Unknown Stories of WNY: The Floor That Made Travolta a Star | News
BUFFALO, N.Y.- The lights are strobing and pulsing to the beat. The legendary dance floor upon which Tony Manara (aka John Travolta) showed off his moves, is about to breath new life and relive its disco glory.
The lighted floor was developed by Litelab, a Western New York company that specialized in entertainment lighting. Once Saturday Night Fever hit it big, so did Litelab. They were producing thousands of floors and control systems in their Angola plant and shipping them out to clubs all over the world.
The demand died down when disco did. Litelab now focuses on commercial lighting systems for offices, museums and grocery stores.
The actual floor from the movie has been in storage for 30 years, in a barn in Eden. It is now out of mothballs and being restored for use in an exhibit at the Albright Knox Art Gallery entitled "Wish you Were Here: Buffalo Avant-Garde of the 70's".
You can see it for yourself Thursday night at the Albright Knox's Summer celebration "Collision".