In addition to a small collection of endearing cinemas, Montmartre also boasts a delightful array of theatres. From comedy to drama, contemporary dance to live music, there is a playhouse to suit every taste. Carrying on the village’s artistic tradition, make sure to add a visit to one of the theatres of Montmartre to your Paris itinerary.
The Théâtre de l’Atelier opened in 1882, under the name Théâtre Montmartre. It later became a cinema in the early 20th century, before it was renamed the Théâtre de l’Atelier in 1922 by director and actor Charles Dullin. Once again becoming a theatre, the charming 563 seat venue was classified as a historical monument in 1965. Today, it still regularly showcases original comedy and plays. The theatre can be find a mere 5 minute walk from Abbesses station.
The théâtre de la Manufacture des Abbesses is a relatively new addition to Montmartre, only opening its doors in 2006. Its humble space only sits 120 spectators, but ensures a great view for everyone. The independent playhouse is one of the areas hidden gems and you can regularly find a stand up gig or drama piece on show.
(The theatre is also less than 200 metres from our front door!)
Situated in the charming confines of upper Montmartre, the Lepic was originally a cinema, which opened in 1970. It later converted to a theatre in 2003, the 150 seat location now divides its output between contemporary plays for a young audience and revisiting classic works. The theatre is also merely metres away from the Sacré-Cœur.
Make sure to check out the Clos Montmartre and the Musee du Montmartre, while you’re close by.
Inaugurated in 1996, the Theatre des Abbesses is one of two playhouses operated by the Theatre de la Ville. Both theatres are dedicated primarily to contemporary dance spectacles, created by companies and young choreographers. The contemporary venue seats 420 peopled sits in the heart of place des Abbesses.
The théâtre Galabru was designed in the style of an Italian renaissance playhouse. Installed in Montmartre in 1850, the theatre operated for over a century before it was abandoned in 1970. In 1984 comedian Michel Galabru purchased the property and after much construction work, reopened the theatre under his own name. Today the Galabru plays host to concerts, comedies and one man shows for a modest audience of 94 spectators.
Situated on a staircase half the way the way up to Sacré-Cœur, you might have mistaken le Petit Théâtre du Bonheur for a cafe. In fact, the minuscule theatre is home to an array of regular intimate performances by comedians, poets and musicians alike. Why not drop in for a drink or a bit of a sing a long? Be sure to check it out on your way to or from the basilica!
Founded in 1910 as one of the areas many cabarets, it became the Théatre des 2 ânes in 1928. The theatre became a home for singers and humourists and later became recognised as a national monument in 1991. Today, the playhouse continues its tradition of comedy in the confines of one of the area’s most unique halls.
For guests staying with us at the Plug-Inn, all of the above theatres are a short walk from our front door. If you’re not staying with us, what are you waiting for? book now!