My very special tribute to the Dorian Gray, Frankfurt (Airport), Germany (1978 – 2000), one of the best Discotheques in the world ever! The Dorian Gray, named according to the book “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, was a legendary disco of the 80s and 90s in the airport of Frankfurt am Main. The founder and operator of the mother of all big area nightclubs”,
Gerd Schüler and Michael Presinger,
orientated the Dorian Gray on
New York’s Studio 54 which was also opend in 1978.
Localized was the “Dorian Gray” at level 0 (low level) in Hall C in Terminal 1 at the Frankfurt airport. Thus, the Dorian was not affected by the curfew, which was at this time in Frankfurt at 4:00 am. Up to 2500 guests danced per night on three floors – in the end of the 70s to disco, funk and soul, later,up from 1984, primarily to electronic music like EBM, House, New Wave and Techno.
Well-known DJs were Bijan Blum, Sven Väth, Torsten Fenslau, Ulli Brenner, Michael Münzing, DJ Dag, Talla 2XLC, Tom Wax, Mark Spoon, Björn Mulik…..
The nightclub had a spectacular Richard Long sound system design.
Richard Long was very famous for making the soundsystems for ultra legendary clubs like the
“Paradise Garage” or the “Studio 54″…
Due to the use of large horn speakers that were included with JBL and Gauss Alnico bass drivers fitted, were loud in spite of relatively low power ratings, allowing clear sound. In addition to the very powerful bass from bass horn double slides and large W-horns provided the JBL 075 tweeter horn, which hung in two blocks of four on the dance floor in the big club, and the Gauss compression driver HF4000 in combination with the JBL lenses 2395 (slantplates) for the time Disco typical sound at high volume and great clarity. The turntable system existed until the mid-90s from Thorens and later Technics devices.
The lighting system consisted of red, green and orange neon lights, which met on mirror surfaces. To the dance floor of the great clubs of American police cars sirens of the 1970s and film studio Scheinwefer were installed. Dorian Gray had rocket launcher and various light effects. Until the mid-1990s, a strong green laser was in operation. Among the light jockeys Alexander Metzger, Andreas Roerl, Frank Hildmann and Uwe Heinzelmann.
On 31 December 2000, closed the night club in Frankfurt under the old economy in the premises not to meet regulatory requirements for the modernization of fire protection equipment.
The last record that was played in the Dorian Gray was “Lovin ‘You” by Minnie Riperton, and was the resident DJ Ufuk placed in a small club.
For many years after the closure of the door shown to Dorian Gray was further installed in the airport building, although the internals were already demolished. In January 2008, after renovation, modernization and upgrading of the fire hall C / Level 0 there opened a shopping area.
In early 2003 the two entrepreneurs launched a new edition of the Club in Berlin at Potsdamer Platz, which was unable to build on the successes of the original Gray.
The Sister Disco ‘of Dorian Gray, Perkins Park, Stuttgart, which was planned by Schüler and Presinger two years after the opening of Dorian Gray for the same “concept” exists today.