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(Per Press Association.)

GISBORNE, March 5. "Six years ago," said the president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, Mrs Don, in her opening address to-day, "tho total number of employees in kineniatograpli theatres in Great Britain was about 500. They now exceed 125,000. Their wages will probably run into £12,000,000 per annum.- The number of people visiting kinemas per week is estimated at eight millions. Tliere are about 16,000 picture theatres in America patronised by more than six millions of people per day. In face of such figures' who can estimate the power, for good or evil of kinemas ? While I do not intend to enter into any detailed criticism of picture shows T should like to ask what is the effect of a certain class of pictures upon the rising generation. There is no doubt that a good deal-may be learned from films which treat of the foreign world, but it is an incontestable fact that tliere is another class of picture that demands more ruthless supervision. It is a class of picture that is a popular feature at many picture shows. Coarse, clandestine love scenes, sensational crimes, bushranging scenes of the Doadwood Dick type, and murders are undoubtedly harmful in their effect on the minds of-the young, for they create a most unwholesome appetite' and invariably load to wholesale moral deoreptibudc. A perusal of the daily advertisements for the kinema will convince you that the programmes are largely blood-curdling and sensational, calculated, to hold spell-bound, and,as one advertisement recently put it, with 'thrills enougli'%o suit the most exacting.', It is matter for amazement that parents fully aware of this show such apparent indifference as to the class of entertainment which their children attend. ;It might be well if in New Zealand a responsible body was created to supervise, films before they appear in public. It eoiild. do the man--1 agemerit no harm, while it would exerj rise a most beneficial effect upon the community."

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PICTURE SHOWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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PICTURE SHOWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8811, 6 March 1914

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