Sutton Theater

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

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RobertR on October 26, 2004 at 8:18 am

My friend told me the theatre was open last week when he went by, is this true?

Mikeoaklandpark on October 26, 2004 at 8:14 am

This theater needs to be updated to Closed. The theater can also be seen in The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond.

RobertR on October 4, 2004 at 2:23 pm

Boy, the days of exclusive runs. It seems that even now when a film opens exclusive in Manhattan and does boffo buisness they open it everywhere within a few weeks.

RobertR on September 15, 2004 at 8:15 pm

Lets boycott the last City Cinema theatres, what a bunch of loosers.

br91975 on September 10, 2004 at 5:07 pm

The Sutton can be briefly glimpsed towards the end of the 1997 Al Pacino-Keanu Reeves flick ‘Devil’s Advocate’.

dave-bronx™ on September 9, 2004 at 3:03 pm

RobertR –
The proceeds from the sale of the New York properties of City Cinemas/Reading Entertainment are probably being used to finance expansion of Reading’s circuit in Australia.

Of the remaining 4 sites, only the Cinema 1-2-3 is owned. The East 86th St. and Village East are both leased, and I’m pretty sure the Angelika is also leased. The Village East was and may still be a partnership with Ackerman, and the 86th St was and may still be a partnership with the previous operator, Town & Country.

br91975 on September 9, 2004 at 11:24 am

Just for the record, the final two films booked into the Sutton were ‘Maria Full of Grace’ and ‘We Don’t Live Here Anymore’, both of which were move-overs from the Cinema 1-2-3; the final initial release engagement was ‘Bush’s Brain’, a documentary about G.O.P. (and George W. Bush) political strategist Karl Rove.

SethLewis on September 9, 2004 at 10:01 am

It would be great to have a first run chronology of this theater – say from 1963-1985…it would probably include a number of Oscar nominees on long first runs at least from say 1970 onwards…thanks in advance to the research minded among us…

RobertR on September 9, 2004 at 9:10 am

Shame on greedy City Cinemas who seem to be more real estate brokers then theatre owners. Originally alot of their upper management were the same people from Cinema 5, but I guess they all died out. Cinema 1 & 2 were once among the most prestigious art houses in the country. The adding of the third screen was only the start of the downfall. They began to book mainstream garbage like any UA theatre in a suburban mall would book.

br91975 on September 9, 2004 at 7:44 am

According to the web site of the Clarett Group, the company which currently owns the Sutton property, it is scheduled to be cleared within the next few months to make way for Place 57, a 34-story luxury condominium tower. (For the record, the Clarett Group can be contacted at 212.399.2400 or at , while Ismael Leyva Associates, P.C. – the architecture firm responsible for the Sutton’s recent exterior alterations – can be reached at 212.290.1444 or at .)

Mikeoaklandpark on September 9, 2004 at 7:36 am

I never went to the Suttona after it was twinned. I do know that New Line Cinema has a film coming out for Christmas that was filmed in 70mm digital. Sorry I don’t remember the name.

VincentParisi on September 9, 2004 at 6:49 am

Terrible news. But it was badly twinned. It should never have been. Same goes for Cinema 1(Saw wonderful presentations of Ran and Oklahoma there.) Whatever distinctions they had were destroyed when they were sliced in two.
Is the Beekman all that’s left?

umbaba on September 9, 2004 at 6:18 am

It seems that within the next few years, most of the classic theaters will be closed forever leaving just the multiplexes. I never went to the Sutton. Wish I did. I hear Cinema 1 isn’t the same as it was years ago when it was a premiere theater. Now they show the crap.

So, that leaves what? Radio City which only shows premieres with invited audiences and the Ziegfeld which isn’t even open every day, doesn’t show 70MM anymore (who does) and shows mainstream. We’re doomed!! Soon on this site there will really be nothing to talk about. The Astor Plaza site, which was one of the busiest is basically a ghost town, now that it’s gone.

Mikeoaklandpark on September 9, 2004 at 5:38 am

This really sucks.The theater still shows as open on their web site. Was there any word that they may close.

