- What nearly-banned play went on to have the longest run of any show staged at the Consistory?
- An opulent banquet for 2,000 was held in the ballroom at the height of the Depression. What were they celebrating, and what noted Civil War veteran spoke?
- Although it would be worth billions today, what exhibit held in the Ballroom in 1939 had just two security guards?
- What business moved part of its operations into the Consistory in the 1940s, and why?
- Who lay in state on the Consistory stage before a large funeral that basically closed down Bloomington for a day?
- What Rose Bowl victory was celebrated at a sold out banquet for 1,800, with six coaches from what would become the Big 10 conference in attendance, and which to local heroes made it happen?
The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts comes to life in the Behind the Curtain historic tour program. Led by a group of specially trained docents, you’ll not only see the beautiful neo-Classical interior design of the BCPA, but learn about the history and recent renovations to the building.
You won't want to miss this surprising, informative and fun-filled look at one of Bloomington's most beloved and thriving buildings. Bring your stories, your questions and above all, your curiosity.
Behind the Curtain tours are FREE, approximately one hour in length and can accommodate a wide variety of group sizes. An abbreviated, interactive tour is also available for children's and school groups. Call 309-434-2785 to make a reservation.
"The Cultural District has the potential to bring the whole community together for a wide variety of events and will have a tremendous impact on our economy. The benefits of this project will reach far beyond the arts and will encourage a complete range of learning programs and training opportunities as well as attract local, regional and national talent in the arts."
Julie Dobski, Owner & Operator of McDonald's in Bloomington-Normal and McLean, Campaign Co-Chair
"We are delighted to partner with the City of Bloomington and the McLean County Arts Center for the renovations in the Bloomington Cultural Distrist. Vitality in the arts not only makes a community an attractive place to live, it also enhances the economic strength of the region."
Carole M. Ringer, Past Executive Director, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
"We are pleased to offer support of the Cultural District's work to incorporate programs for at-risk youth in our community."
Evelyn R. Young, Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal
"We are excited about the opportunities the Cultural District and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts will present once it is completed."
Crystal Howard, Director, Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau