Celebrities Had Way More Fun Than We Thought At Studio 54!

By | January 3, 2017

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. 

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Pictured here are some of the A-list celebs who frequented the infamous, one-of-a-kind club known as Studio 54. In the photo are Olympic athlete-Bruce Jenner, the King of Pop-Michael Jackson, actress and model-Valerie Perrine and Jane Fonda.

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.

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The area that would soon be known as Studio 54 was formerly a theater. The club, owned by Steve Rubell quickly built up a conflicting reputation for itself. It seemed the population was torn, they either absolutely loved the club or hated it with the fire of a thousand suns. There didn't seem to be much of an in between.

It didn't seem to matter one way or another though, every night without fail, a crowd of people would flock to the doors of the legendary Studio 54 in hopes of getting in. And who could blame them? The place was filled with celebrities who knows who you might run into once through those doors. 

The rich, the famous, the infamously insane... drugs, booze, and scantily dressed men and women all awaited them on the other side of those velvet ropes. An aura of exclusivity, an atmosphere that promoted sexual freedom, and open drug use... not only was Studio 54 the biggest nightclub in the world, it created an entire subculture.