Lonely Planet Writer

It's been stayin' alive since the 1970s, and now the Saturday Night Fever dance floor is up for sale

It’s one of the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia, because the dance floor from the 1977 film, Saturday Night Fever, is where Hollywood star John Travolta first busted out the killer moves that established him as a bona fide star. Fans of the dance musical-drama now have a chance to get their hands (and feet) on it, as it is going up for auction next month, where it is expected to fetch between $1 and $1.5 million.

John Travolta movie art for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever. Image: Paramount/Getty Images
John Travolta movie art for the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever. Image: Paramount/Getty Images

Saturday Night Fever tells the story of a working-class young man from Brooklyn who tries to break out of his dead-end life through dancing. The custom-built dance floor he practised his moves on measures 24 feet by 16 feet and was fitted at 2001 Odyssey, a club in Brooklyn, for the purpose of the movie. Fans will recall that it lit up in red, blue and yellow in rhythm to the music, thanks to 250 separate light compartments.

The dance floor from the film Saturday Night Fever is up for sale. Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
The dance floor from the film Saturday Night Fever is up for sale. Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The floor remained at the club until it closed in 2005, after which it was bought by Vito Bruno, chief executive of New York-based party planning group, AMPM Entertainment. He is now selling it, and it will go up for auction in Los Angeles during the June 26-28 Profiles in History Hollywood Auction.

Actor John Travolta dances with Karen Lynn Gorney in Saturday Night Fever. Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Actor John Travolta dances with Karen Lynn Gorney in Saturday Night Fever. Image: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

So if you have a million dollars or so to spend and fancy strutting your stuff on the dance floor of your youthful dreams, this is your big moment. Alas, the famous white suit worn by Travolta in the film is not included in the sale.