Velvet Rope... (9.24)
Wags: Ah, the two billion.
Spyros: I told them: velvet rope.
Wags: Spoken like a man who's still mad he never got into Xenon.
Xenon was a popular New York City nightclub. Xenon was a popular disco in Manhattan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It was located at 124 West 43rd St in the former Henry Miller Theater which prior to Xenon had been renamed Avon-at-the-Hudson and was operating as a porn house. Xenon was the only nightclub popular enough to compete with Studio 54. The site is now the Stephen Sondheim Theater.
Xenon was regarded as much more of a "Fashion Crowd", while Studio 54 was more Hollywood. Still, many celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Halston, Michael Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Tom Cruise, Richard Avedon, Cher, O.J. Simpson, Christopher Reeve, Elton John, Roger Moore, John McEnroe, Tony Curtis, Brooke Shields, Freddie Mercury, David Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Robin Williams frequented the club. The walls were silver and rays of light came out from a giant "X" above the dance floor. People at Xenon often liked to dance with fewer clothes than people at Studio 54, sometimes wearing swimsuits while dancing. Xenon was the first night club to provide go-go boxes for amateur go-go dancers to dance on. This got many people interested in go-go dancing. Xenon was featured in a Life magazine article about disco. The full-time Disc-Jockey (DJ) was Tony Smith and the part-time DJ was John "Jellybean" Benitez, who later had an affair with Madonna.