American Airlines Theatre

New York, New York, USA

The historic Selwyn Theatre was restored under the careful watch of The New 42nd Street, Inc. and in cooperation with New York City’s Historic Buildings Commission. The auditorium and stage were completely renovated while a new basement, lobby, and penthouse reception room were added. The orchestra and balcony were re-raked and the boxes at circle and orchestra levels were restored. The seating was completely replaced, and the seating layout and sightlines were carefully readjusted. Theatre Projects affiliate and award-winning scenic designer, Tony Walton, created a unique and theatrical interior design for the auditorium. With new flexible equipment systems and infrastructure including a new grid, counterweight flying systems, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound and communications systems, the theatre can efficiently operate as a commercial Broadway venue.

American Airlines Theatre
Credit: Z. Jedrus

The New 42nd Street, Inc


Design Collective of New York | Karlsberger Architecture | George Keister (1918 architect)


Roundabout Theatre Company

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Theatre type

Drama theatre


Feasibility study, programming, concept design, interior design (with Tony Walton), theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website

American Airlines Theatre
Credit: Z. Jedrus (pre-renovation photo)

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