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Encyclopedia > American Airlines Theatre

The American Airlines Theatre is a Broadway theatre, located at 227 West 42nd Street, New York City. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Main article: Transportation in New York City 42nd Street, NYC 42nd Street is a major crosstown street in the New York City borough of Manhattan, known for its theaters, especially near the intersection with Broadway at Times Square. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ...


The theatre, originally named the Selwyn, was contructed by the Selwyn brothers in 1918. It was one of three theatres they built and controlled on 42nd Street, along with the Apollo and the Times Square Theatre. It initially hosted major musical and dramatic productions, including Cole Porter's Wake Up and Dream, but eventually became a cinema. It would return to legitimate theatre several times over the next six decades, but eventually fell into disrepair. It was used briefly in the early 1990s as a home for the Times Square Visitors Center and for a limited production of Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape, but for the most part, stood vacant. Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Indiana. ... Eugene ONeill Eugene Gladstone ONeill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright. ...


The City and State of New York took possession of the Selwyn in 1990. In 1992, it was one of six 42nd Street theatres to fall under the protection of the New 42nd Street organization. The Roundabout Theatre Company committed to renovating the Selwyn in 1997. It was restored to its former grandeur, renamed the American Airlines, and reopened on June 30, 2000. The American Airlines, which is still informally known by its former name among many theatre fans, currently serves as the home of the Roundabout and houses its major productions. 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


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Sources

  • Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture, William Morrison, 1999, Dover Publications, IBSN 0486402444
  • Lost Broadway Theatres, Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Princeton Architectural Press, 1997, ISBN 1568981163
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