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AMUSEMENTS

KING EDWARD THEATRE. The substantial patronage which has! been bestowed on the new King Ecrward Theatre since its opening must be accepted | as evidence of the quality of the pictures. and the pleasant conditions under which they may bo viewed. At the present time I a picture entertainment would be quite | incomplete did it not include views of the i great war, and in this respect the j management have risen to the occasion to supply their patrons with the best and latest views of the great struggle. The new programme that was screened to-day included the ‘ Pathe Gazette, No. 293.’ giving a budget of graphic and interesting pictures from the seat of war. These include views of a German field _ kitchen captured by the Belgians, Belgian outposts watching the movements of some marauding Uhlans, German prisoners, Canadians arriving at Salisbury Plain for training, Indian troops on the move, Kitchener’s new army in training, and other absorbing scenes. The chief drama of the programme is ‘ln the Nick nf Time,’ which portrays a story of life in the West. A young train dcspatcher, because of the mental strain of his work, takes to drink, and is dismissed. He goes West, and on a remote ranch is cured of his dangerous habit. Coming upon an old disused railway station in the wilderness, he finds a telegraph instrument inside, and his fondness for the old life leading him to listen to the messages that are passing, ho learns that a collision is imminent. Rushing to a switch he sidetracks one of the trains, and the disaster is avoided. The young man is recalled, given a higher place in the service, and eventually marries the daughter of the superintendent. Other pictures are : —‘ The Blue Coyote Cherry Crop ' (drama), ‘ Love and Flames,’ ‘ Dishing Dick’s Dishwater ’ (comedies), and * Storm and Calm on the Coast of Sicily ’ (scenic). The same pictures will be shown to-night.

PL-4ZA PICTURES. War pictures continue to hold pride of place in most theatres, and in the now series disclosed at the Plaza to-day there is an excellent budget, chief in point of interest being a film of the now-famous London Scottish Territorials, who, ill receiving their baptism of fire around Ypres, made so fine a showing as to cam a wholehearted commendation from so great a feneral as Sir John French himself, hen there are views of the Canadians training on Salisbury Plains, and the Australian Expeditionary Force leaving Sydney' on a great Imperial mission. Altogether it is a splendid war edition. Chief among the other' films is the pictorial adaptation of the well-known novel 4 A King’s Romance,’ which furnishes a real headline attraction. It is a lengthy play, being submitted in four parts, but it holds one’s closest attention from start to finish. The love affair of Prince Andreas, second son of the King of Venanatia, with the charming Vera, the only daughter of the cure, to neither of whom he discloses his true identity, makes an altogether attractive story. Paul, who is Vera’s only brother, is influenced by Michael Vacurat, a leader of the revolutionary troops, and throws a bomb at the Royal carriage, killing both the King and the Grown Prince. Andreas is then proclaimed King, but having married Vera secretly, ho elects, when it is also announced that he has been aseasinated, not to disillusion the revolutionaries. As has been indicated, it is a fine film, and should prove a trump card in the hands of the management. The supporting films include 4 Fire of London,’ in which Pimple, the comedian, is seen at his best, and ’Land of the Hindu’ (scenic).

| The final pictures in connection with the beauty competition will be serened at all sessions. HAYWARDS’ PICTURES. —‘Home, Sweet Home.’— A\ Haywards’ Pictures (The Octagon) to-night at 8 o’clock the programme w III open with the latest war series. In ‘The Evacuation of Ghent and Ostend ’ many interesting scenes are shown. At 8.20 the beautiful photo, drama, ‘ Homo, Sweet Home,' will he screened. This production is most suitable for Christmas week, and the many striking incidents in the picture will appeal to all. ‘ Home, Sweet Homo’ will be shown in six acts. The daily Press says ;—“ ‘ Home, Sweet Horae’ is a photo play that overlaps what you have felt or thought; it gives a : quickening emotion to the soul, with its human and spiritual teaching.” Other opinions of the Press also praise the production, speaking of it as an appreciation of genius. A most appropriate set of musical items will be played during the screening by Haywards' grand orchestra. To reserve scats, kindly apply at the Dresden from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. FULLERS’ PICTURES. The King's Theatre, which during it* term as a picture house has won a reputation for the quality of the pictures screened there and for its comfortable accommodation, was opened to-day as a I continuous picture show. Extensive alterations havo been made, the entrance having been and a new system of lighting installed. Each day tho entertainment will commence at 1.30 p.m. and run through till 10 p.m. Tho new programme that was presented to-day comprised a varied end interesting selection of films, and included the latest bud set of war views. ‘The Evacuation of Ghent and Ostend ’ portrays in a most graphic manner the departure from these towns of the allied troops. Views are seen of the Allies in action—French marines, British “Tommies,” Belgians firing at aeroplanes, terror-strieken xefuuecs, and of many other thrilling incidents. This film, which, is 450 ft in length, should appeal to the popular taste at tho present time, as also should ‘ Pathe’s War Gazette’ which is fraught with exciting incidents of the war. Tho Chief drama of the programme ia ‘ The Debt,’ and tho other pictures are ‘ Bine Coyote Cherry Cron ’ (Edison drama), ‘Tn Peril’s Path (Tannhausor drama), ‘ Panorama of Belgium ’ (a splendid scenic showing views of that unfortunate country before the war), and ‘Fatal Sweet Tooth ’ fa most laughable comedy by the celebrated Keystone players.

