Will a ShopRite Across the Street Be Enough to Resuscitate Howard Park’s Ambassador Theater?

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The Ambassador, sister establishment to the beloved but embattled Senator Theatre, has been an evocative, run-down shell in Howard Park for the past several years, the building condemned, owners and neighborhood leaders at a loss to reimagine the space.

Well, despite a “minimally” damaging fire inside the theater last week, a ShopRite scheduled to open across the street in 2013 is enough to make Howard Park downright optimistic about the historic building’s future. Members of city council as well as the buildings co-owners have expressed their excitement regarding the art deco eyesore.

Perhaps it will become an offshoot of a cultural center on Howard, or a health clinic, or… I don’t know… what goes well with a ShopRite?

Okay so the ideas are not exactly flooding in yet. But you heard about the ShopRite, right? And it’s going to be right across the street! Imagine the possibilities!



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