Theatre National de Chaillot
The Theatre National de Chaillot is located at the Palais de Chaillot underneath the esplanade that looks out across the Jardins du Trocadero Gardens towards the Eiffel Tower, and is a popular theatre for plays, just as it was after World War II.
A bit of history..
Originally there was a Palais de Trocadero built for the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and there was a massive rotunda with a 5,000 seat auditorium that had a monumental organ, plus the Trocadero Gardens were designed in the same year.
However after the exhibition, although the City of Paris decided to maintain the gardens, the actual building was sold to the French state as the building had always met with disapproval.
And it was not until 1920 that Pierre Rameil announced the conversion of the Palais de Trocadero into a theatre and named the Theatre National Popular, this is where the theatre really started its roots, but due to poor acoustics and a very badly equipped stage, the neon sign was removed in 1935, and it was decided that the building would be demolished.
A new building was commissioned to take its place, which was to be ready for the World Fair in 1937 and all signs of the old theatre vanished except for the stage wall. However, an original blueprint was retained for the arrangement and decoration of the new auditorium and the building took on a new name of the Palais du Chaillot, yet with financial scandals and strikes, not everything went according to plan.
And even though the Palais du Chaillot with its new hall opened for the World Fair in 1937, which is where the award ceremonies were conducted, the theatre itself was not officially inaugurated until the February of 1939, and it is still running under the name of the Theatre National de Chaillot today.
About the Theatre National de Chaillot
The theatre is actually wider than it is deeper and unlike many of the theatres and opera houses in Paris, this was designed without any boxes or overhangs and only has a balcony, as it was thought to be more adaptable.
A trip to the theatre is still as much a part of culture as it is history, although over the years many theatre companies have tried to update things to appeal more to the masses and encourage the younger generations to enjoy this unique style of art.
And this is exactly what the Theatre National de Chaillot have done, which is why this is still one of the most popular theatres in Paris that even caters for those that are on holiday in Paris who do not even know the French language.
This theatre is primarily dance orientated and provides internal performances in many different styles to suite all tastes that run in line with the many breakthroughs that have taken place with the choreography from different production companies. So from hip hop through to ballet and Flamenco, there are always different performances on the agenda each month of the year.
There is also a bookshop, bar that also serves snacks and a restaurant called Listrani that are open 90 minutes prior to a show and after performances on a Friday and Saturday night, which means that you can enjoy a completely different evening out in the city of lights.
About the Listrani Italian Restaurant
With incredible views over the Jardins du Trocadero Gardens with its waterfalls and the Eiffel Tower as a backdrop, you will be able to enjoy Italian cuisine prior or after your visit to the Theatre National de Chaillot.
And although the menu is always changing with the seasons, some of the delights you may be able to experience include starters such as Primavera salad or a charcuterie plate and as of 2012 these are a cost of €13.
Main dishes are around €16 to €18 and could be a meat or fish cannelloni, lasagne with vegetables or perhaps you would prefer something like chicken, duck, bream or cod, accompanied by durum wheat pasta.
And then of course there are the very tempting desserts which are approximately €6 to €7 and you could just have a selection of cheeses, yet perhaps chocolate cake, the tart of the day or tiramisu is going to be more to your liking.
As mentioned above, the Listrani is open prior to a performance and also afterwards on a Friday and Saturday night, but it is highly recommended that you book at table by telephone on +33 (0) 53 65 30 28.
Access to the Theatre National de Chaillot
This theatre in Paris is located within the Palais du Chaillot and the main entrance is on the Place du Trocadero via the right wing of the building and all visitors are more than welcome any time from 90 minutes prior to the performance starting.
Tickets for the Theatre National de Chaillot can be purchased online at their website, which is where you can also find out more about the designers and choreographers for each show along with what each one is about, but you can also book tickets by telephone as well.
You will be pleased to know that disabled visitors are also welcome, but you should inform the staff when you are booking your ticket via telephone on +33 (0) 1 53 65 30 00 from 11am to 7pm on a Monday through to Saturday.
Groups of ten people or more are also welcome, however you do have to book in advance by telephone on +33 (0) 1 53 65 30 01 on a Monday to Saturday
from 11am through to 6pm.
The nearest Metro station is the Torcadero and is accessed by lines 6 or 9, however other forms of public transport include the Batobus water bus on the River Seine that stops by the Eiffel Tower and buses with numbers 22, 30, 63, 72 and 82.
More information on Palais de Chaillot and its Gardens
- The Palais de Chaillot
- Jardins du Trocadero Gardens
- Musee de la Marine Museum
- Cite de L’Architecture et du Patrimoine Museum
- History of Cite de L’Architecture et du Patrimoine
- Musee de l’Homme Museum
- CineAqua Aquarium Underneath Palais Chaillot
- Zen Cafe Inside CineAqua
Related photo images
- Photos of the Trocadero Gardens
- Photos of the Palais de Chaillot
Theatre National de Chaillot
1 Place du Trocadero
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 65 30 00
Fax: +33 (0) 1 47 27 39 23
Listrani Restaurant Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 65 30 28
Theatre National de Chaillot
Service des Reservations
75761 Paris Cedex 16
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