QUEEN’S THEATRE. < To-day’s change of programme at the j Queen’s Perpetual Picture Theatre places before the public n variety of films—drama, comedy, topical and war pictures, all of them interesting- to a degree. One story is entitled * Her Big Scoop,’ and deals with incidents in the professional career of a lady journalist. The '‘scoop" consists of the frustration of a big- bank robbery, the planning of which had been overheard by the young lady. Ae, she had previously been dismissed from her paper toy the influence of a society dame, whoso photo., taken in a rather compromising situation, has been published, Fanny makes the most of her “ scoop,” and sells it to another paper. The result is fame, position, and a husband for the lady journalist. ‘The Face on the Bar Room Floor’ is a Keystone comedy which, it is needless to say, is a laughter-maker of the best type. Of the war pictures ‘The Evacuation of Ghent and Ostend ’ will prove as fascinating a series as ha* yet appeared. It show* the allied army in Belgium and tbs whole business of the preparation to oppose the German advance on Ghent. Soldiers are eeen firing at a Tauh© aeroplane which flew over Ostend and dropped insulting messages as the town was evacuated. Terror-stricken refugees, waitmg in the pain for days, are ■ eventually got to England, where they are well cared for. The picture is a vivid one. The ‘ Topical Budget ’is another i bunch of interesting scene*, including that jof thousands of Londoners saluting the Belgian flag on Wimbledon Common, ! the raiding of German premises at Willosden and arrest of 20 Germans, and pictures of ruined Belgium. ‘ While the Tide Was Rising* is an Edison drama of merit, and ‘ The_ Joke on Jane ’ explains i‘s»lf ns a comic. ‘Wireless from the War’ comprises Russian .generals hemmme in the Austrians—the turn of the tide, “ Too much gas," “European stew," and i last but not least “ you’ve made this too ' hot,” by Kaiser Bill. It will be seen that : the whole programme is chock full ofgood I things,, bound to intewife gad gmuafr

VAUDEVILLE ONCE MORE. The Princess Theatre will bo reopened on Monday evening next’. In beeping with the festive season, novelties of the meet attractive nature are being sent from Sydney by Mr Ben Fuller for the inaugural event. It is claimed for one of the attractions that it is one of tha three greatest acts seen in vaudeville during the last 12 months, 1 icing of a weird and sensational character. A now musical and comedy costume company are also on the way, and will take their place in the programme. .Altogether the new artists coming total 25, so it will be eeen that holiday audiences are to he well catered for, GEORGE WILLOUGHBY DRAMATIC COMPANY. An unusual, sight was witnessed at the Adelphi Theatre, Sydney, at the opening performance of 4 The Ever Open Door ’ a few weeks ago. At 7.30 p.m. all entrances to the auditorium had to bo closed to keep out the rush of people who desired to gain admission to witness the piece. The crowds streaming away from the theatre resembled an audience leaving a crowded theatre after the performance rather than people leavitig because they were not able to gain admission. This clover drama ran for a considerable time nt the Aldwydl Theatre, London, Miss Hilda Spocg banqj in the caste. In the coming production Mr George Cross will be tha leading man and Miss Vera Romeo the leading lady, with a support that were, appearing In the Adelphi when the above episode took place. Other plays in the w.p»toipr to lie staged this scaeor. are "’th* great war drama,” Guide's 4 Under Two Flag*,’ and 4 Camille.’ The box plan opens to-morrow at- the Dresden.

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AMUSEMENTS, Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Issue 15681, 21 December 1914

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