Ninety-six years ago, on Dec. 11, 1922, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, then the Indiana Theater, opened its doors to the public.
Back then, it was a brand-new silent movie house, and the first film played on the big screen was “The Storm.” In honor of the community theater turning 96, there will be a birthday party at 11 a.m. Dec. 11.
The event will last until 2 p.m., and there will be cake, popcorn, a photo booth, giveaways and other activities. The Dancing Dogbone, the theater’s mascot, may also be present for photos.
In addition to the event, the Buskirk-Chumley is searching for old photos of the theater — both interior and exterior — to add to their archives. The photos can be scanned during the event or dropped off at the theater.
The event is free for the public.