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American Airlines Theatre

227 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 740

George Keister, architect. Built by Edgar and Arch Selwyn. By 1934, it was showing movies. In 1950, a unique policy was introduced: a sixty-minute play to precede each screening--resulting in thirty live shows each week. Traditional double features quickly took over, lasting into the 1990s, when the theatre fell into the hands of The New 42nd Street, Inc. Roundabout Theatre Company signed a long-term lease and renovated the theatre (Robert Ascione and Frank Eilam, architects).

To learn more about the history and restoration of the American Airlines Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the American Airlines Theatre.

Built: 1918   

Theatre Names Named
American Airlines Theatre
Reopened July 27, 2000
2000
Selwyn Theatre
Named for Arch Selwyn, Opened October 2, 1918
1918

Broadway Productions

Travesties
Play, Revival
Apr 24, 2018 - Jun 17, 2018

Time and the Conways
Play, Revival, Play with music
Oct 10, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017

Marvin's Room
Play, Original, Drama
Jun 29, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017

The Price
Play, Revival, Drama
Mar 16, 2017 - May 14, 2017

The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Drama
Oct 16, 2016 - Dec 04, 2016

Long Day's Journey Into Night
Play, Revival, Drama
Apr 27, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016

Noises Off
Play, Revival, Comedy,Farce
Jan 14, 2016 - Mar 13, 2016

Old Times
Play, Revival
Oct 06, 2015 - Nov 29, 2015

On the Twentieth Century
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 15, 2015 - Jul 19, 2015

The Real Thing
Play, Revival, Drama
Oct 30, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015

Violet
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 20, 2014 - Aug 10, 2014

Machinal
Play, Revival
Jan 16, 2014 - Mar 02, 2014

The Winslow Boy
Play, Revival
Oct 17, 2013 - Dec 01, 2013

The Big Knife
Play, Revival
Apr 16, 2013 - Jun 02, 2013

Picnic
Play, Revival
Jan 13, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013

Cyrano de Bergerac
Play, Revival, Comedy, Romance
Oct 11, 2012 - Nov 25, 2012

Don't Dress for Dinner
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 26, 2012 - Jun 17, 2012

The Road to Mecca
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 17, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012

Man and Boy
Play, Revival
Oct 09, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jan 13, 2011 - Jun 26, 2011

Mrs. Warren's Profession
Play, Revival, Comedy, Tragedy
Oct 03, 2010 - Nov 28, 2010

Everyday Rapture
Musical, Original
Apr 29, 2010 - Jul 11, 2010

Present Laughter
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jan 21, 2010 - Mar 21, 2010

After Miss Julie
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 22, 2009 - Dec 06, 2009

The Philanthropist
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 26, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009

Hedda Gabler
Play, Revival, Drama
Jan 25, 2009 - Mar 29, 2009

A Man for All Seasons
Play, Revival
Oct 07, 2008 - Dec 14, 2008

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Play, Revival, Drama
May 01, 2008 - Jul 06, 2008

The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 15, 2008 - Mar 29, 2008

Pygmalion
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 18, 2007 - Dec 16, 2007

Old Acquaintance
Play, Revival
Jun 28, 2007 - Aug 19, 2007

Prelude to a Kiss
Play, Revival, Romantic Comedy
Mar 08, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007

Heartbreak House
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 11, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006

The Pajama Game
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Feb 23, 2006 - Jun 17, 2006

A Naked Girl on the Appian Way
Play, Original
Oct 06, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005

The Constant Wife
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jun 16, 2005 - Aug 21, 2005

Twelve Angry Men
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 28, 2004 - May 15, 2005

After The Fall
Play, Revival, Drama
Jul 29, 2004 - Sep 12, 2004

Twentieth Century
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 25, 2004 - Jun 06, 2004

The Caretaker
Play, Revival, Drama
Nov 09, 2003 - Jan 04, 2004

Big River
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Sign Language
Jul 24, 2003 - Sep 21, 2003

As Long As We Both Shall Laugh
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Apr 07, 2003 - May 26, 2003

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 03, 2003 - Jun 01, 2003

Tartuffe
Play, Revival, Comedy, Farce
Jan 09, 2003 - Feb 23, 2003

The Boys from Syracuse
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Aug 18, 2002 - Oct 20, 2002

An Evening With Mario Cantone
Special, Original, Solo, Stand-up, Comedy
May 19, 2002 - Jun 17, 2002

The Man Who Had All the Luck
Play, Revival, Drama
May 01, 2002 - Jun 30, 2002

An Almost Holy Picture
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Feb 07, 2002 - Apr 07, 2002

The Women
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 08, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002

Major Barbara
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jul 12, 2001 - Sep 16, 2001

Design For Living
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 15, 2001 - May 13, 2001

Betrayal
Play, Revival, Drama
Nov 14, 2000 - Feb 04, 2001

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jul 27, 2000 - Oct 08, 2000

Selwyn Theatre

Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 17, 1950 - Closing date unknown

