A note from AMY DAVIS – Baltimore writer and author of the work in progress: “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Theaters.”
More news on the Ambassador from The Baltimore Sun:
I drove to the Ambassador with great trepidation to cover this story for The Baltimore Sun. All I could think of was the empty lot across the street where the Gwynn stood until it was torn down recently. The “condemned” sign posted by the city on the front of the theater was ominous, but the walls, roof, and vertical sign are still there. The front lobby portion of the theater is badly charred. It was impossible to tell the extent of the damage to the roof and structure. The inside was stripped years ago when the theater was used for other businesses, so except for the stage and some fragments of ornamentation, the interior is unrecognizable as a former theater. The Baltimore Sun story quotes one of the owners about hoping to find a new use, so I’m fervently praying it won’t be torn down. It remains a very handsome Art Deco exterior of yellow brick with black brick banding. This was the classiest of the neighborhood theaters in the Durkee chain. Tom Kiefaber of the Senator once told me that it was like a miniature Radio City Music Hall on the inside.
Both the Ambassador and the Gwynn will be featured in the photo book I’m working on, called “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Theaters.” I am still seeking reminiscences of Baltimore’s theaters, and old photos of Baltimore City theaters, for this homage to Baltimore. The book is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2014. Photos of the Gwynn, and other theaters, can be found on my new Facebook page, Flickering Treasures: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Flickering-Treasures/235802249859207 (Haven’t had time yet to update with the Ambassador news!)