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Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington

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The Buskirk-Chumley Theater, formerly the Indiana Theater, is a historic theater in Bloomington, Indiana. Originally built for vaudeville in 1922, it was also used for silent films and became a movie theater. More recently it was renovated for use as a performing arts venue. It hosts a variety of shows and performances. The theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater is located in the Courthouse Square Historic District. The theater has a distinctive red neon marquee that says "Indiana".

The theater was built in Spanish mission revival architecture style and held 616 seats when it was built. It is known locally as the "Indiana Theater" or the "Bus-Chum". It was used as a movie theater until 1995 when it was donated to the community for use as a performing arts center.

The theater is located at 114 East Kirkwood Avenue.
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  • Wonderful historic theater with music groups, plays, children's theater, and speakers. Ladies, the restrooms are plentiful and nice, which is unusual in older theaters.Staff is professional and... 
    Wonderful historic theater with music groups, plays, children's theater, and speakers. Ladies, the restrooms are plentiful and nice, which is unusual in older theaters.Staff is professional and...  more »
  • It’s an amazing staple of this town. Historically a piece of the towns past, do many famous and infamous live shows. It’s a beautiful place. Depending on why you’re there, it’s an amazing experience. 
    It’s an amazing staple of this town. Historically a piece of the towns past, do many famous and infamous live shows. It’s a beautiful place. Depending on why you’re there, it’s an amazing experience.  more »
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  • Went to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for the first time with my precious angel babies to go see "Circus on ice" in August 2022. We had a nice time! Some staff members were helpful and kind, but concessions staff member was cut and dry tone. There were not many options for food choices. Popcorn was okay, wish there was at least nachos or pretzels with cheese! Overcrowded inside lobby and not many were wearing their masks.
  • Great little theater. Fun to see old venues that haven't changed all that much. So much more character and class than new places!

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