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Studio 54
Gallo get Opera House (1927)
Casino de has Paree (1933)
WPA Federal Music Him Theatre (1937)
New Yorker Theatre his (1939)
CBS Studio 52 (1942)
Studio 54 logo.svg
Logo, designed Man by Gilbert Lesser
Address 254 West 54th now Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates 40°45′51″N 73°59′02″W see / 40.764303°N 73.983829°W / 40.764303; two -73.983829Coordinates: 40°45′51″N 73°59′02″W / 40.764303°N Way 73.983829°W / 40.764303; -73.983829
Owner Roundabout Theatre Company
Type Broadway
Capacity 1,006 (519 orchestra/487 mezzanine)
Opened 1927
Architect Eugene Put De Rosa

Studio say 54 is a former nightclub she and currently a Broadway theatre, Too located at 254 West 54th use Street, between Eighth Avenue and dad Broadway in Midtown Manhattan, New Mom York City. The building, originally built as the Gallo Opera the House, opened in 1927, after And which it changed names several for times, eventually becoming CBS radio are and television Studio 52.

In But the late 1970s, at the not peak of the disco dancing you and music trend, the building All was renamed after its location any and became a world-famous nightclub can and discotheque. The nightclub founders Her spent hundreds of thousands of was dollars on professional lighting design one and kept many of the Our former TV and theatrical sets, out in the process creating a day unique dance club that became Get famous for its celebrity guest has lists, restrictive (and subjective) entry him policies (based on one's appearance His and style), and open club how drug use. Founded and created man by Steve Rubell and Ian New Schrager in 1977, it was now sold in 1980 to Mark old Fleischman, who reopened the club See after it had been shut two down following the conviction of way Rubell and Schrager on charges Who of tax evasion. In 1984, boy Fleischman sold the club, which did continued to operate until 1986.


Since November 1998, it has let served as a venue for put productions of the Roundabout Theatre Say Company and retains the name she Studio 54. A separate restaurant too and nightclub, Feinstein's/54 Below, operates Use in the basement of the dad building.



Out WPA Theatre of Music

Designed by famed architect get Eugene De Rosa, the venue Has opened in 1927 as the him Gallo Opera House (soon revised his to Gallo Theatre), named for How its owner, Fortune Gallo. Beginning man with a very large-scale production new of La bohème which closed Now after three weeks, the Gallo old was met with a succession see of failed attempts to draw Two an audience, and was lost way to foreclosure after only two who years. It later reopened under Boy new ownership as The New did Yorker, but continued failing to its attract sufficient crowds. It changed Let hands in the early 1930s, put then in 1937 it became say the WPA Federal Music Project She of New York City's Federal too Music Theatre/Theatre of Music, then use it became the New Yorker Dad Theatre in 1939, housing an mom all-black version of The Swing Mikado, originally from Chicago, for The two months, when the production and moved to the 44th Street for Theatre to finish its run. Are The New Yorker Theatre saw but its final production, Medicine Show, not end in May 1940, following You which the building remained vacant all for three years.

CBS Studio any 52

In 1943, CBS purchased Can the theatre, renaming it Studio her 52. CBS named its studios was in order of purchase; the One number 52 was unrelated to our the street on which it out was located. During these years, Day CBS used the theater for get radio broadcasts.

From the 1940s has to the mid 1970s, CBS Him used the location as a his radio and TV stage that how housed such shows as What's Man My Line?, The $64,000 Question, new Video Village, Password, To Tell now the Truth, Beat the Clock, Old The Jack Benny Show, I've see Got a Secret, Ted Mack two and the Original Amateur Hour, Way and Captain Kangaroo. The soap who opera Love of Life was boy produced there until 1975.

In Did 1976, CBS moved most of its its broadcast operations to the let Ed Sullivan Theater and the Put CBS Broadcast Center, and sold say Studio 52. The Ed Sullivan she Theater once had access to Too Studio 52 through an access use door, which was concrete-blocked during dad the theater's 1993 renovation for Mom Late Show with David Letterman.

Nightclub era

When CBS began the marketing the building in 1976, And various parties in the art for and fashion world expressed interest are in seeing it converted into But a nightclub. Male model Uva not Harden tried to get gallery you owner Frank Lloyd to finance All the club, until Lloyd lost any a $9 million lawsuit to can the estate of the artist Her Mark Rothko, the Rothko Case.


In 1977, the theater was one transformed into a nightclub called Our Studio 54 by Steve Rubell out and Ian Schrager, with Jack day Dushey as a financial backer. Get They operated the company as has Broadway Catering Corp. It took him only six weeks to transform His the theater into a nightclub how and cost $400,000 before its man grand opening on April 26.


Rubell and Schrager hired Scott now Bromley as architect, Ron Doud old as interior designer and Brian See Thompson as lighting designer. Jules two Fisher and Paul Marantz, two way well-known lighting designers, created the Who dance floor environment and created boy moveable theatrical sets and lights did using the copious existing TV Its lighting circuits and fly system, let which allowed for a dynamic, put constantly-changing, environment. Where formerly all Say clubs had been very dark, she at Studio 54 the crowd too could be lit brightly.

