Moulin Rouge Theatre

82 Boulevard de Clichy, Montmartre,
Paris 75018

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Moulin Rouge Theatre

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The Moulin Rouge was built in 1888. It burned down in 1915 and was not rebuilt until 1925. The new building included a winter garden, cabaret, and an Art Deco auditorium where Mistinguet did famous shows. In 1929 the theatre was converted to cinema, and until around 1940 also sometimes had live show as well.

Around 1950 a major refurbishing of the entire building created a cinema with 1500 seats and a huge screen, a new cabaret named Locomotive, and under the movie theatre, a new cabaret Moulin Rouge with a seperate entrance (the actual floor show place).

In 1970 the Locomotive became a 600 stadium seating-style cinema called the Paramount Montmartre, which was triplexed in the 80s.

The 1500 seat auditorium after a period of showing first run movies became difficult to run in the 80s, the beginning of the multiplex era in Paris. After a new policy showing 70mm prints on its huge screen, it closed around 1990. It is now a place to rent for fashion shows, movies, tv programs, and rehearsals.

The three others screens also closed around 1990 and became a night club named once again Locomotive. The famous cabaret Moulin Rouge uses the most important space in the building.

This monument is one of the most visited by tourists and with the movie of the same name, it is easy to identify this building.

Contributed by Xavier Delamare

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 18, 2004 at 9:09 pm

Whatever happened to the original Paramount Theatre in Paris? I don’t recall the address, but it was situated on one of the Grand Boulevards near the Opera and several large department stores.

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 18, 2004 at 11:13 pm

The Paramount Opera Theatre address is 2 Boulevard des Capucines, Paris area 9. It opened in 1927 for Adolph Zuker’s Paramount Pictures. Seating was for 1,920 in stalls, mezzanine and balcony. The architect was Frank T. Verity who also designed the Plaza, Lower Regent Street, London, UK for Paramount Pictures in 1926 which closed in 2002 and has been gutted for retail and multiscreen cinema use. The state of the Paris Paramount when I was last there about 7 years ago was that it had been converted into 7 screens during the 1970’s. The largest (screen 3 holds 800) Screen 1 in the basement holds 400, Screens 2 & 4 hold 60 and 400 and screens 5, 6 & 7 range from 90 to 125 seats. The facade of the building was still impressive and there was some original decorative features in the large main entrance foyer.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 19, 2004 at 3:57 pm

Thanks, Ken! You should post your information via “Add Theater” so that the Paramount has a separate listing of its own. In its heyday, it was considered one of the most important theatres in Europe.

XavierDelamare
XavierDelamare on May 25, 2004 at 10:16 am

In 2004 the Paramount opera is still alive but it has now strong rivals with the opening of big multiplex like ugc ciné cité les Halles,Bercy but the 800 stadium seating auditorium (ex balcony) with a wide screen and good sound keep a quality .

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 15, 2006 at 2:37 pm

Here is a photo of the Moulin Rouge.

KenRoe
KenRoe on May 7, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Here are some vintage postcard views of the Moulin Rouge over the years:
The original building in 1889:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489041668/
Eleven years later in 1900:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489069379/
As a music hall in 1925:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489070119/
As a cinema & cabaret theatre in the early 1930’s:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489070753/
A closer view of the cinema & cabaret theatre in the mid-1930’s:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489043854/
A photograph I took in April 2007:
http://flickr.com/photos/kencta/489073097/

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 11, 2007 at 4:11 pm

This is another recent photo of the Moulin Rouge.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2009 at 1:48 am

Here is a night photo.

Gooper
Gooper on June 21, 2011 at 2:16 am

I saw ‘Paint Your Wagon’ (‘La kermesse de l'Ouest’) here in 1970. Dubbed into French, songs in original English. Outstanding sound & projection.

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