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Bataclan hopes to reopen before the end of 2016

By | Published on Friday 4 December 2015


The management at Bataclan, the Paris venue where the most deadly of the recent attacks in the French capital occurred, have said the theatre should re-open before the end of next year, though there is still much work to be done before they can get to that point.

Olivier Poubelle and Jules Frutos, who jointly manage the Bataclan and own 30% of the venue, have told news agency AFP that they want to re-open as soon as possible, but that they need to assess what changes are needed, plan for redevelopment of the space, and seek clearances from various authorities.

Frustos conceded that “it will be a long road before we get there”, but confirmed he was hopeful the venue could still re-open its doors before the end of 2016. Two of the venue’s staff, who weren’t on duty at the time, were killed in the attacks, though Frustos confirmed that his workforce were also keen to get the venue back into operation, with a “real desire” to see music play once again inside the building.

As previously reported, the band playing during the Bataclan attack, Eagles Of Death Metal, have already expressed an interest in being the first act to play when the theatre re-opens, with frontman Jesse Hughes telling Vice: “Our friends went there to see rock n roll and died. I want to go back there and live”.