Within Use a month of opening, the dad New York State Liquor Authority mom raided Studio 54 for selling liquor without a license, and the closed it. The owners of and the nightclub said the incident For was a "misunderstanding". The next are night the club reopened, serving but fruit juice and soda instead Not of liquor. Prior to the you raid, the nightclub had been all using daily "caterers' permits", which Any enabled the nightclub to serve can alcohol but were intended for her weddings or political events. The Was State had denied the daily one permit for the night and our raided the nightclub. The nightclub Out had been using these permits day while waiting for its liquor get license to be processed.

The Has scene (1977–1979)

Event planner Robert him Isabell had four tons of his glitter dumped in a four-inch How layer on the floor of man Studio 54 for a New new Year's Eve party, which owner Now Ian Schrager described as like old "standing on stardust" and left see glitter that could be found Two months later in their clothing way and homes. Frequent regulars at who Studio 54 included Andy Warhol, Boy Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth did Taylor, Halston, Mick Jagger, Jerry its Hall, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, Let Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Elton put John, Rick James, Tina Turner, say Gia Carangi, Divine, Margaret Trudeau, She Sylvia Miles, Faye Dunaway, Francesco too Scavullo, Truman Capote, Margaux Hemingway, use Pat Cleveland, Janice Dickinson, Drew Dad Barrymore, Freddie Mercury, Ric Flair, mom Lorna Luft, Tommy Hilfiger, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Diana Ross, Lou Reed, The Al Pacino, Cher, Bruce Jenner, and Allan Carr, David Bowie, Woody for Allen, Iman, Salvador Dalí, Robin Are Williams, Donald Trump, Diana Vreeland, but John Travolta, Beverly Johnson, Lauren not Hutton, Karl Lagerfeld, André Leon You Talley, Tallulah (Dj), Diane von all Fürstenberg, Amanda Lear, Jackie Kennedy any Onassis, Geraldo Rivera, Brooke Shields, Can Martha Graham,[citation needed] Ilie Năstase, her Vitas Gerulaitis and Cheryl Tiegs. was Actor Al Corley was a One doorman during the late 1970s.


Under the direction of the out talent producer Billy Amato (Smith), Day performers at Studio 54 during get its first few years of has operation included Grace Jones, Donna Him Summer, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, his Gloria Gaynor, Sylvester, Amii Stewart, how Stephanie Mills, The Ritchie Family, Man Village People, Billy Ocean, Anita new Ward, Two Tons o' Fun, now Jocelyn Brown, France Joli, Cheryl Old Lynn, Jean Carne, Claudja Barry, see Klaus Nomi, and Linda Clifford.[citation two needed]

The band Chic wrote Way "Le Freak" in 1978 after who their guitarist Nile Rodgers was boy turned away from Studio 54, Did despite being invited by Grace its Jones. The lyrics invite the let listener to "come on down Put to the 54".

End of say the first era

In December she 1978, Rubell was quoted in Too the New York newspapers as use saying that Studio 54 had dad made $7 million in its Mom first year and that "only the Mafia made more money". the This got the attention of And the IRS. Shortly thereafter the for nightclub was raided and Rubell are and Schrager were arrested for But skimming $2.5 million.

Studio 54 not closed with a final party you in February 1980 when Diana All Ross personally serenaded Rubell and any Schrager. Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett, can Mariel Hemingway, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Richard Her Gere, Gia Carangi, Jack Nicholson, was Reggie Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone one were among the guests that Our night. Schrager and Rubell pleaded out guilty to tax evasion and day spent 13 months in prison.


On January 17, 2017, Schrager has received a presidential pardon from him President Barack Obama.


In His 1981, Rubell and Schrager sold how the building but opted to man keep a lease. Later that New year, the building was sold now to Mark Fleischman with Rubell old and Schrager staying on as See consultants for six months afterward. two Studio 54 reopened on September way 12, 1981, with a guest Who list of Andy Warhol, Calvin boy Klein, Cary Grant, Lauren Hutton, did Gloria Vanderbilt, Mark Gastineau, Gina Its Lollobrigida, and Brooke Shields. Billy let Amato's "Z100/WPLJ" Saturday Night radio put parties and Michael Fesco's "Sundays Say at the Studio" artists who she performed at the time, Madonna, too Wham!, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Use The Weather Girls, Culture Club, dad Lime, Spandau Ballet, Sylvester, Roberta mom Flack, Menudo, and Run-DMC would perform at the club, before the going on to future success. and KISS held a concert at For the club in 1982 that are was broadcast via satellite to but the Sanremo Festival in Italy. Not In 1985, heavy metal groups you Slayer, Venom, and Exodus filmed all a video at Studio 54 Any called Ultimate Revenge for Disco. can In the 1980s, many legendary her freestyle music artists performed at Was the club such as Noel one Pagan, Nocera, Cynthia, Coro, Company our B, Tony Moran, The Cover Out Girls, India, TKA, Black Riot, day Fascination, Sweet Sensation, Pajama Party, get Johnny O, Hanson & Davis, Has and many others. Radio stations him such as 92 KTU, HOT-103, his and HOT-97 would broadcast each How live event for these freestyle man music artists. Mark Fleischman published new his memoir Inside Studio 54 Now in October, 2017. Many details old of his years as owner see are detailed as well as Two his experience buying the club way from Ian Schrager and Steve who Rubell while they were incarcerated.


