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Film Info
  • Year: 2018
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: USA
  • Runtime: 98 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

For 33 months, from 1978 to 1980, the nightclub Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan. A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamor, Studio was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the outgoing party-boy who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the quiet, behind-the-scenes workhorse who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon crumbled before their eyes. With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last EmperorCitizen Jane: Battle For The City) constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco-era phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through an incredible series of highs and lows.

STUDIO 54 will open in the US in October 2018. 

STUDIO 54 is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo or call 212-274-1989.

Matt Tyrnauer

Matt Tyrnauer is a writer, director, producer, and award-winning journalist whose recent films include Valentino: The Last Emperor, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was short-listed for an Academy Award for best documentary feature; Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, about the secret history of sex in Hollywood in the pre-Stonewall era; Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival; and Jean Nouvel: Reflections, which premiered at the 2016 New York Film Festival.

Tyrnauer is also an award-winning journalist, who has written for Vanity Fair, where he has been editor-at-large, special correspondent and is now a contributing editor. His work has also appeared in other publications including GQ, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, L'Uomo Vogue, and Numero.

Tyrnauer’s upcoming projects include the HBO dramatic adaptation of his eponymous Vanity Fair article “Once Upon a Time in Beverly Hills”; Don’t Mess with Roy Cohn, about the Svengali behind Joseph McCarthy and Donald Trump; and a docuseries on  architecturally and culturally significant homes and their surrounding communities for Apple.

Tyrnauer is a native of Los Angeles.

A&E Indie Films Presents

An Altimeter Films and Passion Pictures Production

Produced and Directed by Matt Tyrnauer

Produced by John Battsek, p.g.a.

Produced by Corey Reeser, p.g.a.


Executive Producers

Molly Thompson

Robert Sharenow

Elaine Frontain Bryant

Andrew Ruhemann


Editor/Co-Producer Andrea Lewis



Morgan Hanner

Jason Hardwick



Noreen O’Toole

Troy Benjamin

Graham High

Associate Producer Alison Schnapp

Director of Photography Tom Hurwitz, ASC

Music Supervisor Liz Gallacher

Original Score by Lorne Balfe


Venue City State Date
aGLIFF Austin TX September 8, 2018
Alamo Winchester Winchester VA September 27-30, 2018
IFC Center New York NY October 5 OPENS
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles CA October 12-18, 2018 ONE WEEK ONLY
Museum of Fine Arts Houston TX October 19 - November 5, 2018
Landmark E Street Theatres Washingon DC October 26 - November 1, 2018
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema Atlanta GA October 26 - November 1, 2018
Landmark Kendall Square Cambridge MA October 26 - November 1, 2018
Landmark Lagoon Cinema
Minneapolis MN October 26 - November 1, 2018
Landmark Chez Artiste Los Angeles CA November 2-8, 2018
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia PA November 2-8, 2018
Scottsdale International Film Festival Scottsdale AZ November 3-4, 2018
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego CA November 16-22, 2018