American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: By subway, take the A/C/E, the 1/2/3, or the N/R/W to 42nd Street.
  • Entrance: 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues The American Airlines Theatre, formerly known as the Selwyn Theater, is located on the north side of 42nd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenue.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Tuesday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    Sunday - Monday:
    10am - 6pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 740

A small theater at under 800 seats, the American Airlines offers great views all around, but you can't beat the center orchestra and front mezzanine.

Seats near the exit to the right side of the theater are best avoided, as street noise can often be heard and distract from the performance.

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

American Airlines Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for American Airlines Theatre

The closest parking garages for American Airlines Theatre are located at:

ICON Advance Parking
249-253 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10019
212-221-8902
QUIK Park Theater Lot
223 W 46 Street
New York, NY 10019
212-997-1636

The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

Additional Notes

Landlord: Roundabout Theatre Company

Official Ticketer: Roundabout

Notes: Roundabout Theatre's second home, usually used for plays due to its size.

Upcoming Shows

True West Poster

True West

  • Opens: January 24, 2019
  • Show Closes: Open ended
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All My Sons Poster

All My Sons

  • Opens: April 22, 2019
  • Show Closes: June 23, 2019
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Previous Shows

Bernhardt/Hamlet

  • Opened: September 25, 2018
  • Show Closed: November 18, 2018
Bernhardt/Hamlet tells the true story of Sarah Bernhardt, one of history's greatest actresses made famous at the end of the Nineteenth century. She takes on one of theater's greatest roles, …more

Travesties

  • Opened: April 24, 2018
  • Show Closed: June 17, 2018
Travesties is a play by the great contemporary playwright Tom Stoppard. The play was first produced in 1974, and it was recently revived in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory …more

John Lithgow: Stories by Heart

  • Opened: January 11, 2018
  • Show Closed: March 4, 2018
John Lithgow is a beloved actor of stage and screen. Among his numerous memorable credits, he debuted his one-man show, Stories by Heart, in 2008 at Lincoln Center in a …more

Time and the Conways

  • Opened: October 10, 2017
  • Show Closed: November 26, 2017
Time and the Conways is a 1937 play written by J.B. Priestley (An Inspector Calls, I Have Been Here Before), which is being revived on Broadway for the first time …more

Marvin's Room

  • Opened: June 29, 2017
  • Show Closed: August 27, 2017
Marvin's Room deals with two sisters who are taking care of their aging father; Bessie, who is herself dying of leukemia and yet is an avid caretaker, and Lee, who …more

The Price

  • Opened: March 16, 2017
  • Show Closed: May 14, 2017
The Price is the story of Victor Franz, a man based off of one of Miller’s childhood friends who had the highest IQ on the New York City police force, …more

The Cherry Orchard

  • Opened: October 6, 2016
  • Show Closed: December 4, 2016
The Cherry Orchard is set in Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. It centers around a noblewoman named Lyobov Ranevskaya who returns to her estate after she has …more

Long Day's Journey Into Night

  • Opened: April 27, 2016
  • Show Closed: June 26, 2016
Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a classic work of American drama, written in 1941 by Eugene O’Neill, and eventually published in 1956. The play takes place on a single …more

Noises Off

  • Opened: January 14, 2016
  • Show Closed: March 13, 2016
Noises Off is a hilarious comedic farce that is being revived on Broadway as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s season. The play takes place in three acts, where each …more

Old Times

  • Opened: October 6, 2015
  • Show Closed: November 29, 2015
Old Times is a world renowned play by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter. The play surrounds a man named Deeley, the crux of the play has Deeley meeting a former …more

On The Twentieth Century

  • Opened: March 12, 2015
  • Show Closed: July 19, 2015
First having premiered on Broadway in 1978, this is a revival of the classic screwball musical comedy On the Twentieth Century. This production will star the beloved actors Kristin Chenoweth …more

The Real Thing

  • Opened: October 30, 2014
  • Show Closed: January 4, 2015
The Real Thing is written by one of the world’s greatest playwrights, Tom Stoppard. Originally having premiered in London in 1982, the play centers on the relationship between the principal …more

American Airlines Theatre History

Prior to receiving its very controversial name, the American Airlines Theatre was known as the Selwyn Theatre, named for the producer brothers Arch and Edgar Selwyn who built it in 1918. Designed by George Keister, the Selwyn was especially popular for revues, but like many Broadway theaters, it struggled during the Great Depression and, by 1934, the theater had become a movie house. There was a period in the '50s when each film was preceded by a short play, but this flirtation with live drama was brief and the Selwyn continued as a "grind house" for several decades, showing double features of second run and B movies. In the 1990s, The New 42nd Street headed a tremendous project that brought several historic Broadway theaters back to legitimacy, including the Selwyn. The non-profit Roundabout Theatre Company, which was being turned out of its space at the Criterion Center on 45th Street, leased the space and named it the American Airlines Theatre in honor of the company that was to help it fund the renovation of its new home.

American Airlines Theatre Design

The shiny new modern-looking edifice of the American Airlines Theatre, which is pretty but somewhat sterile, conceals a gorgeous theater that has all the beauty of the original with a brand new sheen. This is because in 1998 the old Selwyn Theatre was brought back to glorious life by a team of skilled craftsmen and artisans who restored the original theater's murals and ornamental plaster work while also improving its sightlines and acoustics. The decidedly un-Broadway-like name of the theater, plus other concessions, like the "F.M. Kirby Box Office," hint at the fact that the restoration was done at a hefty price. But one look at the result, and you'll probably agree that it's worth these nods to crass commercialism -- the American Airlines is one stunning theater.