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OUR THEATRE (?).

TO THE EDITOR. Slß|—“How much longer arc we going to put up with the barn which does duty as a theatre in Dunedin ? The dirty entrance to the pit and stalls is bad enough on ordinary occawons, but when a big company of the Bland Holt kind visits us its evils are much increased. A portion of the entrance approaching the ticket box is just now a mass of mud (either through water from the electric engine or rain), through which one has to wade, pit and stall patrons alike struggling to obtain tickets at the one small box, whilst the ordinary entrance is almost blocked with an engine and tons of scenery. One might put up with these disadf es ' can we say to those respons.v?}e licensing the theatre in its present condition . I feel sure that if members of the Press had to put up with the downstairs accommodation the grave dangers (I use the word advisedly) and discomforts experienced by stall patrons would have been pointed out long since. A ° f ,V as some timc a S° taken to provide extra stall accommodation. The uncomfortable forms are simply covered with a strip of carpet. The danger lies in the fact that the forms are closely packed together. They are not fixtures, and in the event of an alarm of fare the consequences would be terrible The forms would be thrown down tripping up scores of people, who would be maimed or trampled to death without the slightest chance of escape. This is no false alarm, sir. Look at the place yourself some night when the stalls are crowded &nd you will 06 shocked fcbat such a, state of things should be allowed to exist. It is a matter of impossibility to pass along between

the_forms unless all the other occupants rise to their feet, when you have to squeeze and force yourself past them so closely as to be most objectionable and rude, particularly to ladies. During tho Brough season reserved orchestral chairs were placed in front of the stalls, and, as tho men at the side entrances would not permit anyone to pass through, tho only exit was by the above objectionable means. ' Tho whole matter is a disgraceful scandal, and shows how ineffective and useless our present system of licensing and inspecting such places is. We can boast of the best concert halls in the colony, but, alas ! also of the moat uncomfortable theatre. Another theatre, for heaven's sake !— I am, etc., Truth. Dunedin, October 7. ,

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OUR THEATRE (?)., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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OUR THEATRE (?). Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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