The Respectful Prostitute
Play, Revival
Dec 23, 1949 - Closing date unknown

Ragged Army
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 26, 1934 - Feb 1934

A Hat, a Coat, a Glove
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 31, 1934 - Feb 1934

Shooting Star
Play, Original
Jun 12, 1933 - Jun 1933

Walk a Little Faster
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 20, 1933 - Mar 18, 1933

Evensong
Play, Original
Jan 31, 1933 - Feb 1933

The Little Black Book
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Dec 26, 1932 - Jan 1933

The Great Magoo
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 02, 1932 - Dec 1932

A Thousand Summers
Play, Original, Romance
May 24, 1932 - Jul 1932

Life Begins
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 28, 1932 - Apr 1932

Electra
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Jan 08, 1932 - Jan 1932

The Devil Passes
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 04, 1932 - Mar 1932

Fast Service
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 1931 - Nov 1931

The Singing Rabbi
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Sep 10, 1931 - Sep 12, 1931

Three's a Crowd
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 15, 1930 - Jun 06, 1931

Lost Sheep
Play, Original, Comedy
May 05, 1930 - Jul 1930

Wake Up and Dream
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 30, 1929 - Apr 26, 1930

Keep It Clean
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 24, 1929 - Jul 06, 1929

This Year of Grace
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 07, 1928 - Mar 23, 1929

The Royal Family
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1927 - Oct 1928

Nightstick
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 10, 1927 - Jan 1928

The Garden of Eden
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 27, 1927 - Oct 1927

The Manhatters
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 03, 1927 - Oct 1927

The Mating Season
Play, Original, Farce
Jul 18, 1927 - Aug 1927

Namiko-San
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
Jun 06, 1927 - Jun 18, 1927

The Lady Screams
Play, Original
May 02, 1927 - May 1927

One Glorious Hour
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Apr 14, 1927 - May 1927

The Constant Nymph
Play, Original
Dec 09, 1926 - Apr 1927

Castles in the Air
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 06, 1926 - Dec 1926

The Man from Toronto
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 17, 1926 - Jul 1926

Fakir Rahman Bey
Special, Original
May 25, 1926 - Jun 1926

Charlot Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 10, 1925 - Mar 06, 1926

The Gorilla
Play, Original, Comedy, Mystery
Apr 28, 1925 - Closing date unknown

The Sapphire Ring
Play, Original
Apr 15, 1925 - Apr 1925

Puppets
Play, Original, Melodrama, Puppets
Mar 09, 1925 - Apr 1925

Two By Two
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 23, 1925 - Mar 1925

Kid Boots
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 01, 1924 - Feb 21, 1925

Andre Charlot's Revue of 1924
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 21, 1924 - Aug 1924

Battling Buttler
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 08, 1923 - Apr 20, 1924

Helen of Troy, New York
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 19, 1923 - Oct 07, 1923

Within Four Walls
Play, Original
Apr 17, 1923 - Apr 1923

The Guilty One
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 20, 1923 - Apr 1923

Dagmar
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 22, 1923 - Mar 1923

Partners Again
Play, Original, Comedy
May 01, 1922 - Jun 1922

The Blue Kitten
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 13, 1922 - May 1922

The Circle
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Sep 12, 1921 - Feb 1922

The Broadway Whirl
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 08, 1921 - Aug 20, 1921

Snapshots of 1921
Musical, Original, Revue
Jul 25, 1921 - Aug 06, 1921

Snapshots of 1921
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 02, 1921 - Jul 09, 1921

The Emperor Jones
Play, Original
Dec 1920 - Closing date unknown

Tickle Me
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 17, 1920 - Feb 12, 1921

Ed Wynn's Carnival
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 21, 1920 - Aug 14, 1920

Buddies
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 27, 1919 - Jun 12, 1920

The Challenge
Play, Original, Drama
Aug 05, 1919 - Oct 1919

Tumble In
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 24, 1919 - Jul 12, 1919

The Crowded Hour
Play, Original
Nov 22, 1918 - Mar 1919

Information Please
Play, Original
Oct 02, 1918 - Nov 1918

Benefits and Special Events

The 24 Hour Plays 2009
Special, Original, Benefit
Nov 09, 2009 - Nov 09, 2009

The 24 Hour Plays 2008
Special, Original, Benefit
Nov 17, 2008 - Nov 17, 2008

The 24 Hour Plays 2007
Special, Original, Benefit
Oct 22, 2007 - Oct 22, 2007

The 24 Hour Plays 2006
Special, Original, Benefit
Oct 23, 2006 - Oct 23, 2006

The 24 Hour Plays 2005
Special, Original, Benefit
Oct 24, 2005 - Oct 24, 2005

The 24 Hour Plays 2004
Special, Original, Benefit
Sep 13, 2004 - Sep 13, 2004

The 24 Hour Plays 2003
Special, Original, Benefit
Sep 15, 2003 - Sep 15, 2003

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