Limelight | 2011

A portrait of Peter Gatien, owner of the legendary New York clubs Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, who was deported to Canada after a legal battle. His rise and fall and part of the history of New York City's ...more
Director: Billy Corben
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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.