Origination of the term "vaudeville"

I don’t know if this has been covered before in the MB’s, but I don’t see it in the SD archives anywhere. What exactly is the origination of the term “vaudeville”? Was it named after an actual place, or is the “ville” suffix unrelated?

From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company:

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I thought it was named after the prominent “Hotel Vaudeville” located in the “Borscht Belt.”

I’m curious about the origin of the word origination.

The Random House Word of the Day for October 27, 1999 gives a very full explanation.