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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
QUEEN’S THEATRE’,. Chief among the splendid series of. pictures presented at the Queen’s Theatre for tho first time to-day i.-i a thrilling representation of a genuine Mexican bull fight, a daring cinema operator having achieved the distinction of bring able to vieualiae in almost every detail the ,Spanish national sport. What he did not snap was the more horrifying scenes inseparable from the historic encounter between the bulls and their tormentors, which showed his .good taste. The parade of pica do res on blindfolded horses, matadors, and banderilloros around tho arena, cheered to the echo by tiers upon tiers of excited spectators, furnishes a great sight even in itself, but when the already infuriated bull is released, only to be tormented by tho vividly-garbed chains frantically waving their red cloaks, tho excitement rises to fever point, and the bull, stung by tho lanc-o point* of the picadores,'make a frantic effort to trample down his aggressors, but finally is outwitted by the matador, the darling of tho populace, who, after skilfully playing with the unfortunate bovine, finally despatches him with, a single sword thrust. Other bulls aro brought in and subjected to aggravating tactics, but the end is always tho same; they arc never allowed to tire, for the cholos do their work well, and the final scene is tho signal for an, outburst sf altogether extravagant- enthusiasm from Hie dense crowds of Spanish spectators. But it has to be remembered that it is the sport of a nation.
The management, also announce a "headliner - ’ 'in the first war pictures, which are claimed to be authentic, showing scenes from the battle of Louvain which are said to give some idea of the gallant stand made by the little Belgian garrison who fought heroically to stem the tide of the enemy’s advance. The remaining films are not by any means merely supports, for they include a splendid picture showing our own New Zealand force marching at Wellington to embark on the big grey transports, and also a splendid Keystone comedy entitled ‘ The Eavesdropper.’ la short, it is a great programme. PLAZA PICTURES. The complete change of programme at tho Plaza picture house, which took effect to-day, is headed by the exclusive star picture * Tho Opal Ring.’ Tins is a sensational society drama beautifully tinted. Tho plot depicts how Fred and Will are set the task of securing an opal ring from the aunt of Alice. The one to secure it wins the girl. The aunt is mysteriously murdered, and suspicion falls on Fred, who baa the dead lady’s ring in his possession. Alice, however, clears up the mystery, and the unlucky opal ring is thrown in tho fire. It's place, however, is taken on the girl’s finger by a diamond one of Fred’s. Another excellent Hex film is entitled 'A Modern Fairy Tale,’ by the producers of ‘ Tho Rosary.’ The plot shows that Ella loves a country •wain, but her father is ambitious, and desire? his daughter to marry a prince. A prince duly arrives, but after many adventures ho proves to be the countiy •wain, and in typical fairy-tale fashion tho girl and her lover lire happily ever after. Tho supporting pictures are" 1 Ewe of Satin’ fa Rex comedy), ‘lsle of Skye (scenic), ‘Getting Rid of Ma-iu-law’ (1.-OCOft comic), ami others. The programme is well up to the Plaza standard, and was well patronised tins afternoon.
FULLERS’ PICTURES. The big film of the new sorie.i of pictures which will bo presented at the King’s 'theatre will bo the latest Nordisk production. entitled “As You Sow,’ which is claimed to possess all the ingredients necessary to a powerful drama. The supporting subjects include ‘Wise Chiefs Reward t drama), ‘Rnbe, the Interloper’ (comic), ‘•Sugar Industry’ (educational), ‘Tosemibe Valley’ (scenic), and the most recent edition of the ‘Topical Gazette.’ HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. Tiro series of pictures which will’ be released at The Octagon to-night promise to furnish a capital evening’s entertainment. The headline attraction is provided by the famous Keystone Company’s comedy 1 Mabel at tka Wheel.’ which introduces two of the most- popular cinema, artists, Mabel (Norman and the inimitable Charles Chaplin. In addition there is a fresh series of Gaunmut war pictures and several interesting stock films. LEROY, TALMA, AND DO SCO, The trio of niagic-wotkers Leroy, Tdmu, and Eoscc —open a short season of six nights, commencing to-morrow (Tires day) evening, at His Majesty’s Theatre. Apart from the aggregations of illusions and other magical appurtenances which the trio introduce, a si rung supporting programme of vaudeville artists, embracing, jugglers, dancers, and musical specialists. ii'slst ia a programme raid to he unexcelled in interest by any company that has ever visited New Zealand. Leroy is a magician with a worldwide reputation. He hae not only gained the plaudits of the great general public, but his fellow-magicians, send even his rivals, acknowledge his great and undisputed, talent as a, wonder-worker. .Milo Talma handler coins in the most astonishing manner, and her tricks are ieallr brought up (.» the standard of a lino art. Her art is ;>'» well executed that won under the noses of the meet observant of persona she produces money, and in a. way that makes great financiers look sheep-i-h. so to apeak. A bright contrast to the serious side of Leroy and Talma's art- is the fooling of Bosco. a- droll comedy conjurer who extracts a. fowl, a, turkey, or a rabbit from one's j lot- as easily ns a citizen pays a tram fair*. The company arrived from Christchurch, to-day, and the inil strength of the 26 members will be busily engaged until curtain rise pi’s paring lor their festival of tlio evening. A pair of fine lions are used in the great spectacular and historical illusion entitled ‘lhrown to the Lions." This is the- identical sensation that Mr Leroy presented privately before the King of Saxony at Dresden. Full particulars am announced in our advertising columns. The box plan is now on view at the Dresden.
SALE OF WORK. A house-warming rale wilt be held in the Y.W.C.A. new fu^t-i, formerly Braemar House, on Wednesday and Thursday. This is not tn lulu- the place of tho association’s larger bn mar. which has been indefinitely postpone?!, hut is designed to give friend.-- am! .-uppm-teis an opportunity uf seeing the new property and to gain immediately much-neetied money to remodel and furnish t!v> hostel* .Some unique goods are to ho displayed for sale, including Chinese lace. Japanese ware, Swiss and Italian net goods, and Samoan baskets, as well as a good, variety in value in plain, fancy, art, produce, jumble, kitchen, and -sweets stall-. Tho refreshment room will ba (.pen both afternoon and evening.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15627, 19 October 1914
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