215 W. 49th Street,
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This playhouse, which opened in 1921 for the Shubert Brother’s with “The Rose Girl”, was designed by Herbert J. Krapp. The Ambassador Theater was an intermittent movie theater from 1923 to 1940 and a full time cinema from 1945-1950.
It was known as the Cine Roma (moved from the Broadway Theatre on 52nd Street) during 1940-1941. The Ambassador Theater also served at times as a radio and television studio before returning to the Shubert organization in 1956 and to legitimate theatrical use.
During it’s short movie life, the Ambassador Theater managed to premiere some of the most enduring classics in film history:
“The White Lady” (1923)
“Yiddle with his Fiddle” (1937)
“Ecstacy” (1940) “Children of Paradise” (1947)
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