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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
PLAZA PICTURES. A bright and varied collection of pictures constituted the new programme screened at the Plaza Pictures to-day. It included dramatic, scenic, and comic films, and, viewed under the pleasant conditions at the Plaza—comfortable seating and appropriate accompanying music they formed a most agreeable and profitable entertainment. ‘The Bolted Door,’ a big three-reel drama, is the chief picture. Splendidly mounted and portrayed-by a cast of noted picture artists, the jpicluro rank? high in its class. Tho story, in brief, details how a deluded wife discovers that her husband, whom she thought married her for her money, really married her for love. Another drama telling a powerful story is ‘The Country Wife.' Pictures of the war include views of the troops leaving Antwerp to occupy the forts; Belgian soldiers in action ; trophies captured from the Germans; the digging of trenches; and other interesting scenes, including a picture of a Gorman gun captured by a British regiment, the Ist Battalion of Lincoln?. Other pictures are:—-‘Travel ami Sport in India. No. 5,' " Chief's Love Affair.’ and ‘Easy Money.’ The second series of six entrants in the beauty competition is an item which should be of considerable interest. Tho same pictures wi'l be shown again to-night. QUEEN’S THEATRE. The new programme at the Queen’s today includes a drama, depicting life and love in a mining camp, entitled ‘The Angel of Contention.’ The chief figure is Nettie, and she is tho idol of the boys in the .ramp, with ibe inevitable result that rivalry is aroused, amongst the susceptible minors. Nettie, of course, has made her choice, and has to refuse a. .vuitor who happens to he the wrong man. A murder, a falco accusation, and a rescue loads up to p, happy ending. Tho story smacks strongly of Bret Harto, and the film should'prove a popular one. ‘-The Voice of thinner ‘ is another drama m which Sue, deaf and dumb, but pretty, outwits three “crooks" who plan a robbery by using her knowledge of wireless telegraphy. But the film that will interest patrons most is that showing the German occupation of Louvain and the result of it. Tho sad story of tho beautiful city will linger in the minds of everyone tor many a day, and tho opportunity of seeing such a scries of pictures, taken as lately ae September 10, will doubtless be eagerly grasped. The scries included views of tho city after tiho destruction, scene® of St. Peter’s Church, Town Hall, Centra! Hall, the University Hall, and other public buildings, and of tho principal streets. Also scenes of military activity, such as the departure of an ammunition train, parade, of a German battalion (showing the celebrated "goose- step’’), entry of the officers of the Marines, and other movements. Of tho supporting films, ‘ Colonel Hecza Liar's Adventures in Africa is a rollicking <-xtravail za. drawn by 1. It. Bray, the noted cartoonist. and this is a guarantee that it is a laugh-provoker of the best kind. ‘ Laughing Gas.’ a Jxeystotnc comedy featuring the inimitable Charles Chaplin, an interesting depiction of ’How Fruit is Crystaliscd.' and the usual gazette completes a programme of undoubted merit. The Louvain picture will be shown at 7 o'clock and 9 o’clock to-night, and the prices of admission are as usual. BARTON BROS.’ CIRCUS AND WILD AUSTRALIA. This well-known circus will open in Dunedin for a brief season to-night. It is about 18 months since this circus last appeared in Dunedin, and during the interval Barton Bros, have toured all over Australia, and Tasmania, and have secured —under a very big expense—new acts and artists from all parts of the globe for their tour of New Zealand. The circus appeared in Christchurch carnival season for seven nights unci two matinees, playing to record business, and, judging by Press reports and business recorded on route to Dunedin, the programme must bo above the ordinary. Miss Ethel Ashton, the young lady gymnast, is said to be the best in her line that has yet appeared in tho Dominion. The Waldorf troupe introduce their original white statuary and up-to-date tableaux. J. M. West, billed as the upside-down phenomenon, is the same person who performed the remarkable feat of balancing on his hands on the parapets of Daking’s Buildings (11 stories, 150 ft high), the tallest building in Sydney. The St. Leonards (comedians), with their troupe of performing dogs, have a good reputation. The concluding part of the performance will be Wild Australia, which includes feats of Australian stockmen, manoeuvres, riding buckjnmpcrs, outlaws, mules, and donkeys by a hand of champion rough riders, headed by Queensland Harry. Popular prices and full details arc advertised iu other columns. The local ion of the circus is at the corner of St. Andrew and Cumberland streets (the section lately occupied by the Dunedin Timber Company). MR ARTHUR ALEXANDER. Probably the last occasion the Dunedin public will have of hearing Mr Arthur Alexander will be at the Burns Hall on Thursday, as hn will shortly be returning to London to resume, his professorship at the famous Matthay Pianoforte School. Owing to the war his projected toms in Germany and Austria have, of course, been abandoned ; 'but his concerts in both countries during the season of 1012 met with great success, especially in Vienna and Beilin. This i« all the more remarkable when one considers the difficulty au English artist has of obtaining a favorable hearing in the latter city. Air Alexander proposed giving recitals in some of the larger Russian towns towards the end of 1915, hut in the present unsettled state of Europe it is doubtful whether these concerts will take place.
AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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