The Casino du Liban, situated
on the coastal road along the Mediterranean about 20 minutes' drive from the
ancient city of Beirut, Lebanon, is one of the most modern and sumptuous of
the world's great casinos.
Now operating all year round, the casino first
opened its doors in December 1959 with a huge fireworks display illuminating
the bay of Maameltein . The same evening, a large crowd was enchanted by the
first show in the beautiful Salle des Ambassadeurs. Six months later the
casino inaugurated a 1,200-seat theatre designed for performances by
world-renowned dramatic and operatic companies. The Comèdie
Française was featured in the first presentation of the Thèâtre du Liban
which is open 11 months of the year - from September to July.
was the election of Miss Europe. It was the first time this international
event had been held out-side Europe, and for five consecutive years the
election was staged at the Casino.
the casino du Liban celebrated the opening of the Baccarat, known among the
international set as the most scintillating night-club
in the Near East with the finest orchestras
providing music for dancing, surrounding by an elegant decor of velvet, gold
The gods of chance preside over two luxurious
gaming salons. In the traditional room, luck can be tempted in games such as
roulette, baccarat, chemin de fer or tout-va. In the American
gaming Room, craps, blackjack, American roulette and slot machines have been
introduced. Smaller, elegantly appointed salons are at the disposal of the
most sophisticated and audacious challengers of chance.
A new Salle des Ambassadeurs, which was built in
1965, is equipped with complex electronic and technical devices to aid in
the presentation of uniquely beautiful extravaganzas. This unusual room,
decorated in shades of mauve, magenta, blue and violet, can seat 850
persons. Leading choreographers, musicians, dancers and stage designers
brought in from every part of the globe display their talents in shows such
as the one presented recently which required 110 onstage performers. This
number did not include the 25 horses, two elephants, two apes and a tiger
who also took part in the supershow.