Originally the Gallo Opera House , Studio 54 opened up in 1977 by founders and creators Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. It was a popular New York nightclub until 1981. In its 33-month existence the club populated by celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Andy Warhol. It was a wild success of the 70s. The key to a good party was filling a room with guests more interesting than you. A born and raised New Yorker, Rubell was said to guard the club's door like his life depended on it, letting in only those he considered glamorous enough.
In 1998 American drama film written and directed by Mark Christopher about Studio 54 was released. It stars Ryan Phillipe, Salma Hayek , Neve Campbell and Mike Myers as Steve Rubell, the co-founder of the club. The film received a critical response to the Director's cut. Tonight International San Francisco Film Festival is bringing the screening of Director's cut to the screen at the Castro Theater and we are excited to see! Check back for more excitement on Studio 54 coming soon.
Text by: Maria DeSilva