1803

The birth of a mystical place

Napoleon Bonaparte, then First Consul of France, decided to build a theater on the rue des Fosses-Saint-Victor, at the very spot where once stood, a century before, a fortification known as “the wall of Philippe Auguste.” He called it the Theater Latin and celebrated its inaugurated in 1803.

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The birth of a mystical place

There would be beautiful moments of glory during the Empire and Restoration periods but only after 1830 would it become one of the highlights of Parisian life.
The Latin Theater was not one of those “concerts café’s” on the right bank of the Seine “which pushes the song”. (Caf’concs the expression of the time) No, it’s was a very popular and “a la mode” establishment frequented by a heterogeneous clientele, and attracted artists from all walks of life, bourgeois intellectuals, students, workers, merchants and aristocrats alike.
The atmosphere of the Literary Salon that dwelled on the lower floor of the theatre was that of the human comedy by Honoré de Balzac, fed and nurtured by all manner of literature, political discussion and poetics. Everyone unanimously called this salon “the literary watering hole”; where great writers of the time were frequently seen, such as Balzac, of course, and Alexandre Dumas father and son, and later Prosper Mérimée…

1887

the Universal Exhibition

Paris begins restoring to its former beauty in preparation for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. It is out of the question to leave these ruins just five hundred meters from Notre Dame!
And so, like the Phoenix, our theater would be reborn from its ashes.
To do this, Paris calls upon the now famous … Gustave Eiffel!

Le Paradis Latin is born...

Sunday January 20 1889: it opens its doors, newly renamed, Le Paradis Latin is born …
its success was immediate: with sell out crowds every evening. Extraordinary shows and ballets were created, and it was a total triumph.
But the real devotion of the Paradis Latin comes with the launch of Yvette Guilbert, one of the most famous singers of the era

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Le Paradis Latin is born...

The grand “Fortune Teller” of the Moulin Rouge – which will be launched in autumn 1889 – and the “Divan Japonais” was now produced in this new fashionable theater .
To recount the story, the troupe of Paradis Latin performs for several weeks, the second part of the evening – modesty obliges the adaptation of a libertine tale of Machiavelli, The Mandragore …
In the early twentieth century, the new trendy district of Paris nightlife would turn to Montmartre. The left bank was robbed of the spotlight by the hills of the Paris heights. Le Paradis Latin would suffer: the Belle Epoque was not to be for everyone!
Financial difficulties were inevitable, and the cabaret was forced to close its doors several times … until it was finely purchased by a glass and earthenware creator, Charles Leune, who would install a furnace and a bottling workshop.
1930’s: The last registered occupant, a specialist in industrial packaging of pharmaceuticals, left for a long time, the key under the door

1973

28, 28 bis rue Cardinal Lemoine

Forty years later a new buyer shows interest. Jean Kriegel, a real estate developer, purchases the property occupying the buildings 28 and 28 bis rue du Cardinal Lemoine. He envisioned transforming the property into apartments.

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28, 28 bis rue Cardinal Lemoine

Upon visiting the establishment, the new owner inspected room by room and to his surprise found eighteen thousand test tubes and Petri dishes. Vestiges of the former activity were present everywhere abandoned by the former owner.
Even more surprising, upon the destruction of partitions and false ceilings, the impressive metal structure created by Eiffel was laid bare…!
On its walls, shattered fragments of posters and pieces of scenery were scattered. Among them, the proud owner discovered a poster … Paradis Latin (opposite side). On the first floor, workers found a stunning cathedral, with gilts and columns, arches and high top ceiling.
But the most surprising was yet to come: a superb cupola hand painted to the glory of pantomime, the opera, ballet and eccentricities.
Conquered by the magic of the places, Jean Kriegel decided to restore the hall for the glory of Paris, and to offer it the most beautifully adorned theater.

Paradisiac

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Paradisiac

En 1981, la nouvelle revue Paradisiac naît sous la direction de Frédéric Botton et Francis Lai, qui quitte pour un temps sa carrière de compositeur de musique de films. Un jeune talent très prometteur fait ses gammes à leurs côtés… Il s’appelle… Michel Berger !

1977

Paris Paradis, Jean-Marie Rivière

The direction, production and artistic license is conferred on Jean-Marie Rivière.

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Paris Paradis, Jean-Marie Rivière

The direction, production and artistic license is conferred on Jean-Marie Rivière.
On the 14 November 1977, he introduced Paris Paradis, a poetic and burlesque show realized in the collaboration with Simonini and Frederic Pierre Botton. It was an unequivocal success. Le Paradis Latin reborn again from the ashes, and forever!

Nuit de Paradis

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Nuit de Paradis

two years after the opening of Paris Paradis, Jean-Jacques Debout and Roger Dumas created Nuit de Paradis for Jean-Marie Rivière

1987

Show Must Go On

The artistic director, Jean-Marie River, then retires to the West Indies. But "the show must go on." New journals are linked, co-written and directed by Christian Dura: Champagne in 1984 and in 1987 Hello Paradis, Viva Paradis and finally, to commemorate the centenary of the place.

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Show Must Go On

For ten years the new Paradis Latin in 1987, the magazine Hello Paradise, true to its title, hello boogie boogie on a pick-up giant, a fabulous Romeo and Juliet, modern ballet, a fantastic picture, a gypsy saga , a mini-musical in Louisiana, a tavern on the Marne and of course the famous Cancan. During this special evening, the popular Line Renaud, faithful to the cabaret, the ten breath of birthday cake candles at the Paradis Latin and climbs on stage to sing Feeling, became a worldwide success in its American adaptation of the song for me, written by her recently deceased husband, Louie Gasté. This interpretation of Line Renaud at the Paradis Latin is an unforgettable emotional moment in the history of French song.

