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TLAZA THEATRE. The screening of the new programma this afternoon at the Plaza attracted a good attendance. The programme i» claimed to be an all-star one, and there ij certainty good grounds for 6uch a distinction. The picture which, is featured is .*> 1 " Bison " drama entitled ' The Isle of Abandoned Hope.' Ine plot shows how a party were wrecked on a savage island isi the South Seas. The white men would have been exterminated by the native* i had not the chiefs daughter interceded on ! their behalf. They are placed in a valley ' from which the only escape is guarded. Clifford finds an underground river leading to the sea, and the party escape as the natives come to avenge a wrong committed by one of the white men. The film, which I is* 2,000 ft in length, is beautifully tinted. The drama having been produced on the island of Honolulu, the setting is most gorgeous. 'The Doctor's Mistake ' is a Selig drama in one act. Dr Caverly, after giving a bachelor dinner in honor of his approaching marriage, returns to his apartments befuddled. A messenger comes from his sweetheart, Alice Windom, asking for tablets to relieve her neuralgia. He sleepily secures some from a"box on th* table and sends them to her. When hj» awakens in the morning he is aghast to read the label on the box, "bichloride of mercury tablets." In a frenzy he picks up the telephone and learns that death is imI minent at the home of his sweetheart, and to come at once. When he saw the funeral emblem at the door his! moral courage failed him, and he fled, and eventually becomes a human derelict. One night he saw a burglar enter a house, and he (Dr Caverly) appears on the scene just in time to fell tha burglar to tho floor whilst threatening a beautiful girl with a revolver. The girl he discovers is his sweetheart, whom he firmly believed he had killed. He then learns that it was Alice's mother who had died of heart disease. His landlady afterwards cleared up the mystery of "the poison, admitting that she had in cleaning up picked up tho empty box upon the table and carelessly replaced it with The one containing the mercury tablets. 'Murphy and the Mermaids f k » powerful sensational burlesque. 'Sammy and the Printer' and 'What a Birthday* are two most amusing comics. 'Travel and Sport in India' is an interesting topical, and 'Authentic War News' all go to make up a programme of more than average merit. QUEEN'S THEATRE. The headline attraction of the new programme shown at the Queen's Theatrs to-day is an absorbing dramatic film portraying the story of two brothers, one of whom has to suffer for the wrongdoing of the other and to separate himself from his sweetheart. One of the Norwood boys is a failure, the other a success. Harry had won his father's respect, and his brother Jack was a spendthrift. Harry, however, is, unknown to his father, deeply involved in speculation, and when a tad den crash in the market comes he is m desperate straits. He opens his fathers safe and takes a large sum of money, but, being disturbed, thrusts the money upon Jack, who at the minute comes in intoxicated. Bather than that his brother should suffer, Jack shoulders the blame and goes West. Shortly afterwards Harrv is taken into his father's firm, but his affairs go from bad to worse, and, after he has used £IO,OOO of the firm'* monev to cover his own mortgages, he shoot's himself, and leaves a note explaining his own guilt and Jack's innocence, Meantime Jack had struck a rich mine oui West, and had fallen in love with th» daughter of his partner. When Jadi hears of the failure of the firm he at onc» comes home and sets his father on hij feet. While he is absent an envious rival attempts to poison the heart of his ladylove against him, but he returns, just in time to frustrate the evil designs and t!> win her hand". Other pictures are:. 'Botreat from Antwerp,' graphic views of tho fighting, 'The Man with the Gloyo* idramai, ' Sacred City of Benares' (scenic), •Pickles, Ant, and Sauerkraut' (Vitagraph comedy|. These pictures will b<> shown again this evening. KING'S THEATRE. The feature of the programme which wili be submitted at the King's Theatre thh) evening will bo the latent series of war pictures, which include interesting snapi, of incidents connected with the retreat from Antwerp and the battle of Aisne. A recent Keystone release entitled ' The Skj Pirate' is said to give full play to one'i risible faculties. HAYWARDSr PICTURES. There will be no pictures at the Octagon this evening, owing to tha hall being engaged for a lecture, OPENING OF BAND KIOSK. The official opening of the Band Kiosk will take place in the Botanic Gardens tomorrow evening. An excellent programmt will be presented by the Kaikor&i Band and the Dunedin Orphans' Club, and th« whole of the proceeds will be devoted to the British and Belgian fund. The Hospital Saturday Association are making the necessary arrangements regarding the taking up of the collection. The kiosk is a decided acquisition to the Gardens, and i« splendidly ladapted for the holding cf concerts.

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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914