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American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Accessible Seating
Hearing Assistance

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COVID-19 Safety Policies

This theatre has established COVID-19 safety measures; please read the full details here.

Theater Information


Primary entrance from street, double doors are 31"

Water Fountain

Accessible water fountains throughout the theater, all reachable by elevator.

Hearing Assistance

Assisted listening devices available. Infrared headsets are free to check out at coatcheck with a photo ID.

Elevators and Escalators

Elevators are available to all levels of the theater.

Wheelchair Access

The Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine are accessible.


Three male and three female accessible restrooms are located in the Grand Lounge at basement level, reachable by elevator.

Accessible Seating

Designated, flexible wheelchair seating is available behind the Center Orchestra and the last row of the Mezzanine.

Coat Check

Coat check is available.


The American Airlines Theatre was built in 1918 by producers (and brothers) Arch and Edgar Selwyn and was originally named The Selwyn Theatre. Like many other theaters, it fell victim to the economic woes of the Great Depression and became a movie house in the 1930s.

The venue was a movie theater for almost 70 years, until it was purchased by the Roundabout Theatre Company in the late 1990s. After an expensive overhaul, it reopened as The American Airlines Theatre in 2000.

Late Seating Policy

Latecomers are seated at suitable breaks in the performance in conveniently reachable seat locations at the discretion of management.


The Penthouse Lobby on the fifth floor overlooks 43rd St, serving drinks and light snacks.

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