All nearby parking is metered during the week and free on Sundays. Most, but not all, meter accept both coins and credit cards. There are a variety of free parking options downtown; please consult the Downtown Parking page for more information. Bicycle parking racks are located throughout the downtown area and in most downtown parking garages.
The city’s parking meters are enforced from 9am to 9pm, Monday–Saturday, but street parking is free on Sundays and city holidays. Rates are $1/hour. If you are paying with a credit or debit card, there is a one-hour minimum purchase required, as well as a $0.30 convenience charge per transaction.
The City of Bloomington also offers the Parkmobile mobile app, which offers patrons a pay-as-you-go system so that you only pay for the time you are actually parked. Parkmobile supports all major credit cards, can be linked to a mobile wallet, and accepts payments via PayPal. Register with Parkmobile.
Fourth & Washington Lot: Located directly behind the BCT, this is a public lot enforced by coin-operated parking meters. These meters do not accept credit cards, so please bring sufficient change. The first three hours in this lot are free, and then move to $0.50 per hour. Meters are enforced Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm, but these spots are free after 5pm daily and on weekends.
Sixth & Lincoln Lot: Located just west of the Monroe County Public Library, this lot with coin-operated meters is just two blocks from the BCT. The rate is $0.50 per hour, with a maximum limit of 12 hours. These meters do not accept credit cards, so please bring sufficient change. Meters are enforced Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.
Seventh Street & Walnut Street Garage: This garage is located one and a half blocks north of the BCT. Parking is $0.50 per hour. Meters are enforced 24 hours per day, seven days a week, but the first three hours are free if parking on Monday–Friday, 6 am–6 pm, or Saturday–Sunday, 6 am–12 pm.
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater and the BCT Box Office have sidewalk-level main entrance doors. There are a few steps connecting the box office to the lobby, but patrons are also able to move from one area to the other via the Kirkwood Avenue sidewalk to avoid all steps. Once inside the theater, restrooms, concessions, and all orchestra level (main level) seating can be accessed without encountering steps. Our front doors and restroom doors are not power-assisted. Access to the mezzanine and balcony seating requires climbing numerous steps. There is no elevator in this historic building. If you are wondering if we can accommodate your specific need, please call the box office at 812.323.3020 or stop by for a visit. When you attend an event, staff and volunteer ushers are available to provide assistance as needed.
Accessible seating is available on the theater’s orchestra level (main level), including an area for four wheelchairs. Friends and family of patrons using wheelchairs will generally be seated directly in front of or behind the wheelchair seating area. Four additional aisle seats with flip-up arms are available for patrons who prefer to move from a wheelchair to a stationary seat or for others who might find seating easier with a flip-up arm. Wheelchair seating should be discussed during your ticket purchase; these purchases cannot be made online. Doors to the auditorium usually open 30 minutes before the performance begins but if you need early access to your seat for any reason, an usher will be happy to assist you.
The Buskirk-Chumley Theater has two accessible restrooms, both with baby-changing stations, in the interior lobby on the main floor of the theater. Those who are able are asked to use the facilities on higher floors.
Listening Enhancement Systems
Wireless headsets are available for patrons who might need a little assistance hearing what’s happening on the stage. Patrons wearing a hearing aid will be provided with Neckloop Telecoil Coupler, a device that hangs around the neck and connects the amplified sound from the stage to the hearing aid. Those not using hearing aids will be provided with a device that requires earbuds or headphones (Williams Sound Receiver Pack R37). Please feel free to provide your own or use earbuds provided by the theater. If you would like to use our listening enhancement devices, please contact an usher and let them know if you are using a hearing aid.
Curbside Pick-Up/Drop-Off Parking
A 30-minute delivery parking spot in front of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater can be used for convenient pick-up and drop-off at any time. Three handicapped parking spots are available in the city-owned parking lot directly behind the theater, and one handicapped parking spot can be found in front of the Fountain Square Mall on Kirkwood Avenue between College Avenue and Walnut Street. The Fourth Street Garage, the entrance to which is a two-block walk to our front door, also has handicapped parking spots. The closest spots to the theater that are not handicapped-designated are street parking spots on Kirkwood Ave. in front of the theater (metered at $1.00 per hour) and in the parking lot behind the theater off Fourth Street (metered at $1.00 per hour before 5 pm, with the first three hours free).
- Beer from Upland Brewing Company
- Wine from Oliver Winery
- Cocktails featuring Cardinal Spirits products
- Soft drinks & bottled water
- Orange juice
- Chocolate & cookies from BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery
- Organic popcorn from The Carthage Mill
- Trail mixes & veggie chips from Bloomingfoods
- Only food and drink from our concessions and BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery is allowed in the theater.
- Concessions does not usually stay open for the entire event. We often close soon after intermission.
- Payment by cash, check, or credit card is accepted.
- We rarely serve coffee, but we are located right next to BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery, where they will happily brew a cup for you.