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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —There are, I notice, several schemes now on the tapis for the construction of a new opera-house in Dunedin. Will you permit one who has studied the matter, and bought experience, to suggest to these who may feel inclined to embark in such a venture the urgency of making a good selection of a site for the proposed theatre.

When I built the Alexandra in Melbourne, I vainly endeavored to secure a thoroughly isolated piece of ground. I, however, found a corner block, which was sufficiently deep to enable me, by giving a right-of-way at the back, to ensure three clear ways, where I placed escapes of such a width that an audience of 5,000 can and have often made their exit in less than five minutes, Indeed, in my opinion, no theatre should be permitted to be erected unleFS it is entirely detached from all other buildings. Of all the theatres in the world the Grand Opera in Paris and the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux are the only ones I would suggest as a model. When the Bijou was burnt last month the owner was sued by tho Corporation, or rather the Board of Health. So were the proprietors of the Royal and Opera-house. Not so the Princess or Alexandra, which in reality are the only two safe theatres south of the Line.—l am, etc., Jules Jorr.ERT. Dunedin, May 17.

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CAUTION!, Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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CAUTION! Issue 7911, 20 May 1889

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