Ambassador Theatre

4604 Liberty Heights Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21207

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Ambassador Theatre

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Northwest Baltimore has several of the more interesting movie houses, but it’s the Ambassador Theatre which is perhaps the most interesting to see. The Art Deco style theatre commands the block, and while it hasn’t been a movie theatre since 1968, it still shines in the grace it once had.

The Ambassador Theatre is the sister theatre of the famous Senator Theatre, and both were the work of architect John J. Zink. The Ambassador Theatre was somewhat larger and more ornate and opened September 15, 1935 with Marion Davies and Dick Powell in “Page Miss Glory”.

The Ambassador Theatre has in recent years, been used as a church, a beauty school and a church again. The theatre was opened on September 18, 1935 with Marion Davies in “Page Miss Glory”, and it’s opening helped shut down the Gwynn Theatre across the street. The Ambassador Theatre is a real gem of a building, and its exterior has survived the years quite well.

One of the outstanding features about the Ambassador Theatre is its vertical sign, which dominates Liberty Heights Avenue.

Sadly, the Ambassador Theatre was badly damaged by a fire which began at 12.30am on July 5, 2012.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 30 comments)

RedDawg on September 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Not only possible, probable. They never come out without leaving SOME evidence of having been there. I could find none.

Stosh on April 3, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I remember sitting in the Ambassador with my date some time in 1961-62 and my date complained about her arm getting wet. I told her she was probably imagining it, but a few minutes later I felt a drip, too.

A few minutes later we changed seats and it probably wasn’t more than 60 seconds later that the ceiling collapsed, sending plater, wood and thousands of gallons of water right where we had been sitting!

Turned out that the water cooling tower on the roof had collapsed and caused the deluge.

But it was a beautiful building and is still there, although the plans for renovation have collapsed, too.

As of this writing (April 3, 2009) the Senator theater is about to be foreclosed on and we’re not sure whether it will be saved.

Maximillian Genus
Maximillian Genus on July 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

Goes under the gavel in about 20 minutes… Hoping beyond hope (as I am for The Senator – auction 6 days away) that some theatre-friendly entity picks this up.

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randytheicon on July 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Sadly, no one even showed up for this auction. I live less than a mile from the Ambassador…while the surrounding neighborhood isn’t bad, the immediate area of the theatre is rather shabby. The former building of the Gwynn, across the street, has a collapsed roof. There’s also a long-closed Super Pride market.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2010 at 7:05 am

An article about the Durkee circuit’s new Ambassador Theatre appeared in Boxoffice of December 14, 1935. The only photographs in the article depict the front and the projection booth, but there is considerable description.

Maximillian Genus
Maximillian Genus on July 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

Sad to report that The Ambassador caught fire around 12:30 this morning–/10131532/15410282/–/dn95c2/–/index.html No word on the cause of it as yet.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Linkrot repair: The December 14, 1935, Boxoffice article about the Ambassador Theatre can now be found at this link.

pnelson on June 30, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Art deco beauty in this theatre.

rivest266 on February 4, 2017 at 3:56 pm

The September 15th, 1935 grand opening ad can be found in the photo section for this cinema.

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