SOUTH DUNEDIN'S NEW THEATRE.
THE PREMIERE TO-DAY.
At 1.30 to-day tho handsomely-uphol-stered and commodious King Edward Picture Theatre was thrown open to the public of South Dunedin in legitimate rivalry of the continuous shows in the City itself. In architecture, safety, and convenience the pretty auditorium'challeugcs any theatre in Dunedin, and the first programme screened to-dav betokens the fact unmistakably that the fare to be provided should prove a magnet to keep the southern residents to their own district when they seek entertainment. The prime attraction of the premiere was the Japanese drama ' The Geisha,' a beautifully staged film, containing what the Americans call "a punch" to each act. Lieutenant Carver, of the U.S.A. Navy, though betrothed to the daughter of an American Senator, becomes infatuated with a Japanese teagirl to such degree that he deserts his ship and stays in Japan. Some years after the Senator and his daughter come to the country, the former being charged with an important mission to discover a diplomatic secret. The girl recognises her former fiance In Japanese costume, and a painful interview ensues. His old Jove restored, Carver determines to rehabilitate himself in the American girl's esteem by securing the documents wanted. He succeeds, but is run to earth afterwards by the discarded lover of the Japanese girl, and commits suicide rather than fall into the hands of the nation he has betrayed. Only the little Geisha mourns his death. A film of great topical importance was the latest 'Pathe Gazette,' disclosing all the latest news from the front. In addition there was the fine comedy ' The Sky Pirate,' the drama 'Turned Back,' and a host of other attractions, constituting a worthy first programme. Tho theatre is open continuously from 1.50 daily.
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SOUTH DUNEDIN'S NEW THEATRE., Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914