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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danwhitehead1
danwhitehead1 on April 25, 2013 at 5:48 pm

THU25APR2013 There’s a shot of the Sutton towards the end of “The Devil’s Advocate” (to be precise, it’s 1 hour 56 minutes into the film).

DavidDymond
DavidDymond on April 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Back in the 60’s — the theatre owners DID NOT clean the theatres that is why they could schedule manymore showings than today!!

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This was a small issue at the Sutton as it didn’t even have a concession stand until the eighties.

SethLewis
SethLewis on June 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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 5:33 pm

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

hdtv267
hdtv267 on June 10, 2013 at 4:52 am

exactly Ed, thanks. I saw the footage in a Marx Brothers documentary wish I could have been there. But “settled” for seeing Duck Soup and Night at the Opera at my beloved Castro Theatre

Garth
Garth on August 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

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

Garth
Garth on August 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

haha I love THE NUDE BOMB

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