Sutton Theater

205 East 57th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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moviesmovies
moviesmovies on July 13, 2005 at 6:29 am

saw Roeg’s ‘Don’t Look Now’ here.

RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 10:48 am

The Burtons day and dated the Sutton and Trans-Lux West.
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RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 6:52 am

Here is the Sutton day and dating with the Criterion
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frankie
frankie on June 27, 2005 at 9:34 am

I too didn’t know that the Sutton had closed. Thank God I went to see “Broadway: The Golden Age” when it played there recently. One of my happiest memories was rushing with friends to the Sutton to see “Ed Wood.” All the movie buffs were there, so we had to wait till the later show. All the true believers enjoyed it together. Then it opened wide and bombed ! What do they know ? Thank you, Martin Landau ! frankie from Brooklyn

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 13, 2005 at 9:27 am

Yup that’s it – The Gotham Cinema was owned by Crown Theatres, previously owned by Trans-Lux.

bazookadave
bazookadave on April 13, 2005 at 8:55 am

Check out the listing for the Crown Gotham…isn’t that the Gotham Cinema that was around the corner from the Sutton?

bazookadave
bazookadave on April 12, 2005 at 3:50 pm

THE GOTHAM!!!! HOLY CRIPES, yes that was definitely it. I remember waiting outside to see Towering Inferno. I know I saw something there in the 80s but I forgot what. Thanks for jogging my memory!
Dave B

bazookadave
bazookadave on April 12, 2005 at 3:25 pm

Hi Gerald!
I remember the Baronet/Coronet, they have just been replaced by a luxury tower on Third Avenue between 59th and 60th. The theater I recall was on Third Avenue between 57th and 58th, one block downtown from Alexander’s. I used to think it was connected on the inside to the Sutton around the corner but I don’t think it was.

I have been keeping a list of movies I have seen and the theaters I saw them in since 1986, I’ll check tonight and see if any of them have the name of that theater where I saw “Towering Inferno."
It has been driving me nuts for a while now that I can’t remember that theater!
Dave B

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 12, 2005 at 3:23 pm

No, the theatre around the corner was the Gotham Cinema. Wendy’s is not where the Gotham was, it was next door, and it is part of the Sutton’s property. In the winter Wendy’s (although at that time it was Burger King) would call us in the theatre and ask for heat, and we would go in the cellar of the theatre and open a valve for the steam, when they had enough they would call to say so and we would turn it off.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 12, 2005 at 3:05 pm

Davebazooka,
The theatre directly around the corner on 3rd Ave. would have been the Coronet/Baronet or later Coronet 1 & 2.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on April 12, 2005 at 2:23 pm

In the ‘50s, I saw there Alec Guinness in the wonderful “The Ladykillers” and “The Horse’s Mouth.” And I recall seeing there “Moby Dick” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” both of which had been day-dating at the Criterion. And I remember standing outside in line for “Gigi” through an entire sold-out showing after it had moved there from its reserved-seat booking at the Royale. On Sept. 25 '04 above, Warren listed four films that had played a total of 105 weeks in 1950-51. I believe that “Marty” played nearly a year there in 1955 on an exclusive run, no? After (or was it just before?) receiving its Academy Awards in March '56, “Marty” then moved to city-wide booking on the Loew’s circuit.

bazookadave
bazookadave on April 12, 2005 at 1:59 pm

Passed by on Third Avenue on Saturday April 9 and saw nothing but a gap between buildings where the Sutton used to stand. The last movie I saw there was “The Lion King” in 1994. Saw quite a few there in the decades before that. Definitely saw “The Bad News Bears” there around 1975. There used to be another movie house directly around the corner on Third Avenue but I do not remember its name. I do know I saw “The Towering Inferno” there. Now it’s a Wendy’s.

