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Ed Sullivan Theatre


1697 Broadway at W. 53rd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1205

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by Arthur Hammerstein, realizing his dream to name a theatre for his father, Oscar Hammerstein. But fewer than four years after its opening, struggling financially in the Depression, he had to forfeit the theatre. In the 1930s, it became a popular nightclub. In fall of 1936, CBS signed a long term lease and converted the space into a radio, then television studio. In 1993, CBS purchased the space and it became the home for "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Built: 1927   

Theatre Names Named
Ed Sullivan Theatre 1967     Home of David Letterman's TV show
CBS Studio No. 50 1950     
CBS Radio Playhouse No. 1 1936 (2)     
Manhattan Theatre 1936 (1)     Reopened February 14, 1936
Billy Rose's Music Hall 1933     Named for Billy Rose, (aka Manhattan Music Hall). Reopened June 21, 1934
Manhattan Theatre 1931     Reopened September 8, 1931
Hammerstein's Theatre 1927     Named for Oscar Hammerstein, Opened November 30, 1927
ProductionsProduction Dates
 
Manhattan Theatre
Help Yourself
Play, Original, Farce
Written by John J. Coman
Jul 14, 1936 - Sep 1936
Class of '29
Play, Original, Drama
May 15, 1936 - Jun 1936
Murder in the Cathedral
Play, Original, Drama
Written by T.S. Eliot
Mar 20, 1936 - Apr 1936
American Holiday
Play, Original
Feb 21, 1936 - Mar 1936
 
Manhattan Theatre
Through the Years
Musical, Original, Romance
Music by Vincent Youmans; Book by Brian Hooker; Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Jan 28, 1932 - Feb 13, 1932
East Wind
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 27, 1931 - Nov 14, 1931
Free For All
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 1931 - Sep 19, 1931
 
Hammerstein's Theatre
Ballyhoo of 1930
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 22, 1930 - Feb 21, 1931
Luana
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Sep 17, 1930 - Oct 04, 1930
Sweet Adeline
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 03, 1929 - Mar 22, 1930
Good Boy
Musical, Original
Sep 05, 1928 - Apr 13, 1929
Golden Dawn
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 30, 1927 - May 05, 1928