In the wake of the Paris attacks last Friday, several iconic French institutions have reopened, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But the theater where 89 people were killed has remained closed. Its co-manager, Dominique Revert, now tells Billboard that he has every intention of reopening Le Bataclan’s doors. “It will reopen, no question about it,” he says. “Hearts will be heavy for a few months, a few years. But we will reopen. We will not surrender.” Billboard notes that the theater, which has been operating for 151 years, had received threats since at least 2011 over its pro-Israeli stance (its previous owners were Jewish), but nothing of this magnitude had ever affected the theater until last week’s attacks.
Le Bataclan. Photo: Corbis