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Hopes rise for improvements after Ambassador Theater fire

Hopes rise for improvements after Ambassador Theater fire

Since its last movie screening in 1968, the historic Ambassador Theater in Howard Park has been a cosmetology school, a dance hall and a Baptist church — and in recent years a vacant shell.

The Baltimore neighborhood's hopes for revitalization of the Art Deco structure are again up for discussion, after a two-alarm fire tore through the interior last week. An owner described the damage as "minimal" — up to $20,000 — and he and others nearby see an opportunity for the theater.

The Ambassador, constructed by the Durkee organization, which also built the Senator on York Road, opened on Sept. 18, 1935. Designed by John Zink, the Ambassador held a...

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