Stephen Colbert had many reasons for staying put in New York on Sunday night and doing his live, post-Super Bowl episode there instead of near the game in San Francisco. But one stood out above the rest.
"I don't know if you've seen what we've done to the Ed Sullivan Theater, but we're like a family that bought a beach house," Colbert told Adweek in this week's cover story. "We're not going on vacation anywhere until we get our money out of the beach house."
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert host was referring to the stunning renovation of his new TV home on CBS, which began shortly after the Late Show with David Letterman ended in May. The renovation, which took three and a half months and cost an estimated $18 million, brought the landmark theater closer to how it looked when it first opened in 1927.
But the best way to appreciate how dramatically the theater has changed is to see it for yourself. CBS shared these 360-degree interactive photos, which show what the Ed Sullivan Theater looked like during Letterman's time there, during the renovation and in its final form, after The Late Show with Stephen Colbert began in September. Each photo shows both levels of the theater; click 1 and 2 on the lower right to toggle between them.
Late Show with David Letterman
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert