The casino offers a multitude of entertainment including slot machines, a cinema, auditorium, music bar and panoramic restaurant. You won’t be short of fun things to do at the casino !
Games and slot machines
Open 365 days a year, Bagnoles de l’Orne’s casino has a games room with slot machines and electronic games. Traditional gaming tables offer English Roulette or card games, including blackjack and Texas hold’em poker.
A cinema and auditorium
The Casino du Lac houses the Jean Gabin Cinema, a state-supported Art-house cinema that seats nearly 350. The cinema can also be used as an auditorium for theatrical productions, cabaret nights, concerts or even stand-up comedy.
A restaurant and café with panoramic views over the lake
The casino’s restaurant “Le Comptoir” has the best views over Bagnoles de l’Orne’s Lake. The chef uses seasonal produce to create sophisticated traditional French cuisine. If you’re looking for a stylish evening out in Bagnoles, the Lounge Café is the place to go! Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening the DJ creates a party atmosphere among its chic surroundings.
A majestic, modern gaming house
In 1888, the first casino, known as the “Casino des Thermes”, was built overlooking the lake by Alexis Duparchy. However, when the American billionaire Frank Jay Gould fell in love with the resort in the 1920s, he dreamt of a second casino that would be more modern and majestic.
The building of the Casino du Lac
Gould wanted to establish the new casino in the Château de la Roche-Bagnoles, but the owner categorically refused to do so. So he went back to the drawing board and decided to build his casino beside the lake, at the bustling heart of the resort.
In 1927, Frank Jay Gould entrusted the creation of the new casino to the architect Albert Bluysen and asked the landscaper Jean Graef to reshape the area around the lake to create promenades and gardens. Within less than six months, work was almost complete.
Bagnoles’ two casinos until 1989
Between the wars, the two casinos contributed to the fame of the resort. The clientèle came in ever-increasing numbers and all fears of competition between the two establishments was rapidly forgotten.
The Casino des Thermes and the Casino du Lac complemented one another. The two casinos stood close together on the banks of the lake until 1989 when the Casino des Thermes was knocked down and replaced by the Hôtel-Spa du Béryl.
The Casino’s Art Deco architecture
The current building has retained its Art Deco-style architecture combining flat surfaces with pure geometric forms. The enormous entrance hall is housed in a monumental rotunda opening onto a spacious hall that gives access to a number of rooms.
Large windows let light into the salons and provide exceptional views over Bagnoles de l’Orne’s Lake.