Tibidabo

Tibidabo had its grand opening on April 24, 1942, on Avenida Corrientes 1244, and was open for business until 1955 when it was demolished.  The small salon on the first floor of the new building was known as Club Monte Carlo where the milonga La Pavadita was organized by Alicia “La Turca” Juan and Juan Carlos La Falce.  It was a friendly afternoon milonga which I attended until it closed in 2002.  It’s where El Flaco Dany and Muma began teaching before the milonga.

The restaurant La Churrasquita then took over the first floor space and doubled its seating capacity.  Tango lost another venue on Avenida Corrientes.

This is the first of many posts featuring advertising from the daily newspaper El Mundo from 1941-1943, painstakingly scanned in the Biblioteca Nacional archives by Michael Krugman.  I will share the work that he wasn’t able to finish.

5 Responses to “Tibidabo”

  1. tangogeoff Says:

    😊Thanks Janis😘

  2. Felicity Says:

    Thanks Janis. That’s interesting. Tibidabo offered a restaurant and dancing. I didn’t see that when I was in Buenos Aires. I wonder if that was common then & when that sort of thing stopped. Interesting that they make a big thing of the drinks in the ad! I wonder if the couples advertised were dance performers, the way there are sometimes are in milongas today, or singers.

  3. jantango Says:

    That’s because there are no restaurants with (tango) dancing, only neighborhood clubs like Club Echague in Flores which has a large area for dancing with tables for couples to have dinner before the recorded music begins for dancing. It’s not a milonga, because only couples are allowed to enter.

    These ads are interesting and give us a glimpse into the incredible number of venues that were holding dances with orquestas tipicas and jazz in the 1940s. That is why I am continuing Michael Krugman’s project.

  4. Felicity Says:

    I didn’t know offers like that at club Echague existed – another interesting thing.

  5. jantango Says:

    As I comb through the ads of El Mundo that were scanned by Michael Krugman several years ago at the Biblioteca Nacional, I am learning that tango opportunities during the 1940s were in a wide variety of venues and offerings. Each ad brings more questions about the tango scene then as compared to now. We need to know how things were then. I should start compiling a list of my questions and call one or two milongueros for the answers . . . that is, before it’s too late. Many books are published on the subject of tango, but there’s nothing like getting it “from the horse’s mouth.”

    I went for dinner and dancing at Club Echague with Miguel Angel Balbi. We were joined by his best friend Ernesto Ramon Delgado and his American date. The sign at the door specified “couples only.” Tables were set up around the room, leaving enough floor space for dancing to recorded music. This is where milongueros took their wives on Saturday night. During the week they went alone to the milongas in downtown. The recordings included tango, milonga, vals, and jazz.

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