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Rival Ads for Badia Masabni's & Beba Ezz El Din's Clubs
October 31, 1939


Translated by Priscilla Adum





These two side-by-side advertisements announce the entertainment lineup of both Badia Masabni's sala and Beba Ezz El Din's sala next door. Badia's ad is the top one, and Beba's ad is directly below.

Al Ahram
Tuesday, October 31, 1939

After Beba Ezz el-Din "bought" Badia's club on Emad El Din Street behind Badia's back, Badia rented the Majestic Theater next door and renovated it to serve as her replacement theater.

About the photo: Badia Masabni poses with a lyre.

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



The Advertisements

Badia's Ad (Top One)

Casino and Cabaret Badia

Majestic Theater

Telephone: 55390

The Artistic Theater Play: Money is Fleeting

Actors: Badia Masabni, Beshara Wakim, Taheya Carioca, Ragaa Tawfik, Safiya Helmi**, Ismael Yassin

Also starring with them: The Blonde Layla*, Beba Ibrahim, Badia Sadek, Hagran Hanem, Anui Muri

Today: Matinee for Women, Soiree for All Public


* Translator's note: "The Blonde Layla" was Badia Masabni's adoptive daughter Juliet. "Layla el-Chakraa" which means "the Blonde Layla" was her stage name.

**Editor's note: Safiya Helmi eventually went on to own the Casino Opera (which some people called the Arcadia because a sign on it advertised Arcadia brand watches), and also eventually El Gandoul.


Beba's Ad (Bottom One)

Teatro Beba

Story: El Quantara Customs Office

Play: Gharam El Amer

Play: Smile at Life

Directed by El Oustaz Aziz Eid

The Artist Beba in an Innovative Dance

The Monologist [Stand-Up Comedienne] Madame Akila Rateb

The Most Beautiful Dancers




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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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