Sutton Theater

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

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vindanpar on December 24, 2015 at 10:59 pm

Was in this theater in its latter days and found it hard to believe movies like The Blue Max and Gigi(after moving from the Royale reserved seat engagement) had prestigious runs here rather than in more spacious theaters in Times Square. Not only dumpy but too small for these kinds of films

The one movie I remember seeing here was a very strange little Isabelle Huppert number. She was in love with a too young hockey player and did unmentionable things to her body with a razorblade. Bad in the way only a French film can be bad.

Movieholic on November 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

The only movie I saw here was the Shelley Long comedy Hello Again in 1987. I don’t remember much, other than it was a big single screen cinema with comfortable seating and a screen. My sister and I arrived late, just as the beginning credits were finished rolling. It was the day after Thanksgiving, I think, and we’d just seen Dirty Dancing, the second time for both of us, at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village. I wish time travel was possible. I’d go back to the days when theaters like this one were open and see anything that was playing.

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.

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).

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.

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.

darrenparlett on August 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

haha I love THE NUDE BOMB

Garth on August 8, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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

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 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.

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.

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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

DavidDymond on April 25, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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

danwhitehead1 on April 25, 2013 at 2:48 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).

bigjoe59 on October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Hello to AL A.–

you certainly make a good point in your last e-mail. i’m sure for sometime after it opened at the Loew’s Capitol many screenings of the original 1968 “Plane of the Apes” especially showings on Fri.,Sat. and Sun. were close to sold out if not sold out. this relates to the point in your last e-mail~ i always wondered how the staff of the Capitol got the old audience out, cleaned the theater then got the new audience in before the next screening all in 18mins.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

In many cases, no one cleaned between shows. Audiences were also more conscientious and drink/popcorn portions were smaller, so there was less waste.

bigjoe59 on October 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

to AL A.–

thanks for your reply to my post. interesting way of looking at the scheduling of showings.

now the lack of a concession stand in smaller art houses could certainly have accommodated faster turnover hence more showings a day. but the policy was also used in the larger movie theaters in the Times Square area. for instance on the photos page for the Loew’s Capitol there is a newspaper ad for premiere engagement of the original “Planet of the Apes” from 1968. the film is say 1hr.42mins? and the ad states the showings were scheduled every two hours starting at 10a.m.

also when “The Godfather” opened March of 1972 at the Loew’s State I and II is was scheduled every three hours and the film had a running time of 2hrs.50mins.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

These small theatres had no concession stand in 1955, so turnaround was easy.

bigjoe59 on October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm


in the photos section i was looking at the newspaper ads for “Marty” when it first opened in 1955. i noticed something quite interesting. nowadays theater owners or exhibitors to use the correct trade term seem to schedule an inordinately large amount of times between the showings of a film. thereby getting fewer shows a day. whereas in the “Marty” ads from 1955 it appears the manager of the Sutton scheduled showings of the film with as little time between showings as he figured the staff could get he old audience out and the new audience in.

Mikeoaklandpark on October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am

Hey CAptblood was The Blue Max a roadshow engagement?

captblood on October 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

This was a most Beautiful theatre! I worked there when it was managed by Rugoff Theatres (c. 1966 –‘67) and again later when it was managed by Cinema V (1970s). There was a long run of the film “The Blue Max”. We had a great crew of young people. As an Usher I spoke with Zal from the Lovin’ Spoonful and the artist who did the Archie Comic in the newspaper. There is no permanence in the United States. The only value is MONEY. Not Tradition. Not History. Not beauty. I guess if they could tear down beautiful and awe inspiring Penn Station why not the Sutton? It was an intregral part of the East Side with a select clientelle. What a SHAME!!!!!!!!

SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm

By the time I caught Queen of the Damned there in ‘02, the theater had slipped into a bit of disarray, sloppy housekeeping, disrespectful patrons, etc. My companion looked at me and said “Sutton Place has changed, no?”

bigjoe59 on June 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm


does anyone know if the Sutton had any
exclusive roadshow engagements other than
“The Blue Max”?

NYer on April 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

And at 95 Ernest Borgnine is still going strong. I got to meet just a few years ago and I was thrilled he signed my “Marty” DVD.