Bobino at 20 rue de la Gaîté, in the Montparnasse area of Paris (14th arrondissement), France, is a music hall theatre that has seen most of the biggest names of 20th century French music perform there.
During its long history it was also known as Les Folies Bobino (1873), Studio Bobino (1991), Gaieté Bobino and Bobin’o (2007).
Bobino was one of the most popular entertainment spots in France during the 1920s and 1930s. On April 8, 1975 Josephine Baker, the African American superstar of France who had appeared at Bobino beginning in the 1920s, gave her last performance there at the age of 68.
After 183 years, Bobino closed its doors in 1983, but reopened in 1991. In 2007, Gerard Louvin and Stéphane Cherki turned Bobino into a cabaret named Bobin'o.
The entertainers who have performed at Bobino include:
Joris-Karl Huysmans frequented the Bobino and used these experiences as a reference for his first published novel, Marthe. The Bobino is featured prominently as the lead character's place of employment.
- Huysmans, J.K. Marthe. Brendan King, trans. (Dedalus: Sawtry, Cambs, United Kingdom, 2006). 135–36.
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