Moulin Rouge Theatre
82 Boulevard de Clichy,
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Moulin Rouge (Official)
Previously operated by: Pathe
Previous Names: Bal de Moulin Rouge, Moulin Rouge Music Hall, Moulin Rouge Cinema, Paramount-Montmarte
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 into a 2,200-seat cinema which was operated by Pathe from 1930 until around 1935. Still operating as a cinema in 1940, it also sometimes had live shows as well.
Around 1950 a major refurbishing of the entire building created a cinema with 1,500 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 1980’s.
The 1,500 seat auditorium after a period of showing first run movies became difficult to run in the 1980’s, 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 other 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.
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