"Studio 54 Retro" nightclub was originally opened in New York City in April 1977. At that time it seemed to be a marvelous replica of the wild, flamboyant, free and decadent party lifestyle of the 70's. For almost three years this popular club had a reputation for a universal center of thundering disco music, outstanding guests and musicians, and the party that never ended. At Studio 54 nightclub, tubes studded with lights steadily rose over the dance floor and descended Flash Gordon style in a wild frenzy, while a space sound system pumped out the steady beat of hot dance compositions at sometimes insufferable decibels.
So, what exactly was Studio 54 nightclub (and remains to be)? What made "Studio 54 Retro" nightclub to be perceived by the contemporaries so much more than just a club with the incontestably feel-good music, the original styles, or anything else that could ever be recreated again? It was a peculiar mood, a careless, a special atmosphere, sizzling hot, non-stop party of seemingly strange indulgences and immoderation that attracted hundreds of elite visitors (named "the beautiful crowd") every night.
Studio 54 will forever stay at the visitors' memory as the most elite, hottest, shocking and uncommon "mother of all nightclubs". During the three years of its early functioning, the "Studio 54 Retro" club was like true theatre with a fascinating staff of characters chosen every night for a grand performance party from the throngs clamoring to get through the renowned velvet ropes. Plenty of guest celebrities, often disappearing from the paparazzo's sights into the infamous basement of the club, made the VIP guest list of the Studio 54. Lots of others were named by co-owner Steve Rubell as the "gray people" and turned away. Thus, gaining entry into Studio 54 became an almost unrealizable wish for many hungering to be a part of the "beautiful crowd".
But why then was this glorious flourishing club finally closed down in 1986? The reasons of the closing can't actually be simply cleared up. At that time DJ Steve Dahl from Chicago started notorious anti-disco movement and, as a result the Disco mania was coming to the end. The "beautiful crowd", frequently visiting the club before the big collapse, was frightened of bad press or involving them into the bad rumors regarding their drug use, promiscuous life styles, etc. Studio 54 nightclub was no longer really "the place to be seen".
However, original Studio 54 still exists! Currently only private parties and special events take place there, and it is not a public entry dance club any more. Lately the identical Studio 54 nightclub was opened in Las Vegas! Situated on two levels, the club has four bars, a main dance floor, two raised dance platforms, two electronic/movable go-go cages, an exclusive VIP lounge area and the party crashers lounge area. The walls are decorated with the photographs of celebrities from the original Studio 54 nightclub in New York City. The distinguishing features of the new club are: special lighting, smoke machines and lasers, confetti cannons, ceiling swings used by Studio 54 dancers and 45 video screens showing dancing crowd.