"I always feel terrible when I talk to young guys who have no idea what The Saint was like," says Susan Tomkin, former assistant to the ultimate gay disco's principal owner Bruce Mailman. "They go to dance clubs that are just little tiny places. The Saint was so spectacular. I can remember the first time I went upstairs into the dome. The star machine was on, and the lights were going. I felt like somebody had sliced off the top of my head, and poured acid in my brain. That's the only way I could describe it. It was absolutely like another world."
From September 1980 to May 1988, The Saint defined gay nightlife in New York during its most tumultuous and literally plagued decade. Conceived by off-Broadway impresario Mailman, who had just scored a runaway success with The New St. Marks Baths, The Saint set such high standards that it soon rendered its competition redundant.