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A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris
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A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

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Oct 9, 20192,6720

If you are contemplating a visit to the city of love and romance, then a trip to Moulin Rouge Paris must be on top of your bucket list of places to visit in Paris. The city has so much on offer that you will be spoilt for choices and need to plan your visit with a proper mix of fun, entertainment, serious sight-seeing for enjoying the breath-taking views of iconic monuments like the Eifel Tower and maybe a visit to a few world-famous museums with gourmet food in good restaurants integrated into the everyday schedule during your stay.

Contents

I. A Brief History of Moulin Rouge
II. Address and Transportation
III. Tickets and Show Times
Ticket Prices for a regular show
Ticket Prices for a VIP show
IV. What to Expect for the Show
V. Tips
1. Dress Code
2. No Photography
3. Storage Facility
VI. Similar Attraction Nearby
La Nouvelle Eve
A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

I. A Brief History of Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge Paris has a long history dating back to more than a century. You might be interested to know that the world’s best-known cabaret, which was opened in 1889 to the public was co-founded by two entrepreneurs, Joseph Oller, and Charles Zidler. They correctly guessed as far back as 130 years that the rich and famous Parisians would flock to the cabaret if it was presented appealingly and the place located in an up-market area and so choose to open it the foothills of the iconic Montmartre hill. Even they wouldn’t have imagined that this place would go on to become the world’s most famous cabaret address. However, the present-day Moulin Rouge Paris has a long history of transformation, from cabaret to concert theatre, from cinema to dance and music hall before it developed into its present-day iconic status.

A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

Moulin Rouge Paris was built at the right time for it to flourish, during the time of the industrial revolution, the period during which Eifel Tower was constructed and during the period, known as Belle Epoque, when France was generally prospering after a long period of debilitating wars. France was hosting the universal exhibition that year, and in such a time, rich and ordinary people alike took to the cabaret shows very eagerly. A heavy tourist inflow during that prosperous period helped in popularizing the shows. As the industrial revolution bestowed people with more prosperity, social barriers were also freed up, enabling people to lap up new ideas, art, and culture. Parisians did not take much time to love the new extravagant dance hall, huge dance floor, artistic and picturesque exteriors in tune with the grand interior décor and of course the spectacular shows delivered in style.

The cancan dance by a French quartet which was the grand finale at the end of each show became a great hit, and its popularity spread at a furious pace across Europe. The cancan evolved out of its original dance known as a quadrille, which had been created in1850 by dancer Celeste Mogador. It became such a craze that the dancers who were performing it also became extremely famous. It is a great tribute to its fame that it is still in existence even today. However, 13 years after its first show it closed down and was converted to a concert theatre till World War I. After the war, it started hosting a Broadway-style show called New York-Montmartre till the advent of cinema slowly forced its curtains down. During the World-war II, it transformed into a dance club.

Shortly after world-war II, it changed hands and building was renovated with a kitchen added. Slowly the Moulin Rouge started regaining its past glory, and the kitchen helped in starting the clubbing dinner with the shows, and it quickly became one of the city’s best-known locations.

The foundation for the present-day Moulin Rouge Paris was laid in 1962 by the new management which constructed a huge aquarium where shows of nude girls performing an aquatic ballet, swimming around like mermaids became an instant hit. The place celebrated its centenary in the year 1988 with a grand show in which who-is-who of the entertainment and fashion industry participated. Now, it attracts around a staggering 600,000 eager visitors from across the world every year.

II. Address and Transportation

Moulin Rouge Paris is located at 82 Boulevard de Clichy, south of Butte Montmartre which is a 430-foot high hill, in the Pigalle neighborhood. The closest metro station which is just a 1-minute walk from Moulin Rouge is Blanche under Boulevard de Clichy. Blanche lies in line 2 of the metro route between the 9th and the 18th arrondissement. Moulin Rouge can be instantly recognized by its bright red color and a large red windmill at the top. The windmill dates back to the time when Montmartre was a small village with around 15 wind-mills which were used to grind flour and press grapes. Another option for you is to get down at the Place de Clichy station where the metro line 13 also passes through and then walk down a bit to the place to get a feel of the lovely surroundings.

