1543 W. Division Street,
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Chopin Theatre (Official)
Firms: M.F. Strunch Architects
Previous Names: Pix Theatre, At the Gallery Theatre
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.
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