Saturday, September 13, 2008

Théâtre Athénée Louis Jouvet


I'm just back from a dinner at Les Paparazzi, a very nice Italian restaurant located near the opera, in a little passage sheltered from the noise of the street (which is unexpected in this area). Next to this restaurant I found this superb - and very famous - theater called L'Athénée-Louis Jouvet (Louis Jouvet was a beloved actor during the first half of the 20th century). It was built before 1900 but it was renewed and 1996 and is now part of the French Historical Monuments which means it cannot be destroyed nor altered.

57 comments:

  1. This place is truly beautiful. And God bless the Parisians for protecting their heritage and not altering places such as this.

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  2. Les Paparazzi? It fits you sooo uch Eric!
    I love Art Nouveau (jugen style), that's one of y favorite art movement...This is nice example

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  3. much* my* I meant. Have some "m" troubles... :S
    Alexa, remember the Abercrombie and Fitch post! ;)

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  4. I worked not far from here, on the other side of the Opera, and I was crazy for Art Nouveau, too—and yet, I absolutely don't remember this theater. Must be getting old. Good thing we have you, Eric, to show us these things, and teach us too.

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  5. Art Nouveau!
    Art Nouveau!
    Art Nouveau!

    What a gorgeous theater.

    I was trying to be GF but I started watching the picnic video while waiting. I forgot all about today's post, now there are five comments already! I love it. The video made me smile, now I feel good for the drive home. Going to an opening of an Eero Saarinen exhibit tonight. I will sip wine and think of...

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  6. What a lovely photo. I like how the buildings across the street reflect in the windows...

    Congratulations Alexa on GF. I pass the sparkling crown over to you. But be careful Coltranes apple core is still hanging on it...

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  7. Guille -- I do remember the Abercrombie post, back in August, I think. I was aghast and you were thrilled. Could have been a generational thing, huh?
    gramma ann -- I'll tidy up the crown for the next GF (maybe you).

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  8. Alexa, yeah, probably. But I'm ready to "attach" myself to this building if one decides to destroy it. The Art Nouveau in Paris is quite well-preserved. It would be a shame to destroy this kind of wonderful façade.
    Btw, GF!

    Jeff, ;)

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  9. Guille, I like the "uch" better than the "much". hahahaha

    I love this time in the evening when the sun is going down and it reflects off the glass windows of buildings. Makes everything kind of gold and rosey. Great capture!

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  10. Another vote for Art Nouveau! Fantabulastic! This theater front is incroyable! Jeff, wish I could say I was sipping on a wine just now but I was actually sucking down a Mike's hard lemonade. Yeah, perhaps not exactly a French drink, but it goes down nicely with a plate of lasagna.

    Sorry about the apple core, Alexa. Gramma was hungry. Congrats! :-)

    Guille...so you dropped the "m" a couple of times. It's been done before I'm sure. It's the start of the weekend...plus, there's 25 other letters to help you out if you find yourself in trouble. Also, if the "m" was so darned important, why was the "n" invented. It's a nice backup to the "m."

    Have a narvelous weekend all! Nonday cones too soon! [See how it works] ;-)

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  11. Hey Lois...behave yourself this weekend! Nice getting your email.
    ;-)

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  12. I'm off to a Jewelry Party to check out all the sparkles...

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  13. Hi Coltrane, there you are being witty again...love it when you're witty;)

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  14. Gramma...as I tell my students, there's no cover charge. [that's my backdoor to when my "wit" turns to the "nit" variety] You have a great tonight and tomorrow! ;-)

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  15. I just love this unflailingly peasant group.

    Eric your angles always lend your photos such drama, and this is no exception. Very nice.

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  16. Coltrane, I salute you: We are the knights who say nit. (!!!!!) ;}

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  17. Carrie gets the "First mention of Monty Python" award. Yay! I can't tell you how happy I was when BBCA said they were going to start airing Python again!

    Coltrane, I'm just about to join you in drinking a Mike's. Mine is of the light variety, though. Still just as tasty! Oddly enough, I was thinking about having lasagna for dinner, too. I changed my mind, though.

    Oh yes, and again I *drool* over the history!

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  18. Coltrane Good night and I hope you have a nice week-end as well.

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  19. Yep, That was one of my long emails. Birthdays always make me reflect on my life.

    And of course, I will behave myself. Did you notice -- my halo and angel wings? huh?

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  20. This building is sooo parisian, I love it.
    This style really brings out the best in Paree! It´s a classic.

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  21. Love the building! If I could have a room in my house that was just mine, it would look like this! Huge palladian windows, lots of warm light, iron grillework that looks like lace, ...sigh. So beautiful!

    Hope you had an enjoyable dinner! And got home safely!! We had dinner at a little bistro about an hour from home last night. Dinner was good, though it was very noisy. But on the way home, we hit a deer. Our car needs some work done, but no one was hurt, except the deer. :(

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  22. The US is Art Nouveau deprived. I read that it just didn't take off here, so we have a few Tiffany lamps, and that's it. I loved the Nouveau in Budapest as well. Theirs involved a lot of ceramic molding for the effect.

