Sutton Theater

205 East 57th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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br91975 on January 8, 2005 at 4:46 pm

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 on January 8, 2005 at 4:32 pm

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?

DonRosen on December 30, 2004 at 1:06 pm

NOTE to Moviefone…you can remove the Sutton 1 & 2 from your listings.

sethbook on November 2, 2004 at 5:16 pm

The last movies I saw here were “Rabbit Proof Fence” and “ANything But Love,” the latter being a real musical that was lucky to get release. Thank god the Sutton was willing to show it.

urbancrank57 on October 29, 2004 at 9:43 pm

I live on East 57th Street and walk by the place every day. The wonderful “Sutton” sign was removed last Friday, 22 October and the building is now in the process of being demolished. Thanks in part to the brilliant efforts of Ismael Leyva—who, one can argue, should probably have his architecture license revoked for his misrepresentation of a facade repair project—New York is losing another great old theater.

br91975 on October 26, 2004 at 4:37 pm

The Clarett Group is still listing Place 57 as a forthcoming project on its web site; perhaps the crew responsible for preparing the Sutton’s interior for demolition were in the building at the time…

Mikeoaklandpark on October 26, 2004 at 4:25 pm

Oh that would be great.I just called and the phone number is disconnected. Please see what you can find out.

RobertR on October 26, 2004 at 4:18 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark on October 26, 2004 at 4:14 pm

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 10:23 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 25, 2004 at 5:07 pm

I came across a newspaper clipping from July, 1951, that reported that in the past two years, the “artie” Sutton had played only four movies: “Quartet,” based on four short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, ran for 33 weeks; “The Fallen Idol,” 29 weeks; “Trio” (another Maugham collection), 25 weeks; and “The Winslow Boy,” 18 weeks.

RobertR on September 16, 2004 at 4:15 am

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

br91975 on September 11, 2004 at 1:07 am

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 11:03 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 7:24 pm

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 6:01 pm

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 5:10 pm

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 3:44 pm

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 3:36 pm

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 2:49 pm

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 2:18 pm

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 1:38 pm

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 8:04 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 9, 2004 at 4:43 am

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 3:27 pm

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.