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Ad Announcing Badia's Move from Theater to Cinema
September 10, 1935


Translated By Priscilla Adum


This is a translation of an advertisement that Badia Masabni placed in the newspaper on September 10, 1935 to announce her final play before retiring from the theater to pursue a career in cinema. The movie proved to be a flop, and in 1936 Badia returned to the stage.



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

Troupe Badia Masabni

The Greatest Egyptian Show Troupe

Casino Badia, Summer Location

At the English Bridge in Giza

Beginning Monday, September 9 and on the Following Days


The Great Theater Play

As the World Turns

A theater play made up of two parts and six acts

Written by El Oustaz Abou El Se3oud El Ebiary

Directed By El Oustaz Mouries Kaasary

Composed by El Oustazaen Farid Ghosn and Mahmoud El Sherif

As the World Turns

This is the final play that Madame Badia will present for her kind fans as a farewell to them.

To leave them with the best impression in regards to her constant efforts to present new and varied shows. This is because she is retiring from theater work and will now dedicate herself to performing in cinema.

As the World Turns

Starring in the leading role: Madame Badia Masabni, The Queen Of The Theater Shows

Every Tuesday a daytime performance for women and every Sunday and Friday a daytime performance for all public at 6:30 p.m.




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



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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