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. . . Pete . . Sam . . Lenny . . Martin . . Gauggel ; ' Most Boston Bills "Plymouth Adventure" played one week Slip Under Average BOSTON—A pre-Christmas slump caused grosses to drop rather sharply in some situations. and three days and was replaced on Sunday with "The Thief," which opened well then slid down to below average. "Tlie Promoter," in its fifth week at the Exeter Street was again tops with 170 per cent. (Average Is 100) Astor Hurricone Smith (Poro) 80 Beacon Hill High Treoson (Pacemaker); Last Holiday (Strotford) 110 Boston The Raiders (U-l); Ladies af the Chorus (Col), reissue 100 Exeter Street The Promoter (U-l), 5th wk 170 Kenmore The Magic Box (Fine Arts); The Mudlark (20th-Fox), 5th wk 1 00 Memorial Pony Soldier (20th-Fox); Gambler and the Lady (LP), 2nd wk 80 Metropoliton The Iron Mistress (WB); No Holds Barred (AA), 2nd wk 75 Paramount and Fenway The Savage (Poro); Franchise Affair (Stratford) 115 Stote and Orpheum Plymouth Adventure (MGM), 2nd wk 85 "Zenda' Rates 120 Per Cent In Hartiord Opening HARTFORD—"Prisoner of Zenda" was the highest grosser here last week with 120 per cent at the Poll. Allyn The Steel Trop (20th-Fox); The Blazing Forest (Para) 100 Art That Hamilton Woman (FC) 90 E. M. Loew Invasion, U.S.A. (Col); Target Hong Kong (Col) 115 Poll The Prisoner ot Zenda (MGM); Sky Full of Moon (MGM) 120 Paloce The Mummy (Realart); The Mummy's Curse (Realart), reissues 80 Strand The Raiders (U-l); Beware, My Lovely (RKO) 105 First Run Grosses Dip In Dull New Haven \A^eek NEW HAVEN—"Plymouth Adventure" and a horror film reissue program were the downtown leaders in what was generally a slow week. Loew's College The Mummy (Realart); The Mummy's Curse (Realart), reissues 100 Paramount Bottle Zone (AA); The Blazing Forest (Poro) 60 Loew's Poll Plymouth Adventure (MGM); Sky Full of Moon (MGM) 100 Roger Sherman Cattle Town (WB); Something for the Birds (20th-Fox) 75 LYNN Slackstone the magician visited the children's ward at Lynn hospital and entertained at a football banquet during a threeday visit here with his entire company at the Warner Theatre. Leonard, advance agent of the Hamid- Bill Morton circus, is acting as assistant to Manager Royce Beckman at the Warner, until the circus starts from Memphis on its annual tour. Also added to the Warner staff is Eddie Flynn, former middleweight champion boxer of New England. J'l jy PLAY SAFE... NEXT TIME USE '^nrh^;MJ2I t. WAiASN AVL. OHIOAOO HARTFORD 'Carmen' TV in Boston . . Sid Tay Finn, manager of the Riverdale Drive-In, is working at the E. M. Loew's in Hartford and State in Holyoke for the winter . Zins and Dave Lustig, Columbia, were in Another visitor town on "Invasion, U.S.A." . . . here was Harry Feinstein, zone manager Edgar Lynch, formerly of Warner Theatres . . . with Warner Theatres, is now reported managing the Warner in Beverly Hills, Calif. . . George Joe Spivak. Connecticut Theatre Candy Co., was in town from New Haven . Perlroth has resumed his duties as assistant manager, Loew's Poll, New Haven, after a stay at the VA hospital in suburban Newington . Cornish came in from the Niantic and Sperie Perakos, New Britain, visited Vince Capuano, Elm, Elmwood, and Tom Grace, Eastwood, East Hartford . . . The Plaza, Stamford, closed December 6 for alterations, with a Christmas day reopening planned. Sam Harris of the State Theatre is planning a spring vacation trip to Italy . . John , McGrail, U-I exploiteer, was in town working on "Mississippi Gambler." He tied in with newspaper columnists on the December 16 Bushnell Memorial performance of "John Brown's Body," featuring Tyrone Power, star of the U-I release . Harris was in from New York . Young, brother-inlaw of Morris Keppner of the Burnside Theatre, East Hartford, returned from a South American visit to resume Hartford vaudeville and night club bookings. He went to the Latin-American countries