Alhambra (Paris)

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This article is about the present-day theatre in Paris. Theatres called the Alhambra were, and are, located throughout the world. See Alhambra for other examples.

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The Alhambra is a theatre which opened in April 2008 at 21, rue Yves-Toudic in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, 300 meters from the site of the old Alhambra-Maurice Chevalier.


The Alhambra occupies a building originally opened in 1920 by the Paris Fraternal Railway Association as a 600 seat theatre called the Théâtre Art Déco des Cheminots (Art Deco Theatre of the Railways). The elaborate furnishings included beautiful mahogany doors, geometric chandeliers, and stucco pillars—all surmounted by a bas-relief of a locomotive.<ref name=website>Alhambra Theatre website, Le lieu</ref> The theatre, which had never been legally classified by the Paris authorities, was converted to a commercial building in 1933,<ref name=eclectic>Alhambra: Description (in French)</ref> but it still contained a drive-in theater reserved for railway workers. Unfortunately, this drive-in theater was rarely open.

In 2005 the quaint charm and history of the site captured the attention of theatrical producer Jean-Claude Auclair; he immediately bought the building with the intention of restoring it. Unfortunately, modern standards of safety, and the fact that the theatre had no acoustic insulation and no air conditioning forced Auclair to demolish much of the original structure and rebuild.<ref name=eclectic/> Under the direction of architect Pascal Lépissier they created a completely soundproof auditorium inside a shell of concrete and steel, weighing 60 tons, and set on springs. It took two years and cost three million euros.<ref name=homage>A modern homage to music hall paris.unlike</ref>

The new theatre finally opened in 2008 and was named the Alhambra as a tribute to its famous former neighbor, the old Alhambra Maurice Chevalier.<ref name=website/> The new Alhambra has faithfully continued the music hall tradition of the old one, with an eclectic array of performers<ref name=eclectic/> from the worlds of indie rock, jazz, punk rock, African American folk, rap, world music, heavy metal, garage band rock, pop—even manouche jazz. Sadly, all that remains of the original Art Deco decor is a monumental staircase leading to the balcony.<ref name=website/>


Entertainers who have performed at the Alhambra include:<ref name=railway>Concerts at Théâtre de l'Alhambra, CBS Interactive Music Group, February 11, 2009 (in French)</ref>

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  • Steve Lukather
  • Calvin Harris
  • Les Fatals Picards
  • Agnès Bihl
  • Murray Head
  • Alain Chamfort
  • Dick Rivers
  • Michel Fugain
  • La Grande Sophie
  • Amandine Bourgeois
  • Quentin Mosimann
  • Richie Havens
  • Doro
  • Roots Manuva
  • Yuksek
  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
  • Nils Landgren Funk Unit
  • Robbie Williams
  • Crashdïet
  • Angelo Debarre
  • Iced Earth
  • Morrissey
  • HushPuppies
  • Fink
  • The Walkmen

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