SethLewis on September 9, 2004 at 12:04 am

So that leaves City Cinemas with what? the Cinema ½/3 the Village East and the Angelika…Hardly critical mass…The Sutton may have been badly twinned but it did give longer legs to some smaller films in its last two years

jays on September 8, 2004 at 8:43 pm

Well that’s all folks we lost the Sutton if you go pass the theatre right now the marquee is dark the films are still listed though.On the entrance door it reads closed forever. it did just like the Astor Plaza did wherein it featured new movies on Fri and closed sunday or monday.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 29, 2004 at 7:27 am

The review in today’s USA today wasn’t great. it only got 2 ½ stars. I said this before, Loews could have put a movie in the Astor Plaza that would h ave been and exculusive showing for 6 days.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 29, 2004 at 6:32 am

And don’t forget we still have the Beekman and Paris, Rhett, both single screen art houses, though I concede they are hardly in the same “monumental” league as the Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld.

umbaba on July 29, 2004 at 6:19 am

The reason there won’t be any single theaters is because the multiplexes bring in the kids that have the money to pay for the crap they’re showing. The Astor Plaza shuts down next week, the only one left is the Ziegfeld which shows a movie that’s playing on 6 screens across town and Radio City, which only shows an occasional premiere for invited audience. There’s no more movie people around guys….we are a rare breed.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 29, 2004 at 5:19 am

This is really pissing me off. Every old time theater is being sold and closed. Someone in NYC should get the mayor involved. NYC will be left with no theater history. We will be overwhelemd with these damn multiplexes.

dave-bronx™ on July 29, 2004 at 12:49 am

According to an anonymous source, the Sutton property was sold, the theatre is a tenant, and the new owner intends to tear it down and build something else. However, someone was trying to get the New York City Landmarks Commission to consider giving it landmark status. The new owner got wind of it and quickly contracted to have the exterior destroyed before it could be landmarked. Hopefully, there will be a fight with the landmarks commission who could file suit to get restoration ordered, or at least get some hefty fines levied.

dave-bronx™ on July 26, 2004 at 5:42 pm

The Sutton was originally Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, the only change to the exterior when it was converted to a theatre in the 50s was the addition of the marquee. The Wendy’s on Third Avenue btwn 57 & 58 is part of the Sutton property. The Sutton, The Murray Hill and The Beekman were all similiar in that they had the concession area tucked under the stadium with a large window so you could still watch the movie while getting your candy and popcorn. The Beekman still has this set-up.

genahy on June 29, 2004 at 9:27 pm

I just saw a film at Sutton recently, and had the good luck to be in the better downstairs original theater. It was quite beautiful. Yes, they were only selling tickets inside still. I didn’t notice the hacked facade that much. I hope they keep this place open. It is one of the last of a dying breed.

Shade on June 12, 2004 at 2:50 pm

After reading these posts I had to make my way over to the Sutton and it’s shocking to see what’s been done to the facade. It makes no sense. It isn’t just a mild chip or hack here and there. The entire front has been hacked and hacked all over. I am amazed that anyone was able to do this without anyone noticing. It’s definitely an undeniably vandalism. I’ve never seen anything like it.

I caught Kill Bill Vol. 2 on its last night here on Thursday and they were only selling tickets on the inside at concessions. The door to Sutton 1 is right next to Sutton 2. The upstairs is very strange. If you’re sitting on the side it’s hard to enjoy the film. The bottom theater is fine and a fine experience.

I’ll head back over for the Broadway documentary going on now. It’s so odd to see such a nice large marquee and signage in a once character-filled city like New York, laying beneath a vandalized facade, and knowing that this too will be erased from the city’s character and another soulless square bland building will then exist here.

It’s amazing it’s legal to destroy property like this. It’s so obviously not a proper job of whatever they said they were doing.

RobertR on May 5, 2004 at 7:23 am

The downstairs is original. Read the posts about the hacking of the facade on this site and The Rivoli site, the ends coming.