as entertainment director aboard a tourist ship. NEW HAVEN Qeraldine Flood, secretary to MGM Manager Phil Gravitz, was off ill for the first time in her 20 years at the exchange. The Another sort of virus bug was to blame . . . record borken at the Whalley Theatre, where "The Quiet Man" became the first picture to be brought back for a return showing within ten days after its initial playdate. It played to standing room only crowds for four days, so another two-day booking was squeezed from Republic, hard-pressed for prints. Frank Ferguson, manager of the theatre, said that on the basis of grosses, "The Quiet Man" was the top attraction at the house since "The Jolson Story." "The Fifth Season," starring Menasha Skulnik and Richard Whorf, and directed by Gregory Ratoff, will have its world premiere at the Shubert here Christmas night, running through the 27th, The comedy is set in New York's dress industry . . . For the first time in the history of 30-day theatres here, two chains, Bailey and the Fischman, joined in sponsoring a cooperative ad plugging Universal's "Because of You" . Appliance Co., sponsors of the day-before- Christmas children's show at the Dixwell Playhouse, Hamden, has gifts for the mothers as well as the children. The free tickets have to be secured by adults applying at the store, where they were also given free nylon clothes bags. The youngsters get their gifts when they .see the show. Is Viewed by 1,900 BOSTON—The Pilgrim Theatre, an Ameri can Theatres house, was filled to capacity fo; the telecast of the Metropolitan Opera's performance of "Carmen." Every one of thi 1,900 seats was taken, including some of thi. front boxes which are not ordinarily sole when motion pictures ai'e shown. The theatre was in "legitimate theatre" attire. No popcorn was sold but at the inter missions the drink machines did a landoffici business. During the telecast, the audienci broke out in spontaneous applause after man; of the arias and at the end of each act, equalling the applause that came from thi| Metropolitan patrons themselves. The sound came through in top shape a all times and after a few minutes of sligh) fuzziness, the vision was corrected. Man] in the audience stated afterwards that tb( event was a complete success and might bij the forerunner of many other such presenta^ tions in theatres having large-screen equipment. One of the features of the Pilgrim is th^ parking space in the rear, the only theatre i}| New England which allows its patrons tj park and enter the theatre under cover wil out having to step outdoors. This space wi utilized to the full, as the rains came do) heavily at curtain time. Abner Pinanskl i{ the manager. PROVIDENC TSThen local department and specialty ston inaugurated their policy of remain""" open two and three evenings a week, high lighting the Christmas shopping season, apparently stimulated business at local offices. Increased business warranted sever holdovers, including "The Pi'omoter," "Plyn outh Adventure" and "Because of You." U pioneeB l^iniiiialii jlpresideDt Harold Bist 3iy MP CTf MS el ,-i Manajei a iecrelai: m Tlieat of CiBTlie Astral Kii 5 are Dave bis: Fred F; iny RiH |iE.l.Bercov: m .110RRI! l^kerattt ^Mtioipicti ! ta' Frai tjinii and it olmeiitioDi lMe«roftlie :.seteralw ed by the i lieoevolei :- accrued fi laaic pro tSiaitzhasI tiff tlie 13-MPEG- pro;- tKigsaied 4;| \ k lit I . Booke E (ksin, $" in Bfti and Harold Lancaster, manager of the Pa' tucket Strand, has been promoting merchant sponsored kiddy shows on Saturday morning Through the cooperation of the Salvatio Army, District Nursing Ass'n and radio stB i'ifiociai ^.'iileois: tion WPAW, Lancaster is making it possiW teo'the tile for many underprivileged children to enjo the merriest Christmas in years. Hundreds beautiful gifts will be distributed to ttj^ir, co; needy who otherwise might pass through th Yule season without any recognition at all The Strand