by Chris Hale                        address: 227 West 42nd Street
9 July 2008                                         New York, NY 10036
                                                        (between 7th & 8th Ave)
                                                         Phone: 212–719–1300

   The American Airlines Theatre was built, in 1918, by  Edgar and Arch Selwyn with the designs by architect George Keister and was original named the Selwyn Theatre, after producer Arch Selwyn, and is “one of the last great theatres to be built on 42nd Street”. The theatre was designed in Italian Renaissance style and used for decades as a movie house. The theatre fell into disrepair and remained vacant until 1990 when the City and State of New York took control of the property. In 1992, the New 42nd Street Organization, protected the property until the Roundabout Theatre Company took it over in 1997. It took three years to renovate the property before it reopened in 2000 renamed the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre. The opening night performance on June 27th, 2000 was the Tony Award-winning revival The Man Who Came To Dinner starring Nathan Lane. The theatre seats 740 and is the home of the Roundabout Theatre Company. This beautifully renovated theatre has the most comfortable seats on broadway. The ceilings are gorgeous in this spacious and modern theatre with large restored murals and excellent acoustics. Among the successful productions at this theatre includes: The 39 Steps, a revival of The Pajama Game, The Caretaker, The Constant Wife, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Big River, The Woman, a revival of 12 Angry Men, Betrayal, and the recent hit Les Liaisons Dangereuses.