Zénith Paris[2] (originally known as Zénith de Paris[3] and commonly referred to as Le Zénith) 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 Zénith;[4] a theatre located in France 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.


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.


See also


  1. ^ Capacity
  2. ^ Sources for current venue name:
  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 2017-02-25. 
  7. ^ "Super Junior to hold concert in Paris". Koreaherald.com. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 
  8. ^ Freeth, Becky (2016-02-26). "Make-up free Ellie Goulding appears fresh-faced despite a late night at BRITs afterparty as she makes a stylish arrival in Paris". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  9. ^ "twenty one pilots announce world tour dates - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2016-05-09. Retrieved 2017-02-25. 

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