Ambassador Theatre

5542 Baltimore Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19143

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Architects: Harvey Childs Hodgens

Functions: Workshop

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AMBASSADOR THEATER 5542 Baltimore 1,000 Seats 1921.

The Ambassador Theatre opened September 25, 1921 with “No Woman Knows” and “Love and Donuts”. Organist John A. Queen opened the theatre organ. The theatre was designed by Philadelphia architect Harvey Childs Hodgens with a seating capacity of 1,000. It was considered one of the elite West Philadelphia neighborhood theatres. It featured a ten-foot high building width electric sign above the theatre mounted to the roof that was removed in 1956. The Ambassador Theatre closed in early-1958.

It became a skating rink, and in 2011 the building was in use as a print works.

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miragirl on February 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm

I remember as a child living in West Philadelphia, going to the Ambassador theatre at 57th and Baltimore. If you ride the trolly out of the 60th and Baltimore loop, as you ride toward center city, you can still see the facade of the theatre. Look upward at the front corners and you can see the letters “AMBASSADOR” still etched in the deco window panes. Further up at about 55th and Baltimore stood the Sherwood Theatre on an island in the street. The Sherwood was demolished. Sweet memories.

Phillyguy1 on June 2, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I remember for a brief period mid to late 70’s it was a dance club.

finkysteet on July 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The building still stands, but the marquee is gone altogether.

kencmcintyre on August 6, 2009 at 10:46 pm

This is a larger view of one of the Irvin Glazer photos posted on June 3, 2008:

HowardBHaas on February 10, 2010 at 10:40 am

3 Feb 1958 Box Office (available online) reported that the Ambassador closed

Alan_Kohn_235 on July 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

It was a skating rink later on in its life

BH on September 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

dickk00ty2 on March 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm
  1. 7cents. Saturday afternoon. 2x feature, shorts, newsreel, cartoons, serial (SpySmasher) … 5cents for a Goldenberg;s Peanut chew. A long afternoon on Baltimore Avenue.
TheALAN on March 22, 2015 at 10:21 pm

In what style was the Ambassadore Theatre designed?

rivest266 on October 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

September 25th, 1921 grand opening ad in the photo section. It opened on the 1st.

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