La Gaîté Lyrique

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La Gaîté Lyrique is a digital arts and modern music centre opened by the City of Paris in December 2010, located at 3-5 rue Papin in the 3rd arrondissement. The centre is on the site of the former Théâtre de la Gaîté, which was demolished in 1989 and transformed into an amusement park, Planète magique. It can be used in conjunction with the exhibition areas or as a separate audio/visual venue.
Following Haussmann's modernization of Paris and the destruction of the theatres on the boulevard du Temple, the last of a succession of playhouses called the Théâtre de la Gaîté was built in the rue Papin. The building featured an 1800-seat auditorium. After the Second World War, the theatre enjoyed success.
In the early 1980s the dome of the main auditorium was threatening to collapse, and it was reinforced with concrete. Since the building is surrounded by over 100 residences, acoustic isolation was a high priority. It was designed using the "box within a box" principle. The performance spaces, being the most sonically intensive, were placed in the center and are surrounded by three successive layers of more external spaces.
The refurbishment lasted from 2004 to 2011 under the architect Manuelle Gautrand. The building has five levels accessible to the public and 2 private levels at the top. Most of these areas are designed to be adaptable to new uses and include movable floor and wall elements. Small movable and recombinable dodecahedral units, called "éclaireuses", are available for use as, for example, dressing rooms, offices, technical annexes, installation spaces, or even parts of stage sets.
Address: 3 bis rue Papin, Paris
48.86677561125/2.3535633087158
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Great space and concept
Adrian J , 2015-01-04
Great space, concept and idea. The Sunday brunch was creative and interesting. However, portions somewhat small and bio-orientation was not appreciated by the hungry teenagers who were with me! read full review
eclectic location for a business meeting
SkiingCyclingDave , Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-09-20
With its fabulous exterior dating to 1862 La Gaite Lyrique is an interesting location for a customer or other event. Inside is a modern building with sound isolated amphitheater seating. The bar area... read full review
Motion Factory
ummsalem , Dubai, 2014-07-01
In May while we were in Paris, we visited the Motion Factory in La Gaite Lyrique. Such an amazing exhibition. The exhibition takes you through 3D projects of artists from around the world from the... read full review
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  • François, 22-02-2015

    Exposition numérique interactive qui m'a enchantée. Idéal pour les enfants aussi. Quel plaisir !

  • Léa, 19-10-2014

    Venez gouter le brunch de la Ruchequiditoui dans un décor de rêve !

  • Les Rencontres Internationales, 27-06-2014

    Nous espérons vous retrouver mercredi 2 juillet à la Gaîté Lyrique pour une nouvelle séance du cycle MOVING_IMAGE, et explorer avec nous différents mondes sonores. 5 films et vidéos rares à découvrir

  • Thomas, 31-05-2014

    Expos originales, nombreux événements et 1er étage pratique pour travailler. Dommage que le centre de ressources se transforme trop souvent en garderie pour enfants.

  • Quentin, 12-12-2013

    Repère de la culture digitale en journée, ce magnifique lieu se transforme en salle de concert en soirée.

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