The Moulin Rouge: A Famous French Theater That Held The World's Strangest Artists

Moulin Rouge, Paris, April 2011. (Christine Zenino/Wikimedia Commons)

Whether you're a lover of art, dance, or pop musicals, you've probably heard of the famous Moulin Rouge, a popular Parisian cabaret house whose real-life heyday spanned the late 19th to early 20th centuries in an era known as Belle Epoque, or "the beautiful epoch." Originally opened in 1889 by Charles Zidler, the Moulin Rouge was located in Montmartre, a district known for its artistic wonderment and bohemian atmosphere, and with its bright red lights and iconic red windmill roof, it was a pretty easy building to spot. In fact, this establishment was the very first building to receive electricity in the entire city of Paris! While at the time, it was most recognized for inventing the wildly popular burlesque version of the can-can dance, plenty of other amazing art and artists were associated with the establishment.