Sutton Theater

205 East 57th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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RobertR on February 11, 2004 at 11:21 am

I read the above post and the story on the homepage and cant make heads or tails of any of it??? Whats the scoop? Did City Cinemas close the theatre?

JimRankin on February 10, 2004 at 9:19 am

This has to be one of the strangest ‘Signatures’ the Theatre Historical Soc. ( has ever received in its Guestbook:

“Tue February 10 2004 – 16:11:52
Name: Ismael Leyva
E-mail address:
City and State/Country: New York, NY
I’m a THSA member!:
How did you find out about our website?: I’ve been here before
What is your favorite type of historic theatre?: I like all of them!
Comments/Suggestions: I’m proud of the work my firm has just done on the Sutton theater on 57th Street. We started with a lovely Ionic stone facade, and with the excuse of a "repair” smashed everything that gave the building any distinction. Please e-mail me at or call me at (212) 290-1425 (w) or (212) 582-9364 (h) to suggest more theaters that I can vandalize for a profit

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2003 at 9:56 pm

Judging from the exterior architecture, I think this theater more likely dates to the ‘40’s… but I have no factual data on that. Back in the early '70’s, I saw the Marx Brothers classic Animal Crackers here, which enjoyed a successful theatrical re-release (“in glorious black and white” as the ads went) after many years out of issue. That was probably '74 or so.

As for other theaters on 57th Street, there was another called The Festival on the West Side just off 7th Avenue and down the block from the Hard Rock Cafe. Not sure how far that cinema dated back… I recall seeing “The Complete Beatles” there around 1982 or ‘83. I believe there was also a theater called the 57th Street Playhouse near Carnegie Hall between 6th and 7th Avenues. Not to mention the old Carnegie Cinemas, but I think they were actually on 7th Avenue, not 57th.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 12, 2001 at 4:35 pm

Some of this information is incorrect. The Sutton was built before WWII, though I don’t have an exact date. At the time, it might have been the only movie theatre on 57th Street, but there were eventually others: the Festival, south side of 57th between Fifth & Sixth; the Normandie (later Playboy and now Screen Directors Guild) and Little Carnegie, both south side between Sixth & Seventh Avenues); and Lincoln Art (later Bombay and Biograph and now a Morton Williams Associated supermarket),north side between Seventh Avenue & Broadway).