also is presenting a series C stage shows on Satui'day evenings, topped t the personal appearance of Theresa Landry Talented Ai-tists, radio and stage favorites. Despite the fine casts, excellent acting moderately scaled prices, the Playhouse not drawing audiences anticipated by EdwaJi Gould when he brought back "the living Vat atre" to this city. So serious is the situatic that Bradford Swan, reviewer and critic fi Journal-Bulletin, devoted his entire Sundt column to an appeal for support of the prc; gram that Gould is attempting. Such ou standing performers as Billy Gilbert, Phil Huston and Everett Marshall head the cas gracing the boards at the former film houf but patronage is far from making the ventu profitable. "tioraji ^ He t .'JJIe litein olde.-! HP,. Sionoic .^-!hei. m ov -•*'- I NO NINTH AVENUE. NEW VOIIK Avcrogc cost per cure is about HALF that of the notionol overage . . . thonks to management at WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, The Carlton has scheduled "Brandy for tl Parson," an out.standing English film, for Premiere Rhode Island showing. ''!«-'tS.i!, F-*.-(!o|;5j, 02 BOXOFHCE December 20, 19(j

i 7' I the, itanopf-,,, i'ttj one ,. '"18 soiif • Miiiiiati- * at ft( W a Ijit; lit, the 3'i taseate; U o[ K- came ire !l»es. in top sh;. oiimitei t torreciel Jtwariis tti: j ssandnE ersucliptK latge-sttK ae le JtlE s its pare into cove; i. TliisspM rains itaet cans Piniii fNC idspecialtii iCj oi w oppin; less Pioneers ai Winnipeg [ If ame Harry Hurwiiz I WINNIPEG Hiiny VV. Hurwuz. ki-iutuI nanager of the Odcoii-Morton 'nicatrcs, Ltd.. 'vas eU'ctcd president for the coinliiK year of 'he WlmilpeK urea branch of the Cunudlan lecture Pioneer.s. EUectlon.s were conducted ht the annual meeting and banquet held on Monday i8i at the St. Charles hotel. U.sual j-ongratulatory banter passed between newly 'lectcd president Hurwitz and outgoing presllent Harold Bishop. Jimmy Blggerstaff. lATSE union reprcentatlve wa.s elected vice-president; United ^Ists Manager Abe Feinstein was again 'lected secretary-treasurer; Hy Swartz of tothstein Theatres, social chairman; Sam Iwartz of Astral Films, publicity chairman, ind Charlie Krupp of Alliance Films was lamed membership chairman. Winnipeg dlectors are Dave Rothstein, Sam Rosenblat. Volfe Blankstein and Joe Huber. Other new llrectors: Fred Falkoner, Tisdale; Angus Mcean, Rainy River; George Miller, Wynyard, nd H. A. Bercovitch, Regina. weet: at Itfi wananteoj' "romotfr." iseofVot get ol tk motinsnit atiiriiayiic of tlie Si', i'n and rx.' [ ears. istribniefl Btic: " pass tin* cosni** nthij a Sir; teninss, V Theresa is stiE' Is' jtilentacts 01 IV !: (j-thelinS Bistlic-' leraiiios liisentiR upport'"^ jptinj -'•' Chilton!!- jlyGillUfall ^ head forfflct'''*- inglisJ otin?' filf RANK MORRISS SPEAKS A speaker at the banquet was the dean of )cal motion picture reviewers, the Winnipeg "tee Press' Frank Morriss, who spoke on lollywood and its problems and endeavors, ipeclal mention was made at the banquet of lie Pioneer of the Year, Hy Swartz, who was bosen several weeks ago. A $500 check was resented by the picnic committee to the loneers benevolent fund, this money being touts accrued from the advertisements in lie picnic program. Hy Swartz has been named Pioneer of the ffg^ for the province of Manitoba and has een designated a.s the man who has done the SK lost for the motion picture industry here Ince 1910. Booker and buyer for the Rothteln chain, Swartz is the only active life lember in the Winnipeg district Picture loneers and was the only person nominated y the local organization for this distinct onor. In spite of all his work and time devoted Rothstein interests, Swartz finds time ) be the social chairman of the Pioneers, Is in liarge of the annual motion picture ball and le annual motion picture picnic. He Is conidered the oldest film man in the Winnipeg arltory, not In age, but in number of years service.