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Zenith de Paris Concert hall - Parc de la Villette
Zenith de Paris, a popular Parisian concert hall
Zenith de Paris is a popular concert hall located in the Parc de la Villette.
The park, the largest urban and cultural park in the city, contains some unusual contemporary structures.
You can't miss the bright red silhouette of the concert hall, nestled among the greenery.
Don't judge it either on its relatively modest size as it has a capacity of up to 6,238 seats!
This contemporary concert hall caters essentially to Rock and popular music venues, meetings or conferences.
Its lightweight metallic frame can be easily and quickly dismantled to adjust its capacity and size to those of the shows.
In 1983, Jack Lang, the minister of Culture, commissioned the architects Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel with its construction.
Le Zenith de Paris replaces the Pavillon de Paris, a concert hall that had a capacity of 10,000 seats but dated back to the 1970s!
This legendary music venue hosted the greatest artists of the late 20th century such as David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Supertramp, Neil Young or Earth and Wind & Fire to name a few.
Le Zenith de Paris was inaugurated on January 12, 1984.
However, it was supposed to be demolished three years later and replaced by another venue in the outskirts of Paris.
However, the infatuation of the public for the Zenith de Paris was such that, not only the concert hall was retained, but 16 new Zenith were built all over the country!
The concert hall was named after Le Zenith, a 3000 m3 hot-air balloon that took off from La Villette gas plant in April 1875 and broke all records for flight duration (22h40) of the time.
The name Zenith is today a trademark jointly owned by the Coker Company and the Ministry of Culture.
Metro: Porte de Pantin, Corentin Cariou, Porte de la Villette on Line 5, 7
Coordinates: Lat 48.893849 – Long 2.390260