I also noted that all the windows on wall of the apartment building adjacent to where the Sutton was are freshly sealed with brick. I guess the original builders were hoping the Sutton would always be there and included windows that viewed out directly above the theater. Now with the new tower coming in they have to go! Major bummer. That’s skyrights and zoning for you. The windows can be seen unsealed in the photo of the Sutton at the top of this page.

hardbop
hardbop on April 5, 2005 at 4:08 pm

I walked by here on Saturday and it is indeed a hole in the ground. As I said above, I didn’t even know the Sutton had closed.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 1, 2005 at 12:59 pm

Yep, true. This is just a cry of anguish, unrelated to the Sutton except in a general way: Boston now has only two commercial movie theatres. Providence has three. Boston-proper has no art houses left. None, zero. Providence has two. But then Providence doesn’t have a Cambridge.

hardbop
hardbop on April 1, 2005 at 11:53 am

Damn. It didn’t even know the Sutton had closed. Another one bites the dust.

iemola1
iemola1 on March 30, 2005 at 11:18 am

As I posted above, I’d pass the SUTTON every day for four years on my way to the High School of Art and Design, on the corner of Second Avenue and 57th Street. Whenever they changed films, I’d step into the lobby and pick up a new edition of SHOWCASE – THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE FOR ART THEATERGOERS – so I’d like to fill in some of the blanks in the movie history of the Sutton from 1966 to 1971:

THE BLUE MAX – SEPTEMBER 1966
LOVES OF A BLONDE – NOVEMBER 1966
GAMBIT – JANUARY 1967
TOBRUK – FEBRUARY 1967
A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG – APRIL 1967
THE JOKERS – MAY 1967
GAMES – OCTOBER 1967
CHAPPAQUA – NOVEMBER 1967
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE – JANUARY 1968
CHARLIE BUBBLES – MARCH 1968
I’LL NEVER FORGET WHAT’S ‘IS NAME – MAY 1968
BOOM – JUNE 1968
A LOVELY WAY TO DIE – JULY 1968
ZITA – SEPTEMBER 1968
THE BOFORS GUN – OCTOBER 1968
SECRET CEREMONY – NOVEMBER 1968
THE FIXER – DECEMBER 1968
HELL IN THE PACIFIC – MARCH 1969
BEFORE WINTER COMES – APRIL 1969
THE LOVES OF ISADORA – MAY 1969
JOHN AND MARY – JANUARY 1970
and … I guess I went back the following year and saw
LITTLE BIG MAN – JANUARY 1971.

JKauf
JKauf on March 27, 2005 at 4:58 am

One day in 1972, I was walking up Third Avenue when I noticed something new in the neighborhood. On the corner of Third and 57th Street, there was a large display of red, white and blue balloons outside the office of a presidential candidate.

The window display labeled the corner storefront as the headquarters of Bill McKay. The candidate bore a suspicious resemblance to Robert Redford.

Inside, a pretty young girl handed me three balloons and some campaign literature. I helped myself to a slice of apple pie and a cup of coffee. Glancing at the campaign handout, I was puzzled by its lack of opinion. McKay seemed to be all image and little substance.

Leaving the “headquarters,” I glanced across the street to see what was playing at The Sutton. The marquee advertised The Candidate, starring Robert Redford. Suddenly, it all made sense.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on March 23, 2005 at 1:10 pm

Robert Flaherty’s THE LOUISIANA STORY with its fine musical score by Virgil Thompson opened at the Sutton in 1948. The Film Daily Year Book for 1944 lists the Sutton as having 569 seats.

Edward Havens
Edward Havens on March 23, 2005 at 11:10 am

I have some older New Yorkers laying about, so I can list some of the movies that played the Sutton on those weeks…

