Chopin Theatre

1543 W. Division Street,
Chicago, IL 60622

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 4, 2009 at 12:10 am

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.

Bruce C.
Bruce C. on August 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Here’s a picture of the Chopin from yesterday.

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GFeret
GFeret on August 8, 2008 at 4:15 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

This is a recent photo of the Chopin Theater.

Broan
Broan on March 29, 2006 at 7:49 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.