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. . Jack ' ' L E V E L A N D 'Prisoner' Grosses 115 arry Kunz has moved his American Seating j Co. office to a new building at Brookpark and Broadway roads where all divisions are now assembled. Robert R. Nykamp is in charge of the social chair department and Kunz remains with the theatre and auditorium seating section . . . Meantime, National Theatre Supply Co. is using the space formerly occupied by Kunz for a modernistic concessions equipment display. This will include all of the equipment that NTS has been handling, with the addition of Cretor popcorn machines and a new Hires root beer bar. Myron Gross, who heads Milt Mooneys Cooperative Theatre of Buffalo, was in for a routine conference . . . Keiths East Tenth Street Theatre is switching to first runs, double featuring Allied Artists' "Battle Zone" with one of the new Bowery Boys pictures . . Homer Snook, head of Midwest Theatre Supply Co. of Cincinnati, and A. F. Carnes, former Schine manager, are co-partners in a new venture. They have taken over the operation of the Belle Theatre in Beliefontaine. ^^^^^^^MVM^^WV^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ USE RUSH HOUR POPCORN in 50 lb. bags instead of 10 lb. tins and save the difference. STAR POPCORN MACHINES NINE KINDS POPCORN CARTONS INCLUDING AUTOMATIC GOLDEN HULLESS POPCORN SILVER HULLESS POPCORN NOISELESS POPCORN BAGS Price list upon request. Also samples. PRUNTY POPCORN DIVISION 620 N. 2nd St., St. Louis 2, Mo. Popcorn Processors— In Our 79th Yeor. OUTiTANOINC CRArTSMAMSHIP AND ENCINCCRINC =EXPERT= Upholstering. Repairing. Roarranginci & Installing. THEATRE SEATS Ovoi 25 yoaxH ttxporlonco lininodiatu Hoivico anywhoio DONOHUE SEATING SERVICE so? North Wilson Royal Oak. Mich. Phone Lincoln 5-5720 which has been closed more than a year. They opened it Saturday (13 1 with first run pictures. Carnes is manager . Gertz is authority that Pennsylvania deer are allergic to Ohio hunters. Although in previous years he has always brought home the venison, this time he brought back only memories of a pleasant day in the open. The George Foleys have changed the name . . . of their Kaufman Theatre in Montpelier to the Montpelir Theatre M. B. Horwitz, general manager of the Washington circuit and an exhibitor of some 30 years experience, got the surprise of his life last week when several people long -distanced him from Akron to express their appreciation of the new art policy he is about to introduce in liis recently acquired Ohio Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls. The calls were in response to letters he used to circularize the area on the occasion of the reopening of the house. Want a fine desk at bargain prices? See Prank Masek at NTS ... Sol Gordon of Allied Artists reports the Warner and Schine circuits have booked the Little Rascal tworeelers (formerly Our Gang comedies) in all situations, including their A-houses, all Elaine Bernstein, through this territory . . . AA secretary, admits it's an important date that is taking her to New York for the New Year's eve celebration. Visitors stormed into town the fore part of the week from all sections of the territory. Among them were Lee Hendershott, Temple Theatre, Orwell; August Ilg, Ohio, Lorain; Giles Robb, Princess, Toledo; Paul Ellis and Pete Rufo of the Robins houses in Warren and Niles; Marvin Harris, Toledo circuit owner; Leo Burkhart. Hippodrome, Crestline; Gerald Anerson, Union. Richwood and Rialto, Plain City; Walter Steuve of Pindlay; the Spayne brothers and Andy Martin of Aki'on; Joe Shagrin and Helebe Ballin, Youngstown. Quite a few local theatres are extending their Christmas moratorium over a three-day period instead of just closing on Christmas eve. They are closing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week. . . Jack Carson of screen, stage and TV is reportedly playing to capacity crowds at the Skyeay Bar . . . 'Van Heflin in "Tlie Shrike" opened a one-week engagement December 5 at the Hanna Theatre . Another star, Larry Parks, and his wife Betty Garrett are booked into the Hanna for a week starting December 22. They will appear in a comedy titled "Anonymous Lover." "Film Festival of Famous Favorites" is the title given by the Mayland Theatre owners for a week of revivals, with a daily change program. Jack Essick, manager, is introducing something new in the way of policy along with the something old in the way of performance. The added attraction is a coffee lounge in the lobby. If the combination of coffee and revivals catches on, it will become a regular house policy one or two nights a week, Essick states. The coffee lounge was promoted by Essick in cooperation with the local Nescafe outlet. This company furni.shes the brew, all equipment and all service attendants. There is no cost to the theatre. 