In 1807, a ballroom opens its doors at the bottom of the Sacred Heart: the Elysée Montmartre. It welcomes the public in its three buildings which overlook a vast garden lined with fountains. Located at 72, boulevard Rochechouart, the establishment is equipped with a metal structure from the Pavillon de France, designed by G. Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of 1889.

1807 TO 1870 : BALLROOM

Emile Zola gives the 100th representation of the Assommoir

Since its creation, the Élysée Montmartre has been promoting various artistic trends. It begins as a ballroom, and will preserve this identity until today, without closing the door to artists from other worlds: literature, dance, meetings ... Costumed balls are born (Ball Of the Quat'z Arts), while Emile Zola gives the hundredth representation of L'Assommoir: various talents intersect. On another side, revolutionary clubs were organized between 1848 and 1871: these meetings gave rise to long discussions during which the world was rebuilt ...




Gustave Eiffel has created the  metallic structure of the place, which survive more than a century.

The top of its façade displays a high relief from another renowned establishment: the Bal Mabille. A dancer of this Ball is represented there. This grandiose architecture will be classified as a Historical Monument on March 4, 1988.

A fire forced the Élysée Montmartre to close its doors in 2011. After 2 years of reconstruction, its opens again to the public in septembre 2016.


La goulue begins

Even more surprising: at the siege of the capital in 1870, the Elysée Montmartre became a factory of balloons of post and even a hospital during the Franco-German War, which broke out in July of the same year. The Montmartre district is a highlight of painting with numerous exhibitors who set up shop on the Butte, the Élysée Montmartre attracts naturally great artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec. La Goulue starts at the public ball at the age of 6 at the Élysée Montmartre for the children of Alsace-Lorraine, under the presidency of Victor Hugo and Countess Céleste Mogador. At the end of the XIXth century, the new owner of the premises undertakes important works that give a new artistic breath to the room ...


Toulouse Lautrec paint and realise exhibitions


In 1894, the garden of the Élysée Montmartre disappeared to make way for the current Trianon. The architect Edouard Niermans conceived two distinct rooms: one dedicated to singing and poetry (coffee-concert), the other to dancing and skating (ballroom). Fortunately, the Eiffel structure is preserved. As early as 1895 the Elysée welcomed new talents such as Grille d'Sewer or Valentin the Boneless. The latter is an outstanding dancer and contortionist; He gives performances of Quadrille Dance of which he is the creator, and which will later become the French Cancan. This dance inspired Toulouse-Lautrec, who chose to exhibit his paintings at the Élysée Montmartre.



Jean Jaurès debates in 1905 about the subjet of socialism and patry


In the 20th century, the Elysée Montmartre will be marked by many artists, without however preventing the meetings of some revolutionaries. In 1905, strikers regrouped, a debate was organized between Jaurès and Gustave Hervé to discuss socialism. During the interwar period, the establishment found a more popular ballroom spirit.


At this time, the Elysée marked the spirits, not because of his artistic talents. At least consider boxing as an art! Indeed, as early as 1949 the Elysée Montmartre organized boxing fights and catchs broadcast on television, until the years, seventy. The room also organizes strip-tease shows: the revolutionary character of the mythical room sticks to the skin.

At the end of the 1960s, new talents were identified, such as Polnareff, who presented his musical show "Rabelais", directed by Jean-Louis Barrault in 1968, in amazing conditions, as the artists played in the ring of the Elysée: Is the great return of music on the stage of the Elysée Montmartre.


Michel Polnareff played his show nammed « Rabelais » in 1968, presented by Jean-Louis Barrault


Jean-Louis Barrault rides the show Rabelais de Polnareff in 1968, in the boxing ring which acts as scene and recalls the use of the room for fighting, during the last twenty years. It was then Coluche's turn to be discovered: he played the Temps des Cerises with his violin, equipped with boxing gloves ... From this period, the institution donned his costume of concert hall for several decades.

Alain Souchon, Jacques Higelin, Diane Dufresne produced in gigs at their beginning, imposing to all their unique musical style.

Coluche does his firts shows.

In 1988, the place is classified historical monument for its Eiffel structure and its high relief of the Bal Mabille. A year later, Garance Productions took charge of the Elysée, directed by Salomon Hazot and Gérard Michel. It is a program of quality concerts, alternating between Rock and Reggae, the venue is at its peak, the Bals are organized every fortnight. A group of ten musicians and singers whose vocation is to bring back to life the essential musics of French chanson. In 2011, a fire destroyed the Élysée Montmartre: the room is unusable. Since 2014, work is under way and the establishment will be reopened in 2016.



Since the passage of Coluche, the Elysee Montmartre is at first a concert hall. Under the direction of Gérard Michel and Salomon Hazot, the biggest groups come to perform, all musical styles combined. Alain Bashung, Bérurier Noir, M- (Matthieu Chedid), Alain Souchon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, White stripes, Red Hot Chili Peppers , Dead Can Dance, Mark Ronson, Arctic Monkeys, Fela Kuti, Rachid Taha, Public Enemy, Supreme NTM, Wu Tang Clan, Missy Elliott, Beastie Boys, Daft Punk, 2 Many Dj’s, James Holden, Ramones,Iron Maiden,Rage


Against The Machine that are packed full.

In 1990, Fela Kuti joined the stage and in the same style of World Music, Rachid Taha succeeded him in 2005. Among the highlights of the Élysée's musical history is the first concert of Daft Punk in October 1997, just a few months after the release of their first hit "Around The World". Electronic music was already a great success at that time, and 10 years later DJ's set fire to them, including 2 Many Dj's and James Holden ...

The Elysée Montmartre boasts a strong artistic identity for two centuries and has a gift for finding new talent. Despite the historical and personal events (wars, fires ...), it remains a mythical Parisian room.

Against The Machine ...

French music is played by Alain Souchon in 1975, Noir Désir in 1990, Alain Bashung in 2008 and -M- in 2010. The French Rap & Hip Hop is also playing with Suprême NTM in 1994. The pioneer of Hip Hop His appearance at the Elysee in 2008: Wu Tang Clan. International Pop also finds its place, with stars like Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1990, David Bowie in 1999, White Stripes in 2002 and Cyndi Lauper in 2009.

The Rock Pop regularly resonates in the theater, notably with Mark Ronson in 2007 who is none other than the producer of Amy Winehouse. The same year, Artic Monkeys made his debut on the same stage. Punk music was in fashion in the 90s: the Ramones and Green Days gave their concerts to a literally fanatic audience. Heavy Metal is not far away, since in 1993 they are the Iron Maiden and the Rage


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After the fire of 2011, the Élysée Montmartre closed its doors. Musical events continue to take place, but in other concert halls. In 2014, Julien Labrousse and Abel Nahmias teamed up to buy the Elysée Montmartre. Since then, the room is under construction and should open to the public in 2016. It will be an opportunity to present a modernized and secured scene, but also an old architecture that will be preserved as much as possible. This restoration will allow the artists in vogue as well as the young talents to express themselves freely.