Ambassador Theatre

113 N. Illinois Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Previously operated by: Marcus Theatres

Previous Names: Illinois Theatre, Isis Theatre, Terminal Theatre, Downtown Theatre

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Ambassador Theatre

Construction started on the Illinois Theatre in 1910. Delays on the construction with the theatre finally opening on February 29, 1914 as the Isis Theatre. The theatre was owned by Olson and Barton. The theatre seated 800. The Isis Theatre was patterned after the Isis Theatre in Denver, Colorado. The Isis Theatre had a 2 Manual Kimbal Organ upon opening. Ruth Noller was the organist for the Isis Theatre.

The Isis Theatre became the Terminal Theatre in 1911 and then the Ambassador Theatre on July 23, 1933 and was still listed in 1957. It was last briefly named Downtown Theatre but I could not find when the theatre closed.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 16, 2005 at 10:11 am

The Ambassador Theatre is stil listed as operating in the Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition.

croghand on July 12, 2006 at 8:28 am

torn down a few yaers ago, replaced with an office building

kencmcintyre on July 19, 2006 at 6:39 pm

Here is a photo of the Ambassador and the adjacent Lyric:

rivest266 on October 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm

July 23rd, 1933 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on August 21, 2020 at 11:02 pm

This ended it’s days as Downtown Theatre. Photo as such added, already closed with vintage high rise to the far right still standing per street view today. Arched parapet wall over the marquee is the same as well. I presume the photo is 1940s or 1950s given the style of neighboring signage and Vitrolite facade on the lounge next door.

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