Zénith Paris

Coordinates: 48°53′39″N 2°23′35″E / 48.89417°N 2.39306°E / 48.89417; 2.39306
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Zénith Paris
Aerial view from Philharmonie de Paris (2017)
Full nameZénith Paris - La Villette
Former namesZénith de Paris (1984–2013)
Address211 Avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Location19ème arrondissement
Parc de la Villette, Paris, Île-de-France
Coordinates48°53′39″N 2°23′35″E / 48.89417°N 2.39306°E / 48.89417; 2.39306
OwnerMinistère de la Culture
Opened12 January 1984 (1984-01-12)
ArchitectPhilippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel
Venue Website (in French)

Zénith Paris[2] (originally known as Zénith de Paris,[3] pronounced [zenit paʁi]; and commonly referred to as Le Zénith, [lə zenit]) is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Paris, France. It is located in the Parc de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement on the edge of the Canal de l'Ourcq. Its ability to seat up to 6,293 people makes it one of the largest venues in Paris. The closest métro and RER stations are Porte de la Villette, Porte de Pantin, and Pantin.

It is the first venue to bear the moniker of Le Zénith;[4] a group of theatre-style venues located in France each with a minimum capacity of 3,000.[5] Because of this, the venue in Paris simply referred to as "Le Zénith" in many forms of media.


Exterior of arena during a meeting for the Lutte Ouvrière (2012)

The venue was built in 1983 to replace the Hippodrome de Pantin, a circus big-top which had become the main venue for touring rock bands visiting Paris (after the closing of the Pavillon de Paris). The Zénith was built on the same location as the old circus tent, and was designed by architects Philippe Chaix and Jean-Paul Morel on the initiative of Minister of Culture Jack Lang. It was inaugurated by Renaud at the start of 1984.

Somewhat reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower, this hall was intended to be used for a fixed term of three years after which it was to be dismantled and replaced by a new hall nearby. However, instead, its success gave birth to a chain of new halls throughout France, in Strasbourg, Toulouse, Montpellier, Nantes, Clermont-Ferrand, Rouen, Dijon, Pau, Toulon, Saint-Étienne, Caen, Orléans, Nancy, Amiens, Lille and Limoges. These halls are also named "Zénith", which is a trademark registered by COKER and the Ministry of Culture.


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  1. ^ Capacity
  2. ^ Sources for current venue name:
    • "Qui sommes-nous? - Le concept Zénith" [Who are we? - THE ZENITH CONCEPT]. Zénith Paris - La Villette (in French). Retrieved 17 June 2023.
    • "Zénith Paris – La Villette". Arcora. January 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
    • Kichenama, Mathilde (1 December 2014). "Le Zénith Paris : une exposition pour ses 30 ans !" [The Zenith Paris: an exhibition for its 30 years!]. Villa Schweppes (in French). Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  3. ^ Sources for original/previous name:
  4. ^ Hughes, Alex; Reader, Keith, eds. (1998). The Encyclopedia of Contemporary French Culture. London, England: Routledge. ISBN 0415131863.
  5. ^ Ayers, Andrew (2004). The Architecture of Paris: An Architectural Guide. Stuttgart, Germany: Edition Axel Menges. ISBN 393069896X.
  6. ^ "SM타운 라이브, 6월 파리 공연 확정..유럽 한류열풍 기대 - 아시아경제". Asiae.co.kr. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Super Junior to hold concert in Paris". Koreaherald.com. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  8. ^ "twenty one pilots announce world tour dates - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2017.

External links[edit]

Media related to Zénith de Paris at Wikimedia Commons