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Private Events

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is available to rent for any sort of private event, from birthday parties to corporate retreats to weddings. With seating for up to 626 in the auditorium or up to 50 on stage, this versatile space is great for gatherings large and small. The lobby, mezzanine, and dressing rooms are all available for your use. If you are interested in renting the building, check out our availability calendar to confirm that your date is not already booked, and then contact our Events Manager at 812.676.3030 or events@buskirkchumley.org.


Local corporations bring their employees to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for annual meetings, appreciation events, and training. With seating for 626, the theater provides a comfortable off-site location for education, inspiration, and social activities. Show a film, present an employee talent show, or make a presentation. Provide a catered reception or a talk about the history of the theater as part of your day’s activities.


If your event doesn’t need the stage and lots of seating, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater lobby may be the perfect place for your reception, party, or other gathering. The lobby, which includes the second-floor mezzanine overlooking the lobby entrance, is perfect for events where people will mix and mingle. The theater balcony is also available for additional space and seating. This elegant space requires little decoration and is easily individualized for your event. Groups are limited to 100 people in the lobby (250 with additional balcony rental). Your rental includes:

  • ten eight-foot tables with burgundy full-length tablecloths, arranged as needed;
  • an experienced house manager to help your event run smoothly; and
  • five hours of use, including your set-up and clean-up time.

Lobby Rental Fees:

  • $300 – Lobby rental
  • $100 – Access to balcony seating area, in addition to lobby and mezzanine, during event
  • $15 – Ticketing or guest list services, including online and box-office sales, if applicable
  • $150 – Catering fee, if you choose to bring in additional food from a licensed caterer

Concessions Service:

  • Oliver Winery wine, Upland Brewing Company beer, and Cardinal Spirits liquors are available for $5-$7 per glass.
  • Soda, bottled water, popcorn, and other snacks are available for $2-$3 each.

Personalize the Space:

  • An optional “bar” can create an additional waist-high surface in the balcony, providing space for decorations, a silent auction, or snacks.
  • Elegant, exotic, or entertaining – events in the BCT lobby have included a string trio, belly dancers, and a fun photo booth.
  • BCT concessions, from BLU Boy chocolates to buttery popcorn, can be available for sale or distribution to guests.

Please note that this space is not ideal for gatherings with seated meals or events that include speeches or presentations that require a large group to gather in one location. The lobby, concessions, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible, but the mezzanine and balcony can only be accessed via stairs.

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