American Airlines Theater Tickets
The Selwyn Theater, now known as it's current name, was built by the Selwyn Brothers - Edgar and Arch Selwyn - in 1918. This live theater built in the theater district, was designed by architect George Keister. Built in an early Italian Renaissance style, the Selwyn Theater was painted blue and antique gold. It was decorated with large murals, and wreath moldings, in addition to dentils, scrolled modillions and stone balusters.
The Selwyn Theater opened with a play – Information, Please –written and starred by Jane Cowl, on October 2, 1918, and was an utter failure. Over the next 16 years, after many ups and downs, it converted to movies in 1934. For the next 16 years up to 1950, it churned out movies, and then returned to what it was built for – legitimate theater – with a condensed hour-long show of Sartre’s The Respectful Prostitute, alternating with a feature film.
This change lasted for one more show, and then the Selwyn Theater returned to showing movies. It continued showing movies until the 1990s, but for most of the time stood vacant. The theater fell to disrepair, and then was renovated and restored, and became home for the Roundabout Theater Company. The Restoration
Backed by the City and State of New York, the New 42nd Street Development project, offered the historic Selwyn Theatre to Roundabout, in 1997. The theater was completely transformed to make it into a new home for the Roundabout Theater Company. To return it to its former grandeur, the theater boxes and the murals were restored, and so were the original ornamental plasterwork. With excellent acoustics and clear sightlines, it became a true gem of a theater.
The new penthouse lobby, which could not be rested on the roof of the theater directly, due to the Building codes, was ‘floated’ on the roof on steel supports extended from the existing structural columns. This penthouse lobby provided an excellent environment for enjoying drinks or snacks.
The original façade of the old Selwyn Theater no longer exists, as the entire front building collapsed accidentally, prior to renovation. The new lobby, replete with hand blown glass chandeliers and detailed marble flooring, provides a transition from the modern exterior to the new theatre auditorium’s classic Italian Renaissance style interior.
The restored Selwyn Theater was re-named the American Airlines Theater, due to the large donation and support by the American Airlines, and opened on July 27, 2000 with the revival of The Man Who Came To Dinner. Tickets At The Theater
The 964-seat theater, today stands tall among the live theaters on Broadway, and presents high quality theater performances to audiences who come from all over.
The American Airlines Theater tickets are difficult to come by as most of the performances are long sold out. We, at Reedstickets, have the wherewithal to provide you with the American Airlines Theater tickets for the shows you do not wish to miss.
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