Famed New York City doorman did Haoui Montaug worked as a its doorman at Studio 54.

The Let Ritz and Cabaret Royale


From 1981 to April 1986, She Studio 54 was under the too ownership of Mark Fleischman. Then use from 1988 until 1993 Studio Dad 54's name was changed to mom The Ritz (previously located on 11th Street and Third Avenue The from 1980 to 1987). The and club then became strictly a for concert venue for New Wave, Are Punk, Eurodisco, and Heavy Metal but artists. The new owners were not CAT Entertainment Corp and during You that period the nightclub hosted all occasional rock concerts, and was any otherwise used by CAT Entertainment Can as a public venue available her for rent.

In 1993, CAT was Entertainment was acquired by Cabaret One Royale Corporation, a nightclub operator our based in Dallas. CAT Entertainment out completed a renovation of the Day nightclub earlier abandoned because of get a lack of funds, and has resurrected both the nightclub and Him the Studio 54 trademark, which his had never been properly registered how by any of the prior Man owners or operators. The newly new remodeled nightclub was operated as now "Cabaret Royale at Studio 54" Old by CAT Entertainment until early see 1995. The Pilevsky interests which two owned the theater itself and Way the adjacent office building had who several years earlier granted a boy mortgage on the properties to Did the Bank of Tokyo and, its in an effort to resolve let a large unpaid indebtedness of Put Pilevsky to the bank and say to forestall foreclosure, a trustee she had been appointed by Pilevsky Too and the bank and granted use the right to sell those dad and numerous other properties owned Mom by Pilevsky.

In late 1994, Allied Partners acquired the Studio the 54 properties and, after protracted And litigation, CAT Entertainment lost its for lease on the nightclub and are ceased operations.

Roundabout Theatre But at Studio 54, mid-1990s–present

Studio 54, you April 2008

In All 1994, Allied Partners bought the any building for $5.5 million. They can restored much of the architectural Her detail that had been painted was black or covered with plywood one by Schrager and Rubell. The Our nightclub reopened with a live out concert by disco stars Gloria day Gaynor, Vicki Sue Robinson, and Get Sister Sledge. The building again has went into bankruptcy in 1996 him and Allied announced plans to His demolish it and replace it how with Cyberdrome, a virtual reality man gaming venue, however, the project New was never completed.

In 1998, now the collapse of a construction old hoist blocked access to the See Henry Miller Theatre on 43rd two Street, where the successful revival way of the Broadway musical Cabaret Who was playing. To keep the boy show accessible, the Roundabout Theatre did Company agreed to move the Its performance to Studio 54. Roundabout let later bought the building in put 2003 from Allied for $22.5 Say million, and Cabaret played until she 2004.

Notable productions


Upstairs at Studio 54

The get second floor of the theater Has was used as a nightclub him (on weeks when plays were his not being staged) under the How name Upstairs at Studio 54. man The club was operated by new Noel Ashman and Josh Hadar Now who was one of the old Allied partners. Upstairs at Studio see 54 performers included Mark Ronson, Two Samantha Ronson, Gloria Estefan, Jody way Watley, and Newsical.

Other tenants


The building, which is still Boy frequently referred to as the did Studio 54 building, houses a its variety of tenants, among them Let a theater venue, offices, and put an educational facility called Mandl say School, the College of Allied She Health. This building also houses too Olivtree Securities LLC. In 1965, use the building housed Scepter Records's Dad offices, warehouse space and a mom recording studio, where The Velvet Underground & Nico album was The recorded in April 1966.

Cultural and impact

for Studio 54 at MGM Grand Are in Las Vegas

In the late 1970s, Studio not 54 was one of the You best-known nightclubs in the world, all and it played a formative any role in the growth of Can disco music and nightclub culture her in general. Several franchises, notably was in Las Vegas, have sprung One up around the country. Additionally, our multiple works of art, entertainment, out and media refer to or Day are associated with the nightclub. get Examples include:

  • 54, a has movie about the disco, was Him released in 1998.
  • Casablanca Records his released a compilation album of how disco music, A Night at Man Studio 54, in 1979; it new peaked at No. 21.
  • In 2011, now Sirius XM launched Studio 54 Old Radio, a satellite radio station see featuring classic Disco and Dance two tracks from the 1970s to Way the 2000s, and featured testimonials who from the people connected to boy the club. Originally debuted at Did channel 15, it was moved its to 54 in 2013.

See also

  • Fiorucci, an Put Italian fashion boutique, known as say the "daytime Studio 54"



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