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 Todd Haimes Theatre, formerly known as the American Airlines Theatre and 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 Todd Haimes offers great views all around, but you can't beat the center orchestra and front mezzanine. Seats near the exits to the right side of the theater are best avoided, as street noise can often be heard and can distract from the performance.
Parking for Todd Haimes Theatre
The closest parking garages for Todd Haimes Theatre are located at:
- ICON Advance Parking
- 249-253 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10019
- QUIK Park Theater Lot
- 223 W 46 Street
New York, NY 10019
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.
Some notable productions at the old Selwyn Theatre include Somerset Maugham's The Circle, Castles in the Air, George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's The Royal Family, Noel Coward's This Year of Grace, and Three's A Crowd.
Its inaugural production as the American Airlines Theatre was The Man Who Came to Dinner, and since then noteworthy productions (almost all revivals) have included Betrayal, The Women, An Almost Holy Picture, The Man Who Had All the Luck, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff's As Long As We Both Shall Laugh
Other notable shows have included Deaf West Theatre's unique Big River, The Caretaker, an acclaimed production of Twelve Angry Men, a delightful revival of The Pajama Game starring Harry Connick Jr., The 39 Steps, and a revival of The Importance of Being Earnest starring Brian Bedford.
There has yet to be any notable productions at the theatre with its new name of notable productions
Landlord: Roundabout Theatre Company
Official Ticketer: Roundabout
Notes:Roundabout Theatre's second home, usually used for plays due to its size.
Disabled Access Notes:
Elevators are available to all levels of the theatre and there are no steps leading in to the theatre. Wheelchair accessible seating can be found in both the Orchestra and Mezzanine sections.
Now Playing Doubt: A Parable
- Previews Begin: September 5, 2024
- Opens: October 5, 2024
- Show Closes: December 4, 2024
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- Previews Begin: January 16, 2025
- Opens: February 10, 2025
- Show Closes: March 20, 2025
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- Previews Begin: April 3, 2025
- Opens: May 3, 2025
- Show Closes: July 3, 2025
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Todd Haimes Theatre History
Prior to it being know as "The Todd Haimes Theatre", this venue was known as the "American Airlines Theatre" and originally known as as "The Selwyn Theatre".
At the time of construction in 1918, it was named for the producer brothers Arch and Edgar Selwyn who built it. The theatre was designed in the Italian Renaissance style, with a brick-and-terracotta façade.
Theatre Name History:
- 1918: Selwyn Theatre
- 2000 American Airlines Theatre
- 2024 Todd Haimes Theatre
Theatre Is Owned By New York City and New York State
The theatre is owned by the city and state governments of New York and leased to New 42nd Street. It has 740 seats across two levels and is operated by Roundabout Theatre Company. Since 2000, the theater has been named for American Airlines (AA), which bought the theater's naming rights. In 2024 it became the Todd Haimes theatre.
Theatre Became a Movie House in 1934
The theatre was originally 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.
1950's Saw Short Plays Before The Film Was Shown
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. This was the lowest ebb of the theatre.
1990's 42nd Street Project
In the 1990s, the New 42nd Street Group 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.
The Controversial Name Change in 2000
The theatre name change to "The American Airlines Theatre" in 2000 was controversial because it was the first time a Broadway theatre had taken on a "brand" name to promote something that had nothing to do with theatre. Although American Airlines financed the significant repairs that were needed at the theatre, it raised eyebrows as the theatre is actually owned by the city and state government, who did not get a seat at the renaming table.
Theatre Renamed in February 2024 to The Todd Haimes Theatre
Todd Haimes joined NYC’s Roundabout Theatre Company in 1983 and became a driving force in the organization until 2023 when he died from cancer. The organization decided to rename the theatre in his honor in late 2023 to celebrate his life's passion for the theatre and specifically for the work he did for The Roundabout Theatre Group.
Todd Haimes Theatre Design
The shiny new modern-looking edifice of the Todd Haimes 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 American Airlines Theatre, 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 Todd Haimes Theatre is one stunning theatre