Sutton Theater

205 East 57th Street,
New York, NY 10022

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Sutton Theater

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The building, in New York’s posh Sutton Place neighborhood, was originally an intimate ‘legit’ playhouse called the Bandbox Theater. In 1917, it was converted into a bank. When the bank failed early in the Depression, the structure was re-built as a single screen, modern cinema, with Benjamin Schlanger as architect. In April, 1934 the Department of Buildings issued a Certificate of Occupancy for a 570 seat motion picture theatre.

In later years, the theater was twinned and the balcony was turned into a separate theater. This particular conversion was especially unfortunate, as the Sutton’s balcony was too small to yield proper sight lines. The result was an auditorium that placed the audience far too close to the screen.

The Sutton Theater was closed in the summer of 2004, and demolished in January 2005, replaced by a condominium tower.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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SethLewis on June 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sicilian Clan, The 3 Stooges Review,Network,Cuckoo’s Nest, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety gives you some indication of the quality of the bookings this theatre got in first run

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Let’s not forget the exclusive engagement of newly restored and reissued Marx Brothers classic, “Animal Crackers” in 1974 or so.

Garth on August 8, 2013 at 11:33 am

Looking for some help. Does anyone know if the Get Smart movie “The Nude Bomb” premiered here in 1979? I’m pretty sure I was at the Sutton once , and this is one of the few films where I don’t recall which Manhattan theatre I saw it in. I tried the NY Times review archive but couldn’t come up with anything.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm

“The Nude Bomb” opened at the Gemini in 1980.

Garth on August 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Al you are the Guru of Manhattan theatres, thank you.

darrenparlett on August 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

haha I love THE NUDE BOMB

Garth on September 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

OK I am still at this. Did the Nicholson film “Goin' South” open here in ‘78? Hoping AlA or someone else can tell me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

It opened at the Coronet during the newspaper strike. “A WEDDING” was showing here at the time.

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 11:41 am

“The Rocketeer” showed at the Sutton 2 in 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR beginning on Friday June 21, 1991 (the film’s nationwide release date).

moondiva3174 on April 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

I just saw this theater in the movie The Devil’s Advocate. Sad it’s not there anymore.

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