812.323.3020 114 E Kirkwood Ave. Bloomington, IN 47408
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Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace

Presented by: Ryder Film Series

Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

General Admission Advance: $USD 8.00

All Day Pass : $USD 15.00


Sunday, July 21st 6:30 pm Buy Tickets


See every film in the festival with a All Day Pass – less than the price of two!

Both tickets and passes will increase in price on the day of the show, to $10 and $20, respectively. FLEX BONUS: These tickets/passes will be accepted for the same film at other Ryder locations this month!

In the mid-60s big changes were afoot in the US, culturally, politically, and musically. Four rock music/concert films that explore these changes are being released in theaters this summer; we are hosting an all-day “micro-festival” featuring Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, The Byrds and Brian Wilson.

In 1972, Aretha Franklin returned to her family’s gospel roots. She held two concerts of the most deeply moving spirituals at a Baptist church in Watts, a Los Angeles neighborhood still recovering from the riots six years earlier. Director Sydney Pollack was hired to document the shows. The footage sat unused for more than 40 years. It’s a thrilling, unforgettable testament to her musical influences and legacy. The camera pans across the ecstatic audiences and then returns to Aretha’s soaring vocals. It makes for a raw, exalted performance, buoyed by the Southern California Community Choir and jubilant attendees taken over by the spirit. Amazing Grace captures a remarkable performer near the peak of her prodigious power.

Doors open at  6pm for this general admission show. The event is expected to last 1 hour and 27 minutes. Ryder passes will not be accepted as tickets for admission.

Festival Schedule
Echo in the Canyon 2pm
Babylon 4:15pm
Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace – 6:30pm
Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church – 8:30pm

The Venue

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114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block east of the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLU Boy Cafe may be taken into the auditorium.

Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra-level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs, which can be purchased via the box office at 812.323.3020. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.

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The Promoter

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The Ryder Film Series brings independent film screenings to Bloomington throughout the year, hosting screenings across the community.

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