Experience a production of the Opera National de Paris in the dramatic glass and metal construction that is Opera Bastille (Place de Bastille; 1-44-73-13-00, 12e; Opera-de-Paris.fr) in the now super-chic Place de Bastille. The opera house has 2700 seats, all with unrestricted views. The controversial design is the result of an international design competition and Canadian Carlos Ott's winning design.
Cinema Le Latina (20 Rue Temple, 4e; +33-1-42-78-47-86; LeNouveauLatina.com) shows English-language movies, including many LGBT options, from new releases to art house retrospectives.
Sure, it's a tourist mecca, but there's a reason for it. For turn-of-the-century romance, drama, and glamour, there's nowhere quite like the original 1889 Moulin Rouge (82 Boulevard de Clichy, 10e; +33-1-53-09-82-82; Moulin-Rouge.com). The famed Parisian cabaret is in Montmartre.
Okawa (40 Rue Veille du Temple, 4e; +33-1-48-04-30-69; Okawa.fr) is a cozy bar with some rather expensive drinks, but also some great planned soirees. They have organized live music, magic shows, and cabaret nights featuring drag queens.