American Airlines Theatre
229 West 42nd Street,
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Built by the Selwyn brothers as a live theatre venue amid the bustling theatre district of 42nd Street, the former Selwyn Theatre opened on October 2, 1918 with Jane Cowl in “Information Please”. To fill in between live shows, silent movies were occasionally programed, one such in May 1921 when “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” was screened. After sixteen years of ups and downs, the format switched to movies in 1934 and remained that way until closing in 1997.
The Selwyn Theatre was restored and renovated in the late-1990’s as part of the Times Square Redevelopment Project and became the new home for live theatre and the Roundabout Theatre company, which opened on July 27, 2000 with a production of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” staring Nathan Lane.
Thanks to a large donation and support by the airline company, the Selwyn Theatre was renamed for its generous benefactor, to the American Airlines Theatre.
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