Olympia Palace

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.

See also


  • “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)

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