Yes List: Peter Gatien and the Limelight, The Rise and Fall of a Club King

In 1983, an enigmatic, eye-patch-wearing Canadian named Peter Gatien transformed the New York club scene by opening Limelight in a former church, kicking off an era of decadence and drugs. Then it all came tumbling down.

Photographs Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

In 1983, an enigmatic, eye-patch-wearing Canadian named Peter Gatien transformed the New York club scene by opening Limelight in a former church. He went on to run three more clubs, becoming the city's most notorious nightlife impresario, until the law-and-order Giuliani administration put him out of business, eventually leading to his deportation in 2003. The documentary Limelight offers a sympathetic history (his daughter was a producer) of Gatien's reign without skimping on colorful anecdotes from associates like club-land killer Michael Alig (the subject of the film Party Monster) and Ecstasy kingpin "Lord" Michael Caruso. Limelight comes to theaters September 23.

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Photographs Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

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