A Retrospective On 128 Years Of Moulin Rouge

    128 years ago in humble little Paris, France, was a lifestyle of flashing red lights, beautiful women, and aggressive heels clicking against wooden floors. Inside a seemingly innocent red windmill was a noisy cabaret, filled with drunken laughter, lusty glances, and red-lipped women dancing the can-can.

    This was the ever prestigious 82 Boulevard de Clichy in Paris’ Quartier Pigalle—otherwise known to most as the Moulin Rouge: a dance hall which attracted people from all walks of life—smart, intelligible academes, penniless noblemen, and filthily rich villains. A model of a frivolous, sophisticated night life, Moulin Rouge housed some of the most risqué, most exuberant memories of Parisian vintage life.

    Founded in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, the Moulin Rouge stood mightily at the bottom of a hill in humble Montmarte. With the objective of creating a source of entertainment for Parisians, Zidler and Oller’s little passion project soon turned into one of the most legendary spectacles in Paris.

    Through the years, the eponymous Moulin Rougue experienced a multitude of different transformations. From cabaret to theater, cinema to music-hall, the space has earned its name as one of Paris’ true gems—a place tourists from around the world travel far and wide to visit until today.

    In celebration of its 128th Anniversary, here’s a look back at the vibrant, spectacular lifestyle of the one and only Moulin Rouge:

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