Champagne

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Champagne

Another form of entertainment. In the tradition of Jean-Marie Rivière, who had presided over "the rebirth of the Paradis Latin, the dancers raged, surrounded by the boys of the Brigade who, after service, barter their deck against the top hat, frock coat and the bow tie. On the theme of the Feast, a series of scenes more sparkling than each other: a barnyard humor, a circus of dreams, a boisterous nightclub, an opera legend, a striptease interstellar, a Lake swans zany, a reconstruction of the Belle Epoque to the applause of the public .... that shivers when Corinne Clert boards a chandelier and risk his life with an extraordinary display sequence.

1987

« Show Must Go On »

The artistic direction, Jean-Marie Rivière, retired to the Antilles, however “the show must go on” New shows followed, co-written and directed by Christian Dura: Champagne in 1984, then Hello Paradis in 1987, and Viva Paradis, which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of the theatre.

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« Show Must Go On »

For ten years the new Paradis Latin in 1987, the magazine Hello Paradise, true to its title, hello boogie boogie on a pick-up giant, a fabulous Romeo and Juliet, modern ballet, a fantastic picture, a gypsy saga , a mini-musical in Louisiana, a tavern on the Marne and of course the famous Cancan. During this special evening, the popular Line Renaud, faithful to the cabaret, the ten breath of birthday cake candles at the Paradis Latin and climbs on stage to sing Feeling, became a worldwide success in its American adaptation of the song for me, written by her recently deceased husband, Louie Gasté. This interpretation of Line Renaud at the Paradis Latin is an unforgettable emotional moment in the history of French song.

1994

1995

2 million spectateurs!

In almost twenty years, the director had dazzled the eyes of 2 million spectators, with 6 shows and over 1600 unforgettable evening performances!
Sidney Israel and his son Harold take over: and a new era begins for Le Paradis Latin.

2008

The New Parisian Show

Paradis to madness is what we call 'a great Parisian show.'
It is a prestigious grand spectacle of music and dance, very joyous, extremely colourful with its lavish costumes and beautiful scenery, highly involving.

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The New Parisian Show

It is played by a troupe of thirty-five dancers who are among the finest and most talented in the world. You should know that these artists especially like to perform at Paradis Latin because it is one of the great cabarets where the show focuses most on 'dance.'
The theme of Paradise to madness is that of the party in its various manifestations:
The first celebration in the history of mankind: the meeting of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the feast in Verona with Romeo and Juliet, the Rose Festival in the spring, a ball at the court of King Louis XV in very modern numbers, as with rock, techno, tectonic soundtracks, and of course, the French Cancan,
A total of fifteen numbers and two spectacular major international attractions. It's a show for all ages:
- It appeals to adults for its beauty: the beauty of the artists, the quality and daring of its attractions: the trapeze artist above the hall and the audience, for example. The beauty of the sets and costumes. The “sexiest” erotic show.
- It appeals to seniors for the same reasons, but also offers them a touch of nostalgia. It evokes for the oldest viewers memories of the great names of the cabaret: Maurice Chevalier, Josephine Baker and others who have illuminated many major stages in the past.
- It appeals to young people because it allows them to discover a form of entertainment with which they are unfamiliar and that they often discover during the performance. This is especially true for girls, especially when they are dancing.
The show lasts about one hour and forty-five minutes. The PARADIS is here… you will love it TO THE POINT OF MADNESS!

2012

French Cancan attitude

The Paradis Latin and its shows are performances admired around the world and which the French, especially, love.

Hello Paradis

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Hello Paradis

For ten years the new Paradis Latin in 1987, the magazine Hello Paradise, true to its title, hello boogie boogie on a pick-up giant, a fabulous Romeo and Juliet, modern ballet, a fantastic picture, a gypsy saga , a mini-musical in Louisiana, a tavern on the Marne and of course the famous Cancan. During this special evening, the popular Line Renaud, faithful to the cabaret, the ten breath of birthday cake candles at the Paradis Latin and climbs on stage to sing Feeling, became a worldwide success in its American adaptation of the song for me, written by her recently deceased husband, Louie Gasté. This interpretation of Line Renaud at the Paradis Latin is an unforgettable emotional moment in the history of French song.

Viva Paradis

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Viva Paradis

Created in 2001, it follows Viva Paradis, one of the greatest successes in the world of cabarets with nearly 2 million viewers.

Paradis d'amour

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Paradis d'amour

“Paradis d’Amour” was conceived and directed by Christian Dura, one of the masters of the genre in France, who had already directed Champagne, Hello Paradis and the Centennial Show for Paradis Latin in 1989.Paradise of Love is an enchanting hymn to love through dances and songs that have best symbolised or illustrated it. Passions of the Roaring Twenties; devilish rhythms from the cellars of Saint-Germain des Prés upon the liberation of France in 1945; freedoms claimed post-May 1968; the years of Brigitte Bardot and Paco Rabanne, and lastly, love… in 2084. These are some of the themes and numbers illustrating a show that follows in the great tradition of Parisian cabarets.

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The Beginnings of a mythical place

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The Legend

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