If you enjoy watching an entertaining dance show while eating a good meal, then give in to the temptations of the magical Lido. At 116 bis Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this Parisian cabaret is equally famous for its spectacular shows and male and female dancers as it is for its majestic location and costumes. The decor is inspired by the gondolas of Venice and its famous beach, the Lido. This is a must-see spot in Paris, and when you discover its intimate location, you will learn that it has a long and interesting history.
In 1946, two Italian brothers, Joseph and Louis Clerico, bought an establishment that had been very popular before the war. Working with the Irish choreographer Miss Bluebell, they transformed the theater into a cabaret and developed an innovative formula known as the “cabaret dinner.” It was an immediate success. A dizzying succession of shows were developed with dancing girls around the skating rink and the pool with its water jets. Fashionable Paris flocked to the cabaret to admire its latest artistic creations. In 1977, due to lack of space, the cabaret moved into a larger building not far from the original cabaret. A panoramic theater on two levels overlooks the stage, which can now accommodate up to 1,250 spectators. But, be warned: The theater is full every night, and so you may not be guaranteed if you come unannounced.
Uniquely, the Lido only hires professional dancers who are too tall to join a ballet troupe. This has actually become one of its major assets, making both the costumed male and female dancers seem very long and slender, and giving a grandiose element to the shows. The Lido is well-known in the entertainment industry as a very demanding establishment where hard work and discipline are the order of the day. In addition to the performers, around 100 wait staff, technicians, and dressers work hard to make sure the daily shows are the most successful and most popular in Paris.
Since April 2015, the Lido has been performing its brand new show: Paris Merveilles. This show replaced Bonheur, which was launched in 2003 and attracted over 5 million spectators. For the new show, nothing has been left to chance. The Lido was closed for four months, and around 25 million euros has been spent to ensure this show lives up to expectations. So, what are you waiting for?
Opening times: dinner every day from 7:30 p.m.; first show at 9:30 p.m; last show at 11:30 p.m. Backstage tours every Friday at 4 p.m.