Sunday, December 30, 2007

A nice little theater


Not far from the Beaubourg Center, there is a nice little theater called "Le théâtre du Renard" (the Fox Theater), which is not very well known even though it is very pretty inside. Its name comes from the name of a street where it's located, la rue du Renard which used to be a prostitution area under Louis the 9th (in the middle ages).

18 comments:

  1. There seems to be something of a small theater district around the Beaubourg Center. As well, one thinks of the Passage Moliere in the opposite direction from the Beaubourg Center. Or the oldest stone house in Paris at 51 Rue de Montmorency.

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  2. Lynn? Please explain yourself... Is it the theatre that intrigues you or the prostitution area? LOL

    Eric, it's so hard to take a photo of neon without it coming out fuzzy. This looks just right.

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  3. Seeing this makes me laugh. We have a Theatre du Renard here in Atlanta but it's really called The Fox Theater. A wonderful place to see shows and a lot of history. You can see more about it here: http://www.foxtheatre.org/history.htm

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  4. I'm so happy to have discovered your website. Paris is my favorite city in the whole world & I love being able to see a new photo of it every day. Your photos are wonderful and combined with your comments they make me feel like I'm back there. Sigh...

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  5. I haven't found on Internet the programmation of this theater at the present time but I will keep in mind this place and hope I could see one day a play there. Always good discoveries on PDP !

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  6. Anonymous...here's a link to the programmes at the theatre. It looks to me to be a children's theatre in fact: http://www.theatre-du-renard.org/

    Also, here's some history (in French):

    * L'histoire du théâtre

    "De 1185 à 1512, la rue du Renard s'appelle rue de la Cour Robert. C'est alors une rue réservée aux ribaudes : Louis IX y avait en effet autorisé la présence de femmes folieuses. " (Commission du Vieux Paris 1906)

    Au XVIè siècle, elle devient "rue du Regnard qui pêche" (sans doute à cause d'une enseigne représentant un renard pêchant). Elle prend en 1816 sa forme définitive : rue du Renard.

    Une ordonnance de 1836 décidant l'élargissement de la rue, la plupart des anciennes maisons furent démolies, et des hôtels s'élevèrent à leur place. En 1900, " l'Hôtel de Pomponne " cède ses terrains situés au 12, rue du Renard au Syndicat de l'Epicerie Française.

    En 1980, les activités du syndicat sont transférées dans une autre partie du bâtiment. La salle du rez-de-chaussée est alors transformée en Théâtre : Théâtre de l'Epicerie jusqu'en 1986, Roseau Théâtre jusquen 1993.

    En janvier 1994, il est repris par l'équipe de la Compagnie de la Croche et devient le Théâtre du Renard.

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  7. Thanks for the info Michael, but just one thing, the web address you gave is not the right one for this theater; it's the one a Théâtre du Renard, in Tours, another city in the west of France.

    The history you're reporting, however, is correct.

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  8. Thank you Michael for the link : i appreciate the attention you've had :)
    Thank u too, Eric, for your vigilance, you are everywhere and that's also nice ;)

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  9. lol Michael! Trust you. Honestly. Tut. Of COURSE it's the prostitution area. LOL !! For photos, you understand - i think they might be interesting.

    It was the theatre i was meaning and Paris in general really. If i had the cash and the time, at the same time, i'd come tomorrow.

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  10. As a theatrical, I understand the proximity's.

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  11. A little belated, but a Happy Christmas. As it happens, on Christmas day I was skiing down through a run in the forest called "Renard" (There was also "Grzzly" "Ours", "Foret" all super)

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  12. Michael and Lynn. Is this the origin of the description "Foxy lady" ?? !!

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  13. Lovely photo, and interesting history as always.

    We have a Fox Theater in St. Louis. I've been to ours once and it's very beautiful, which is a hugh contrast to the concert I was there to see.

    Merry belated Christmas, Eric, and Happy New Year!

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  14. I enjoy the combination of colours on this photo. The history is quite interesting. Every stone, in Paris, must have a fascinating tale.

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