Ambassador Theatre

17730 John R Street,
Detroit, MI 48203

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Ambassador Theatre

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Originally opened as the Ambassador in 1924, this neighborhood movie house was in a two-story brick building which also housed stores, a soda shop, offices and apartments. In 1945, it was renamed the Temple, and again in 1961, when it became the Art.

In its later years, it operated as an adult film theater. It has long since been closed and torn down.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdoerr on April 11, 2004 at 4:05 pm

Such a shame, all of our great theaters such as this one are now empty lots.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 27, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Was there more than one Temple Theatre in Detroit? This 1932 ad lists an RKO Temple in that city. According to the introduction, the Ambassador was re-named the Temple in 1945, so there could have been another Temple Theatre before that:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm

There was another theatre in Detroit called the Temple, which might be the one listed under RKO management in 1932. I suspect it was an old-timer, since it preceded the Temple in Rochester, NY, which first opened in 1909 and was publicized as “companion theatre” to the already well-established Temple in Detroit. Both were built and operated by James H. Moore, who depended on United Booking Offices of America for his vaudeville programs.

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