Théâtre Louvois

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Drawn view of the Théâtre Louvois, 1821
Drawn interior of the Théâtre Louvois, 1821

The Théâtre Louvois was a historic theater building in Paris that was mainly used for operas from 1791 to 1825 . It was at 6 rue de Louvois in the 2nd arrondissement . From February 1820 to August 1821 it was used as a venue by the Paris Opera .

After the revolution in 1791, the building was built by Francescal according to plans by Alexandre Théodore Brongniart . The opening took place on August 16 under the name Théâtre des Amis de la Patrie (Eng. "Theater of the Friends of the Fatherland"). Directors included Giuseppe Cambini and Louis-Benoît Picard . In 1798 the theater was named Théâtre Louvois . In 1805 it was renamed Théâtre de l'Impératrice (Eng. "Theater of the Empress", so Joséphine de Beauharnais , Napoléon's wife). As a result of restructuring by the Napoleonic theater decree , it had to close in 1808. Now the Opéra , which at that time was located directly opposite in the Rue de Richelieu , used it as a magazine. The two buildings were connected by an iron bridge. 1820–1821 the theater was set up again as an opera, but was only used for two performances. The opera then moved to its new location on Rue le Peletier . The hall was closed in 1825 and the building demolished in 1899.


  • Jacques Hillairet, Dictionnaire historique des rues de Paris , Paris: Les éditions de minuit, 1985, p. 57. ISBN 2-7073-1054-9 . Vol. 2 (L – Z), ISBN 2-7073-1053-0 .
  • Albert de Lasalle, Les treize Salles de l'Opéra , librairie Sartorius, 1875. Chap. Salle Favart (1920), p. 234.

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