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Theatre 80

Theater, Off Broadway East Village
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Originally a Prohibition-era speakeasy, this comfortable, low-ceilinged 160-seat East Village fixture has been through several incarnations. It was long known as the Pearl Theater, though the classic company departed for uptown digs in 2009, and now the owner has rededicated himself to the space, with plans to reanimate the attached café and run films in addition to theatrical and dance offerings.


Venue name: Theatre 80
Address: 80 St. Marks Pl
New York
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl
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Theatre 80 is one of those places in the East Village that still feels untouched by the 2000s. Its charm is in its unfinished, unpolished edges and felt maroon somewhat jenky theater seats.. and I hope that never changes. 

The actual theater is fairly small - every seat in the house is a good one. It feels akin to UCB, but with scripted, kitschy, satirical shows. I've seen Saved by the Bell, Full House and A Midsummer Nights Dreams adaptations here and they are always a ton of fun and very interactive. Always a great way to start a night in the East Village and leave you in pretty good spirits. 

And while on spirits... the theater is connected to the William Barnacle Tavern, which I am utterly obsessed with. I asked for a cocktail menu here once and the bartender stared at me and replied, "We have spirits..." Put me in my place and rightfully so. If you come to this nautical-inspired, old-timey bar post-show, be sure to order Absinthe, which they serve properly, flaming sugar cube and drip water included. Quite the spectacle. The stage door is also located inside of the bar, so all of the actors filter out after the show, which is pretty cool as well.