Inside a cabaret theatre in Paris

Come have a look inside the Folies Bergère, a Parisian cabaret theatre from 1869, with an impressive art déco entrance hall. Charlie Chaplin performed here, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf and many others.

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The Folies Bergère started as an opera house and evolved to a cabaret hall similar to the Moulin Rouge (founded 20 years later than the Folies Bergère). Today the theatre is still in business and all kinds of artists perform here, from comedians to singers and dancers. I was there to see the cast of Pilobolus, a American modern dance company famous for their Shadowland tour. I went back to the entrance hall to take some pictures, along with a few quick snapshots inside the theatre hall while the cast of Pilobolus was practicing for the opening night. With the warm colors, the kitschy art deco décor and abundance of fancy lights, it’s easy to imagine the Parisian elite standing here during the 1890s Belle Epoque, waiting for the show to start in their wide upholstered dresses,  tailored suits and designer hats. The theatre is located in the Rue Richer in the 9th arrondissement.  Take the subway to Cadet, Le Peletier or Grands Boulevards.

Here’s some music to accompany the photos to really get you in the right frame of mind!

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