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May 28, 2020

Théâtre de la ville de Paris: Espace Cardin!

So this is wonderful in Paris ,even if I myself need to do it more, it has been done. Theaters in Paris, the fact of the areas are all romantic and quaint, and the shows are of historical significance in a historical building and of course ,Paris makes it all worth.

This is an interesting place that I have not been for theater plays but for conferences , and of course passed several times as it is quasi diagonal to the US Consulat/Embassy. Let me tell you a bit more on the Theater of the city of Paris Espace Pierre Cardin.

The Theatre de la ville de Paris- Espace Cardin is at 1, avenue Gabriel 8éme arrondissement and quartier Champs-Elysées, and just at corner of the Place de la Concorde. There is plenty to get here such as the metro Line 1,8,and 12 stop Concorde exit 7 Avenue Gabriel and metro lines 1 and 13 stop Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. Also, bus lines 24, 42, 52, 72, 73, 84 and 94  stop Place de la Concorde. Of course I have come by car too and for many other things as well my parking is underneath the Place de la Concorde and Indigo 3608 parking. I must say that bus line 73 is wonderful from a tourist point of view.

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The Espace Pierre-Cardin, former café des Ambassadeurs, then theater and restaurant of the Ambassadors, is a place composed of a theater, a cinema, a multipurpose room and a gallery and property of the city of Paris.

The construction of the café des Ambassadeurs or Ambassadors’ café was authorized on the site of the current Pierre-Cardin space in 1772 by Father Terray, controller general of finance. This cafe owed its name to the hotels built by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel on the edge of the Place de la Concorde, hotels that were supposed to serve as accommodation for foreign ambassadors. One of them ,the USA Embassy at Avenue Gabriel. From 1897 to 1914, reviews/plays were played there. These continued after the Great War or WWI, until the Café des Ambassadeurs was demolished in 1929, and replaced by a theater built in 1931 also called Ambassadeurs and a new restaurant, bearing the same name.

The first show in May 1926 coming directly from London and New York, Blackbirds by Lew Leslie and his troop, Florence Mills plays the main role. It was well done the new ambassadors the most famous night meeting of the world for the rich and the celebrities. Among the biggest French stars, who attend the show we can mention Maurice Chevalier, Sacha Guitry, Yvonne Vallée, the Dolly Sisters, Raquel Meller and even Joséphine Baker. It becomes a model for all future theater-restaurant operations that were to flourish in the 1930s.

At the end of the 1928 season, the owner Sayag renovated the Ambassadors and built a larger building around the existing building, creating two equal parts of the music hall and the restaurant with a common stage. Cole Porter created La Revue des ambassadeurs, May 10, 1928. The Ambassadors ‘Conferences given by personalities from the political, diplomatic or business worlds are organized at the Ambassadors’ theater, notably on the initiative of André David, Jules Cambon, François de Menthon, Pierre-Henri Teitgen, Marie-Claude Vaillant – Coutourier. In 1938, Henri Bernstein took over the Théâtre des Ambassadeurs until his exile in June 1940 for the United States. He leaves the theater in the hands of his secretary Madame Refoulé. From 1940 to 1944, the theater was directed by the actress of Romanian origin Alice Cocéa who was criticized at the Liberation for her attitude under the Occupation.

Official Theater of the city of Paris space Pierre Cardin here: Théâtre de la ville de Paris Espace Cardin

Theater online webpage on reviews of the Theater of the city of Paris space Pierre Cardin in French: Theater on line on Espace Cardin

And there you go folks, something unique and can include in the off the beaten path section for Paris, as so near famous places and embassies it is many times overlook by visitors. However, a magical place, with history and architecture to boot and so near the Place de la Concorde and Avenue des Champs Elyssés it is magical Paris indeed. Hope you enjoy it and do visit one day the Théâtre de la ville de Paris-Espace Cardin! 

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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May 28, 2020

Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin,Paris

So this is wonderful in Paris ,even if I myself need to do it more, it has been done. Theaters in Paris, the fact of the areas are all romantic and quaint, and the shows are of historical significance in a historical building and of course ,Paris makes all worth.

This one is a bit I would say off the beaten path but worth the detour. Therefore, here is a bit more to help you find it.  You get to the theater at  entrance on 17 Rue René Boulanger with facade on 47 bd Saint Martin, almost facing the Porte Saint Martin gate (see post)  on the metro lines 4,8,and 9 Strasbourg-Saint-Denis , metro line 3,5,8,0, and 11 République as well as bus lines 20,38, 39,and 47.  Along the encounter of the bd Saint Martin and bd Saint Denis you can see other theaters such as Renaissance and the petit Saint Martin.

