Studio One Forever

United States – 2022


Studio One was more than just a disco; it was a mecca for gay men looking for identity in a world that saw them as outcasts. Its adjoining nightclub, The Backlot, merged the gay community with the Hollywood elite for the first time. From 1974 to 1993 it became the center of nightlife in West Hollywood and the staging ground for the rise of the LGBT rights movement and the fight against the AIDS crisis.

When the former Studio One building was on the verge of demolition in 2019, director Marc Saltarelli realized we were on the verge of losing a major piece of LGBT history. Over two years - through Covid and other delays - he shot interviews with those who lived, played, and survived through the wonderful and turbulent years at Studio One.


  • Director

    Marc Saltarelli

  • Cast

    Bruce Vilanch
    Chita Rivera
    Felipe Rose
    Roslyn Kind
    Thelma Houston
    Charlo Crossley

  • Duration

    94 min.

  • Language


  • Subtitles

    No subtitles