Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

114 East Kirkwood Avenue,
Bloomington, IN 47408

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Here is an item from the July 1, 1922, issue of The American Contractor about Harry Vonderschmidt’s proposed theater in Bloomington:

“BLOOMINGTON, IND. Theatre (M. P.): $50,000. 1 sty., bal. & bas. 64x130. Bloomington. Archt. Shourds Stoner Co., 511 Tribune bldg., Terre Haute, Ind. Owner H. L Vonderschmitt, Washington, Ind. Brk., steel & semi-frpf., brk. walls, stone trim. Archt. will take bids abt. July 5, 1922. Drawing plans.”
The Shourds-Stoner Company was a design, planning, and engineering firm headed by architect D. B. Shourds and civil engineer George J. Stoner. The firm designed everything from single houses to major projects such as dams, highways, and sewerage systems.

I haven’t yet discovered the architect of the 1934 rebuilding, but the facade of the theater remains very much as Shourds-Stoner designed it in 1922.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

Another nice photo from September 2009 is here.

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Lost Memory on August 12, 2009 at 4:39 pm

This is a nice recent photo.

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Lost Memory on May 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

A May 2009 photo is here.

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Lost Memory on March 9, 2009 at 6:31 pm

This is another 2009 photo.

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Lost Memory on November 5, 2008 at 8:08 am

Buskirk-Chumley website should be added as a related websites link. This is a nice recent photo.

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Lost Memory on August 29, 2007 at 11:48 am

A more recent photo can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on August 6, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Here is a night view of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2007 at 1:47 pm

This is a recent photo of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.

kencmcintyre on May 22, 2006 at 2:57 pm

There is some additional information about the Indiana on this page:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 4, 2005 at 7:33 pm

Photos and history of Buskirk-Chumley Theater can be seen here:

BoxOfficeBill on April 11, 2005 at 11:15 am

The lobby is truly elegant. As the theater was not open for performances during my recent visit, I could only surmise what the interior might offer. The performance schedule for April includes a dance group, a chamber concert, some classic films, folksingers, an original play, stand-up comics, and a talk by the wonderful Amy Goodman. Since the seating capacity is small, I gather that the stage must be small as well: how might it accommodate a dance group? The variety of uses from such a troup to Amy Goodman is broad indeed.

Around the corner on Bloomington’s town square is the remnant of another theater building, call the Princess Theater building, now housing commercial businesses.