1952 Is the 26th year of operation of omusemcnl industry's WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOS- PITAL. As Cincinnati's Best CINCINNATI—Strong product in do\ town first run houses survived the expectel] preholiday slump better than expected. Vi tually all of them hit the average mark anj one, "The Prisoner of Zenda" at the Albei, came out vi'ith a week's mark of 115 per cen| (Averoge Is 100) ; Albee The Prisoner of Zendo (MGM) 11 | Capitol The Blazing Forest (Para) S Grand Tarzan's Savage Fury (RKO); Under the Red Sea (RKO) IC Palace The Thief (UA) K Cleveland Grosses Hit Usual Holiday Low CLEVELAND—Theatre attendance droppej to the usual pre-Christmas low, except o Sunday (7), when crowds were downtown t watch the Pearl Harbor parade. Not a sing! picture approached average gross. Tlie be; was "The Prisoner of Zenda," in its fourt straight week. Department stores wei crowded and most of them ai-e open eve nings. Allen The Iron Mistress (WB), 2nd wk i Hippodrome -Hangman's Knot (Col) Lower Mall The River (UA), 2nd wk K Ohio The Prisoner of Zenda (MGM), 4th d. t. "> wk Palace Montana Belle (RKO) 5 State The Savage (Para) i Stillmon Plymouth Adventure (MGM), 2nd d. t. wk i Tower Last Train From Bombay (Col); The First Time (Col) f Preholiday Festivities Slap At Detroit Grosses bowman finoisSta jilfs F, ^0 Iscretatjofs sun. CH,U!LE lipentier liek I votes when . DETROIT—Exliibitors agreed that busine! aiiately would remain poor for a couple of weeks, £ teatremen 1 they held on to available product and save i i,Hl whtr the best new packages for holiday unveilini H thtir fin Adams-Ivonhoe (MGM), 9th wk 7 * vote 13 Fox The Thief (UA); Pork Row (UA) 5 mejjjjf j Madison Bottle Zone (AA); The Moveriek (AA). I Blazing Forest (Para), 2nd i Palms-State The Prisoner of Zenda (MGM); The aiily Hour of 13 (MGM), 2nd wk 5 whitli United Artists Bloodhounds of Broodwoy (20fhisuSEestedl Michigan The iron Mistress wk (WB); The ipiOned Die Fox); Something for the Birds (20th-Fox). B m. BOWLING He 1 tatate M en on thi CLE'VAELAND — The Local 160 BowUt i»''''Ws(i league got off to a very late start this yet «lorse( and only now has announced its sponsor They are National Theatre Supply Co., At sssaadavi con Corp., Suprex Carbons, and the Low "'" kotel i 160 union. Teams are lined up with ti: *toto "regulars." Tom Smart continues as presi( dent and Larry Shafer, secretary. Scow last week; Team Won Lost NTS 14 10 Ancon 13 11 Local 160 13 11 Suprex 8 Ifi Captain Smart of Local 160 team was carjiisotijjjji _ sistent as ever with 190-195-198—563. E* smje lujij Gehringer, Gordon Bullock, Robert Bulloo Bloujj,, and Tom Smart are competing for the lea ji, ,j^j', in individual averages. The boys report it doesn't seem like tl same old league without Clarence Krami' who is nursing his father-in-law back health and hasn't the time for bowling. Ploy Webee is determined to win a jackpot thi season. Ed Hutchins is enthusiastic over h Suprex Carbon team. Fred Lane who caji tains the NTS team is working overtime t improve his game and is now operating IttI an XL projector. BOXOFFICE : : December si ; „ {

li 1 m* I SPRINGFIELD, *r *Ct i Slop igieed thai fc couple ol IK r proilBci M . toliday ie «k 'hi Moniick iWBl; Till llm Biiodn) 'i: ING jiffited its if tre SiipplJ Ct, j ions, ai Won slUOtei joetRo ,at U 1! 1! Clare* jtHei-B* I«>l aelorWli^:: otin' lentil*"' Showman C. F. Carpentier Illinois State Secretary From Central tditujn lU. .Stale Scn»tor Charles P. Carpentier. MoUiie theatre owner, officially won the election battle for the secretary of .state of lUlnol.s after a ballot ij Fteiil' "* 'istowopf ecount, completed more than two weeks after lection. Carpentier held a slight lead of more than ,000 votes when the final tally was made nmediately after election. After the recount. he theatremen led by 9,332 votes, picking up ome 5.741 when Cook county suburbs reorted their final figures to complete the atewide vote canvass. Carpentier. as a state senator, has always mpioned the cause of the theatre owners the legislature and it was his action |rlmarily which was instrumental in defeat- Ig a suggested 10 per cent state admissions tx in 1946. He also had worked clo.sely with le downstate committee in contacting conressmen on the 20 per cent federal tax speal campaign, even though he was quite y with his own campaign as Republican didate for secretary of state. Shortly after the completion of the vote vass and a victory luncheon at the Amador hotel in Chicago. Carpentier and wife flew to Palm Springs, Calif., for a day vacation. [ewsboys Christmas Fund Lids Needy Children JETROIT — The annual pre-Christmas of selling newspapers was .scheduled Monday il5) by Alex Schreiber. partner Associated Theatres, in front of the Film [tchange building. The occasion is the aual Old Newsboys Goodfellows Fund, to ovide that "no kiddy will be without a stmas." chreiber has had the Film Exchange newsnd for many years for this project, but not expected to be able to come in person, iuse of business commitments in Cali- Bia. Max Gealer, supervisor of the circuit, scheduled to take his post on the street old newsbov. 