The Montansier Theater (38 rue Montpensier)
In 1790, the Beaujoulais theater, founded by the Duke of Orléans, was taken over by Mademoiselle Montansier. The following year, royal privileges were abolished for the theater. Performance spaces quickly multiplied and there was tremendous competition between private theaters. At first, the Montansier Theater struggled to find its audience. However, since it was located in the center of the Palais-Royal, it succeeded in making a name for itself. Closely monitored, it was also seen as an immoral place: “[The] theater owned by citizen Montansier (…) swarms everyday with prostitutes, financial speculators, crooks, swindlers and thieves,” a police commissioner lamented. In 1798, the Montansier became the Variety Theater. Today, it is known as the Palais-Royal Theater.
38 rue Montpensier