You have the pretty and wonderful Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin  in the 10éme arrondissement and porte Saint Martin quartier of Paris .  The theater is the biggest in the grands boulevard area with  1 800 seating capacity and only took two months to built to host the Royal Academy of Music or the Académie Royale de Musique after that of the Palais Royal was burned. It opened in October 27 1781 with the lyric tragedy of Adèle de Ponthieu  by Jean-Paul-André Razins de Saint-Marc on a music by Piccinni. After closing after the French revolution, again opened in 1802 under the name of Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin or theater of the gate of St Martin playing great pieces of comedies and ballets.

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The dancer Mazurier makes the theater one of the most frequented at the times. Serving works by talented actors such as Frédérick Lemaître, Bocage, Potier, Mademoiselle George, and Marie Dorval. The programs gain a further status with the drama and tragedy works by Frédérick Lemaître and especially the repertory of Casimir Delavigne, Alexandre Dumas, Honoré de Balzac, George Sand, and Victorien Sardou. Later under the direction of Crosnier and then Harel the biggest work of the romantic reformation come to play such as Marino Faliero, Antony, La Tour de Nesle, Richard D’Arlington, and the dramas of Victor Hugo, Marion de Lorme, Marie Tudor, and Lucréce Borgia. After the bankrup of Harel in 1840 the Cogniard brothers take over with festives of the the thousand and one night or Les Mille et Une Nuits and La Biche au bois. In 1851 Marc Fournier comes in to bring back the dramas and the grand spectacles such as Le Bossul of Paul Féval adapted in 1862. You know the names!!!

Burned during the uprising of the Commune in 1871 the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin is rebuilt at the same spot. The new decoration of the facade with in particular figures symbolizing Tragedy, Drama and Comedy. The theater reopens on September 28, 1873 with Marie Tudor by Victor Hugo. Ten years later, Sarah Bernhardt performed there for several months in a row and remained faithful to it until the end of the century. On December 27, 1897 the Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand was created there. From 2001, it has come under various management and now the theater is part of a group to support these theaters under the Théâtres Parisiens Associés or the associated Parisians theaters group. Their webpage is here: Theatres Parisiens Associes on theater of the Porte de Saint Martin

The official webpage of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin is here: Theater of the Porte Saint Martin

And there you go a nice area I have walked all the way from place de la République and wonderful architecture all around you. Enjoy the Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin!

And remember, happy travels, good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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May 28, 2020

Théâtre Edouard VII, Paris!

So this is wonderful in Paris ,even if I myself need to do it more, it has been done. Theaters in Paris, the fact of the areas are all romantic and quaint, and the shows are of historical significance in a historical building and of course ,Paris makes all worth it. I have several entries on theaters of Paris but need to give you some as stand alone for memorable moments.

The Théâtre Edouard VII or Edward VII or aks Sacha Guitry is in a marvelous area part of my walks to and back from work. It is located at 10 Place Édouard VII in the 9éme arrondissement , Chausée d’Antin quartier or neighborhood,and located between the Madeleine and Opéra Garnier.

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The square Edouard VII opened in 1911 founder of the association of the rue Edouard VII at the place of the stables of a company of horse drawn carriages. It had immediately the support of the king of England Edward VII aka the most Parisian of the English kings. At the times the boulevard  ended at Maxim’s and here an Englishmen William Sprague built a spectacle place in 1913.

In 1920, there was a declaration of love that attracted the public to the Theater Edouard VII , calle Je t’aime, Sacha Guitry did the declaration to Yvonne Printemps. All of Paris was witness to the ravishes of this love.  ” No spring is more delicious than the one in Paris, but when it is called Yvonne, it becomes incomparable… it is impossible to embody more exactly Paris ”  During many years Sacha Guitry gives the theater a prosperours future .Today we can see the unique poster of Sarah Bernhardt n the lobby of the theater.

Noel Coward played in French the Happy Sorrows  and  Raymond Rouleau features A Streetcar Named Desire of Tennessee Williams with Arletty. Orson Welles confirms his vocation to this Anglo-Saxon theater, in 1950, he played The Lobster in English for two months. In a brief direction, Raymond Rouleau staged one of his great successes, dangerous turn of John Boynton Priestley, which he performed with Gaby Sylvia and Mylène Demongeot. The Théâtre Édouard VII then knows beautiful evenings and decided to join forces under a common sign,  the Association of Parisian Theaters.

More on the theater Edward VII official webpage: Théâtre Edouard VII

The Association of Parisian Theaters webpage on Edouard VII: Theatres Parisien Associes on Edouard VII

This is a gorgeous area to walk around the Church of the Madeleine, Opéra Garnier ,and the grand department stores Au Printemps and Galeries Lafayette to mention a few… this is Paris at its best and I hope you enjoy an evening at the Théâtre Edouard VII!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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