Celebrities Had Way More Fun Than We Thought At Studio 54!
Written by Lyra Radford
If you've never heard of Studio 54, either you've been living under a rock since the dawn of mankind, or you're opposed to having a great time at clubs. Gen X'ers and Millennials alike all know about one of the most iconic clubs to ever exist in New York City.
Studio 54 was a club located on, you guessed it, 54th street in New York City. It first opened its doors on April 16th, 1977 and stayed open for a short but eventful 33 months. It managed to pull in approximately $7 million dollars in its first year alone.
You see, not only was this club open to those a little on the weird side and those who wanted nothing more than to express themselves freely, it was also frequented by many A-list celebrities. Disco was all the rage back in the 1970s and Studio 54 was the place to be if you were in New York.
Sure all disco clubs served booze and blared disco, but there was just something about Studio 54 that made it shine above the rest. It could have been the diverse and impressive guest list, its aura of exclusivity and its sexually charged atmosphere– more so than its competitors at the time. Studio 54 so fully embodied its time that it couldn’t have lasted beyond the early 80s even if it hadn’t been shut down. It would have been forced to change with the times and in doing so, would have lost all that made it stand out.
Here you had the Woodstock generation that was literally thrust into this memorizing new world of 70s’ disco. It was a subculture that not only embraced hippie idealism, sexual freedom, and rampant drug use but also gave it all a place to call home. Everything just came together as a reflection of the times on those mirrored strobe-lit dance floors, in a way that it never will again. Let's take a look back at some of Studio 54's most memorable moments.