Local Recreation The Arts Performance Art

  • Monroe County and the City of Bloomington offer many and varied opportunities to enjoy plays and motion pictures. From the Indiana University Department of Theatre and Drama to professional level local theater to amateur productions, running the gamut from traditional Shakespeare to avant garde new playwrights there is always something being staged.

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  • The BPP encourages new playwrights to produce their work. An active nonprofit professional theater company, they are especially welcoming to children and youth interested in theater.

  • The Buskirk-Chumley theater was originally built to show movies and host live entertainment in the early part of the 20th century. Originally called The Indiana theater, it was completed restored in 2004. It now showcases local theater groups, out of town performers and is one of the main venues for the Lotus Festival.

  • Founded in 2006, CSC's goal was to establish a professional regional theater in Bloomington. This local nonprofit produces a wide range of plays from Romeo and Juliet to the Sound of Music. The group is now branching out into children's theater with Cardinal For Kids series. Popular books, such as Click, Clack, Moo and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie were staged at the Monroe County Public Library.

  • Located on the campus of Indiana University and built during the Depression, the impressive auditorium is home to many professional as well as student musical productions and lectures. Recently refurbished inside, the auditorium now has excellent acoustics.

  • Part of the Department of Theatre and Drama, the newly renovated Lee Norvelle Theater is located on the Indiana University campus. A full winter season of plays, including a Spring musical, is offered, performed, staged and directed by students and faculty of Indiana University.

  • Since 1986 this local nonprofit community theater group has presented plays from many eras and at many different venues including the Waldron Arts Center, outdoors at Karst Farm Park as well as the Monroe County Public Library.

  • For information on motion pictures in our community check our Movie Resource Guide.


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    Illustrated with rare photos and anecdotes, Caldwell covers the great old theaters of Indianapolis including, the Circle, the Murat and the Lyric.