New York Film Locations

Revisiting The Last Days of Disco

22 October 2023

Released in 1998, “The Last Days of Disco” is set for a revisit on otsoNY. The comedy-drama film written and directed by Whit Stillman, and loosely based on his travels and experiences in various nightclubs in Manhattan, including Studio 54 starred Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale, and followed a group of Ivy League and Hampshire College graduates falling in and out of love in the disco scene of New York City in the early 1980s.

Promotional poster for The Last Days of Disco

Filming took place in various New York City locations, and the structure used for the disco was Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey, which was being renovated. The filmmakers had to share the location with another film production that took place there beforehand. The other production paid for the red carpeting used in the building, and the rest of the interior was designed and paid for by Stillman’s crew.

The film's distributor had also pushed the filmmakers to complete the film and get it released before the Miramax disco club film “54”, and it was; “54” was released in US cinemas in late August 1998, two months after the theatrical debut of “The Last Days of Disco”.

New higher quality screenshots and additional film locations are planned for October.


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