A Great Entertainment House
Evoking the color tones of a coffee house painting, this intriguing souvenir from France is sure to be a welcomed addition to your collection of fridge magnets. There's just a certain unmistakable charm that doubles as a reminder of your last trip to old France. And it is no wonder as this beautiful fridge magnet depicts the famous Nineteenth century cabaret Le Chat Noir.
For centuries, Paris has been known as the best city for those seeking exquisite enjoyment and entertainment, Le Chat Noir is one of its emblematic examples that proves the world right as it was the hub of entertainment for the great artists that lived in Montmartre neighborhood in the first half of the Twentieth century. The Char Noir had an erratic life since it opened in 1881. It is said to have been Pablo Picasso 's favorite spot to meet his fellow artists and people from all walks of life.
Le Chat Noir in Details
It is considered the first nightclub as we know that kind of entertainment house today. Its first location was 84, Boulevard Rochechouart. At that time, even though the drinks served were not so good, there was an etiquette involved in its management. For example, a man dressed as a Swiss guard received the customers at the entrance. After having diverse owners and successes, it finally closed in 1897, its last location being 68, Boulevard de Clichy where today stands a hotel with some of the objects of the famous cabaret.
What contributed to making The Chat Noir so widely known was the advertising which consisted in poster art designed by Theophile-Alexandre Steinien. And of course, the artists and writers who made The Chat Noir their headquarters for many of their projects and social expression, being Les Hydropathes, one of the most memorable. These artists hated water. Take this travel souvenir back home and share your stories from Paris with your loved ones.