You can also get to the place by car from Porte de Saint-Ouen and the Porte de Clignancourt. Taking a taxi is another option for coming to this place. Since all public transport stop plying in Paris from 2:00 AM and the show at Moulin Rouge goes on till 1:00 AM, you need to plan for your transport back in advance if you want to avoid the big crowd competing for a taxi at that time. A better option is to book in advance for a scheduled private transfer from your place of accommodation. Normally, all hotels and some private operators arrange this pick-up and drop-off to Moulin Rouge Paris to take this burden off your shoulders in a strange city, especially if this is your first visit to Paris.

A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

III. Tickets and Show Times

The tickets to the Moulin Rouge Paris are priced differently depending on your requirement. The prices vary for the show, the show with dinner and the show with drinks while you attend the show. In addition, every day of the week the Moulin Rouge Show is held two times, once at 9:00 PM and another one at 11:00 PM and the ticket prices vary for the two, with the second show being the more affordable. In general, the show ticket prices start at Euro 77 for just the show in the ordinary category and go upwards Euro 400 for a VIP ticket with dinner. In case you choose the show with dinner, you can have dinner at 7:00 PM and then view the show at the scheduled time.

Ticket Prices for a regular show

9:00 PM show prices range from Euro 107 to Euro 135

11:00 PM show prices range from Euro 77 to 112

Dinner with show prices ranges from Euro 180 to Euro 195.

You can also choose a VIP ticket if you can afford a higher price and the premium ticket entitles you to have free cloakroom access, first-class seating, half a bottle of Champagne, macaroons and a surprise gift. If you go for a VIP ticket with dinner, in addition to the above, it entitles you to a welcome bottle of rose, special tableware, superior quality Champagne. The VIP ticket also allows you to skip-the-line advantage. However, you need to remember that there are only a limited number of VIP seats, only 24, available and you need to book well in advance.

Ticket Prices for a VIP show

9:00 PM show prices range from Euro 210 to Euro 230

11:00 PM show prices range from Euro 210 to 220

Dinner with show VIP ticket prices range from Euro 420 to Euro 430.

In addition, you also have the option of buying a ticket with half a bottle of champagne or even buy it during the show.

Children between 6 years and 12 years are eligible for a discounted price to attend the Moulin Rouge Paris show.

Apart from the above normal ticket prices, there are several other options by which you can get a discounted ticket to the Moulin Rouge Paris show. You need to watch out for discount offers on several websites. Some sight-seeing offers come bundled a free entry to the show, like with the Seine River Cruise. This is one of the best offers as it clubs the cruise with a lovely meal, champagne, Eifel Tower view and finally, the show. Also, some of the websites give at a price with a slight discount to the official Moulin Rouge website with pick-up and drop-off included. You can save some amount by keeping these details in mind while booking tickets for the show in advance. Generally, the prices vary to some extent, and if you are tight on budget, you might get slightly cheaper ticket midweek for the 11:00 PM regular show without meals.

IV. What to Expect for the Show

Each show at the Moulin Rouge Paris goes on for about 90 to 120 minutes. If you had suspected that this show is all hyped up and normal, you would end up admiring it even more when the unbelievably spectacular, artistic, professional, bold, thrilling and lively show comes to an end, more than living up to your highest expectations. This is one place and one show you should not miss when visiting Paris and you will be glad that you went for it. You will be ushered into this place after dinner if you have opted for the ticket for a show clubbed with dinner. You will find that when the spectacular show is unleashed, you will be transported from Paris to four different adventure themes. The shows may change from time to time.

