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Le Chat Noir – French for “The Black Cat”) was a 19th-century cabaret, meaning entertainment house, in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. Le Chat Noir is thought to be the first modern cabaret: a nightclub where the patrons sat at tables and drank alcoholic beverages while being entertained by a variety show on stage, introduced by a master of ceremonies who interacted with people he knew at the tables. Perhaps best known now by its iconic Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen poster art, in its heyday it was a bustling nightclub that was part artist salon, part rowdy music hall. The cabaret published its own humorous journal Le Chat Noir, which survived until 1895.
Poster advertising : the approaching tour of the shadow puppets theatre Le Chat Noir (the black cat) of Rodolphe Salis. 1896
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