Disturbing Photos From Studio 54

By Sophia Maddox | July 12, 2023

Rod Stewart enjoys the sights of 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?

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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Young hearts be free tonight... Rod Stewart could have been singing about any given night at Studio 54. As a place to dance and a place to play, the short-lived NYC club couldn't have been better. But many stars didn't know the darkness at the heart of the club.

Owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager made sure to hide their financial woes from the celebrities who stopped in for a night. They didn't want anyone to know that they were hiding a ridiculous amount of money and cooked books in their offices. If they gave up that information it would have ruined all the fun.

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Is it right to allow a child into a dance club full of deviants and debauchery? Definitely not. Did it happen? Absolutely. The doors to the club were always open to the not even 10-year-old star.

In 2018, Barrymore told Norm MacDonald that the reason she went to the club so often is because her mother brought her as a way to help her escape the harsh realities of child stardom:

I had a mom, but she was more like my best friend. She was like, 'Do you want to go to school and get bullied all day, or do you want to go to Studio 54?' And I was like, 'Yes, absolutely! I don't want to spend the day with these little f*ckers who are just awful.' Kids are so mean.