You will feel a sense of excitement as the lights dim, and the show begins after the curtains are raised when the entire 80 strong troupe of Rouge dancers, 60 women, and 20 men, comes into view. For the last 20 years, since 1999, Feerie has remained the resident show in Moulin Rouge France and remains as popular as ever. This consists of 5 scenes, with each dancer draped in stunning, colorful costumes dancing in perfect harmony in a high-tech presentation designed to blow you away. You will be amazed to know that over 1000 costumes, each painstakingly designed and crafted at famous Parisian workshops, are used during the performance. The stunningly beautiful sets designed by Italian artists are a visual treat. The first scene is called “Moulin Rouge today and Yesterday.” The second scene is set in Indonesia and is about an epic love story. The third scene, “At the circus” takes you to a wild circus complete with clowns, jugglers, acrobats with a closing parade of the lovely dancers. The next scene called “Moulin Rouge from 1900” is on a historical journey as a tribute to the stunningly beautiful Parisian dancers with a performance of the famous cancan dance. The final show is by the famous dancers from across the globe who put in a lively performance of international acts.

A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

The show also includes some good comedy which also encourages the participation of the audience and a breath-taking acrobatic display by a famous pair who look like they are from a professional gymnastic team. You will well appreciate and enjoy the fact that the strikingly beautiful dancers perform topless for the most part of the show. The delightful choreography is recorded by 60 chorus singers and 80 musicians. You will be engrossed in the show which is extremely professional, well harmonized with the attractive sets frequently changing, seamless and really hi-tech presentation, with attention being given to the most minute detail. At the end of it all, you are sure to leave the show, along with the rest of the audience which is almost exclusively made up of tourists, with a sense of awe.

A Concise Guide to the Moulin Rouge, Paris

V. Tips

Before you start for Moulin Rouge Paris, a few tips might prove useful to properly execute the visit.

1. Dress Code

There is a dress code in place for entering the Moulin Rouge Paris show; however, this is not a strict formal code. You need to dress smart, which essentially means that shorts, Bermuda shorts, sports shoes, flipflops, and sportswear are not permitted.

2. No Photography

However, tempting it might be for you to get some photographs of the Moulin Rouge Paris show, it is a strict no-no. All the photographs you can see in various magazines and websites are those which are officially released by Moulin Rouge organizers. If you still try to be sneaky and are caught while taking a photograph, the photos will be deleted, worse still, camera or cell phone might be confiscated, and you would be asked to leave the show. So better to concentrate only on the awesome show which lives up to all the publicity around it and enjoy it fully for the entire length.

3. Storage Facility

There is a cloakroom for small items like jackets and bags. Items such as bags, cameras, backpacks cannot be taken inside. You need to come to the show without any big luggage like travel bags as they will neither be allowed nor checked nor stored. For storage of smaller items, a small fee of Euro 2 will be charged. However, for VIP ticket holders, this is free.

VI. Similar Attraction Nearby

La Nouvelle Eve

If you are interested in going for another cabaret show in Paris or to a similar equally good alternate attraction for variety, then there is the La Nouvelle Eve. This is also located near the foothills of Montmartre, close to Moulin Rouge Paris and was established about a decade after the start of its more famous contemporary during the prosperous Belle Epoque period. This place is an extremely famous revue theatre in Paris, one of the most elegant and attractive, and attracts a huge number of visitors seeking lively evening entertainment for relaxation. It is known for its exhilarating Parisian shows with a mix of modern choreography, stunning sets, and lovely interior décor.

In a somewhat similar history to that of Moulin Rouge Paris of La Nouvelle Eve, after starting in 1899 and flourishing for some years it had a chequered history of downsides, conversion to cinemas, changed ownerships, repeated transformations before finally transforming to one of the most sought-after address in Paris for cabaret and related entertainment shows.

This place is currently running the Paris, I Love You, called Paris Je T’aime in French, shows to packed houses since 2010. This show includes a mix of comical acts, cancan dance shows and occasional erotic performances to draw the visitors in droves. It is a tribute to the rich artistic history of Paris through the music of Edith Piaf with her famous La Vie en Rose song. You will be overwhelmed with the creativity and ingenuity of the acts with a variety of dazzling costumes, fast-changing sets to suit the performance themes which draw spontaneous applause from an appreciative audience which in turn encourage the performers to do even better.

The entry tickets here in La Nouvelle Eve also have similar options, with a choice for only the show, show with dinner and show with a drink, normally a good quality wine. The show starts at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM with the entry for the delicious four-course dinner allowed from 6:30 PM. The prices vary from Euro 49 to Euro 98 for the different options. Online booking is available for visitors.

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