60 Forgotten Photos From Studio 54 In The 70s and 80s

May 20, 2024

A Crowd Gathers Around the Doors to Studio 54

A glimpse behind the curtain of history can tell us so much about the stars and celebrities that we think we know so much about. Seeing photos of the events as they unfolded, colorized just for you, shows just how decadent the most famous club in the world really was.

Studio 54 was the one club where the famous and the infamous mixed with reckless abandon, with lines of would-be dancers begging to be let inside. What happened behind the walls of this storied New York City club? How late did the parties go, and exactly what did stars like Mick Jagger, Jamie Lee Curtis, and a very young Drew Barrymore get up to at these all-night ragers?

If you've never heard of Studio 54, either you've been living under a rock since the dawn of mankind, you're opposed to having a great time at clubs or you were born 2 hours ago. 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 it's doors on April 16th 1977 and stayed open for a short 33 months, but making approximately $7 million in its first year.

You see, not only was this club open to the weird and those who wanted to express themselves, it was also frequented by many a celebrity. Let's take a look back at some of Studio 54's most memorable moments.

The area that would soon be known as Studio 54 was formerly a theater. The club quickly got a reputation that many people loved, but many hated as well. Every night, crowds of people would stand in the hopes of getting in.

Hugh Hefner and one of his bunnies survey the dance floor

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Hugh Hefner was a man about town long before Studio 54 became the must-see nightspot in New York City. At the time he was running his magazine and its branded clubs, but they weren't really a place where someone would go and dance. Hefner traveled to Studio 54 for a change a pace, he wanted to know what young people were doing.

Bill Farley, the former publicist for Hef's magazine wondered out loud about the difference between Hefner's world and Studio 54 to Vanity Fair:

I wonder if the entertainment model hadn’t changed a little because—taking Studio 54 as an example—people had moved on to loud dance clubs, a lot of coke was going around, and that kind of stuff wasn’t happening at the our clubs. Dancing was part of what you could do there, but they weren’t dance clubs primarily.