KING EDWARD THEATRE. The largo measure of popularity which las already been -won by tho new King fcdward Theatre at South. Dunedin must U attributed to tho quality of tho pictures screened and the pleasant conditions seder which they may be viewed. A &ew programme* was submitted to-day. Hid provided a most agreeable and profitable entertainment. Tho chief picture xraa • Tho Wrath of the Gods.* a Japanese Jrama, founded on a familiar story—lamely, tho defiance of an ancient curse Hid the resultant eruption o£ a. near-by rolcano. Tho portrayal of the eruption Was carried out most elaborately and /caustically, and formed a striking series it views, quite apart from tho dramatic interest. Tho narrative of the film tells fiiat, according to an old -legend, Toya, Ban, daughter of Lord Yamaki, the last jnalo descendant of an old-Samurai family of Japan, is accursed of the gods and is ihuaned bv all. An old prophet, lakeo. makes it "his business to explain to all young men that should Toya San marry, Jt would displease the gods to such au extent that tho volcano would become active. An American ship is wrecked off the coast, and Tom Wilson is rescued by Yamaki, who, to keep Toya San away from the village people, lives on the beach. Wilson persuades tho girl to Bwrv him. The old prophet tries to prevent "the match, but is too late Tho volcano suddenlv becomes active, thrown;;,' lava, smoke, "and flames. Tho country is shaken by an earthquake, and a kirge number o*t tho people killed, but Wilson and Toya San fortunately escape, and seek refuge on a ship in tho harbor. Other pictures are 'A Six Foot Romance 1 cornedv) and 'Gaumont Graphic,' which yives in pictorial form war news. Tho theatro will be open to-night.
Tho new programme at tho Plaza iheatre, which was screened this afternoon, is an exceptionally interesting one. The star picture, entitled ' Caryl of tho Mountains,' depicts how Caryl, it mountain maiden, fights to keep her father. Joe Nelson, from joining a moonshiner gang, whose chief is Spick Taylor, a man she bates, one who has tried in vain to win her. Aa Nelson join 3 the renegades, Caryl meets Jim, a timber cruiser. Sometime later Spick Taylor comes to Nelson's cabin" and immediately picks a quarrel with Jim. The men have a fight, in which Spick is badly wounded. One of his gang brings Snick the news that Revenue men are in that region, so he writes a fake letter declaring that the Avriter will lead them to tho moonshiners' still. Ho signs Joe Nelson's name, and slips it in the latter" s pocket. He then works it so that his gang will visit Nelson's cabin, and they will find tho letter on him. As tho mountain code means death for the informer, the crowd give Nelson short shrift, and he is tied to a tree, and is about to be shot, when Spick tells Caryl her father's life will be saved if she will give herself to him. At this moment Jim appears, and just as the executioner raises his ritle to fire he drops from tho shot of Jim's revolver, and the rest of tho cowardly crowd t!y to cover. Caryl rushes to lu;i - father. and. protects him with her body. The Revenue men come upon the scene, and the moonshiners aro eliminated. Jim then explains the case, and the letter roally saves Nelson from prosecution after nil. Jim's heroic action and his adroit explanation captivates Caryl, and she twines her name with his. This is n Btory of life in tho backwoods, full of rugged touches and exciting incidents, held together by a thread of sentiment. It provides a number of strong situations, ■which afford ample opportunity for the artistes. It is \w\l acted, and the 20 minutes that it lasts seems altogether too short. The other films include ' Tho New Reporter' (1,000 ft), 'Unhappy Pair' (comic). "Lisboth' (drama), 'Travel and Sport in |ndia' (topical), 'Paris and Eiffel Tower,' this depicting the wireless installation connected with it in a most effective manner.
