Source: Steve Bielawski
When Stanley Oleszkowicz opened the Stanley Theatre, he rented out the Chopin to Michael Czargot. Mr. Czargot also owned the Imperial Theatre, a few blocks east of the Chopin on Michigan Avenue. When Mr. Czargot rented the Chopin, he showed Polish films there while showing Hollywood films in the Imperial. Given the nature of the neighbourhood, the Polish films no doubt did well.
The supply of Polish films was severly cut in September of 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. While there were no doubt some Polish films still available (and the possibility of giving a film a second showing), there were no new Polish films coming out. Since playing Hollywood fare would only put his two theatres in competition with each other, Mr. Czargot decided not to renew his lease on the Chopin.
I am getting more and more convinced that the pictures which I identified as being of the Chopin are actually of the Stanley. In looking closer, it seems that the street address, while not clear, is more consistent with that of the Stanley than of the Chopin. Also, my mother immediately identified these pictures as being of the Stanley, and she should know. Sorry about that.