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  23. Soosha -- thank you SO much for mentioning MP!
    It's on right now, and I almost forgot. Now I'm LOLing as I write this, and am also heating up some lasagna (Lean Cuisine, however, and I don't think they even have Mike's hard lemonade here, so it's un bon ballon de rouge pour moi).
    coltrane -- "There's no cover charge." Brilliant. I'm giving that one to my ex, to use on his HS math students. They'll get it, too, because he teaches at the so-called "Fame" school.

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  24. guille -- glad to hear you're willing to put yourself on the line for architectural integrity! I suggest you chain yourself to the marquee if necessary. I can almost see you allongée up there.

    lois -- are you having un anniversaire??

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  25. Alexa and others...a little e-mail bird mentioned next Tuesday is a special b-day for two of our lovely PDPers...Lois and Katie. Same-day birthdays, can you believe it!? Party on ladies!

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  26. Coltrane, You did notice my wings! They are ANGEL WINGS not "bird" wings!

    Alexa, Right, it's going to be my anniversaire on Tuesday. I started celebrating a few days ago. This will go on for a while. Katie and I are meeting Monday night in the French Quarter. Our birthdays fall on the same day. Far Out!

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  27. Lois and Katie, enjoy your day! And thanks to Carrie for the MP line (big grin). Coltrane, its such a pleasure to read your comments each day.
    Eric, thank you very, very, very much for showing us this photo. All the elements for this exterior are amazing and charming. I got excited just by the exquisite window moldings. Those are incredibly difficult to manufacture. The hearts in the dark transoms below are a wonderful detail, and I love the iron work pattern and the wavy glass portico. Lois, I think that glow above is from lighting within rather than reflected light from without. This may be the first walk I take when I am able to visit Paris again.
    And Eric, in the States you would definitely be in the paparazzi league, carrying a camera everywhere and riding a scooter!
    I hope your meal was wonderful.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  28. I love the warm glow of the light emanating from the beautiful window.

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  29. I have nothing to add except it's a pleasure seeing your photos every day Eric, and reading everyone's comments. You're all so charming and interesting and funny! Have a good weekend, everyone.

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  30. I too love this architecture in Paris, especially when it's in an area like this where you can back up far enough to appreciate the entire front of the building. Thanks for pointing out it's a theatre Eric as I couldn't tell just by looking. Will have to check out the inside. I imagine it's fantastic.

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  31. Deer Christie - sorry to hear about your mishap with the deer. At least it sounds as though nobody was hurt, except the animal!

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  32. Absolutely beeee-yootifull!! Superbe!! Merci!

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  33. Christie, it's terrible about the deer, awful when an animal is hurt. And I can imagine that you feel awful, too. I'm sorry it happened.

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  34. Wow! Can't get enough of Paris architecture.

    The sky in this photo reminds me of a painting by Lois. She'll know which one I am talking about. :-)

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  35. What an exquisite building! Love the window! Merci!

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  36. Coltrane, for sure I can use a "n" instead of this other letter that I won't say. See, I just wrote an entire sentence without it! Yeah. Ginne five! ;) (zut).

    Bon week end à tous.

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  37. Beautiful photo, Eric! I think it would be a great one for the theatre's promotional materials. With its view toward the sky, this photo is inspiring! This theatre looks like the kind of place where I'd be willing to go to almost any performance simply for the opportunity to absorb the ambience of the building. (I've always felt that way about its neighbor, the Opera Garnier.)

    Christie, my heart, too, goes out to you about the deer.

    Bonne Anniversaire, Lois et Katie! Amusez-vous bien! Ah, and in the French Quarter, too ... I'm hoping for pictures and details. :)

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  38. This is a definite for my next visit to Paris, even if it is justto see the outside of this wonderful building.

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  39. Christie, so sorry to hear about your accident with the deer. But glad no one was hurt..

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  40. gramma ann -- nice new photos!

    christie -- sorry about the deer incident. what do you do when that happens, anyway? is there a number to call?

    guille -- t'es nignon!

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  41. guille -- oops, nake that "nignonne"!

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  42. Guille... ;-) BRAVO!!! BIG HIGH FIVES!!! (Your English is better than you think)

    Alexa...LOL!

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  43. Gramma Ann...love the new photo and also the musical notes on your collar. NICE SMILE! Wearing the GF crown has that effect.

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  44. coltrane: Thanks;) I like jazz also...and sparkles~~~

    alexa: Thanks, unlike everyone here, I don't know what I'm doing when it comes to posting pictures. I guess I did something right, but what? I don't know...

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  45. I adore the windows and balcony!

    And I am so envious of the fact that France — and many other European countries — preserve your historical buildings so well. The Philippines is so bad in this.

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  46. Hey gramma, nice to put a lovely face to your lovely spirit!

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  47. I've loved your blog for some time: at last there's a photo that forces a comment from me!

    I was in this beautiful theatre last summer for Théâtre#4 de Mikko Hynninen, an amazing piece of theatre, performed by theatrical machinery alone.

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  48. I have always loved this bridge, Eric! What fond memories I have of the first day I crossed it.

    And hey -- What's this about the police not letting you in?!? You must have been humble, not letting them know about your being the celebrated Eric Tenin of PDP fame. If only they had known! Where can I write to recommend that you be given the key to the city of Paris with access to any public place at any time?

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