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■.«—» ■ i FULLERST PICTURES. I The innervation of opening the King's Theatre at L3O jp.m. and keeping continuous entertainment till 10 o'clock should prove a popular one. The reputation of the King a for the fine quality of the pictures shown and the comfortable seating accommodation is well known to the Dunedin public, and as a result the management, in their new venture, will doubtless attract as large attendances as previously. The current programme is an up-to-date on© in every and includes a most graphic and interesting picture showing how the Allies evacuated Ghent and Ostend. Views are seen of the allied troops in action —French marines,. British regiments, naval officers, Belgians firing at German aeroplanes, refugees—and of many other scenes of interest. The 'Pathe War Gazette' also Includes a number of striking scenes connected with the war. Other pictures of the programme are 'The Debt,' 'Blue Coyote Cherry Crop' (dramas), 'Panorama of Belgium' (scenic), and 'Fatal Sweet Tooth' (Keystone comedy). The same pictures will be shown to-night and to-morrow. .' HAYWARDS' PICTURES. A more appealing story than that portrayed in 'Home, Sweet Home' has not been shown, locally for some considerable time. This film, which heads' the current programme at the Octagon Hall, is a most delightful one, and to most the etory is almost invariably connected with associations that steal gratefully into the mind. The same programme, which also includes a number of other pictures of an enjoyable character, will be shown again to-night. A matinee will be given <m Christmas Day at 2.30, and the theatre will be open on Christmas night. KING EDWARD THEATRE. Everyone is keenly interested in the progress of the war, of course> and any authentic pictures of the doings at the front attract attention. The series now showing at the comfortable South Dunedin theatre is a particularly good one, and should not be missed. In addition to these war films there is a first-class drama, "The Pebt,* a Keystone comedy, 'The Fatal Sweet Tooth/ which is one huge laugh, and other good things, PLAZA PICTURES. 'Revolution,' the drama now being screened at the Plaza Picture Palace, is thrilling in the extreme, and keeps the looker-on in a state of excited expectancy as to what is going to happen next. Apart from this, the scenery and the photography are very fine. The war budget, too, is of a deeply-interesting nature. To-day and to-night the pictures of the first and second competitors of each series in the beauty competition will be screened. QUEEN'S THEATRE. The adventures of the lady journalist, »s depicted in ' Her Big Scoop,' is proving a draw at the Queen's Theatre. In this play Maurice Costello. who is described as "the ladies' idol," plays a leading part. The Keystone comedy, ' The race on the Bar Room Floor,' is one of the best. War pictures form, an attractive section of the programme. THE KENNEDYS, will open a four-night season at Burns Hall on Boxing Ivighc. They are established favorites in the north, and their return season is lcokod forward to with interest in musical circies. Th* WelUngton ' Dominion' said of their visit to that city:—"The company form one of the most delightful musical combinations which has been heard in these parts Iu a measure thr-y remind one of the Mendelssohn Quintet, who visited New Zealand many y*ai3 ago. But there is this difference: though tbey give some classical items, demonstrating ti-uir high artistic standard, t!i*y supply a' large preponderance of thoroughly popular pieces. In the programme they itttimingled the music of such composers as Vieuxtemps, Wienawski, and Brahms with the most favored inspirations of Verdi and Sullivan. This judicious blending rendered the bill of fare quite appetising to all. As mentioned yesterday the Kennedy family are ambidextrous artists. They shine particularly as instrumentalists, each acting in a dual capacity with the exception of the pianiat, and one also adds vocalisation, which is most serviceable in concerted pieces. In the vocal department they are strengthened by a soprano and a contralto. The box plan is open at the Dresden. 3EOB/GE WILLOUGHBY DRAMATIC COMPANY. Since George R. Sims began to write girrange Drury Lane dramas so many ago in collaboration with his cole of the ' Referee,' Henry Pettitt. he muffled the familiar cards so often feat there are more plays than there were originally cards in the pack. The plays •re written chiefly for London, and George Sims knows very well that the Londoner would rather have his atmosphere staged in familiar scenes and peopled by familiar characters than borrow from any foreign country. So in most of Sims'a dramas we find all the good and evil of life either in a London slum, a country house, or a rural village. ' The Ever Open Door,' in which H. H. Herbert collaborates with the veteran Sima, begins with the aristocracy and human frailty. Lady Dereham is a woman with a past. The villain of her period has, for his selfish purposes, ; led her to believe that, in a fit of mad- I ness, she killed her own child. Suffering ; from remorse and melancholy, she joins • Father Clement's mission for the rescue < of London waifs, and is largely instru- ] mental in the resurrection and saving of ] her son, and how the relationship becomes apparent is the main thread of the story, j The box plan is now open at the Dresden, i and seats may be booked for any night of 1 the season. ,

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AMUSEMENTS, Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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AMUSEMENTS Evening Star, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914