Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism – a place that not only redefined the nightclub, but also came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, two friends from Brooklyn, seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, 39 years after the velvet rope was first slung across the club’s hallowed threshold, a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time.
The Studio 54 documentary premiered at the Sundance Festival at the beginning of the year. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer, it pulls off a considerable coup by getting Ian Schrager, one of Studio 54’s founders to participate for the first time. Schrager and the late Steve Rubell ran the club from 1977 to 1982, breaking just about every rule imaginable along the way, which led to them both being jailed on tax offences in 1980.
Known as much for its celebrity clientelle as the music, stories from the club rapidly passed into legendary status. If the film is half as good as the reviews suggest, we’re in for a thrilling examination of the legend. The Studio 54 documentary is released in cinemas and on demand on 15th June. For more information and to get tickets, visit the film’s website https://www.studio54documentary.com/
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