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Best Entertainment in Paris

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Le Point-Virgule

Le Point-Virgule, a comedy theater in the Marais district, the historical quarter of the capital, features comics all year, and in particular during its renowned Humor Festival in late summer. One-man-shows, sketches, impressions, improvisation, musical shows, the program here is rich and varied, the setting, a pleasant and typical one. Every summer, a humorous festival is organized with more than 80 artists.

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Odéon Theatre

Modern classics play to a chic crowd here at the Odéon Theatre, high atop the place de l'Odéon, between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. European plays are predominantly staged at the Odéon, in French with subtitles in the original language. The decor in pure Italian style is composed of red and golden loges. This theater was inaugurated in 1782 by Marie-Antoinette, Louis XVIth's wife. The construction of this theater was part of a big Parisian refurbishing effort in the 18th Century.

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Cirque d'hiver Bouglione

This strangely-shaped building was dreamed up by Louis Dejean, owner of the summer circus grounds in the gardens of the Champs-Élysées. Wanting to expand his business year-round, he commissioned Hittorff, the architect of the impressive Gare du Nord, to build what was called the "Cirque Napoléon." Completed in 1854, the 20-sided polygon was greatly admired at the time and innumerable circus acts thrilled the crowds. These days, the building is unfortunately often empty, but the exterior alone is worth a visit, with its elaborate horse sculptures and carousel-like decor.

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American Dream

The American Dream is a hub of entertainment packed into one building. Spread across four floors, this structure houses a typical American diner, piano bar and a bar with go go dancers. The restaurant serves tantalizing tex-mex cuisine along with a sushi bar for exotic fish lovers. The piano and go go bar are vibrant spaces, where guests can enjoy music while sipping on drinks. At the American Dream a night of entertainment with good food is surely guaranteed. Live the American life, even for a just a few hours, at The American Dream.

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Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier, named after the architect who designed it in 1862, was immortalized by writer Gaston Leroux in his book Phantom of the Opera. The architecture is a mixture of baroque, classical, Greek and Napoléonic styles. Adorned with mosaics, the foyer has a cupola decorated by painter Marc Chagall and an impressive Rococo staircase, which leads to the theater's magnificent reception rooms. Outside, four stone statues represent allegories of Music, Lyric Poetry, Lyric Theater, and Dance. Since the opening of the Opéra Bastille, the Palais Garnier has concentrated on dance.

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Moulin Rouge

Founded in 1889, this legendary cabaret is known to the world over for being the birthplace of the famous French form of dance, can-can, forever immortalized in the paintings of French artist Toulouse-Lautrec. This landmark red windmill near Montmartre attracted the free spirits and artistic souls of Paris' Belle Epoque with its extravagant and risque performances. Although during World War I popularity dropped off, it rebounded greatly with the advent of the glitzy dancer Mistinguette, perhaps the cabaret's most iconic performer, in the 1920s. Today, the red lights of the Moulin Rouge still glow in Pigalle, where visitors can get a taste of Paris' Golden Age.

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Cirque Phénix

Cirque Phénix is a contemporary circus and probably one of the largest with a seating capacity of 6000. Urban or ancient legends are narrated in an interesting platform here which are equally engaging. Exciting acts such as hand-to-hand, trapeze and contortions are the thrilling shows of the circus. Probably one of the finest circuses in the world with artists from all over the globe, the dynamic venue is a great visual delight despite no animals being used. It is definitely a must-visit if you like theatrical displays and thrilling acts.

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Le Théâtre-Studio

Transformed from a wine warehouse in 1997 and located at Alfortville, Le Théâtre-Studio is one of the major cultural event centers. Teaming up with the famous directors and writers, the main author and associate of the theater Edward Bond has been successful to produce 52 performances, 48 shows, 5 circuses, 63 concerts, dance performances and film screenings of another level. They also conduct many theater and dance workshops for individuals and schools. An audience visiting here will always be surprised by their performances. They accept only cash or cheque payments. Check out the website for detailed information on upcoming events and reservations.

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Longchamp Racecourse

Longchamps hosts over 31 races annually. Its variety of tracks and famous hill puts the world's best thoroughbreds to the ultimate test here. The Arc de Triomphe Weekend takes place here, and is attended by more than 55,000 spectators and watched by a billion people all over the world. It takes place every first weekend in October. If you can make it happen, this promises to be one memorable afternoon at the track!

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L' Espace Langevin

Located within the Choisy-le-Roi, L' Espace Langevin is a multi-purpose event venue. This place can accommodate everything; from concerts, live events, functions at the ballroom, art exhibitions, toy library, and an auditorium that can accommodate up to 170 guests. What's more exciting is that they are well-equipped with all the modern technologies for a super lighting and sound quality. Visit the website for more information and reservations.

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