Theatres of Paris

Opéra National de Paris – Palais Garnier

Place de l’Opéra – 9th Arrondissement

The Palais Garnier is one of the city’s most iconic buildings., with arcades, marble columns, grandiose statues and gildings this symbol of Second Empire architecture was designed by Charles Garnier.  By day, the opera house is open for tours. The Rotonde des abonnés and the main staircase—‘a monument within the monument’ — are an essential part of any visit. However, the highlight is the auditorium itself. Under a ceiling painted by Chagall (1963) and a crystal chandelier weighing eight tons, purple velvet chairs frame the impressive 200 metre stage. At night, the venue returns to its primary vocation as a stage for operas, ballets and concerts. The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra de Paris.

Folies Bergère

The Folies Bergère is a cabaret music hall, located in Paris, France.

Established in 1869, the house was at the height of its fame and popularity from the 1890s’ Belle Époque through the 1920s. The institution is still in business, and is still a strong symbol of French and Parisian life.

Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, France.

The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the spiritual birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.

Backstage tours

There’s nothing like a glimpse behind the scenes to enhance your appreciation of a show, a film or an art masterpiece. You’ll enjoy a backstage tour of the famous Grand Rex cinema or the Théâtre du Châtelet, and of famous sporting venues like RolandGarros, the Stade de France and Parc des Princes. As of March 2018, Parc des Princes will allow visitors into areas usually reserved for the legendary Paris football club’s players – a chance to stroll through the dressing rooms, the edges of the pitch and the exclusive hospitality areas just like a PSG star. Foodies will relish the tours organized by Meeting the French, revealing the secrets of great Parisian brasseries, chocolatiers and bakers/pâtissiers. Looking to explore a secret, history-filled corner of the city? L/Oblique takes you into the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris: a collection of student residences, each allocated to a different country, set in a sprawling park. The grand foyer, the cupola, the terrace: learn about the history of the famous department store on Boulevard Haussmann in the course of a guided tour (in French or English) organized by the Galeries Lafayette. As well as monuments, more and more companies occasionally open to the public. Visits to companies showcasing the expertise of individuals, and to industrial sites have become highly popular. Most of these visits take place on the outskirts of Paris, in Seine-Saint-Denis.

– Did you know? Next time you visit the Opéra Garnier, keep going until you come to the Société Générale building at 29 boulevard Haussmann (9th arrondissement). The building, purchased by the bank in 1905, is a fine example of art nouveau architecture, with a spectacular glass cupola adorning the ceiling.

  • Cultival – (behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower, the Théâtre de l’Athénée, the Théâtre du Châtelet, etc.)
  • Le Rex Studio –
  • Galeries Lafayette –
  • Cité Internationale – L/OBLIQUE –
  • Meeting the French –
  • Opéra Bastille or Opéra Garnier –
  • Studio Harcourt – Parc des Princes –
  • Stade de France – Company visits –

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