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Limelight: The New Documentary From the Makers of Cocaine Cowboys

Featuring Peter Gatien, Michael Alig, Michael Caruso, Moby, Steve Lewis, and yours truly, Frank Owen. Limelight opens in theaters September 23.


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.


“The King of Ecstasy” by Frank Owen, April 1997

The Article That Revealed the Full Extent Of the Drug Dealing At the Limelight

Cover photo by Scott Osman for Scotto.TV LLC


“Crackdown In Clubland” by Frank Owen, February 1997

Mayor Guiliani’s War Against The Limelight

Cover photo by Brooks Osman for Scotto. TV LLC


“Murder in Clubland” by Frank Owen, June 1996

The Cover Story That Broke The Michael Alig Case Wide Open



“King of Clubland” by Frank Owen, October 1995

The Cover Story That Began My Six Year Journey Into Clubland’s Heart of Darkness


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