QUEEN'S THEATRE. The Queen's Theatre continues to maintain its reputation as a place where the latest and best films are screened: The most interesting pictures at the present time are those giving views of the war, and the management have not overlooked ' this fact. In the new programme that ■was shown to-day the 'Topical Budget' showed in a graphic manner views of the freat struggle. There were shown Lord .ovat's Scouts in training, the attack on Antwerp, the King with his soldiers, Antwerp fugitives, and many. other scenes connected with the war. • Tho Property Man' was a most laughable comedy, a sketch of a peep behind tho scenes at iu vaudeville show, and the many ludicrous situations provided tho onlookers with most hearty laughs. Tho inimitable Charles Chaplain plays the principal role in the film. ' Sonny Jim in Search <:i Mother/ Vitagraph drama, tells a pretty story. ' Tho Tell-tale Star.' another drama, portrays a story of adventure in the West. Other pictures are 'The Rise of the Johnsons,' ' Mount Pore,' and 'Budget No. 164,' all of which are of .-. most entertaining character. 'The same pictures will be shown to-night. FULLERS' PICTURES. New war "specials " are to be screened this evening at the King's Theatre. The ' Pathe War Gazette' contains some exciting incidents and scenes. The battle of Lebbeke shows tho German attempt to cross tho Scheldt, and the defeat by the gallant Belgians; artillery galloping' to a fresh position to shell entrenched Germans ; tho second division of Belgian artillery coming into action and loading the guns; after the brittle loading up ambulance waggons: marching off German prisoners, etc. Other new films include the 2s'ordisk drama ' A Woman's Way," a story of conflicting emotions, well acted in splendid settings. * Abide With Mo' is a drama showinig the wonderful influence worked on a gambler and drunkard by that most moving of old hymns 'Abide'With Me." A boy chorister will sing the hymn during the screening of the picture. ' Life in Senegal' and two comedies. "Lucky Rube' and 'Buster and' His Gnat,' complete a good programme. HAYWAIIDS' PICTURES. A fine war picture, entitled ' The Battle of Lebbeke,' will be screened at the Octagon Hall this evening. It shows the Germans crossing the Scheldt, their lepulso by tho Belgians, and a finaking movement by motor car and artillery galloping to attaint German trenches. Other scenes aro Belgian ■ infantry, cyclists, and machine guns, and armored cars, which have been so disastrous to tho Uhlans. Belgian soldiers resting on the roadside and many other scenes will bo shown. Tho Oaumout's latest 'War Graphic' contains a budget of interesting items. ' Teledo,' a naval picture, a clever variety turn, a comic, and another pen-and-ink comedy of ' Colonel Heezaliar's Shipwreck' should arouse much merriment. In the second part of tho programme ' The Wrath of tho Gods,' a Japanese drama, will be the star of the evening l . 'HUMPTY DUMPTY' PANTOMIME. Judging by the booking and tho general interest displayed by the theatregoing public in the approaching visit of Messrs Stephenson and Linley's mammoth pantomimo company, there seems every indication that a crowded liouso will greet them on their first appearance afr*His Majesty's Theatro to-morrow night and four following nights. It is not often that an opportunity is offered to see a pantomimo production at really popular prices. The company have beon specially selected for this tour, and include a comedian in Mr Con Moreni who lias made a great American and English reputation in dame parts. Beautiful dressing, scenery, original dancers and ballets, a gorgeous march by a host of pretty and well-formed young ladies, a brilliant specialty, fascinating and irresistible music, really funny comedians are among the many features of ' Humpty Dnmpty/ The pantomime can only be played a few nights, as the season is limited. A matinee will be held on Saturday, specially reduced prices being made for children. The box plan is at tlie Dresden. The cur•*»'>u rises at 7.45 g.m.
ROSE SHOW. The Early Settlers' Hall should present a charming sight, and be the rendezvous for lovers of the beautiful to-morrpw afternoon and evening, when the Dunedin Horticultural Society hold their annual show of roses and other seasonable flowers. Capital entries have been received from all the principal rose-growers, including some from Oamaru. There will be some collections for exhibition only, including one from Mr S. Solomon, whoso reputation as a horticultural enthusiast is such that the public can expect something exceptional. This gentleman's table of roses will also bo auctioned for the Belgian relief fund. Sweet peaa will be strongly represented, and some of tho newer vaneties are sure to evoke much interest, and Mr V. Hamel's 20 entries in this section havo also been donated to tho fund. Much enthusiasm is being aroused over tho Belgian stall, where a large stock of cut flowers and pot plants will be on sale, and it is hoped to rcaliso a substantial amount thereby to supplement tho profits of tho exhibition, so that the Belgian fund will get a handsome donation. An orchestra and the Forbury Road drum and fifo band will provide musical selections, and the animated scene amid beautiful surroundings should prove such an attraction that, apart from tho worthy object for which the proceeds aro being devoted, the public should have no hesitation in patronising what promises to be an exceptionally fine show.
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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15675, 14 December 1914
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