Paris Best Live Music Venues : L’Olympia, a legendary venue

Publish on Thursday, 27 March 2014
in category What to do in Paris

Paris best live music venues rarely achieve the almost mythical status of the Olympia. Well over a hundred years old and still attracting the biggest French and international stars as well as capacity audiences, the Olympia is an iconic music theatre and an integral part of the capital. Why not enjoy a superb evening's entertainment when you stay at the Hotel Opera Lafayette, just a fifteen minute Metro journey away from the Olympia, or a little bit longer on foot?

Paris best live music venues : the fascinating history of L’Olympia

The Olympia is the oldest music hall in Paris. It was founded in 1888 under the name of Montagnes Russes by Joseph Oller, who went on to create the world famous Moulin Rouge. Renamed the Olympia in 1893, the theatre enjoyed many years of success, presenting not only concert performances, but also operas, ballets and even circuses. Unfortunately, changing public tastes in the 1920s led to a steady decline and the theatre could no longer engage the most popular performers. The Olympia became a movie theatre from 1929 until close to the end of World War II.

It was the songwriter and impresario, Bruno Coquatrix who had the venue restored to its original function as a music hall in 1954. After this great stars such as Marlene Dietrich appeared, and also Edith Piaf in a legendary series of concerts in the late 50s and early 60s. In the early 90s the Ministry of Culture issued a preservation order on the building and its façade and plush red interiors were fully restored, hearkening back to the glory years. The stars who have played at the Olympia hall in recent times include Cher, Madonna, Tina Turner and Steely Dan.

Paris best live music venues easily reached from the Hotel Opera Lafayette

At the Hotel Opera Lafayette we have a great regard for this superb old music hall and its landmark status. When you stay with us we will be happy to let you know of upcoming performances and the best way to reach the venue.


Picture copyright holder : Paris Tourist Office - Photographer David Lefranc

Hotel Opéra Lafayette, a 3* hotel in Paris between Gare du Nord and Opera area

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