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Paris Olympia is a music hall at 28, Blvd. des Capucines, in the 9th arrondissementmarker Paris, France.

Founded in 1888 by Joseph Oller, the creator of the Moulin Rougemarker, the Olympia is the oldest music hall in Paris and one of the most famous music halls in the world, today easily recognizable by its giant red glowing letters announcing its name. It opened in 1889 as the "Montagnes Russes" but was renamed the Olympia in 1893.
Beyond musicians, the Olympia played host to a variety of entertainment including circuses, ballets, and operettas. However, following a steady decline in appearances by the great stars, from 1929 until 1944 it served as a movie theater. It may have opened as a music hall under the German occupation of France during World War II, but certainly in 1945 after the Liberation, it was a music hall free to Allied troops in uniform. Attendees had to listen to the playing of four national anthems before the varied programs that always ended with a spirited French can-can performed by dancers, some of whom were no longer young. Thereafter, at times it may have reverted to movies again until Bruno Coquatrix revived it as a music hall with a grand re-opening in February 1954. After his death, it ultimately went into another decline and was in danger of being torn down and turned into a parking lot but on 7 January 1993, France's then Minister of Culture, Jack Lang issued a preservation order for the Olympia that resulted in two years of construction work to rebuild a perfect replica of the façade and the grandeur of its famous red interior.

Édith Piaf achieved great fame at the Olympia giving several series of recitals from January 1955 until October 1962. Jeff Buckley, long an admirer of Piaf, gave what he considered the finest performance of his career there in 1995, which was later released in 2001 on Live at L'Olympia.

Jacques Brel's 1961 and 1964 concerts at L'Olympia are legendary and preserved to this day on new CD releases. Marlene Dietrich's 1962 Olympia concert was broadcast.

On May 3rd and 4th, 1972, the Grateful Dead played two concerts here as part of their first major European tour.

Inaugurated by the biggest star in France at the time, singer/dancer La Goulue, the venue has showcased a wide variety of performers, from French acts like Dalida, Alan Stivell, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Adamo, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Hallyday, Mireille Mathieu, Barbara, Véronique Sanson, and Yvonne Printemps to international stars like Dave Matthews Band, Lara Fabian,Willy DeVille, Amália Rodrigues, Joséphine Baker,Linda de Suza, The Animals, Petula Clark, Bülent Ersoy, Can, Céline Dion, Diana Krall, Dir en grey, Eric Burdon & War, Fairuz, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland, Kraftwerk, Nana Mouskouri, Haris Alexiou, Olivera Vučo, Led Zeppelin, Lady GaGa, The Corrs,Lola Beltran, Luciano Pavarotti, Oliver Dragojević, Mariza, Morrissey, The Shadows, My Bloody Valentine, Nelly Furtado, New Order, Nick Cave, Nina Simone, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, Stevie Nicks, Simple Minds,The Beatles, The Cure, The Jackson 5, The Mars Volta, Stephen Stills, Yolandita Monge, Otis Redding, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, Tereza Kesovija, Mika, Björk, Umm Kulthum, Dionne Warwick, Violetta Villas, Velvet Underground, Leonard Cohen, Manu Dibango, Madonna, James Brown, Alla Pugacheva, Lili Ivanova and Arcade Fire, etc ...

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