Sutton Theater

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

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ridethectrain on July 9, 2021 at 1:47 pm

Please update, became a twin on June 15, 1990 Sutton 1 250 seats and Sutton 2 350 seats Theatre closed September 10, 2004 Grand Opening ad as twin in photos section

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 1, 2020 at 8:23 pm

“THE BLUE MAX” in the photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 16, 2020 at 8:12 pm

Vindanpar, “YOUNG WINSTON” was real classic Roadshow reserved seats at the Columbia.

Pete Delaney
Pete Delaney on January 13, 2020 at 10:53 pm

“The Last Remake of Beau Geste” (7-1-77) “High Anxiety” (1-4-78)

vindanpar on September 13, 2019 at 10:28 am

Didn’t Young Winston play reserved seats at the Columbia twin? Or was it reserved performances?

DavidMorgan on September 13, 2019 at 5:50 am

This is from Irwin Winkler’s book “A Life in Movies” (2019):

We opened in New York on November 13, 1980, at The Sutton on Fifty-Seventh Street. Marty and I stood in the back of the theater and were dismayed by the bad sound. I complained to the manager, who angrily informed me that he had bought six new speakers at $49 each at Radio Shack just for “Raging Bull.” We, of course, had spent about a million dollars to get the sound right.

bigjoe59 on October 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm


to NYer thanks for the info.

also the Sutton wasn’t the only East Side “art house”
to host a roadshow engagement. the Coronet had The Taming
of the Shrew and the Fine Arts has three-A Man for All
Seasons, The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Trojan

bigjoe59 on October 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm


the last several years of the theater’s life it ran as a twin. to which- what was the last film to play it as a single screen theater?

moviebuff82 on October 13, 2018 at 10:46 am

25 years ago today the nightmare before Xmas made its new york city debut here before expanding wide.

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.