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Entertainment Listings for Badia Masabi and Rushdie Sisters
February 27, 1937


Translated by Priscilla Adum





The newspaper Al Ahram featured a weekly entertainment listing column titled "Where Will You Go Tonight?" which highlighted some of Cairo's better entertainment for the weekend.

Interestingly, Taheya Carioca was dancing at the Rushdie sisters' nightclub instead of Badia Masabni's, and even more interestingly she was listed almost last, even after Zozo Labeb. This indicates that this was early in her career, and she had not attained star status yet.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The Rushdie Sisters, were the owners of Casino Rateba and Ensaf Rushdie.

Al Ahram
Saturday, February 27, 1937
Page 3

Section "Where Will You Go Tonight?"

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



The Advertisement

Where Will You Go Tonight?

Right Side Column

Troupe Badia Masabni

Casino Badia on Emad El Din Street


Hanouti El Ouns (The Merry Undertaker)


Ticket Window


Ya Marakbi [Translator's note: A marakbi is the man who nagivates a felucca, which is an Egyptian sailboat.]

The Ruckauf Troupe Show

Madame Badia Masabni

Daytime Performance on Tuesdays for Ladies Only And on Sundays and Fridays Daytime Performance for Families

Middle Column

Casino Rateba and Ensaf Rushdie


Wedad Hanem (Lady Wedad)


Gharam wi Gharam

Congratulatory Ode to the King
Sung by El Oustaz Yousef Hassan

The Hungarian Troupe, Shemling

Zozo Labeb, Taheya Carioca

The Two Troupes: Ronozi and English Every Sunday Matinee performance at 6:00 pm

Left Side Column

[Translator's note: This lists movie cinemas and the names of the films shown at each one.]

ROYAL CINEMA: Mary Queen of Scots starring Frederick March and Katherine Hepburn

METROBALL CINEMA: The Plainsman starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur

TRIUMPH CINEMA: The Charge of the Light Brigade starring Errol Flynn





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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