Ambassador Hotel Theatre
3400 Wilshire Boulevard,
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The Ambassador Hotel Theatre was located inside the famed Ambassador Hotel, designed by Pasadena architect Myron Hunt in 1920. The hotel opened on January 1, 1921.
It has been said that the Ambassador Hotel Theatre was part of the West Coast Theatre chain, owned by Mike & Abe Gore (the Gore brothers). In an LA Times article dated December 11, 1920, Herman Gore is being sued for divorce, and his ‘wife of 16 days’ says that he has an ‘interest in the new Ambassador Theatre’. Mike & Abe Gore put all of their brothers in positions of management of their theatres. Jake Gore, Israel Gore, Herman Gore & Samuel Gore were all involved in some way in the theatres – either management, concessions etc. The Ambassador Hotel Theatre was operating until at least 1952.
The Ambassador Hotel was also home to the Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which became the playground of anyone famous in Hollywood. It also hosted the 1940 Academy Awards ceremony. The hotel was the location of the assasination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968.
In the fall of 2005, the Ambassador Hotel was demolished despite great protest.
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