August 17, 1912
The Picture Theatre in the Town Hall opened this week and has been attracting big crowds.
The older house in the Foresters’ Hall, of course, continues to enjoy its due share if popularity.
Judging by the crowds we have seen going to each place, there is ample room in the town for both of them.
The pictures appear to have “caught on” with Dundalk, and though the craze may be short, as some people say, it is undoubtedly very powerful at the moment.
There are sundry objections raised to picture shows which, we are sure, both out local houses will avoid.
The chief of these is directed against sensationalism in pictures.
In America especially, where picture shows are as plentiful as publichouses, complaints are often made that the effect of sensational pictures upon the youthful mind is remarkably bad.
As we have said, we are sure the sensible men at the head of our local houses will avoid any danger of that sort.
On this subject we are reminded that these is a risk, not of fire but of fire panic, in connectioin with cinematograph shows.
There is no real dangers of fire as we understand.
The operator with his lamp and other apparatus is housed in a fire-proof iron box, as required by law.
His films are protected, in the more up-to-date plants at all events, by being kept in similar fire-proof receptacles. the film is itself of highly inflammable material and the small exposed part of it may take fire, and while it is impossible for this fire to extend in properly equipped theatres, there is dangers of people being seized by panic and doing serious injury in a stampede towards the exit. People should keep their heads - AND THEIR SEATS.