07 Oct On This Day in 1889
The Moulin Rouge was born. Happy Birthday, Moulin Rouge!
Okay, well technically, it was 125 years ago yesterday that the Moulin Rouge opened its doors in Paris’s 18th arrondissement. In its century and a quarter-long existence, it has become one of the world’s most well known cabarets. Having immortalized the French cancan and inspired numerous artists and filmmakers, it has become arguably as iconic as the Eiffel Tower. This famous Red Windmill has attracted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Prince Edward VII and continues to attract about 600,000 people to its shows per year, many of them tourists, mais oui!
Vintage Moulin Rouge
Even more vintage Moulin Rouge
Want to catch a show? There are two back-to-back shows (two hours long) every night of the year. Yep. The Moulin Rouge is open 365 days a year- that’s 730 opportunities a year to watch the sparkle and feather clad Doriss Girls dazzle and dance in synchrony, all while you dine in the elegant showroom as tuxedoed waiters sweep in to top off your champagne. And don’t think intermission is a break from entertainment. Sneak away to the restroom for too long and you’ll miss jugglers, acrobats, and talking dogs…Okay, it could be an extremely talented ventriloquist, but I’m fairly certain that it’s actually a talking dog, so don’t miss it! I would post a video, but cameras aren’t allowed inside. I guess you’ll have to check it out for yourself. Doesn’t sound too terrible, does it?