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Limelight "One More Night" 30th anniversary set for tonight in Buckhead

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 7/30/2010 10:47:00 AM
It was dubbed "The Studio 54 of the South."

 And for a generation of clubgoers, Atlanta's Limelight nightclub on Piedmont Road became so ingrained into their lives that 30 years later, the Buckhead shopping center where the club was once located is still called "The Disco Kroger."

Tonight, organizer Jonathan Spanier and a few thousand Limelight fans will celebrate the notorious nightspot's 30th anniversary with a reunion party at The Buckhead Theatre at 3110 Roswell Road (formerly the Roxy).

From 1980 to 1983, Atlanta creative director K.P. Hendry served as the in-house promotions director of the club originally owned by Peter Gatien.

As any reformed Donna Summer swooning, polyester pronounced Limelight nightcrawler can attest, the club's most magnificent visual was its mammoth dancefloor that doubled as a fishtank where two sand sharks swam below you.

"It was my job to get the sharks!" Hendry told Intel Friday morning as she put the finishing touches on a "Limelight Experience" slideshow that will be projected up on the Buckhead Theatre's 40-foot screen tonight.

"The Limelight was just the bomb of the city," she added. "It was completely over the top. You never knew what to expect or what was going to happen on any given night. That's what made it so much fun!"

Post-Limelight, Hendry would go on to become the senior director of special projects for Laura Turner Seydel's Captain Planet Foundation (she notably organized the non-profit's annual Xmas Party fund-raising bashes).

Tonight, she has a surprise in store for Turner Seydel.

"I found some old pictures of her at the Limelight!" she spilled. "As a kid, she used to sneak into the club."

Spanier and organizers, meanwhile, have booked original DJs from the club's decade-long reign as the coolest club in the city.

The Limelight routinely played host to visiting celebs, including Burt Reynolds, Tina Turner, Isaac Hayes, Farrah Fawcett and Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora (who once famously descended from the ceiling during her brief stint as a disco singer).

But it was a day spent with artist Andy Warhol that made a lasting impression on Hendry.

"We were throwing an Interview Magazine party for him," she recalled. "It was just amazing."

Warhol later signed Hendry's shirt for her. She plans to wear the outfit tonight.

"Of course it's Spandex!" she conceded with laugh. "Hey, it was the eighties!"

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are still available at $50 for general admission and $85 for VIP tickets.

For more info, go to the Limelight 30th anniversary party website.