Retail Makeover: From Church to Nightclub to Upscale Mall

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This Disco Used to Be a Cute Cathedral

The Limelight is best known for the notorious decade of its life when it was owned by nightclub-king Peter Gatien. Beginning in 1983, the building opened as a dance club and quickly became a haven for club kids. Cages for dancers were suspended from the rafters, a DJ booth was added to the organ loft, and sheet rock was installed to cover the stained-glass windows. It earned a seedy reputation along the way – and the nickname Slimelight.