7/8/1967: The Jokers (Michael Winner)
2/24/1968: Charlie Bubbles (Albert Finney)
6/28/1969: The Loves of Isadora (Karel Reisz)
11/11/1975: Hearts of the West (Howard Zieff)
11/18/1975: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman) Premiere
11/7/1980: Private Benjamin (Howard Zieff)
11/14/1980: Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
Premiere
11/16/1990: #1 – Fantasia, #2 – Tune In Tomorrow… (Jon Amiel)
11/21/1990: #1 – Three Men and a Little Lady (Emile Ardolino), #2 – Tune In Tomorrow… (Jon Amiel)
6/21/1991: #1 and #2 – The Rocketeer (Joe Johnston)
9/6/1991: #1 – Doc Hollywood (Michael Caton-Jones), #2 – True Identity (Charles Lane)
9/18/1991: #1 – Doc Hollywood, #2 – The Doctor (Randa Haines)
10/24/1991: #1 – Shattered (Wolfgang Petersen), #2 – Twenty-One (Don Boyd)
11/1/1991: #1 – Year of the Gun (John Frankenheimer), #2 – Iron Maze (Hiroaki Yoshida)

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 8, 2005 at 6:11 am

City Cinema$ has demon$trated on numerou$ occa$ion$ that they have little regard for their theatre$, the New York theatre busine$$, their employee$ or their cu$tomer$ – thi$ i$ ju$t another example. Their only concern i$ the –$$dollar$$–, and $ince their inept management cannot compete in the New York market, whatever need$ to be done to wring a$ many dollar$ out of the operation will be done, bu$ine$$ ethic$ and civic-mindedne$$ notwith$tanding. If they had either of tho$e qualitie$ they would have ju$t sold out to a budding theatre operator to try to make a go of it and then flee to kangaroo-land, where they really, apparently, want to be. Do kangaroo$, koala bear$ and platapu$$e$ go the movie$ more than New Yorker$??

DonRosen
DonRosen on March 8, 2005 at 4:59 am

This is still posted on the Moviefone website.

City Cinemas Sutton 1 and 2
205 E. 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 Map
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Duh! The theatre is gone.

iemola1
iemola1 on February 19, 2005 at 10:05 am

I’d pass by this theatre every day on the walk from the subway to high school. What was rather unique about the Sutton, and other theatre’s managed by Don Rugoff was the absense of normal movie posters advertising the film at the theatre.

Cinema I & II, The Paris and The Plaza all had these wonderful displays that were hand-made for their theatre’s showcase windows that advertised their movies, sort of like the stylish store front windows of nearby Bloomingdales of Bergdorf-Goodman. After the film’s run, these displays were dismantled and thrown out in the dumpster. I was able to save a part of a display for a reissue of 2001: A SPACE ODYSEE which, I think, played The Plaza around 1970-71.

Shade
Shade on January 21, 2005 at 8:30 pm

I finally checked out the UA Gemini tonight, had no clue such an auditorium existed in the city, and had to walk by the Sutton. Boy, it’s a real heart-dropped. Such a cool marquee on 57th, and now just gone. Just rubble. I ran over there when I heard the news and caught my third screening of Kill Bill 2 in the main auditorium and had a peek upstairs just to see it. Not so hot up there, but the cool script doors for Sutton 1 and Sutton 2 where pretty cool. The stairs by concessions to the restrooms were cool and I thought the curved audiotorium was pretty cool.

Last film I saw there was Rick McKay’s Broadway: The Golden Age. The director was there and had a lot of great anecdotes about the film and his cast, and he had quite a few stage folks showing up to enjoy the fun, including Jim Borstelman from Chicago and now The Producers (and soon the film version also). Sad to see it go, but great to have it go out on a grand note like Broadway: The Golden Age. I heard Rick came back for a few more screenings.

In one of those sad ironies, a friend photographed the last film on the marquee:

We Don’t Live Here Anymore.

br91975
br91975 on January 8, 2005 at 8:46 am

Too little, too late… the Sutton has been demolished and is now nothing more than a pile of rubble and a series of memories for everyone who loved this cool little moviehouse. The fight now is on to save the Beekman and Cinema 1-2-3; check out those theatres' pages on this site, along with the news stories on the front page, to find out why and how these gems became endangered and about the resultant efforts to save them.

savethesutton
savethesutton on January 8, 2005 at 8:32 am

this theater must be saved. it is a historic beautiful part of new york and destoying it als destroys our historic. ANy news on landmarking it and/or preserving it?