Exhibition at the Archeological Museum of Nice from June 16th to November 4th 2018, 160 avenue des Arènes, 06000 Nice, open every days except Thursday and some holidays, phone : 04.93.81.59.57,
Nice entertainment symbol the casino of the Jetée - Promenade inspires itself from the famous Brighton pier and inscribe itself in the pier fashion of the Belle Epoque. Approved the 21rst of November 1875 by the city of Nice the building of the casino should resolve many problems. The major of the city Borriglione builds his own casino and the press didn't like the project after the April 1883 fire. Rebuilds in 1891 and making famous by Jean Gilletta the one who has invented the postcard the Jetée - promenade casino becomes to be the place to be. for the winter residents spending their time between walking, gambling and hearing music. Requisitioned by the American YMCA during World War I it finds again his notoriety with the help of the major Pierre Gautier. Gautier gives the order to illuminate the building for attracting the tourists and the painter Duffy immortalizes this happy times inside his canvas.
Entertainment symbol on the French Riviera the Jetée - Promenade casino will know a tragic ending. In the middle of World War II the nazi troups occupy the South of France by reprisal of the Allies wining in North Africa and the casino will definitively close in December 1942. the German Wehrmacht order to give all the non ferrous materials (copper, bronze, statue, ...) for supporting the German war industry after the surrender of the fascist Italy. The Wehrmacht uses the building as fortification and will break it down in January 1944. Some excavations made by historians, archeologists and history fans have succeeded to find some pieces of that building. Some archives lend by private or public collectors show us better the history of the Jetée - Promenade casino whose rebuilding has been rejected by the Alpes - Maritimes préfet (November 20th 1946) and confirmed by the Conseil d'Etat (July 13th 1951).