Théâtre de la Gaîté Montparnasse, a former café-concert venue

Published by Philippine de Sortiraparis · Published on April 8th, 2024 at 11:24 a.m.
The Théâtre de la Gaité-Montparnasse is located in the Montparnasse district, in the 14th arrondissement. Inaugurated in 1868, the theater was originally a café-concert.

The Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse, located at 26 rue de la Gaité, is a stone's throw from the Gare Montparnasse train station. Its distinctive red façade is easy to spot on the busy street .

This historic theater owes its creation toNapoleon III's 1867Universal Exhibition. The aim of the exhibition was to promote the France of the Third Republic to the world, bringing together over 50,000 exhibitors and welcoming the Russian Tsar, the Emperor of Japan and the German Kaiser. A temporary theater was created for the occasion. The following year, following the destruction of the theater, limonadier François Jamin rebuilt a new one, using materials from the old theater. The Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse was born in 1868.

First operated as a café-concert until the end of the Second World War, great artists such as Polin, Dorville and Yvette Guilbert performed there. Later transformed into an avant-garde theater, it was finally bought and renovated by Michel Fagadau in 1955. It was listed as aHistoric Monument on April 3, 1984 .

With its 401-seat auditorium, the theater has become an essential venue for comedies and musicals in Paris. Despite its size, the venue manages to retain an intimate atmosphere. Since 2010, the Gaîté-Montparnasse has belonged to the Théâtres parisiens associés, an association of 50 private Parisian theaters.

A magnificent venue full of history to discover at 26 rue de la Gaité, in Paris's 14th arrondissement.

Alexis Le Rossignol, Le sens de la vie Alexis Le Rossignol, Le sens de la vie Alexis Le Rossignol, Le sens de la vie Alexis Le Rossignol, Le sens de la vie Alexis Le Rossignol at Gaîté Montparnasse from September
Alexis Le Rossignol will perform his new show "Le sens de la vie" at the Gaîté Montparnasse, from September 26 to January 4, 2025. The comedian will then embark on a tour of France. [Read more]

L'embarras du choix au théâtre Michel dès août 2021L'embarras du choix au théâtre Michel dès août 2021L'embarras du choix au théâtre Michel dès août 2021L'embarras du choix au théâtre Michel dès août 2021 L'embarras du choix, the interactive play, is back at Gaîté Montparnasse!
L'embarras du choix returns to the Gaîté Montparnasse on March 20. Sébastien Azzopardi and Sacha Danino's interactive comedy invites you to take part in the show. [Read more]

Practical information

Location

26 rue de la Gaîté
75014 Paris 14

Accessibility info

Official website
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