The Théâtre national de Chaillot, dedicated to popular art, is among the largest concert halls in Paris. The Chaillot presents international dance, theatre, circus and visual arts. It also hosts au courant fashion shows by top designers such as Giorgio Armani and Claude Montana.
The Théâtre national de Chaillot was built between 1934 and 1937 by the brothers Jean and Édouard Niermans for the Paris Exhibition of 1937. Starting in 1973, the interior of the theatre was completely renovated and it now houses a theatre school and three theatre venues: the Salle-Jean Vilar with 1250 seats, the Salle Gémier with 420 seats, and an 80-seat studio dedicated to small productions and avant-garde shows. In 1975 the French Ministry of Culture designated it as one of the four national theatres of Paris. Among its most notable directors were Jean Vilar and Antoine Vitez.