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American Airlines Theatre

American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
740 people


The American Airlines Theatre was originally designed by George Keister as an Italian Renaissance-style theatre. The venue opened in 1918 as the Selwyn Theatre, named for its developers, Edgar and Archibald Selwyn. The first show to play there was Jane Cowl's Information Please.

Over the course of its history, the building has been used as a theatre, a cinema, and a visitor center until it fell into a derelict state of disrepair. Roundabout Theatre Company took ownership of the venue in 1997, but the building collapsed, so the company rebuilt the Selwyn as part of the New 42nd Street Building in 1999. The theatre was renamed for American Airlines on June 30, 2000; the company donated $8.5 million to help cover renovation costs.

How to get to the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

The American Airlines Theatre is situated on 42nd Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. By subway, it is accessible by the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S lines to 42nd Street.

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Map and travel info

American Airlines Theatre227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036
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Nearest Subway StationTimes Square - 42nd Street station

Current and upcoming productions at American Airlines Theatre

Fat Ham on Broadway

Mar 21, 2023 - Jun 25, 2023