The cinema takes hold of that idea. A 7 x 5 m floor is built, including 250 luminous compartments that illuminate in red, blue or yellow under the feet of the dancers. It is installed in a real nightclub in Brooklyn, considered as typical to the social environment addict to the disco.
John Travolta rehearses for unrestrained dances that are filmed in full length to avoid suspicion of dubbing, thus permanently showing the illumination of the floor. Released in 1977, the film Saturday Night Fever is a great success that launches the career of Travolta and leads the music of the Bee Gees at the top of the hit parade. Disco becomes a social phenomenon.
The dance floor remained in the Brooklyn nightclub until the closure of that establishment in 2005. It was so far ahead of its time that it was reused for another movie in 2012 with new panels offsetting the worn original panels.
The complete 1977 floor accompanied with its original light organ and its 2012 spare panels is estimated $ 1M for sale by Profiles in History in Calabasas CA on June 27, lot 1216 here linked on the Invaluable bidding platform.
SOLD for $ 1.2M including premium