Touring concerts, dance recitals, university lectures, comedy, film, & more!

Our experienced staff assist in all parts of planning and executing your event from box office services and house management to volunteer usher support, concessions, and technical assistance. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater hosts roughly 200 events a year, inviting more than 50,000 patrons, making us one of the busiest community theaters in the country. The theater is a 630 fixed seat historic venue with the flexibility to accommodate various performances. The venue rental includes access to our large dressing rooms, lobby spaces, and auditorium. 

Community Partners

Whether you are a local community partner or outside promoter we have the resources to make your event successful! As Bloomington’s Community Theater, we have a long history of being the gathering place for community groups to put on entertaining hassle-free events. We host dance recitals, nonprofit benefit concerts, films, theatrical productions, and more! Some of our long-term partners include Limestone Comedy Festival, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, Trashion Refashion, Indiana University, Constellation Stage & Screen, the City of Bloomington, Bloomington Expressive Arts Training, and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Our community partners and events elevate our local quality of life and continue to make Bloomington somewhere we are happy to call home. Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s goal is to ensure community members are welcome and safe in our space and our community partners have our support while utilizing the venue for their event. 

Outside Promoters + Tours

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is located in south-central Indiana in the heart of downtown Bloomington and is just blocks away from Indiana University. One of the things that makes us great is our location – we are just a few hours away from larger cities including Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Nashville, and Louisville – making us a great stop on your tour. 


Have your message light up Kirkwood avenue

Rent the historic “Indiana” marquee to display your own message on Kirkwood Avenue! Messages include, but are not limited to, happy birthdays, wedding or birth announcements, anniversaries, proposals, messages of hope and positivity, creative marketing possibilities, etc. The sky is the limit! The marquee is only available on days when there are no other events happening at the theater and can only be reserved up to 2 months in advance. You can rent the front or the side of the marquee for your message!


Birthday parties, work holiday parties, conferences, family reunions, celebrations of life

Tired of the same old? The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is available to rent for any sort of private event, from parties to business meeting spaces to celebrations of life. Whether you are looking to host a corporate training retreat or a family reunion we are here to help every step of the way – from planning to technical needs to clean up! We’re happy to host fundraisers, celebrations, parties of all sorts, conferences, professional development space, private film screenings, and other gatherings!


A part of your love story

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a versatile location for any style of wedding! Looking for fun? One couple invited friends and family to perform a talent show on the stage during the reception. Seeking elegance? This 1922 theater takes you back in time. Do you want to dance? The stage or orchestra pit can be used as a dance floor; this venue offers plenty of options for music and entertainment and adding our disco ball is a must! Don’t forget about the marquee, which will welcome guests to your big day, along with the flashing lights of the historic “Indiana” sign. For more photos and information about how weddings happen at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater please refer to the wedding rental guide.


Think city hall, but with a little more style

To accommodate simple and unique ceremonies as well as modest budgets, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is offering one hour wedding ceremonies. Couples will have the opportunity to begin the next chapter of their lives by exchanging vows inside the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s beautiful 1920s art deco lobby. This intimate space is perfect for couples wanting something quick, safe, and beautiful. Come in for an intimate, worry-free ceremony and then go celebrate downtown with your friends and family!

One Hour Wedding Considerations:

  • Couples can invite 8 guests and a message will be on the marquee for photos
  • Couples can access the lobbies, mezzanine, history exhibit, and the exterior of the building
  • Due to time constraints, food and beverage service is not possible
  • Outside vendors are limited to one officiant and one photographer
  • Additional furniture, decorations, signs, rice, confetti, balloons, props, etc. are not permitted
  • Attendees must come dressed for the ceremony; on-site holding/prep areas are not available
  • Live music is not permitted but you can bring in a speaker
  • We do not provide an officiant or manage marriage licenses & certificates. To learn more about applying for a marriage license please visit the City of Bloomington’s website
  • Rental price: $200

“We had to make some changes and she was very helpful and guided us through the process. We decided to go the more untraditional route and have a ‘1-hour wedding.’ We were married in the gorgeous entrance lobby of the theater with 8 of our closest family and friends. Additionally, we arrived and were surprised to have our names and wedding announcement on the marquee. It was such a cool touch and great for photos. We are so thankful we had such a small, intimate event. It was perfect!”

1-hour wedding renter