Initially built in the early 1800s and used by Offenbach, then destroyed to make way for a panorama built by Charles Garnier (the architect of Paris' opera house), the building as we know it dates from 1894 and currently belongs to François Pinault (he whose son is now married to Selma Hayak). The theatre contains one large auditorium for over 1,000 people and a smaller 311-seater called - quaintly - Popesco, after deceased French actress and previous manager of the theatre, Elvire Popesco.
The theatre is also used occasionally for concerts (recent groups include Goldfrapp and America). Backstage tours of the theatre can be organised for groups of fifteen people or more (contact www.purplebeam.com).
Paris Photo, the annual rendezvous of the photography enthusiasts
During four days, the Grand Palais will be host to the most important artistic event of the fall, Paris Photo, from November 9 to 12
This year, more than 140 photo galleries will gather at the Grand Palais to welcome professional photographs as well as photo enthusiasts who will meet around the biggest French and international galleries to live their passion for it!
From November 12 to 15, galleries, artists, publishers, booksellers and collectors will make part of one of the most important cultural events at the capital, and assist to a variety of exhibitions and workshops through the Paris Photo platform.
Since 1996, Paris Photo has highlighted the best of photography through exhibitions featuring collections or artists, and presenting the diversity of artists and works.
For this 19th edition, Paris Photo will focus on three themes: the collection, photography after the crisis and report that the importance of books in photography.
The Grand Palais
3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris