A huge fan of the loose environment in Studio 54, Diana Ross was a frequent patron of the club. Though she often made her way to the DJ booth, she could also be found tearing it up on the dance floor and belting out the lyrics to her favorite tunes. Before the club closed for good, Diana Ross attended the final party.
She serenaded the club owners one last time and fully embraced the carefree energy that was almost palpable within Studio 54. She was seen dancing the night away and soaking up the last moments of the carefree atmosphere that made the place so iconic.
How Much Would a Modern Studio 54 Cost?
In an interview with "Business Insider," the former disco co-owner Ian Schrager said that establishing another club in the spirit of Studio 54 would be much harder than it initially was. One reason for that is that it would be significantly more expensive. When he had his first steps into the nightlife world, Schrager started his first nightclub with an initial capital of $27,000. To open Studio 54 cost him $400,000.
To his estimate, opening a nightclub today would require at least a million-dollar investment. Schrager also notes that the nightclub industry has evolved and changed drastically over the years. Social media has made it easier for people to create their own buzz, and the competition is much steeper than it was in the '70s.
Bianca Jagger Rode a Live Horse Into the Club
As if debauchery and dancing weren’t enough, Studio 54 always managed to take things one step further. In order to get into the club, the bouncer would determine if you were worthy of entry based on your wardrobe and overall vibe. While many people were turned away, one four-legged patron was often allowed inside: a live horse.
Pictures from Studio 54 show Bianca Jagger, the then-wife of Mick Jagger, straddling a stunning white beast in her nightclub attire. There’s not much to say about that interesting snapshot except that the lady certainly knows how to make a grand entrance.
Robin Williams Embraced a Night Out With His Wife
While plenty of single A-listers roamed the dance floor at Studio 54, Robin Williams decided an evening out was nothing without his wife. During the club’s heyday, Robin arrived with his partner in tow, dressed to the nines and ready to boogie all night long. Photos of Williams and his wife depict a happy couple who simply loved spending time together.
Their partnership continued long past evenings at Studio 54, and they even welcomed their first son into the world just three years after the club shut its doors forever. It's clear that Robin Williams' time at Studio 54 was not just about being seen and socializing with the famous but was about having fun and enjoying himself in the company of his loved ones.
The Rubber Room Was Another Interesting Club Addition
Along with the much-talked-about basement, Studio 54 also featured one room entirely made of rubber. According to certain sources, the odd furnishings made the room easier to clean. With topless dancers and women running around in see-through garments, it’s only logical that the most basic instincts might get the best of some Studio 54 patrons.
If a rubber room truly existed, we’ll leave it up to your imagination to think about what might have gone on in there. Despite what was going on in the club, many celebrities continued to flock to the place, drawn in by its aura of excess and indulgence. In the end, however, Studio 54's reign as the hottest nightclub in New York City ended.