776 Saratoga Avenue,
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Architects: Charles A. Sandblom
Now one of the many forgotten movie theatres of Brooklyn, the Ambassador Theatre first opened in 1926, and was built and owned by Hyman Rachmil & Samuel Rinzler, aka the Supreme Circuit. At that time, they ran seven other large neighborhood theatres in Brooklyn, including the Capitol, Carroll, Congress, Sheffield, Stadium, Stone, and Supreme. Not surprisingly, William Fox purchased the Supreme Circuit during his late-1920’s rampage to dominate the industry.
After Fox’s bankruptcy at the onset of the Depression, most of his theatres in the Greater New York-New Jersey area were placed under the debtors-controlled Metropolitan Playhouses, which created three circuits– Randforce, Skouras and Prudential– to run them. All of the Brooklyn theatres (with the exception of the downtown Fox) went to Randforce, which was to be run by Sam Rinzler, one of the former owners of Supreme.
So the Ambassador Theatre reverted to its original ownership and remained under the Randforce banner for the rest of its life, or close to it. I don’t know if the Ambassador Theatre was still operating by the 1970’s, when the Randforce name was replaced by that of its parent company, United Artists Theatre Circuit.
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