Ed Sullivan Theater Tickets

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The Ed Sullivan Theater is one of the most respected radio and television studios in New York City. It was built by Arthur Hammerstein, the son of Oscar Hammerstein I – the theater impresario, in 1927 and was called the Hammerstein Theater after his father. Over time, its name was changed to the Manhattan Theater, Billy Rose’s Music Hall, and back to Manhattan Theater, once again, and in the 1930s, it became a nightclub. The CBS network started broadcasting from here in 1936, after obtaining a long-term lease. During this tenancy, it was known by a number of different names, such as Radio Theater No. 3 and the CBS Radio Playhouse, among others, and then it came to be known as CBS-TV Studio 50, when the property was converted for television.

Ed Sullivan, for whom the theater was named in the 1967-68 season, first started to host his variety show at the Maxine Elliot Theater in 1948, which was known as CBS Studio 51. A few years later he moved to Studio 50. The Ed Sullivan Show was taped at the theater until 1971, and in the course of its life, featured a number of famous personalities from the world of entertainment, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

In the 1960s, in addition to the Ed Sullivan Show, it also featured quiz shows, such as What's My Line?, To Tell the Truth and Password. In the 1970s, the theater also produced some short-lived game shows, such as The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973, Musical Chairs with singer Adam Wade in 1975, Shoot For The Stars with Geoff Edwards in 1977, and Pass the Buck with Bill Cullen in 1978.

The Renovation

In 1993, after nearly 60 years of long lease, CBS bought the theater when David Letterman switched over from NBC. The 1200 seat theater was reconfigured into a more intimate 400 seat setting, by converting the remaining space into a technically-advanced television broadcast studio. The seat reduction to 400 was decided by the electronic requirements of the television studio and the sound absorption areas.

The complete renovation was done by the architectural firm - Polshek Partnership, which ensured that all the changes and interventions were temporary and reversible, to maintain the archtectural intergrity of this Landmark Theater, as the theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Further renovations were carried out in 2005, when in four months, the theater was retrofitted for high definition television.

The Shows At The Theater

The David Letterman show at the theater - The Late Show with David Letterman – is recorded inside, Monday through Friday. The Ed Sullivan Theater tickets can be obtained through their website. You need to fill in the online forms, and hope your request for the tickets come through.

Chances are that your request may not be fulfilled, even when you try the stand-by tickets. We, at Reedstickets.net, can arrange Ed Sullivan Theater Tickets for the late night show of your choice.

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