David Letterman moved to CBS and into The Ed Sullivan Theater in 1993, creating LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN.
In the 1990s, I got tickets and saw the show in person three times, sitting in the second row twice (April 13, 1995 and December 15, 1995) and the first row once (February 3, 1998). I’ve also been outside the theater on other occasions, including the time that Leslie Nielsen crashed a car into some garbage cans outside the side door of the theater like in the NAKED GUN movies (and POLICE SQUAD before that). In 2005, I took the photos of the Theater posted on this page.
In the early days of LATE SHOW, Letterman met the theater’s neighbors. During some of my visits to New York City, I met them too.
A couple of doors down to the north of the theater was the souvenir shop K&L Rock America where Bangladeshi businessmen Sirajul and Mujibur worked. I met them in 1995. Their shop closed in 2003.
Around the corner in the other direction, near the side entrance of the theater on 53rd Street, is the Hello Deli and its owner, Rupert Jee. I first met Rupert in 1995. I took photos of Rupert and the Deli in 2005. As of the day this page was created, the Deli is still open and Rupert is still on the show from time to time.