Ambassador Theatre

17730 John R Street,
Detroit, MI 48203

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Previous Names: Temple Theatre, Art Theatre, Nu-Art Cinema, Roxy Theatre

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Originally opened as the 810-seat Ambassador Theatre in 1924, this neighborhood movie house was in a two-story brick building which also housed stores, a soda shop, offices and apartments. In 1945, it was renamed the Temple Theatre, and again on June 29, 1961, when it became the Art Theatre screening arthouse movies.

On August 11, 1971 it was renamed Nu-Art Cinema, operating as an adult film theatre. On December 26, 1975 it was renamed Roxy Theatre screening off-beat classic movies, but closed in 1976. It has long since been closed and torn down.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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sdoerr
sdoerr on April 11, 2004 at 9:05 pm

Such a shame, all of our great theaters such as this one are now empty lots.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 10, 2022 at 7:07 pm

*June 29th, 1961 renamed Art

*1970’s adult movies

*August 11th, 1971 Renamed Nu-Art Cinema

*December 26th, 1975 renamed Roxy

*1976 closed

Small grand opening ads posted.

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