Box art for Limelight


  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

independent, special interest

Peter Gatien's Manhattan empire of legendary hotspots counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined an era in New York.

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    reviews counted: 11
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless.

- J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fresh: As a trippy, trifling memorial to a time before its eponymous club was a mini-mall and rave culture a woozy memory, "Limelight" delivers the messed-up goods.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fresh: Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.

- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, Friday, September 23, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

If you grew up in NYC in the 90's this is a film for you about the rise and fall of Peter Gatien and the Limelight night club

- fb100000196560296, Tuesday, August 28, 2012

4 stars

Great documentary about club owner Peter Gatien, whose career also paralleled the rise of the rave and drug culture in NYC, which makes for an interesting time capsule look into that time period. Good stuff, recommended.

- kingmob6, Monday, January 14, 2013

5 stars

Great documentary about rise and fall of Canadian Peter Gatien who used to own all best nightclubs in New York City in 80's and 90's.

- fb100000503802030, Saturday, August 3, 2013