Famed Parisian cabaret revue Moulin Rouge opened for the first time on October 6, 1889 in the Montmartre section of Paris. It was co-founded by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller (who owned the Paris Olympia) and had the aim of providing entertainment for the rich as well as the working class in the fashionable arts district.
Moulin Rouge was an extravagant cabaret with plush furnishing lining the interior and champagne themed evenings. The dancers doubled as courtesans and would perform a variety of dances, the most popular of which was the scandalous “can-can”, where they would kick their legs high.
Meaning “Red Mill”, the Moulin Rouge building had a red mill on its roof and still does to this day. The Moulin Rouge cabaret was frequented by artists, perhaps the most famous of which was post-modernist painter Toulouse-Lautrec who painted posters advertising the nightclub.