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Casinos: "Place your bets"

"Nothing is going well, the game is over!" In France, casinos are inseparable from resorts. If one of the first casinos was opened in Italy in the middle of the 1806th century, France did not officially authorize them until XNUMX and only in towns in seaside or spa towns. Swimming is good, but swimming and then having fun is better! We meet there to occupy the evenings, meet, chat, play cards and attend shows. The greatest personalities meet there.

Casino Barrière Deauville, one of the most beautiful in Europe

A first small casino opened in 1864 when Deauville was created, about fifty meters from the current casino. But with the fall of the Empire at the end of the 1895th century and the temporary desertion of Deauville, it was razed in 1912. It was Eugène Cornuché, creator of the Parisian restaurant Chez Maxim's, and the mayor Désiré Le Hoc who revived the idea of ​​a new casino. Built in XNUMX, the current casino of Deauville, inspired by the Grand Trianon of Versailles, imposes from its large and elegant facade, which rises on two levels in concrete covered with a plaster and crowned by a slightly recessed floor. A place for table games and slot machines, it also houses an Italian-style theater, a large baroque-style lounge, "Les Ambassadeurs", three restaurants, a night bar and a discotheque.
Inside the casino, an Italian-style theater, inaugurated in 1912 by the Ballets Russes, was originally designed to offer an abundant artistic program. Inspired by the Opera of Versailles, it has retained its original composition with its oval room, its vaulted ceiling, its large horseshoe-shaped balcony bordered by balusters, its wooden columns crowned with Corinthian sculptures and its clad walls. of toile de Jouy depicting country scenes inspired by the XNUMXth centurye century.

Casino Barrière Deauville

2 Rue Edmond Blanc
02 31 14 31 14
The small Italian theater of the Casino Barrière Deauville

Casino Tranchant in Villers-sur-Mer, a constantly renewed building

Nine casinos have succeeded in Villers-sur-Mer since its creation. The first opened in 1856, in wood near Place Mermoz, to symbolize the new fashionable seaside resort. With the opening in 1884 of the Trouville-Cabourg railway line passing through Villers-sur-Mer and the galloping urban rise of the city over the decades, other larger, more functional, more modern constructions or to replace those demolished by war, took place one by one. The current casino dates from 1988. Its modern architecture, in concrete, tile facing, aluminum and glass, is clearly stated. With its facade directly overlooking the sea as a bonus, visitors multiply the pleasures of slot machines, game tables, cinema, bar, restaurant, concerts and shows.

Tranchant Casino of Villers-sur-mer

Place Lieutenant Fernand Fanneau
02 31 14 44 88

From the casino to the "Paquebot" in Villerville

On the dike, facing the sea, this building that the Villervillais still call "Le Casino" was built in 1939 in place of the old wooden casino from 1886 which contained a dance, theater, reading room, small horses and a café-restaurant. Abandoned or operated as a bar-restaurant since the 1960s, the town chose to sell it in 2018 and accepted the project of a three-star hotel, named "Le Paquebot", which is scheduled to open in July 2020. Completely redesigned at inside, the project nevertheless retains its 1930s aspect with its lines, curves and portholes. The two floors, transformed into three levels, accommodate 17 rooms, all with a terrace facing the sea, and the ground floor a restaurant, a bar and a 130 m2 terrace.

The liner

4 étoiles
3 rue des Bains
02 31 87 01 60

The event that marked the history of the Villerville Casino

One day in October 1893, a whale ran aground on Villerville beach. Nicolas-Marie Simon, known as Simon-Max, singer and tenor in Paris (Opera-bouffe), then owner of the casino, had the imagination to make the interior of this whale a theater. After selling the oil and the flesh of the whale, the skin made it possible to shelter a hundred spectators and a scene at the level of the head of the whale. It was the highlight of the 1894 season! The season ended, the whale joined the Casino de Paris for the winter, but it burned in February 1895 in a fire.

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