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LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Jan 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

I see Ingrid is using the box office email again… The web site is … Lorcan

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Dec 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Myt name is Ingrid. I am the house manager at Theatre 80. There seems to be some misconceptions within this particular forum about Theatre 80. The theatre has never changed owners. The Otways have always owner the Theatre since 1964. The Pearl is a theatre company that rented it for 15 years. Lorcan Otway, Howard’s son, is running it again. We now show movies & live plays. We also have an opera coming in next year. Please check us out at

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Dec 4, 2009 at 4:10 pm

The movie is on and running as I write this, and the next film will be Monpura, a new release from Giasudden Selim, already a classic in Bangladesh and with great reviews in Austrailia and other places it has played.
It is a love story set against the backdrop of the Bangladeshi war of independance. It will play December 21 – 30th 7pm and 9:45.

I am looking forward to seeing it.
All the best
and thanks

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 13, 2009 at 6:24 am

Well, here is the news… the projectors are in, there are great sight lines, even from the front side seats, as the screen is set about 14 feet back on the stage, and the immage is wonderful…
So, here is the news about the first showing…


Village landmark and one of the city’s oldest revival theaters refurbished for theatrical debut of “The Brooklyn Heist” starring Danny Masterson and Dominique Swain

“Pulls out all the stops for laughs and chaos”
– Aced Magazine

“An utterly original and stylish comedy”
– Flixster

“Destined to be a cult hit"
– Culture Vulture

CHATSWORTH, CA, Nov. 4, 2009 â€" In what is destined to be a comedy-caper smash hit, “The Brooklyn Heist” will be released on Nov. 27 at Theater 80 St. Marks in NYCâ€\s East Village.

Desperate to improve his life, New Yorker Fitz concocts a scheme to rob a wealthy and hated pawnshop owner. Unknown to Fitz, his gang of cheerful incompetents faces competition from two other crews who plan to hit the joint on the same night. Each group has a unique, hilarious style in this satire on heist capers that uses stylish cinematography, editing and art direction to explode filmic stereotypes. A stellar cast including Danny Masterson (“That â€\70s Show”), Leon (“Get Rich or Die Tryinâ€\”) and Dominique Swain (“Lolita”) brings to life this stylish spoof of the beloved heist comedy genre.

“The chance to be in a movie thatâ€\s completely centered around New York was a big part of what drew me to ‘The Brooklyn Heist.â€\ This is a hilarious, special movie that Iâ€\m very proud of,” enthuses Danny Masterson.

“New York is really another character in ‘The Brooklyn Heistâ€\ and we shot the film entirely within the five boroughs, so we couldnâ€\t have found a better home for our theatrical release than Theater 80,” says director/co-writer Julian Mark Kheel.

The Manhattan community is already primed for a new generation of films to play at Theater 80 after a fifteen year hiatus, and “The Brooklyn Heist” is sure to mark that occasion with a bang as it becomes the first film to use the theaterâ€\s brand new hi-def digital projection system.

Under its previous title “Capers,” the film already impressed audiences across North America during its festival run, scooping up the Best Comedy Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival and entertaining crowds from the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago to the Cinequest Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival in California.

Theater 80 St. Marks
80 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0388
Screeners available on request

Movie information
Genre: Action/adventure, comedy
Year: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Format: Digital Projection
Length: 85 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Theater information
Theater 80 St. Marks
80 St. Marks Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 388-0388
Opens Nov. 27, 2009
Showtimes: Daily at 7:00pm & 9:00pm; other than December 2nd when there is a private screening not open to the public.

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About Theater 80 St. Marks
80 Saint Marks Place has been a successful site for entertainment from the height of the Jazz age to the present. Operating variously as a successful ‘speakeasyâ€\ during prohibition, a popular night spot, and the jazz mecca the Jazz Gallery, the space was converted to a theater in the early 1960â€\s. Theater 80 made its name with the 1965 run of “Youâ€\re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” served as the home of the Manhattan Festival Ballet for three years, and became renowned for its film revival program, which ran from 1970 until 1994. After a fifteen year residency by the Pearl Theatre Co., Theater 80 is poised to once again become the East Villageâ€\s destination spot for film and live theater. For more information about Theater 80 St. Marks, please go to

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LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 6, 2009 at 5:52 am

No… in a day or so, I will be able to let you know the name of the film… I have seen trailers, and it looks like a really fun film.

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm

We will be showing a first run, big budget, Indie film at the end of the month, and are in the process of booking a classic film not seen since the 1960s… as soon as contracts are signed, I will let you know.

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 5, 2009 at 9:46 am

PS I hear that Jim (mentioned above)– from our coffee bar is alive and well… With any luck, we can bring him back as well… at least for a visit…

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Nov 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

I expect it will be welcome news for the readers of this blog, we will be showing film once more. We are in the process of installing high def, digital (not rear projection) as well as presenting opera, ballet, concerts, and musicals. The screen will be set back much farther than in my father’s day, so the sight lines will be improved for film. THanks to all who have remembered us fondly or otherwise here, and we hope to see you all again soon.
Our web address is . All the best, Lorcan Otway

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Oct 5, 2009 at 2:54 am

Dear skeeetz:
Thanks so much for the kind comments… as to a “better way” – I refer not to the audience, or content of the programming, but to the deficits of the combination of rear view projection and 16 mm projection. At the time my father died, we found that – even with three state of the art machines – running full time just put too much wear on them for the declining availability of tech support. Film projectors, next, even to video players, are very difficult machines to maintain. Often film companies coated film with “protective coatings” which would gum up the gate, and even with constant washing between showings, the coatings would bend and destroy the teeth in the gate. So, the quality of our projection declined as fewer and fewer technical repair people stayed with film, and most went into video, now they are into DVD repair…
If someday it were possible to project DVD directly to a storable screen, using a cable rather than through the air projection it is possible to show film here again… the problem with a world of high def and all, is that the expectations of most of the audience change, and the poor quality of an earlier time is much less quaint to most today, and I don’t think we could survive the judgment of a generation grown up on digital projection. Even the comments here show that we suffered from having to project from behind the screen in the eyes of many. But, I am still looking and listening, if a better projection option is found, do email me at, LorcanOtway at

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Sep 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for the proof reading… It has been a month of three hours of sleep as we restored the old gem to her former glow…
All the best

LorcanOtway commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Sep 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Theatre 80 is back under direct management by the Otway family. In keeping with my mother’s wishes, and my dedication to my father’s belief in small, professional theater, we are once again open to present a diverse program of live theater. “The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side” has been in previews here, and will open tomorrow night, after a successful run at PS 122. In order to keep small theater affordable, we are going to open a small café, to help subsidize theater here. Living on the proceeds of a small theater has been a challenge as early as 1968, when the Manhattan Festival Ballet closed. But, I believe that the best way to resist the Disneyfication of New York Theater is a vibrant and professional pool of small theaters.
I hope friends will stop by, often.
I would LOVE to have film some days, but, until a better way to project in a small house is found, we will continue to live in hopes. There are new wonders every day, so who knows?
But, I do not think I foresee a time when we would only present film. My father built the theater as a place to have an intimate live theatrical experience, and it is perfect for that use.
Today, assisted by the remarkably capable and talented Lori Singleton, we are booking into next year already.
My family and I extend our dearest thanks to all who came, and warmest regards to those who found Dad a wee bit erasable at times… he had a lot on his plate.
All the best,
Lorcan Otway
General Manager
Theatre 80 Saint Marks.