1952 is the 26th ycor of operation of amuse- '-' industry's WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOS- REVIEW OF TELECAST OF CARMEN Audiences on the Disappointing Side But Reaction Generally Is CLEVELAND- .s. ..:. ,. the flr^t Metropolitan Opern toleeo-st. held Thursday HI) In the 3.500-.scal Hlpixxlrome wn* a great 8ucce.s.s, but pIcturcwLsc It wa.s a dLiappolntnient Probably due to IlKhtlnu and technical difficulties of pre.scntinK the production simultaneously before a live theatre audience and on the screen, the picture, especially In group .scenes, wa-s gray and Indl-sUnct. The size of the audience was a major disappointment. Advance .scat .sale was very slow. Scaled at $3 60 for the orchestra and loges. $2.40 for the mezzanine and first balcony and $1.25 for the upper balcony. It became evident that the $2.40 price had the biggest appeal. As a result, the 1.000-seat balcony with .seats at this price was practically full while the orchestra at $3.60 was occupied by fewer than 500 people. There was no demand at all for the $1.25 upper balcony seats. What the audience lacked In numbers It made up for in enthusiasm. followed the big arias and also the orchestration numbers. John Miskell, general manager for the Northern Ohio Metropolitan Opera A-ss'n, which has sponsored the Cleveland Metropolitan engagements annually In the Auditorium ever since 1927, found the telecast •interesting" but no threat to the live presentation. Theatre Manager Jack Silverthorne reported that his talks with members of the audience indicate a desire for a repeat TV performance. Significant was that young people made up the majority of the audience. Half-Capacity House Sees .'Carmen' in Detroit DETROIT—The opening presentation of an entertainment event—as distinct from a sports event, such as prizefights and football —by a Detroit theatre on blg-.screen television was held Thursday (U) at the Hollywood Theatre, operated by Detroit Theatre Enterprises, playing to about one-half capacity. Management appeared to be well satisfied with the result, attributing the absence of a larger audience to the fact that the deal was made rather quickly and there had been what was considered insufficient advance time to complete the necessary promotional work. An earlier booking for a project of this kind will probably be .sought in the future. With the house scaled at $1.20 to S3.60. the outstanding characteristic was that the demand was heavily for the lower-priced seats. The balcony of the house, seating about 1,500. Was nearly filled, although the main floor drew relatively few. Total attendance was estimated at half the house capacity of 3,500. Many obviously came to see what It was like, and were willing to try the lower-priced seats which they were used to getting for the same price as downstairs at the ordinary show. Much of the trade was de.scribed by observing showmen as of the "mink coat class." Favorable despite the emphasis on low-priced seats. The theatre parking lot, with a 1,000-car capacity, was supplemented by a 500-car lot belonging to m church next door which wm borrowed for the evening The thMU* regularly allow.n church patron* the um of ItJt lot on Sunday momlngn and the courtcny wa. night, the Metropolitan Opera's "Carmen" was shown to some 1.800 persons at the 3.000-seat Albee. Prices ranged from $1.19 to $3.59. The .sound was excellent, but the picture was not always clear, patrons commented, but reaction to the presentation was excellent The show started at 8:30. with three Intermissions. Press comment was divided. Two of the papers were cool toward the telecast and one, the Enquirer, gave the showing a good review. New Wage Pact in Akron AKRON—Though neither the projectionists Local 364, nor the management of the Palace. Strand. Colonel and Loew's theatres here would comment on the specific terms, they revealed that a new three-year contract covering 16 projectionists in the downtown houses has been signed, averting a threatened strike. The old .scale was $100 for a 42-hour work week. John A. Shuff, agent for the union, .said both sides agreed not to "pubhcize" the details of the new pact. ZOualify rLAT SAFE... NEXT TIME USE IJT I. MAMM tn. CWCIM M UTM AVMUL urn TSU lOFFICE December 20, 1952 95