Sutton Theater

205 E. 57th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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PassedPawn on October 14, 2011 at 3:32 am

Only saw one flick here as the Sutton was a bit out of my way, Bladerunner, June ‘82.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

“The Blue Max” was a two shows a day Roadshow at the Sutton.

bigjoe59 on May 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

i know 20th Century Fox’s THE BLUE MAX had its premiere exclusive NYC engagement at the Sutton and a souvenir program was sold in the lobby. but there seems to be some debate as to whether is was a traditional two show a day roadshow engagement or a continuous performance engagement as they were called in the day. so which was it? the fact a souvenir program was sold would leave me to believe it was a traditional 2 show a day roadshow engagement. its my understanding that back in the day it was highly unusual for continuous performance engagements even exclusive in one theater to have a souvenir program no matter how “big” the film was.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Astyanax, the take-over goes back to 1943 so it may have been independently owned before that.

Movieplace on May 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The developer of this new building destroyed the exterior prior to demolition to ward off any possibility of landmarking by LPC.

Astyanax on May 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Before being acquired by the Rugoff Becker circuit and becoming the flagship of the Cinema 5 chain, who were the orignal owners?

William on February 24, 2010 at 10:59 am

“Gigi” was a move-over from the Royale Theatre. Most likely it was the same 35mm print. There is an ad above that shows it playing at the Sutton in it’s 45th. week.
The Sutton Theatre was equipped with 70MM projection and Dolby Stereo (CP-200 with SR cards).
The Sutton only played afew 70MM films.
“Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (June 15, 1990)
“Arachnophobia” (July 18, 1990)
“Fantasia” (Oct. 5, 1990)
“The Bonfire of the Vanities” (Dec. 21, 1990)
“The Rocketeer” (June 21, 1991)
“Beauty and the Beast” (Mar. 20, 1992)
“Beauty and the Beast” (Apr. 24, 1992)

terrywade on February 24, 2010 at 9:48 am

Does any one know when the Sutton played ‘Gigi’ was It a roadshow version and did the Sutton have a stereo print of Gigi or even had stereo or 70MM?

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on August 28, 2009 at 8:45 am

Updated — thanks!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Ah, I was in a rush last night and failed to read any of the recent comments that revealed the opening date.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 27, 2009 at 7:47 am

Joe, the Sutton was already advertising in the NYT as showing movies in 1934.

egcarter on August 27, 2009 at 1:14 am

The Sutton #2 (larger ground-level auditorium post-twinning) was one of the two theatres (gosh, the LA house slips my mind) where Dolby SR-D (Dolby Stereo Digital) was quietly (well, it was loud) beta-tested with the engagement of STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

If the writer of the item in the April 23, 1955, issue of Boxoffice got the facts right, the Sutton must have opened in the mid-1930s. The article said that the opening week of “Marty” had given the Sutton the biggest gross in its 21-year history.

The earliest mention of the Sutton I’ve found in Boxoffice so far is from the August 28, 1943, issue which said that the house had been taken over by the R&B circuit, and that after being renovated the Sutton would be operated with the same policy as the circuit’s Art Theatre and 8th Street Playhouse, both of which were in Greenwich Village.

Kieranx on February 3, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Great theater. Saw Moonstruck here as a 16 year old my first few months in the city. Used to trek up 3rd Ave every so often to catch a movie here; Clara’s Heart, The Good Mother, Hardware (after it had twinned) but not too much more after it split. I really tried to patronize as many single screens as I could. I truly miss them.

SethLewis on August 22, 2008 at 9:22 am

Growing up on the Upper East Side in the 60s and 70s, this was an iconic venue, running a mix of Universal, Fox and Cinema 5 (own brand) product in its Rugoff/Cinema 5 hey day…Some of my best Sutton memories include Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, The Sicilian Clan, The Three Stooges, Blazing Saddles, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Young Frankenstein (several times), High Anxiety, Love & Death, Network…Attended a prevue/trailer day as they launched the twin and remember not fondly the uphill sloping in the smaller screen

Like the Beekman, there would have been a decent case for landmarking this, but only as a single screen

MPol on August 22, 2008 at 8:57 am

Hi, movies534! I wholeheartedly agree with your phrase “Movies have been on film forever! Leave it (them) on film! Frankly, there are times when I absolutely curse the day that VCRs, video, DVD players, and ultimately DVD’s and all these elaborate home-entertainment systems that many Americans own were ushered in.

dave-bronx™ on July 11, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Yes, I would imagine the interior of the building had been gutted and rebuilt with each change of use.

dave-bronx™ on July 11, 2008 at 10:31 am

Warren, I think the Philipp/Bandbox Theatre, Chatham/Manufacturers Bank and Sutton Theatre are all the same building. The photo in your post of 5/5/08 of the Bandbox has certain similarities to the Sutton theatre that we are all familiar with. The cornice line seems to be the same height, and the alley-way on the east side of the building is there. I think the bank applied the facade with the columns that we are familiar with, a look common to banks of that era. When converted back to a theatre the marquee was added, the street-level store-front modified and the second floor windows closed. What do you think?

dave-bronx™ on May 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm

City Cinemas' parent company holds a 25% stake in the Place 57, the faux-luxury condominium building now occupying the site of the Sutton.

edblank on May 20, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Another late, lamented Manhattan movie landmark. I have fond memories of “Raging Bull,” “Network” and many other attractions there. – Ed Blank

markp on January 10, 2008 at 11:07 am

It saddens me to read over and over about all the great theatres being lost to the wrecking ball. But, as someone who has been a projectionist for almost 33 years now, the sad reality is, money talks, and condo’s and office towers rule. I myself am trying to get an old palace back up and running here in N.J. So far the owners have been renovating and hopefully soon we can get some old time movies going. But this is the exception, rather than the rule. And another thing that gets my goat is all this talk of “digital cinema”. Movies have been on FILM forever, leave it on FILM.

AdoraKiaOra on December 17, 2007 at 12:57 pm

I saw the movie ‘Broadway-The Golden Age’ here and it was just me and 2 very old ladies in the house. They sat 2 rows in front of me and they talked all the way thru the movie but it was just fine with me because it turned out that these two ladies were old Broadway chorus girls and they knew almost everyone in the movie. They were totally charming and very entertaining, it was better than any DVD commentary could ever be!
It closed very soon after and i have been past it in its new life as a new face less New York building!