Chopin Theatre

1543 W. Division Street,
Chicago, IL 60622

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Chopin Theatre

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The 1918 Chopin Theatre, which could originally seat nearly 1,000, served the Wicker Park neighborhood as a movie house until the 1950’s, when it was converted into a bank.

In the late-1970’s, it a was turned into a disco, but after a shooting occurred on its opening night, it was closed.

It sat vacant and was scheduled for demolition in 1990, but at the last minute, the Chopin Theatre was rescued and transformed into a showplace for plays, poetry readings, film screenings and concerts. It also houses a theater workshop in its basement.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Broan
Broan on March 29, 2006 at 4:49 pm

It looks to me like it was originally known as the Harding. Despite the fact that there was another Harding on Milwaukee. It apparently was not named Chopin until about 1940.

GFeret
GFeret on August 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm

(….at the risk of sounding like I’m plugging this show….)

TONY CLIFTON live (after a fashion) now at the CHOPIN!

What makes this particularly interesting is who T.C. really is – Mr. Bob Zmuda, who some may be aware hails from the Humboldt Park neighborhood here originally himself.

So I can’t help but wonder if Bob is getting a special kick out of playing the CHOPIN of all places, where he probably saw flicks at (when it was last a cinema in the ‘50s) when he was a kid (I believe he’s old enough).

And I’ll close by stating I think his Clifton shtick is am absolute scream and I’ll be seeing it. Even if this is interpreted as a plug no-one should mind greatly because all the ticket proceeds go to the charity COMIC RELIEF, which Bob runs.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on August 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Here’s a picture of the Chopin from yesterday.

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 3, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I think it is unlikely that this theater was ever called the Harding; the big Harding Theater (operated by B&K) just a few blocks away on Milwaukee opened in 1925 and was demolished in 1963. In addition there was a Harding Theater on E. 55th Street in Chicago that apparently operated from about 1918.

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