1114 Avenida Juan Ponce de Leon,
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Teatro Ambassador (Official)
Styles: Spanish Colonial
Previous Names: Teatro Venus
Built during the 1940’s the 500-seat Teatro Venus specialized in B-movies. During its early years, it was the place where kids went to see "Abbott and Costello" movies.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s it changed to exploitation fare and was re-named Teatro Ambassador. It was the place to see women in prison films, AIP and Hammer horror flicks and even the infamous "Ilsa" movies.
For a teenager growing up in the 1970’s, the Teatro Ambassador was the place to see the "R" rated movies they wouldn’t allow us to see in other theaters.
Ocassionally the Teatro Ambassador would show more mainstream movies, but this was not generally the case.
The Teatro Ambassador closed down in the early-1980’s and it became a venue for local theater plays. But this only lasted a couple of years and the theater finally closed down for good.
During the late-1980’s, the marquee was blown away by Hurricane Hugo. Today, the Teatro Ambassador has been renovated by the government in the hopes of restoring a “theatre row” along Avenida Juan Ponce de Leon. You can see the ticket stand, and the candy counter is still there along with memories of many wonderful Saturday afternoons. Seating is now provided for 200 in the orchestra and 75 in the balcony.
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