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Ads for Abbaye des Roses and Casino de Paris
February 1, 1917


Translated by Priscilla Adum





These side-by-side advertisements appeared in Al Ahram newspaper, on page 5. One was for a show starting on Friday, January 26, 1917, and the other for a show starting on February 1, 1917. The Abbaye des Roses still stands today, currently operating under the name Shahrazad. In 1950, it was known as Casino Romance.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: This mural is one of several appearing on the wall of the Shahrazad as of 2019. Photo copyright 2019 by Shira, all rights reserved.

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Advertisements for Two Clubs

On the Left

ABBAYE DES ROSES [in Roman alphabet]


Telephone: 1370 Alfy Bey Street

The Arabic Comedians — Director: Abdel Aziz

Opening on February 1, 1917 at 9:00 pm

Every Night — Laylet el-Dokhla — Every Night

A Vaudeville Comedy in Three Acts
Translated to Arabic by Aziz Eid

The Return of Miss Rose El Yousef to Comedy

Middle Eastern Orchestra with Piano

Sheik Abou El 3la The Famous Singer

Kameal Chamber The Best Cornet Player of His Time

Samy El Shawa, The Prince of the Violin

Prices: As usual

Matinee every Friday and Sunday at 5:00 pm


On the Right

CASINO DE PARIS [in Roman alphabet]


At El Deka Bridge Street across from Teatro Abas
Telephone 1466

Will Present On Friday January 26, 1917 and on the following days 

Play: After His Hair Turned Gray, They Sent Him to Learn

Operetta in One Act which has good music and the best of everything

Miss Rosaria The Famous Dancer




More About the Abbaye des Roses

The site of Abbaye des Roses has hosted a number of clubs under various names. It became the Shahrazad, then in 1950 reopened as the Casino Romance. In the years that followed, the name changed back to Shahrazad, which is the name for it today. It stands next door to a prominent restaurant named Alfi Bey.

Click here to see a 1950 advertisement promoting its grand reopening under the name Casino Romance in 1950, along with photos of what the Shahrazad looked like in 2015 and 2016.

Shahrazad Sign



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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. 




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