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AMUSEMENTS

HAYWARDS' PICTURES. An attractive bill of fare was presented to those who patronised The Octagon Theatre last night, and the attendant* was very gratifying. That the programra* was acceptable there could be no doubt, and hearty applause time and again greeted the screening of many of the films. The opening picture was entitled * Germans Entering Brussels,’ and brought home to the onlookers the grim realities of war. ‘The Ruins of Termonde’ showed how the enemy acted when entering a town. The ruined streets reminded one of tho pictures of San Francisco after the earthquake of some 10 years ago. The whole of tho war pictures are exceptionally good, and make an attractive programme in themselves. Tho star picture, entitled ‘Goodness Gracious,’ is above the average of melodramas, and features Sydney Drew and Clara Kimball Young. Gwendoline, the heroine, has big eyes, and is early left an orphan minus assets, save and except the aforesaid large eyes and a sentimental nature. She weds a millionaire’s ton. A villain plots the downfall of Gwendoline, and kills the millionaire, or thinks he does. Gwendoline’s husband is tried for the murder, but as sentence of death is about to be pronounced Gwendoline brings tho villain to justice, the old man is found to have only swooned, and the hero is returned to his wife and family, and gets into the father’s good graces once more. Tho plot is really a burlesque, and is magnificently acted. An Edison film features an effective and thrilling ghost scene. ‘ Bill’s Job ’ is a really excellent comedy, which p/evokes roars of laughter. There are some charming scenes of the Fjords of Norway, in which the wonderful scenery of the west coast of Norway is shown to advantage. There are other equally good supporting pictures, which go to make up a programme of more than average merit. The same scries of pictures will he repealed this evening. FULLERS’ PICTURES. No picture program mo would I*? complete these days without its martial subject, and the King's Theatre management, generally wo)] abreast of the public demand, have this week a film of absorbing interest in ' The, Ruins of Termonde.’ Temionde is a Belgian town somewhere near Ghent; or rather it was. If y«»i have read yonr cables you will know why tho past tense is substituted ; and when you go to see this picture (as yon should) you will realise that Termonde simply is iiot. The Gorman army lias passed through it : it is a. heap of not picturesque, nut terrible ruins. But this is only part r.t tiie wav exporitim offered at the Fullers’ theatre. The other part, if as authentic as it is claimed to bn (and on the face cf it no doubt could resist the actual evidence of the camel a) presents a, rather different piefmc of the German entry into Brussels than that painted hy tho cables. Far from inarching through the town with drawn sword and ferocity aflame, the German-. appeared very much at their case, with cigarette in mouth. and constant untile: while the civilians who were present setmd not the least afraid, merely alive in the curious side of the spectacle. Of course. the war subject is not the only thing of interest on the bill. The drama ■Quicksands' is one of keen excitement, and (he scenic film ‘On the Banks of the Dahu ’ reveals something as gorgeous as wc have ever seen. The show is open. e very ■. v:-ning from 6.30. QUEEN'S THEATRE. Jnlorostin:/, cut trtaining, and up i«> date, the pictures of the current programme at the Queen’.-- I'heatro should not tail to It popular with patrons. ‘The OH Reliable.' a. powerful drama, heads the programme, and it is well supported by • The Parent .Strain.’ ‘The German: Army Entering Brussels,’ and ether piet ores. Tho same programme will be shown again to-night. PLAZA PICTURES.

■ Au Angel Unaware.’ the picture that heads the current pi ogra.mmo at the Plaasa Pictures. is illustrative of the saicrifice a woman wiJ! make for her love. The snjv poning films, winch include dramatic, .scenic, and comic subjects, are all of good 1 quality. The same pictures will I*9 screened tonight. SALES OF WORK. One interesting feature of the sale of work to he opened in Burns Hall tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon will be the exhibition of copies'of a birthday quotation booklet specially compiled for the occasion. The contributors of these quotations (numbering over 400) include well-known Australians and others outside, of Otago, and also recent celebrated visitors from

■■ across the seas." Apropos of the coining Christ mas season it will furnish a most

suitable gift. The proceeds from the sale go towards liquidating the expenses incurred in overlianling First Church, spire and the other upper ornamentations of this edifice, which is admittedly amongst the finest examples of church architecture in Australasia.

A three-days’ festival and sale of work, promoted bv tin- Laities’ Guild of the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church, will be opened to-morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 2.45 by Mr W. T. M’Farlane. Aiavor of St. Kilda, and continued on Tbufsda v .and Friday. Attractive programmes are being provided for each evening.

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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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