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Ad Announcing the Grand Opening of Badia Masabni's Summer Casino
Friday, April 30, 1937

 

Translated By Priscilla Adum

 

 

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This is a translation of an advertisement that Badia Masabni placed in Al Ahram on April 30, 1937 to promote the opening of her summer nightclub Casino Badia in Giza.

The Badia Masabni Troupe

Casino Badia at the English Bridge at Giza

Telephone 96260

Opening on Saturday May 1 and on the following days

The Play:

Nenti wi Khalti - A one part Vaudeville comedy composed by Ezzat El Gahli

CHINATOWN
A song and dance comedy play composed by Mousecar Farid Ghosn

KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT
A Sha'abi comedy sketch written by Abou El Seoud El Ebiari

CAPTION under the picture:
Queen of the Theater Shows Badia Masabni

Artistic Director and Leading Actor Beshara Wakim

A Dance show by the Golden Dance Troupe

Oralist Navarro-Tellez

Badia

 

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Editor's Note:
About the English Bridge

The Al-Galaa Bridge, which was completed in 1914 (five years before Egypt's revolution against British occupation), connected Cairo to Giza. It was originally called Kobri al-Ingleez al-Gadeed, which means "The New English Bridge". It replaced a previous bridge on the same site that had been built in 1872.

This bridge later became known as Kobri Badia (Badia Bridge) because Badia Masabni had owned a nightclub on the west side of it where the Sheraton Cairo Hotel stands today.

Another name sometimes used was "The Blind Bridge".

In advertisements promoting the shows at Badia Masabni's summer club at this location, Badia identified it as "The Blind Bridge" in 1930 and 1931. However, Badia's advertisements appearing in 1935, 1937, 1938, and 1940 all identify it as "The English Bridge".

The name Al-Galaa Bridge was given to the bridge after the 1952 revolution. It means "The Exit Bridge", in remembrance of the exit of British Troops from Egypt.

El-Galaa Bridge

 

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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 

Priscilla

 

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