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As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980s New York City club scene. The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Mayor Giuliani's determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-'90s led to Gatien's eventual deportation to Canada, and the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom.

Featuring insider interviews with famous players in the club scene as well as key informants in Gatien's high-profile trial, Billy Corben's (Cocaine Cowboys) exuberant documentary aims to set the record straight about Gatien's life as it charts his rise and fall against the transformation of New York, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of the city's nightlife.


Directed by:
Billy Corben

Produced by
Alfred Spellman
Billy Corben

Produced by
Jen Gatien

Executive Producers:
Dave Berlin
Jonathan Vinnik

Co-Executive Producers:
Eric Friedman
Scott Shelton

Sam Rega

Music Composed by:



“A FASCINATING HISTORY.” – Keith Uhlich, Time out New York

“The archival footage is great.” – Seth Colter Walls, Village Voice

“SIZZLING” – Lisa Rosman, Marie Claire

Date for DVD release subject to change.