Theatres and Opera Houses of Paris

Overview of theatres in ParisParis is renowned for its cultural offerings and the number of theater buildings is a testament to this. While there are many more theaters in Paris (more than 100!), the overview below shows some of the best known theater and opera buildings in the City of Light.





Comédie Française
Comédie Française
The Comédie Française, France's oldest theater group, was founded in 1680 and originally housed in the Hôtel de Guénégaud. In 1799, during the French revolution, they moved to their current location, known as the 'Salle Richelieu'. This theatre was originally built by architect Victor Louis as the opera house of the Palais Royal.
Opéra de la Bastille
Opéra de la Bastille
This modern opera house opened in July 14, 1989 at the site of the former Bastille fortress to commemorate the fall of the Bastille 200 years earlier. The enormous glass building, designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, was built as a replacement of the 19th century Opéra Garnier.
Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier
This grand building was designed by Charles Garnier for Napoleon III. It opened in 1875 - thirteen years after the start of the construction - as the Opéra Garnier. When the Opera de la Bastille opened in 1989, most operas moved to the new opera house and the Opera Garnier was renamed Palais Garnier.   Read More...
Théâtre de l'Odéon
Théâtre de l'Odéon
This neoclassicist theatre was built in 1782 for the Comédie Française at the site of the former Hôtel de Condé. The building burned down in 1807 but was rebuilt that same year.
Théâtre de la Ville
Théâtre de la Ville
Built in 1862 by French architect Jean-Antoine-Gabriel Davioud, this is one of two theatre buildings at the Place du Châtelet. This theatre was once owned by actress Sarah Bernhardt, for whom it was named until the second World War.
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
This theatre was built in 1913 after an Art Deco design by French architect Auguste Perret. It is located in the Avenue Montaigne, a prestigious sidestreet of the Champs-Elysées.
Théâtre du Châtelet
Théâtre du Châtelet
One of two theatres built in 1862 by Jean-Antoine-Gabriel Davioud at the Place du Châtelet, the other being the Théâtre de la Ville. The theatre is named after a fortress - the Grand Châtelet - that protected the bridge leading to the Île de la Cité, the historic center of Paris.
Théâtre du Rond-Point
Théâtre du Rond-Point
This circular building, originally known as the Rotonde du Panorama National replaced an earlier circular building at the same site near the Champs-Élysées. Completed in 1860, it was a popular venue throughout the 19th century. Decorations at the outside of the building commemorate Napoleon's victories.
Théâtre Marigny
Théâtre Marigny
The dodecagonal shaped Théâtre Marigny in the Champs-Élysées gardens was designed by Charles Garnier, the architect who designed the famous Opéra Garnier. It was built in 1881 as a panorama, it was only converted into a theatre in 1925.
Théâtre National de Chaillot
Théâtre National de Chaillot
This theatre has a room with a capacity of 1200 visitors in the east wing of the Palais de Chaillot at Trocadéro, built for the World Fair of 1937. It shares the building with the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine, an architecture museum.
Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique
Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique
The Opéra Comique is housed in a magnificent building, known as the Salle Savart. Its main facade is decorated with statues and ornaments. The interior is lush as well with an abundance of red velvet, gilded ornaments and beautiful frescoes. Opéras Comique - light operas where sung arias alternate with spoken dialogue - and concerts are performed here regularly.
Théâtre Paris-Villette
Théâtre Paris-Villette
The Théâtre Paris-Villette was created in 1986 and is housed in the former Pavillon de la Bourse, a mid nineteenth century pavillion at the Villette Park. The pavilion was originally built as an auction house for livestock. The theater focuses on contemporary plays.
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