812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
Sign up for our newsletter

Rates & Availability


The Buskirk-Chumley Theater may be rented for private or public events. Please review the following for available dates and fee information. For more details or to start the contracting process, please contact Executive Director Danielle McClelland at 812.323.3022 or director@buskirkchumley.org.

When planning your budget, you should consider the four following costs associated with renting the theater:

  • Rental fees
  • Technical labor fees
  • Additional equipment or service fees, if any
  • Event insurance

Please see below for more details on each.


Blank dates are still available to renters. All “booked” dates have been secured by another renter. “Hold” indicates that a renter has expressed interest in the date but has not yet signed a contract. Please contact us if you are interested in a held date.

The theater can be placed on hold for your event for no more than 14 days. After this time, the date must be secured with a signed contract and a minimum $200/day non-refundable deposit, or it will be released. Renters must also agree to the theater’s terms and conditions, along with signing a contract.

Rental fees

Rental fees are waived for BCT Movie Partner Program participants.

January & May Sunday*–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $635 $635
Event Day $1015 $1270
Sept–Dec, Feb–Mar Sunday*–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $842 $842
Event Day $1337 $1678
April Sunday*–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $842 $842
Event Day $1678 $1678
June-August Sunday*–Thursday Friday & Saturday
Prep/Rehearsal Day $425 $425
Event Day $665 $842

*Building access only available after 1 pm on Sundays.

Technical Labor Fees

The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is a union-operated facility. All of our technical staff are members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artist and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories, and Canada, Local 618. A union member must be present any time you are in the auditorium, and a minimum $250 labor fee per day is required. Technical labor costs depend on the length and complexity of your event. We can develop an estimate of your technical labor fees based on your plans.

Tech Director Stagehand
$29.50 per hour $21 per hour
$45.50 overtime $30 overtime
Loader/Truck In Fee Loader/Truck Out Fee Performance Crew Fee
$64.50 per hour $74.50 per hour $79.75 per performance
$93 Sun. & Holidays $93 Sun. & Holidays $98.50 Sun. & Holidays

Additional Services and Equipment

Your rental of the theater includes:

  • Basic event promotion
  • Listings on buskirkchumley.org & bctboxoffice.org
  • Inclusion of a poster in the upcoming events display case, if provided
  • Promotion on marquee
  • Day-of-show house manager to coordinate front-of-house activities
  • Advice from BCT staff on planning, promoting, ticketing your event
  • A meeting with the Technical Director to plan the technical elements of your event
  • Ushers to provide patron services during your event
  • Equipment already owned by the theater
  • Six-foot tables and cloths already owned by the theater
  • Use of the entire building, including dressing rooms, lobby, mezzanine, and upper hallway
  • Access to the building from 8am to midnight

A few additional fees that may apply to your event:

BCT Box Office ticketing services (required for ticketed events) $100/performance
Stage Extension A (adds 6′ to stage) $150 + labor
Stage Extension B (adds 4′ to Extension A) $150 + labor
Projection Equipment (28′ x 20′ or 16′ x 9′ screen) $150/day
Yamaha C-7 Baby Grand Piano $150 on stage
Yamaha C-7 Baby Grand Piano $250 in orchestra pit
Cleaning fee for outside catering $150/day


Renters are required to obtain event liability insurance that names both BCT Management, Inc. and the City of Bloomington as additional insured in the amount of $1M per instance and $2M aggregate. You may be able to add event insurance to a homeowners or business liability policy for a minimal cost.