Inside the Theatre, the series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses, continues with the Ambassador.
Playbill’s Inside the Theatre captures the dazzling architecture and unseen details of the world’s most famous theatres, taking you inside all 41 of Broadway's currently-operating houses.
The Ambassador Theatre opened in 1921 at 215 West 49th Street and was one of the first of six new theatres that the Shuberts built in the theatre district in the early 1920s. The plot, too narrow for a conventional theatre layout, originally presented a challenge to veteran theatre architect Herbert J. Krapp, however the resourceful Krapp responded with an unorthodox configuration. He placed the auditorium diagonally on the site, making it wide rather than deep, and offering an excellent view of the stage from all seats. Since 2003, the Ambassador has housed the 1996 revival of Chicago.