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Ad for Grand Re-Opening of Badia's Club in Giza City
May 17, 1931


Translated By Priscilla Adum






This is a translation of an advertisement that Badia Masabni placed in the newspaper to promote her newly-remodeled entertainment complex Casino Badia in Giza City. Following the remodeling, Badia's venue included:

  • A movie theater named Cinema Badia
  • A formal theater presenting plays, dance, and comedy monologues named Theater Badia
  • A nightclub which served food and drinks named Cabaret Badia.

This advertisement appeared in Al Ahram on Sunday, May 17, 1931.

Although the advertisement below announced the opening would be June 1, 1931, the club actually opened one day earlier, on May 31st.

Click on the image below to see the advertisement in more detail.



The Advertisement

A Great Event!

The Opening of the Most Famous Summer Place in the Country

The Blind Bridge Casino

June 1st, 1931

Great Entertainment Places At The Same Location

  1. Cinema Badia - Showing the Newest and Most Famous Films
  2. Theater Badia - Presenting the Most Famous Singers and the Slimmest Dancers
  3. Cabaret Badia - Classy Foreign Dance with a Famous and Artistic Orchestra

The Only Place In Egypt Surrounded by The Amazing Nile and by Captivating Views

Easy Access, Clean Refreshments, Perfect Service, Excellent Restaurant




Editor's Note:
About the Blind 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



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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