Ambassador Theatre (New York City)

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Ambassador Theatre
Ambassador Theatre - Chicago (48296059772).jpg
The Ambassador Theatre, showing Chicago
Address219 West 49th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States
OwnerThe Shubert Organization
OpenedFebruary 11, 1921
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp

The Ambassador Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 219 West 49th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.

Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp for the Shuberts, the structure is noteworthy in that it is situated diagonally on its site to fit the maximum number of seats possible. Its external appearance, indistinguishable from many other Broadway houses, does not hint at the unusual layout within. The building has been designated a New York City landmark. The theatre's proscenium opening is 44 feet 11 inches (13.69 m) with a grid height of 54 feet 9 inches (16.69 m).

The theatre opened on February 11, 1921, with the musical The Rose Girl. The Shuberts sold the property in 1935, and for the next two decades it was used as a movie theater and television studio for NBC and later the DuMont Television Network, when it was known as the Ambassador Tele-Theatre. In 1956, the Shuberts assumed ownership again and returned it to strictly legitimate use.

The theatre has been closed as of March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not plan on opening until January 3, 2021.[2]

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  1. ^ Theatre specs,
  2. ^ Moniuszko, Sara M (June 29, 2020). "Broadway suspends performances through 2020 amid coronavirus, extends ticket refunds to 2021". Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ Hobe, "Legitimate: Shows on Broadway – Eubie", Variety 292/8 (1978), 96.

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Coordinates: 40°45′40″N 73°59′6″W / 40.76111°N 73.98500°W / 40.76111; -73.98500