Where do nightclubs go to die? For Studio 54, which shuttered in 2012 after almost 15 years of witching-hour reverie, much of its interior decor sat in an MGM Grand parking structure for three years, awaiting the garbage and recycling bins.
And then Mike Young and Joshua Greenrock of LV.net caught wind of the collection, which included not only the reprints of Felice Quinto’s photography from the original NYC nightspot, but the iconic 54 sign that lorded over the dancefloor.
The latter will be officially donated to the Neon Museum during a First Friday art exhibition June 3 at 6 p.m. at Metroplex Arts (1201 S. Main St.). "The Studio 54 sign is our first ever nightclub sign," a Neon Museum rep says. "That’s one of the reasons we’re so excited to get it. It represents a very important facet of the Las Vegas story, as it was a harbinger of today’s bustling nightclub scene."
However, don't expect to see the sign in the Boneyard anytime soon. "[It] was an indoor sign and more appropriate for indoor exhibition, so for now it is going into storage to better protect it," the rep adds. "As we expand, we will include the sign in an indoor space."
In the meantime, the exhibition—which will also be open 6-10 p.m. on June 2 during Preview Thursday—will feature the Quinto reprints and disco-era fashion, with proceeds benefitting the Shade Tree shelter for women and children.