28 Boulevard des Capucines,
Paris 75009

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Architects: Paul Farge, Jean-Paul Mongeaud

Functions: Concerts, Live Performances

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Montagnes Russes, Cine-Olympia

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 33089.268.3368

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Electric light display on the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France in 1930

Located close to the Paris Opera House. Originally opened in 1889 as the Montagnes Russes, a cabaret room operated by Joseph Oller, the owner of the famous Moulin Rouge. It was re-named Olympia in 1893.

In 1928, it was converted into a full time cinema, given a lavish Art Deco style to the plans of architect Jean-Paul Mongeaud in association with architect Paul Farge who designed the facade. It opened as the Cine-Olympia with seating provided for 2,000. In 1930 it was equipped with a Cavaille-Coll 2Manual 11Ranks theatre organ, and Gilbert George and Leo Stin were two organists who played the instrument. Cinema use continued until 1944, when it converted back to music hall use. Edith Piaf gave many performances at the Olympia from January 1955 until October 1962.

Today, it is in use as a concert venue, featuring top name stars from around the world.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

DavidZornig on March 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Thought some might find this article interesting, about the nearby Paris Opera House. Feel free to delete if desired.


davidcoppock on September 15, 2022 at 3:56 am

It screened the French movie “A Trip to the Moon” directed George Melissa in 1902.

davidcoppock on September 15, 2022 at 3:59 am

Correction - directed by George Melies.

davidcoppock on September 15, 2022 at 4:00 am

The screening of “A. Trip to the Moon” at this building was possibly a World premiere for this movie?

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