Disturbing Photos From Studio 54

By Sophia Maddox | June 22, 2023

David Bowie goes full glam for his night at the Studio

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 the 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?

Look closer, these new colorized rare photos and stories dig deeper into the history that you think you know to tell the real stories and hidden secrets of Studio 54.

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Studio 54 came at the dawn of the age of celebrity, when everyone knew exacltly what David Bowie and Mick Jagger looked like. Fans knew that if they wanted to see their favorite stars all they had to do was get into Studio 54. That is, if they could get in.

In the late '70s, going to Studio 54 was a must-do for any visiting celebrity, no ifs ands or buts. As co-owner Ian Schrager put it:

Any celebrity that came into New York made a stop on The Tonight Show, then made a stop at Studio 54. That's just the way it was.

A long night at 54...

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There was an unspoken rule at Studio 54: there needed to be more women than men on the dance floor. Not only did the women of the era provide a specific vibe, but they made sure that the club wasn't brimming with testosterone. To make sure that happened the door men made sure to let in about one guy for every ten women.

That practice may have felt unfair to the guys waiting outside in the cold, but 19-year-old Marc Benecke says that he was always happy to let people in if they had the right energy. He said:

One of the things I think that made me a good doorperson was that I can really feel [people's] energy and for the most part, where they're coming from.