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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 1977 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 bon vivant who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the behind-the-scenes creative mastermind who shunned the limelight. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise. 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 Emperor, Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood) 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 New York on October 5 and in Los Angeles October 12, 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.

For trailers and photos and other promotional material please visit our DropBox.

To find a theater near you playing STUDIO 54 search the list below or visit our GoWatchIt page.

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
Lost Weekend X Film Festival Winchester VA September 27, 2018
Aspen Film Aspen CO September 29, 2018
Out On Film-Atlanta Avondale Estates GA September 29, 2018
Reeling Film Festival Chicago IL September 30, 2018
IFC Center New York NY October 5 OPENS
TIGLFF Tampa FL October 7, 2018
ImageOut: Rochester LGBT Film and Video Rochester NY October 8, 2018
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley CA Opens October 12
Landmark Nuart Theatre Los Angeles CA October 12-18, 2018 ONE WEEK ONLY
Embarcadero Center Cinemas San Francisco CA Opens October 12
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Santa Barbara CA October 12-18, 2018
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington NY October 14, 2018
Cinema Arts Center Huntington NY October 14, 2018
OUTshine Film Festival FT Lauderdale FL October 18, 2018
University of Colorado / International Film Series Boulder CO October 19-20, 2018
Rancho Niguel Theatre Laguna Niguel CA October 19-25, 2018
Palm Desert 10 Palm Desert CA October 19-25, 2018
O Cinema-Wynwood Miami FL October 19-25, 2018
Music Box Theatre Chicago IL October 19-25, 2018
Cinema 21 Portland OR October 19-25, 2018
Museum of Fine Arts Houston TX October 19 - November 5, 2018
Guild Theatre, Albuquerque Albuquerque NM October 22-29, 2018
Greater Port Jefferson/Northern Brookhaven Arts Co Port Jefferson NY October 22, 2018
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Hotsprings AR October 24, 2018
FilmColumbia Chatham NY October 25, 2018
Naples International Film Festival Naples FL October 25-28, 2018
Belcourt Theatre Nashville TN October 26-30, 2018
Sedona International Film Festival Sedona AZ October 26-November 1, 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
Cedar Lee Theatre Cleveland OH October 26 - November 1, 2018
The Moviehouse Millerton NY October 27-28, 2018
Pickford Theatre Bellingham WA October27-31, 2018
Rehoboth Beach Film Society Rehoboth Beach DE November 1-11, 2018
Landmark Chez Artiste Denver CO November 2-8, 2018
Maryland Film Festival Baltimore MD November 2-8, 2018
Landmark Ritz at the Bourse Philadelphia PA November 2-8, 2018
Savannah Film Festival Savannah GA November 3, 2018
Scottsdale International Film Festival Scottsdale AZ November 3-4, 2018
Castro Theatre San Francisco CA November 3, 5, 2018
Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival Indianapolis IN November 9, 2018
Coronado Island Film Festival San Diego CA November 10, 2018
Key West Film Festival Key West FL November 14-18, 2018
Speed Art Museum Louisville KY November 15-18, 2018
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego CA November 16-22, 2018
Ross Media Center Lincoln NE November 16-22, 2018