FULLERS* PICTURES. The comfortable King's Theatre, _ in Dow ling street, has long been recognised :» a picture-house- where films of the type that amuse, instruct, and entertain, but do not vitiate, are shown, and as' a consequence crowded houses are the rule. Last night the usual weeklv change of programme was presented, and witnessed by a large attendance. Dramatic, comic, and scenic films aU found a place on the programme, and, being agreeabiy intermingled and accompanied by appropriate pianoforte music, proved of considerable entertaining merit. 'As You -sow.' a lengthy dramatic film, was the chief item. Its most admirable features were the acting and the setting. The story, though somewhat complex in the first part, was a telling one, and it* moral could hardly fail to be appreciated bv the onlooker. 'The Wire Chiefs Reward"' was the drama next in importance. In it there were many thrilling situations, the maimer in which a couple of thieves are thwarted by a linesman being graphically portrayed. Of course, tliere is the inevitable woman in the; tale, and the hero gets liis reward in the shape of her hand. In ' Yoeemite Valley' there are shown many very beautiful views of the famous valley, some of deep waterfalls and cascades being particularly fine. Other pictures are "Sugar Industry.' ' Gaumont Graphic,' "The Bully's Pooni.' and " Rube the Interloper.' This programme will be shown nightly for the rest" of the week, and should prove popular with patron? of the King's. HAYWARDS' PICTURES. there wis a very good house at the Octagon Ilali last night, when a new and most interesting prolamine was screened. The 'Gaumont Graphic' budget of topical events consisted of " War Time in London ' pictures, showing the earnest and businesslike manner in which preparations are being carried out at the headquarters of the Kmpiie. The response to Lord Kitchener's appeal for recruits is shown, also the new soldier* marching through the streets of the great city ; the Jack tars, the London Scottish, and other arms of the service. The "" boys' army" was not forgotten, a picture of about a dozen little street urchins marching with tattered Hags, beating tin-can drums, and bearing wooden weapons evoking loud laughter. A drama entitled ' The Burden* told a. story oT a young couple's troubles, brought about by a parasite in the form of a wastrel brother, but which ends happily for the innocent and unhappily for the guilty. The big picture is the Keystone comedy 'Mabel at the Wheel.' This is described as a satire on tlie Grand 3>rVx <ie I?axijs. motor -i-cce. anil we agree that it is one of the mot 'mirth-provoking comedies yet screened. It would appear that a comical Frenchman, one of whose vices is the too free use of pins, desires for some reason to prevent *" No. 4" car from winning the great race. To this end he first attempts to puncture the. tyre, but, failing, calls in the aid of two obviously stage villains to kidnap the driver and tie Inm up. This is successfully accomplished; but Mabel comes to the rescue and drives the car herself. But our French comedian has not given up the game, for during the race he tries various expedients, from bomb-throwing to watering the course, to spoil No. 4's chances. All to no purpose, of course, for .Mabel drives home ahead of all her opponents. and wins the prize just as the incarcerated driver breaks his bonds and rushes on to the course. Many of the situations are extremely funny, and as a laughter-maker the film is undoubtedly of the best. ' The Story of the Willow Pattern' is a prettilyconceived setting or a Chinese legend ; ' Bunny's Scheme ' is one of Bunny's best, which is saying a lot: and the picture of the review and embarkation of the Auckland section of the Expeditionary Force is a particularly good one. Others are : * Breeding French Horses," • Relaying a Railway.* and 'Free Lauds of Harney'—all interesting and instructive. C'nfortunately the film of the battle of Louvain did not arrive in time to screen Uu.-t night, but it will be shown to-night. QUEEN'S THEATRE. The picture programme now being screened at the Queen's is proving most attractive The pictures might well bo termed exciting. One, termed 'A Genuine Mexican Bull Fight.' is an excellent one, and was taken hy Government permission in the arena at Mexico City. Everything is realistic, and enthusiasm is roused' to an extraordinary pitch. The war pictures, too, showing the capture of Louvain, depict the brave little Belgians in heroic deeds. Comic and dramatic pictures are also good, and the programme is one that should not be missed. PLAZA PICTURES. The new programme at the Plaza is proving a good draw. The principal film is entitled ' The Opal Ring.' The picture is splendidly acted, well filmed and screened. The Rex Company, who produced ' The Rosary.' contribute an interesting dramatic study entitled "A Modern Fairy Tale,' featuring Louie Webber and I'hilip Smallcy, both of whom occupied prominent parts in 'The Rosary.' The picture is of more than usual merit, and was well received at the various sessions yesterday afternoon and evening. The supporting pictures include 'Getting Rid of Ma-in-Law.' 'The Eye of Satan.' and " The Isle of Skye.' The- same programme will be repeated this evening. LEROY, TALMA, AND BOSCO. The famous magical trio, Loroy, Talma, and Bosco, open to-night at His Majesty's Theatre. The illusions to be presented are many, and will include ' Nei'u, or Thrown to the Lions,' a gorgeously-mounted spectacular production in pantomime action, in which several small illusions are performed with skill, culminating in the .heroine being thrown into the lions' cage, where her lover, by a feat of magic, vanquishes the lion and bears his sweetheart safely away. The Hindu rope trick will be performed in Dunedin for the first time. A boy climbs halfway up a rope and entirely disappears from view. This is mounted in a splendid Eastern setting, with appropriate music. The magic waters has been retained from Mr Leroy's previous visit to New- Zealand, over eight years ago. In this Mr L«tov makes a tub in full view of the audience, and when he has poured about half a dozen cans of water into the receptacle, numbers of ducks rir-e to the surface. The specialty acts are a'so a feature of the performance. Mile 'Talma claims to be the only lady coin manipulator in the world, and this evening will show a Dunedin audience how to make money easily. Bosco has his trick dnc; Napoleon with him. Some extraordinary juggling, by an unknown artist is included" in the programme, and Warner and White, who are the American Beau Brummcls of dancing, will demonstrate the eccentricity of their dancing. " San-tiui-i." tin- wizard of the accordion, will alao appear in items from his extensive repertoire. The box plan is now on view .at the Dresden, and day sale tickets at Jacobs's. '
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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15628, 20 October 1914