What early 20th century Parisian theatre has since become the namesake for bloody, over-the-top amoral horror entertainment?
Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol “The Theatre of the Great Puppet” known as the Grand Guignol—was a theatre in the Pigalle area of Paris (at 20 bis, rue Chaptal (fr)). From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962, it specialised in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular from Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre (for instance Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and The White Devil), to today’s splatter films.
Famous for staging gruesome, violent productions Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, often shortened to Grand-Guignol, has since become synonymous with bloody, visceral horror entertainment. Opening its doors in 1897, patrons could expect to see “ripped from the headlines” tales of terror, staged with gory special effects. Source: New York Times