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For months past residents in and passengers through South Dunedin have watched the uprising of the King Edward .Picture Theatre on the main road near Cargill Corner. As the building grew the people’s observation took an admiring tone. It was going to he a pretty place outside, an ornament to the neighborhood, sightly and substantial. When the scaffolding came down, unveiling the front, these remarks became more emphatic, their general trend being to tlm effect that the proprietors have conferred a favor upon and deserve well of “ the Flat.” Now that the theatre is practically finished—the workmen being to-day engaged in the final touches preparatory to the opening on .Monday—wo are enabled, through the courtesy of Mr I’enhey, the manager, to say something about tlie interior, and in this way convey an assurance that tho King Edward Theatre is as good inside as out, and equal in regard to appointments to the best of those with which the public are acquainted. It is a capacious theatre. The floor measurements arc 8-1 ft x 37ft. the ceiling is -10 ft up, and the seating is for 862—22-1 upstairs and 638 downstairs. it is also a bright theatre. Tho white walls and ceiling are elegantly relieved by classic designs in fibrous plaster, and there is a perfect flood of light everywhere—no dingy corners. The ventilation is a specialty, in the octagonal dome (21ft in diameter) there is a oft ventilator, and there are 2-1 vents in the ceiling, one at every pendant light, whilst the upper windows are also made to open, and there are inlets in tho lower parts of the walks. The vestibule is peculiarly elegant, tho fittings of real mahogany contrasting effectively with the white pillars and ornamentations and the red cork linoleum on the floor. Then, as to the seating arrangements, the King Edward Theatre possesses unique advantages. . Every scat is so placed as to lot the occupant see between the persons in front of him. This is much better than having everyone square behind someone else. Further, every seat in tho whole house gives a full view of tho entire picture. From the very rear of the floor the eye takes in the whole picture frame and a little above it, without any bobbing or ducking. Ami all the seats are upholstered. The exits are ample, and it seems to bo a safe theatre. From the front tho crowd could on a pinch rush straight into Rankeilor street. So far as our judgment goes, tho proprietors have spared neither money nor thought to make this theatre the equal in safety and comfort of any like place in tho world’s great centres, and strong hopes are entertained that tho people of the

south end will appreciate the pnblicspiritodness and enterprise displayed by liberally patronising; this pretty house of entertainment. We may add that the builder, Mr J. T. Millies, mid the supervisor, Mr Joseph Milne.-, have carried out the eonstruetion by day labor, on Ihe percentage plan. and in a way to provide tho maximum of local employment, nearly everything in and about the theatre—even to the ehetrolier in the dome and the fibrous plaster on the walls anil ceilings—being made in Dunedin. It is therefore in the fullest sense a people's theatre.

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KING EDWARD PICTURE THEATRE, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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KING EDWARD PICTURE THEATRE Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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