1. Various of Havana in the 1950's before the Cuban Revolution
2. Various of neon signs
3. Tilt down from interior of casino
4. Mid of roulette table
FILE: Havana - 8 January 1959
5. Wide caravan of military vehicles carrying Fidel Castro and other revolutionaries entering Havana
6. Mid of Castro greeting well-wishers
Havana - 14 February 2014
7. Tilt up of exterior Capri Hotel
8. Wide interior of Capri lobby
Havana - 11 February 2014
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Maria Dolores Flores, NH Hotels Consultant:
"This hotel is making its mark right now not only in Cuba, but also internationally with great expectation. Because it's history not only speaks of the 1950's before the revolution, but also after the revolution. It's a glorious story."
"It's benefiting from history, and I think it's valid. We can't renounce a heritage like this one or the Hotel Nacional. Like (City Historian) Eusebio Leal says: 'buildings are not to blame for their history'."
Havana - 11 February 2014
18. Pan right of guest room at Capri
19. Wide of dining room with Chef walking by
20. Wide of rooftop view from Capri overlooking Hotel Nacional in background
21. Tourists loading luggage into taxi
22. Tilt down from Capri exterior to motorcycle with sidecar passing by
In its heyday, Havana's Capri Hotel and casino was the playground of men known as The Blade and The Fat Butcher.
It was also a pleasure garden for headline stars who portrayed Mafiosi on the silver screen: George Raft, known for hoodlum roles such as Guino Rinaldo in 1932's "Scarface," was the casino's celebrity "greeter" and made his home in the 19th-floor penthouse.
Havana's hedonistic mob-and-movie-star days came to an end with Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, and the hotel drifted into a long, slow decline.
But after being closed more than a decade ago, the Capri is back in business.
Its rebirth is part of Cuba's latest bid to trade on its colourful pre-Communist past and attract tourist dollars to fund its socialist present.
The newly refurbished Capri has reopened as a partnership between state-run tourism company Grupo Caribe, which owns the hotel, and Spanish hotel chain NH Hoteles SA, which is responsible for administration.
"This hotel is making its mark right now not only in Cuba, but also internationally with great expectation. Because its history not only speaks of the 1950's before the revolution, but also after the revolution," said Maria Dolores Flores, a consultant for the hotel's operators. "It's a glorious story."
Indeed, details such as the Capri's polished, art-deco granite floors with their flowery bronze inlays fit right into a city that still teems with finned Chevrolet and Cadillac classics.
So do the graceful copper-coloured lobby chandeliers, which like the floors are restored originals.
Built in late 1957, the Capri enjoyed a brief but madcap run as one of the flashiest mob joints of the time.
Charles Tourine (The Blade) managed the nightclub, while Nicholas di Costanzo (The Fat Butcher) ran the casino.
The two were lesser-known henchmen associated with more notorious bosses like Meyer Lansky and Santo Trafficante.
Gangsters rubbed elbows with some of Hollywood's leading lights here.
As well as George Raft, swashbuckling actor and renowned playboy Errol Flynn frequented the Salon Rojo club where scantily clad cabaret dancers shimmied for tourists.
But after the 1959 revolution, the mob's hotels all passed into the hands of the revolutionary government.
Castro himself set up shop for a time in the nearby Havana Hilton, later redubbed the Habana Libre.
Most of the Mafia bosses fled Cuba due to (m) millions of dollars in lost revenue and investments.
The Capri operated as a state-run hotel for decades, but in 1997, militant anti-Castro exiles set off a bomb in the lobby that caused severe damage.
The hotel survived, but like many buildings it became run-down from lack of maintenance, and closed in the early 2000s.
Restoration began about four years and workers are still refurbishing some rooms.
During a recent visit, finishing touches were being put on the rooftop pool, which boasts stunning views of the Florida Straits.
Much of the 1950's decor has been preserved, including the Capri's swooping logo, low-slung, 1950s sofas in the lobby, and old cityscape photos in the rooms.
Nods to modernity include building-wide Wi-Fi.
Ciro Bianchi Ross, a Cuban journalist who has researched and written about the Capri, disagreed with the notion the hotel represents a lost, glamorous past.
He noted that the cabaret parties and casino riches were for the elite, while many Cubans struggled with poverty, disease and illiteracy, a social equation that the 1959 revolution was specifically intended to upend.
Still, he called the Capri one of the three most architecturally important hotels of its era and said there's nothing wrong with using Cuba's Mafia past to create income and jobs for the country.
"It's benefiting from history, and I think that's valid. We can't renounce a heritage like this or the Hotel Nacional," Bianchi said. "Buildings are not to blame for their history."