40 Vintage Photos of Celebrities Enjoying Themselves at Studio 54 From 1977 to 1981

Studio 54 is a Broadway theatre and a former disco nightclub located on 54th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The building opened in 1927 as the Gallo Opera House. It operated as an entertainment venue under various names until 1942, when CBS began using it as a radio and television studio dubbed Studio 52.

In 1977, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager opened a nightclub in the building, retaining many former TV and theatrical sets and naming it for its street. Launched at the peak of the disco dancing and music trend, the club became world-famous, noted for its celebrity guest lists, restrictive (and subjective) entry policies (based on one’s appearance and style), rampant club drug use, and open sexual activity in the club’s infamous balcony and basement VIP rooms. In 1980, the club shut down after its founders were convicted for evading taxes. They sold the club to Mark Fleischman, who reopened it, then sold it in 1984 to new owners, who closed it in 1986.

Since November 1998, the site has served as a venue for productions of the Roundabout Theatre Company and retains the name Studio 54. A separate restaurant and nightclub, Feinstein’s/54 Below, operates in the basement of the building.

In 2020, it expanded into a music imprint including a record label, Studio 54 Music, and radio station on Sirius XM, Studio 54 Radio. (Wikipedia)

Here, take a look inside Studio 54 from between the late 1970s to early 1980s.

Susan Anton, Sylvester Stallone and Andy Warhol by Ron Galella
Alan Carr, Olivia Newton John and Elton John
Ali McGraw and Peter Weller
Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields and Steve Rubell by Adam Skull, 1981
Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 at her birthday party by Rose Hartman, 1977
Brooke Shields and Calvin Klein by Adam Scull, 1981
Calvin Klein, Fran Lebowitz, Andy Warhol and Steve Rubell
Caroline Kennedy, Willie Woo and Sterling St. Jacques
Cher by Robin Platzer, 1977
Cheryl Tiegs and Louise Lasser
Christina Onassis
Diana Ross, 1979
Diana Ross, Billy Goodson and Salvatore DeFalco
Didi Ryan, David Susskind and Steve Rubell
Elizabeth Taylor and Halston at Taylor’s birthday party
Elton John and Steve Rubell
Farrah Fawcett and Steve Rubell
Frank Sinatra, 1977
Gilda Radner, Mary Hemingway and Margaux Hemingway
Halston, Bianca Jagger and Liza Minelli by Ron Galella, 1978
Hasse Persson, 1979
Jean Paul Belmondo and Steve Rubell, 1978
Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson and Steve Rubell in the DJ Booth, 1977
Mick Jagger and John Lennon
Minnelli, Jagger, Capote, Halston
Raquel Welch, Andre Weinfeld and Steve Rubell
Revelers at Studio 54 by Roxanne Lowitt, 1980
Richard Gere
Robin Williams, Valerie Williams and Andy Warhol, 1979
Rod Stewart, Alan Stewart, Tina Turner, Cher and Valerie Perrine
Rod Stewart, Alana Hamilton, and Elton John by Robin Platzer, 1977
Ryan O’Neal, Margaret Trudeau, Steve Rubell and Grace Jones on sofa by Robin Platzer, 1978
Steve Rubell and Franco Rossellini, 1979
Steve Rubell, Marina Schiano and Yves St. Laurent by Robin Platzner, 1978
Stevie Wonder and Teddy Pendergrass by Russel C. Turiak, 1977
Swanlake by Hasse Persson, 1978
Sylvester and Sasha Stallone
Hasse Persson, 1979
Yul Brynner and Doris Kleiner

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