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Ad for Badia Masabni's Show at the Alhambra Theater
January 19, 1935


Translated By Priscilla Adum





Editor's Note: The source where we found this advertisement did not identify which publication it appeared in. It is reasonable to assume the year was 1935, because the text says the show would begin on Saturday, January 19, and in 1935 the date of January 19 did indeed fall on a Saturday.

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



The Advertisement

The Badia Masabni Troupe at the Alhambra Theater

Telephone # 45873

On Emad El Din Street

Beginning on Saturday, January 19th,

Will Present A New Program

Play: Humane Treatment of Fish. A Comedy With a Moral, One Act, Written by Abou El Se3oud El Ebiary

The Electric Chair: A Comedy Sketch Written By Abou El Se3oud El Ebiary

Teasing Me: A Sharqi Dance [show] Written by Mahmoud Fahmy Ibrahim

The Program is Composed by the Sha'abi Maestro:

Ezat el Ghali

And Astounding You With Her New Monologues:

The International Star, Badia Masabni

Monologue: Bedoul, Bedoul, Written by Zaki Ibrahim and Composed by Ezat el Ghali

Monologue: The Kiss, Written by Amin Sadek and Composed by Farid Ghosn

The Leading Actor and Director:

Beshara Wakim

Abdel Halim el Kal3awi,
Mahmoud el Touni,
Hekmet Fahmy,
Margaret Sagher,
Ahmed Abdallah

The Monologists:

Hussein and Na3mat el Melegi

The Beloved Monologist:

Ismail Yassin

Sharqi and European Dance by the Beautiful Dancer:

The Blonde Layla

Mary George,
Beba Ibrahim,
Zozo Ahmed,
Fathya Mohamed,

Daytime Performance for Women Only Every Tuesday,

Every Friday and Sunday a Daytime Performance for Families at 6:30 pm

Performance Every night at 9:30 pm

Cabaret, Music Hall, Musical Skits

Advertisement for the Show



The Alhambra Building Today

As of 2018, the building that once housed the Alhambra theater still stands proudly today at the corner at Emad el-Din Street and Soliman el-Halaby Street. It is now a movie theater, and is called the Cosmos Cinema. This 2016 photo shows today's façade.

This theater is about 4 blocks from Badia Masabni's own club at 30 Emad el-Din Street. Normally, her troupe performed at her own club, so it was unusual for them to appear somewhere else nearby.

Cosmos / Alhambra Theater



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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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