The Limelight

The Limelight building in Manhattan, New York City, in 2007

Chain of nightclubs owned and operated by Peter Gatien.

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The Limelight building in Manhattan, New York City, in 2007

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Peter Gatien

Canadian club owner and party promoter.

Canadian club owner and party promoter.

He is best known as the former owner of several prominent New York City nightclubs, including Club USA, The Limelight, Palladium, and Tunnel.

Meat Beat Manifesto live in 2008

Meat Beat Manifesto

Electronic music group originally consisting of Jack Dangers and Jonny Stephens that was formed in 1987 in Swindon, United Kingdom.

Electronic music group originally consisting of Jack Dangers and Jonny Stephens that was formed in 1987 in Swindon, United Kingdom.

Meat Beat Manifesto live in 2008

In 1991, they performed at The Limelight in Manhattan and tourned North America with Consolidated.

Theatrical release poster

Party Monster (film)

2003 American biographical crime drama film written and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who are also both producers with Jon Marcus and Christine Vachon.

2003 American biographical crime drama film written and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who are also both producers with Jon Marcus and Christine Vachon.

Theatrical release poster

Despite James' warning, Alig hosts a party at The Limelight, a local club owned by Peter Gatien.

Twee DJs perform at now defunct superclub Space(1986–2016) on the island of Ibiza, Spain

Nightclub

Entertainment venue during nighttime comprising a dance floor, lightshow, and a stage for live music or a disc jockey (DJ) who plays recorded music.

Entertainment venue during nighttime comprising a dance floor, lightshow, and a stage for live music or a disc jockey (DJ) who plays recorded music.

Twee DJs perform at now defunct superclub Space(1986–2016) on the island of Ibiza, Spain
People dancing in a nightclub in Tampere, Finland
"The Cave" in the basement of the Gruenwald (later Roosevelt) Hotel, New Orleans opened in 1912; said by some to be one of the first nightclubs in the United States
The "Kakadu" (1919–1937), one of Berlin's best-known dance- and nightclubs since the early 1920s, offered a bar, a dance floor, live music played by jazz band, and cabaret.
A disc jockey (DJ) mixing vinyl records on turntables (Inland Empire, 2009)
Club DJ using digital CDJ players for mixing music (Munich, 2010s)
Clubgoers dancing at an upmarket nightclub (Miami, 2008)
Light-up club wear for performances, glowing under black lights. (Barcelona, 2003)
Number of patients with alcohol-related serious injury and trauma to the emergency department at different hours of the day, before and after a change in alcohol legislation that made partying stricter in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct. These policies include: increased monitoring, increased strictness on entry of clubs, and sharing of information between venues to prevent intoxicated patrons to access different places. On average, there is significant decreases in any alcohol-related injury.

Significant New York nightclubs of the period were Area, Danceteria, and The Limelight.

Alig in 2015

Club Kids

The Club Kids were a group of young New York City dance club personalities popularized by Michael Alig, James St. James, Julie Jewels, Astro Erle, DJ Keoki, and Ernie Glam in the late 1980s, and throughout the 1990s would grow to include Amanda Lepore, Waltpaper (Walt Cassidy), Christopher Comp, It Twins, Jennytalia (Jenny Dembrow), Desi Monster (Desi Santiago), Keda, Kabuki Starshine, and Richie Rich.

The Club Kids were a group of young New York City dance club personalities popularized by Michael Alig, James St. James, Julie Jewels, Astro Erle, DJ Keoki, and Ernie Glam in the late 1980s, and throughout the 1990s would grow to include Amanda Lepore, Waltpaper (Walt Cassidy), Christopher Comp, It Twins, Jennytalia (Jenny Dembrow), Desi Monster (Desi Santiago), Keda, Kabuki Starshine, and Richie Rich.

Alig in 2015

From there, Alig and his gang went on to run Peter Gatien's club network, including Club USA, Palladium, Tunnel, and The Limelight.

Alig in 2015

Michael Alig

American club promoter and convicted felon.

American club promoter and convicted felon.

Alig in 2015
Alig murdered Angel Melendez (pictured) and dismembered his body

In 1988, Alig was hired by the owner of The Limelight, Peter Gatien.

RuPaul at the 2019 California Hall of Fame Ceremony in Sacramento, California

RuPaul

American drag queen, television judge, musician, and model.

American drag queen, television judge, musician, and model.

RuPaul at the 2019 California Hall of Fame Ceremony in Sacramento, California
RuPaul in 2007
RuPaul in 2009
At RuPaul's DragCon LA 2019

RuPaul met painter Georges LeBar in 1994 at the Limelight nightclub in New York City.

Andre Melendez

Member of the Club Kids and purported drug dealer who lived and worked in New York City.

Member of the Club Kids and purported drug dealer who lived and worked in New York City.

Melendez purportedly became a drug dealer during the early 1990s after he met Peter Gatien, owner of The Limelight and several other nightclubs in New York City, and became a regular dealer in Gatien's clubs.

Woodlawn in 2007

Holly Woodlawn

Transgender Puerto Rican actress and Warhol superstar who appeared in the movies Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1971).

Transgender Puerto Rican actress and Warhol superstar who appeared in the movies Trash (1970) and Women in Revolt (1971).

Woodlawn in 2007

Back in New York in the mid-1980s, she became a featured singer in Gabriel Rotello's Downtown Dukes and Divas revues at clubs such as The Limelight and The Palladium, and a star of various musicals and revues mounted by the songwriting and producing team of Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman.

The buildings in 2010, as the Limelight Marketplace

Church of the Holy Communion and Buildings

The Church of the Holy Communion and Buildings are historic Episcopal church buildings at 656–662 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at West 20th Street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City.

The Church of the Holy Communion and Buildings are historic Episcopal church buildings at 656–662 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) at West 20th Street in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, New York City.

The buildings in 2010, as the Limelight Marketplace
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Odyssey House, in turn, sold the buildings to nightclub entrepreneur Peter Gatien, who opened the New York Limelight club there in 1983.