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Rival Ads for Badia Masabni's & Beba Ezz El Din's Clubs
October 5, 1939


Translated by Priscilla Adum





These two advertisements appeared side-by-side in Al Ahram. They announce the entertainment lineup for the season opening shows of both Badia Masabni's sala and Beba Ezz el-Din's sala next door. Beba's ad is on the left, and Badia's ad is on the right.

Al Ahram
Thursday, October 5, 1939
Page 11

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 next to a caption that talks about her plans to open a new theater.

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



The Advertisements

Badia's Ad (On the Right)

Casino and Cabaret Badia

Majestic Theater

Telephone 55390

The Great Theater Play 99 Pranks
Three Parts, Six Acts

Actors: Badia Masabni, Beshara Wakim, Zeinat Sadki, Hekmet Fahmy, Amina Mohamed, Hagran Hanem, Anui Mury

Beba's Ad (On the Left)

Teatro Beba

Managed By Antoine Issa

Telephone: 58883

Story: Parcel Department, A One Part Comedy

Play: Al Andalous
With the Participation of all the Dancers

Sketch: Love of Army

Dance: The Absent Lover

Program Directed by Oustaz Aziz Eid

Leading the Troupe: The Artist Beba

CABARET with a Special Program

The two ads



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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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