Studio 54

Friday Oct 12, 2018

3405 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
US

Phone: 255-1848
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

$9-$11


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See the documentary about the hedonistic nightclub in '70s New York City.

When people think of 1970’s hedonistic excesses, few things come to mind more readily than Studio 54. From the instant the doors opened until it was dramatically shuttered 33 months later and its owners jailed, the legendary disco was the fabulous beating heart of Manhattan’s night life. Celebrities (Andy, Mick, Liz, Farrah, Michael, Liza and many more), socialites, the glamorous and the queer all partied with an unbridled freedom in the neon and glitter to an infectious disco beat, and 54 was the place to be.

At first blush, Studio 54 looked like a risky idea. Nestled right up against 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen and requiring nearly half a million dollars to ready it for opening night, the enterprise was a go-for-broke, everything-on-the-line gamble for entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.

Director Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR) focuses much of his attention on the pair, tracing the history of 54 from magnificent success to disastrous failure and beyond. An abundance of never-before-seen archival film and interviews with an impressive array of club insiders, including Shrager himself (Rubell passed away in 1989 of complications from AIDS), give an unprecedented look at why the party to end all parties came to a close.

TICKET PRICES:   $11.00 General Admission     $9.00 for WOW Members
Tickets purchased online will be held at will call of the venue of your first screening. Punch-cards and passes purchased online will have to be picked up starting September 29th at Self Serve Toys located at 3904B Central Ave SE (505-265-5815). You will NOT receive your pass or punch-card in the mail or at the venues. To pick up your online order, we ask that you bring along a picture ID to redeem your purchases. Simply showing up with a printout or a confirmation number isn't enough.

See also: Reel World

Watch OUT West

The Way OUT West Film Festival returns to Albuquerque Friday, Oct. 12 to Thursday, Oct. 18. Formerly known as the Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, this international showcase for features, documentaries and shorts has been running since 2003. The opening night Showcase Film (playing Oct. 12 at 7pm) is Matt Tyrnauer’s documentary Studio 54, which charts the rise and fall of New York’s legendarily hedonistic disco hotspot Studio 54. That’s followed (at 9:30pm) by a screening of John Waters’ 1981 cult film Polyester, starring Divine and Tab Hunter. The closing night film (Oct. 18 at 8:45pm) is Ondi Timoner’s biopic Mapplethrope, starring Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) as the controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. In between you can choose international dramas like Eva + Candela (Cómo te Llamas?) from Colombia, documentaries like the feminist filmmaker chronicle Dykes, Camera, Action! and queer comedies such as the French rom-com Kiss Me! The popular shorts compilations “Fun in Girl’s Shorts” and “Where the Boys Are” also make a return appearance. Tickets are $11 per film or $9 for Way OUT West members. Four-film punchcards run $40, eight-film punchcards are $75, and $125 gets you a full festival pass. All screenings take place at Guild Cinema (3405 Central NE). For a complete schedule of films and times, go to wayoutwestfilmfest.com.

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