Le Bataclan Theater Will Reopen in Paris Later This Year Following November Terrorist Attack
Paris’ Le Bataclan theater has been closed ever since the tragic Nov. 13 terrorist attack that took the lives of 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Now, the concert hall’s owners say they hope to reopen the historic venue before the year’s end.
“We’ll do our best to host events before the end of 2016,” the owners said in a statement.
Le Bataclan was one target in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks across the French capital. Three gunmen entered the theater and opened fire on the crowd with automatic weapons and suicide vests. The citywide death toll amounted to 130.
In the days after the attack, Le Bataclan co-manager Dominique Revert assured the venue would open its doors again. “It will reopen, no question about it,” he said. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.”
Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes said he hopes his band will be the first to perform at the theater when that day comes. “I cannot wait to get back to Paris,” Hughes said. “I want to be the first band to play Le Bataclan when it opens back up because I was there when it went silent for a minute.”
Eagles of Death Metal have since returned to Paris, playing a concert with U2 at AccorHotels Arena and visiting the memorial outside of Le Bataclan. Soon, the band will play their own show at the Olympia in Paris. They are giving away free tickets to anyone who was present for the Nov. 13 concert at Le Bataclan.