Thursday, December 3, 2009



Theatre 80 (St. Mark's) is a village landmark and one of the city's oldest revival theaters refurbished for the U.S. theatrical debut of “The Brooklyn Heist” starring Danny Masterson and Dominique Swain.

CHATSWORTH, CA, Nov. 9, 2009 – In what is destined to be a comedy-caper smash hit, “The Brooklyn Heist” debuted at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place) in New York, beginning a limited two week engagement this past Friday, November 27.

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 ’70s Show”, “Yes Man”), Leon (“Get Rich or Die Tryin’”) and Dominique Swain (“Lolita”) brings to life this stylish spoof of the beloved heist comedy genre.

“Having grown up in New York, the chance to star in a film that’s completely centered around New York City was a big part of what drew me to 'The Brooklyn Heist.' This is a hilarious, special movie that I’m very proud to have produced and acted in, and I know audiences will love it,” enthuses Danny Masterson.

“New York is really another character in ‘The Brooklyn Heist’ and we shot the film entirely within the five boroughs, so we couldn’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” has surely marked this monumental occasion as the first film to use the theater’s brand new hi-definition digital projection system.

Theater information
Theater 80 St. Marks (80 St. Marks Pl.)
Premiered November 27, 2009 for a limited two week engagement
Showtimes: Daily at 7:00pm & 9:00pm; Thursdays at 2:00pm
Tickets: $10 per screening
Tickets available by phone at (212) 388-0388, in person at the box office at 80 St. Marks Pl., or online at

Festival awards under previous title “Capers”:

Best Comedy Award at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
Independent Feature Filmmakers Award at the CineGear Festival at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Honorable Mention for Independent Film Comedy at the Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, Official Selection at Cinequest Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival

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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 'speakeasy’ during prohibition, a popular night spot, and the jazz mecca the Jazz Gallery, the space was converted to a theater in the early 1960’s. Theater 80 made its name with the 1967 run of “You’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 Village’s destination spot for film and live theater.

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