Ed Sullivan Theater

Ed Sullivan Theater, New York City: Address, Phone Number, Ed Sullivan Theater Reviews: 4.5/5

Ed Sullivan Theater
4.5
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Neighborhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 7th Ave • 2 min walk
  • 57th St – 7th Ave • 3 min walk
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4.5
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Lynn C
Cleveland, OH54,302 contributions
Amazing theater
Nov 2019 • Solo
Perfect venue for Stephen Colbert show. If you come to this show, wear warm clothes, its freezing in the theatre. I love the football stainless dome and the neat details everywhere throughout the theatre.
Written November 7, 2019
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Aslovakwoman
detroit, michigan75 contributions
Fun with Cobert!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Lots of fun to see a taping. The audience really gets hyped up. Didn’t like the waiting for hours prior to being seated!
Written November 6, 2019
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Jonathan Chan
New York City, NY149 contributions
ed sullivan theater
Sep 2019
A historic landmark - the weekday tapings of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert are held here, but it's also the iconic spot where the Beatles first performed in the United States.
Written October 9, 2019
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KatKealy
Coraopolis, PA843 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2019
It's such a beautiful theatre. I'm glad I finally got to see the inside. I love the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and highly recommend a taping - especially since you get to see the Ed Sullivan Theater's inside in person. It's gorgeous.
Written September 3, 2019
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,139 contributions
Tonight Show
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is a classic Broadway theater now used for the Tonight Show. It's of modest size so all seats are good and the stage is big enough for the music and everything.
Written July 21, 2019
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Pettite
Murfreesboro, TN541 contributions
Beatles Performed Here
May 2019 • Couples
Above Times Square but easy walking distance from the Theater District, the Ed Sullivan Theater is an iconic spot. The Beatles performed at this very theater in 1964 on their debut in America. Glad this historic theater is preserved and still in use today.
Written May 21, 2019
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Colleen N
Boise, ID1,074 contributions
Stephen Colbert show taping
May 2019 • Couples
We were fortunate to get priority tickets to attend a Stephen Colbert show taping. Arriving at 2:30 or so, some 30 minutes before the priority ticket-holder check-in we were probably 30 people back from the front of the line.

Because it was raining, audience coordinators allowed us to enter the lobby around 3:15, where we were held for about 30 minutes. Then we moved into another holding area, just outside the doors of the theater.

Beginning at 4:30 or so, everyone who wanted to do so was given an opportunity to visit the restroom. Around 5 pm, we entered the theater (no cell phone use, sit where you're requested to sit, show enthusiasm when asked during the show).

A comedian came out to warm up the audience -- we frankly didn't care for him at all -- then the stage manager showed us some cues he would give when he wanted the audience to get excited.

Stephen Colbert was introduced, we stood and cheered, then he sat on his desk and answered a few questions from the audience. Once that was done, he gave a nice intro on why they count on the audience to make the show better, then he re-did his entrance with cameras rolling and the show began.

In all, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The process ended around 7:15 or so and we saw two guests and a musical performer.
Written May 13, 2019
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,743 contributions
A historic Theater
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Ed Sullivan Theater is home to lots of history. Ed Sullivan was the first show to have the Beatles perform (in the US) David Letterman was there for years. Now Stephen Colbert is there. If you can plan far enough in advance get tickets and go to a performance of the Late Show.
Written April 25, 2019
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MegtheHealer
Maryland1,248 contributions
Beautiful Theater, but Be Prepared
Jan 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had priority tickets to see the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We were to check in outside of the theater at 3 PM. We arrived at 2:20 PM and there were at least 45 people ahead of us. We were there in January and it was bitterly cold. The show staff wanted to get as many people in line as possible, so we stood, packed like sardines, until 4:15 PM. At that time, were allowed into the theater, where we stood in another line until just before 5:30 PM. While warmer than outside, standing for so long was painful. Once inside, we had floor seats in the center section (staff decide who sits where), which seemed great until we realized that the entire time Stephen did his monologue, our view of him was blocked by a large camera and teleprompter. It was a little easier when he was interviewing guests because he would lean forward. We spent most of the taping watching Stephen on the monitors. The theater itself is grand and worth the visit. If only the walls could talk ....
Written March 12, 2019
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Nancy D
Sooke, Canada14 contributions
Fun time at the Colbert show
Aug 2018
Don't miss the chance to see the Colbert show when in New York! It was a lot of fun. This show runs like a well-oiled machine, and it is clear Colbert loves what he does. A great chance too to see the gorgeous Ed Sullivan Theatre. Just follow the rules on your ticket - they hold you to them. Especially the one regarding backpacks. They mean it when they say no backpacks - even those cute little ones that are really just purses and you think will be perfect for wandering around the city. They are perfect for that, but if you have one and want to see the Colbert show you are out of luck. Leave that perfect little backpack at your hotel, and enjoy the show.
Written January 15, 2019
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