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The Café-de-la-Gare Theater, located in the heart of the Marais district at 41 rue du Temple, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. It has been one of the temples of Parisian laughter since 1969. Coluche, Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Pœlvoorde, all confirmed actors, have walked the stage of this unique 300-seat theater.

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Café de la Gare
41 rue du Temple
75004 Paris

Horaires en fonction des spectacles.
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  • 1er janvier
  • Pâques
  • Lundi de Pâques
  • Ascension
  • 1er mai
  • 8 mai
  • Pentecôte
  • lundi de Pentecôte
  • 14 juillet
  • 15 août
  • 1er novembre
  • 11 novembre
  • 25 décembre
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Café de la Gare
41 rue du Temple
75004 Paris

  •  Metro: Hôtel de Ville station (lines 1 or 11) exit 7 or Rambuteau station (line 11) exit 3
  • RER: Châtelet-les-Halles station (lines A, B, D)
  • Bus: Georges Pompidou stop, lines 38, 47 and 75 (opposite rue Pierre-au-Lard) - Georges Pompidou stop, line 29 (at the intersection with rue Rambuteau) - Hôtel de Ville stop, lines 76 and 96 (rue de Rivoli)
  • Parking: Parking Georges Pompidou (very expensive, very beautiful) - Parking Beaubourg (less expensive, less beautiful.
Address

Café de la Gare - Theater
41 rue du Temple
75004 Paris

Coordinates Latitude Longitude
Sexagesimal (°, ', ") 48° 51′ 39″ N 2° 19′ 49″ E
Degré décimal (GPS) 48.85955 2.35402
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Café de la Gare
41 rue du Temple
75004 Paris

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The Café-de-la-Gare Theater, located in the heart of the Marais district at 41 rue du Temple, in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. It has been one of the temples of Parisian laughter since 1969. Coluche, Gérard Depardieu and Benoît Pœlvoorde, all confirmed actors, have walked the stage of this unique 300-seat theater.

The beginnings: the collective Café-de-la-Gare Théâtre

We are just after the events of May 1968. The Café-de-la-Gare opened in 1969 near the Paris-Montparnasse train station in the 14th arrondissement. The Theater is in a warehouse restored by the founders, of an old fan factory. Its first actors-founders are: Romain Bouteille, Coluche, Sotha, Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou and Henri Guybet.

Defined by Coluche, the way of life of the group of strangers is "copinage en concubinage". Coluche lives with his girlfriend Miou-Miou, Sotha, Romain Bouteille's companion, leaves him for Patrick Dewaere who then seduces Miou-Miou. It is indeed a collective way of living !

When it opened, the Café-de-la-Gare theater presented itself as a "café-théâtre", a vague term which, at the time, was mainly used for fiscal purposes. However, there was never coffee, and there were never any tables or chairs, only bleachers for about 180 people, surrounding on three sides a stage of about 8 by 5 meters.

Moving the Café-de-la-Gare Theater to Le Marais

In 1971, the Café-de-la-Gare theater moved to 41 rue du Temple in the 4th arrondissement, at its current address. It is in a 17th century relay station inn formerly called the "Auberge de l'Aigle d'Or".

Over time, the number of "participants-actors" is variable. Some leave, others arrive or return: in 1973, Philippe Manesse, Patrice Minet and Marie-Christine Descouard join the troupe and some of the founding members such as Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou, Henri Guybet come and go in parallel with their film careers.

Later on, the collective expands with Gérard Lanvin, who used to sell clothes, Gérard Depardieu, Renaud. Other actors also pass there: Rufus, Martin Lamotte, Thierry Lhermitte, Diane Kurys, Coline Serreau. We also find Josiane Balasko, Anémone, Gérard Jugnot, Roland Giraud.

 

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