Theatre 80 St. Marks
80 St. Marks Place,
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Located in a former Prohibition speakeasy club named Scheib’s Place. This was a Lower East Side landmark as one of the city’s oldest revival theatres. It had rear projection 16mm and played double bills of Hollywood classics. Long before the Angelika and other trendy theatres were serving coffee and brownies, you could get them here. It was designed by the owner Howard Otway, who employed architect Millard Bresin to draw up the plans.
Upon the death of Howard Otway, the theatre was leased out for live theatre, and was managed by the Otway family trust. The original mini marquee is still there.
Home of the Pearl Theatre Company for many years, in the Summer of 2009, they announced they would be leaving the building and a new theatrical tenant was being sought. In November 2009, it was announced that the Theatre 80 St. Marks would be reopening as a movie theatre with some live theatre use. Films would be projected digitally. The new operator is Lorcan Otway, the son of the original owner of the theatre, the late Howard Otway.
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