The Olympia-Palace was the main auditorium of the city of Niort in the department of Deux-Sèvres in France for 1 century, from 1885 to 1986.
Originally a farm-inn called Hôtel du Grand-Cerf, then became an equestrian merry-go-round circa 1880, this historic Niort concert hall, called the Manège Theater when it opened to the public during the 1884-1885 season (ie more than 120 years ago), became the Olympia in September 1931 and Olympia-Palace in the spring of 1934. The cultural activity of Niort was punctuated by a very eclectic programming (plays, concerts, operas, ballets, one-man-show, cinema …) of this theater become mythical over time; artistic evenings sponsored by Harmony or Symphonic Concerts, Galas des Etoiles organized by the Para-club at the happy times of Hi Les Copains , or the famous Charles Baret Tours).
Several works have been done on the history of this theater including:
- The Olympia-Palace: 100 Years of Niortais Show is a book by Daniel Taillé published in October 2009 ( ISBN 2-9526128-2-X ) . This book is the fruit of a research work, both historical and documentary. It highlights the great diversity and richness of the shows produced in this place with the help of many photographs (including artists), poster reproductions.
- Remember the Olympia-Palace , a documentary (21 min) by Daniel Taillé , directed by Philippe Rabillat and Daniel Mar, bringing together a 360 ° panoramic view of the hall, the testimonies of the actor Jean Pommier of Niort and Michel Faucher, former host at Radio Niort, evoking their “Olympia years”.
- Niort Actualités (27 min), a re-archive of film news filmed between 1922 and 1930 by Fernand Caillas, then co-director of the Cinema du Manège; will thus march in front of his camera, festive events (Festivities of the Queens, rugby match at Espinassou, air meetings in Souché …) or commercial (fair-exhibition, 1st air link Niort-Le Bourget, output factories Boinot …), personalities ( Roland Toutain , stuntman and future film actor, Lieutenant Vasselot de Régné, aviation aces Maurice Finat and Max Knipping ), the visit of the President of the Republic Édouard Herriot in May 1930.
- “The beautiful halls of France: Olympia de Niort”, French Cinematography No. 783, November 4, 1933;
- “At the Olympia-Palace: works without closure”, The Memorial of the Deux-Sèvres , October 2, 1937;
- “Inauguration of the new hall of the Olympia de Niort”, The Movie n ° 77, November 20, 1943;
- “Milou” in the land of “grasshoppers” projects, in one year, 2,160 km of film “, Le Courrier de l’Ouest , January 29, 1959;
- “The disappearance of the Olympia: The oldest room in Nice had hosted the greatest artists and the political class,” The Courrier de l’Ouest , February 14, 1986;
- “Memories, memories … The great hours of the Olympia in Niort”, The Courrier de l’Ouest , February 21, 1986;
- “Olympia Niort during the Occupation: a Resistant Director, Suspicious Germans and Weapons in the Clock”, The Courier West , March 28, 1986;
- Laurent Regnier, “L’Olympia still plays the last spotlight” and “L’Olympia in search of lost time”, Le Courrier de l’Ouest , July 12, 1995;
- Daniel Courant, Theaters expected: a history of the theaters of Niort , City of Niort / Museums of Niort – 1996;
- “Fernand’s Mute Pictures”, New Central West Republic , March 30, 1999;
- Gérard Curé, “With Niort-Actualités, Daniel Taillé brings the twenties back to life”, Le Courrier de l’Ouest , March 31, 1999;
- Daniel Taillé , A century of cinematic show in Deux-Sèvres 1896-1995 , Cinéma-Niort Association, 2000;
- Marie-Catherine Comère, “L’Olympia, it was their sun”, The New Republic of Central-West , 21 February 2001;
- Michel Brumelot, “Salle de l’Olympia: Desperately Seeking Promoter …”, New Central West Republic , February 28, 2001;
- Marie-Catherine Comère, “Ask for the programs! ” La Nouvelle République du Center-Ouest , March 9, 2001;
- Claude Gustin, “Olympia, A Century of Shows”, The Courier West , September 25, 2002;
- Marlène Arlot, “The Olympia yesterday at … today”, The New Central West Republic , September 26, 2002;
- Gwenaell Lyvinec, “The Olympia from Yesterday to Tomorrow: The Show Must Continue”, The New Central West Republic , December 2002;
- Jacques Brinaire, “The Olympia Palace by Rémi Cœurderoy and Paul-Henri Bédin”, Living in Niort No. 131, December 2002-January 2003 The Olympia Palace [ archive ] (Document accessed January 7, 2010);
- Gwenaell Lyvinec, “Chez Prévost, we loved guincher”, The New Central West Republic , February 2003;
- Gwenaell Lyvinec, “Uncertain Future for Olympia”, New Central West Republic , November 15, 2003;
- Yves Revert, “The Olympia-Palace: this time, it’s really the end”, The New Republic of Central-West , 4 January 2006;
- Philippe Guillemoteau, 30 years of musical creation in Deux-Sèvres (1968-2000 …) , éditions Patrimoines et médias ( site: heritage and media [ archive ] ), 2008.
- Yves Revert, “Last raising of the curtain for the Olympia Palace”, The New Republic of the Central West , 14 October 2009 Last raising of the curtain for the Olympia Palace [ archive ] (Page accessed on January 7, 2010)
- Yves Revert, “The disappearance of Bruno Coquatrix niortais”, The New Republic of the Center-West , December 29, 2009 The disappearance of Bruno Coquatrix [ archive ] (Page accessed on January 7, 2010)