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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

FABIAN CIRCUIT WILL

FABIAN CIRCUIT WILL BECOME ONE OF BIGGEST IN COUNTRY Its 400 Theatres Will Be Topped Only by United Para, and National NEW YORK—Acquisition of the Warner Bros. Theatres by S. H. Fabian and Samuel Rosen will make Fabian Theatres at least the third largest circuit in the industry. That represents a tremendous increase for the Fabian interests. Warner Bros, now has 365 theatres, but a number of them will be disposed of in line with the terms of the consent decree before the transfer is made. Fabian Theatres has 54. That will make the latter's total about 400 properties. United Paramount Theatres leads the field. Leonard H. Goldenson, president, recently predicted it would have 651 theatres when divestiture is complete. NATIONAL HAS 541 THEATRE National Theatres about a year ago had an interest in 541 houses. Of this number, 91 were definitely set for divestiture and 57 were listed for divestiture upon certain contingencies for a total of 148. If all were divested—and that will not be the case—the circuit would still have 393 houses. Loew's has 126 and RKO Theatres 92. UPT reported assets of $113,411,669 a year ago, while the assets of National Theatres and subsidiaries totaled $55,520,000. Tlie Warner Bros, proxy statement sent to stockholders prior to the annual meeting Feb. 20, 1951, lists the capital stock and surplus pro forma S. H. FABIAN Theatre TV a Big Interest before or after the effective date of the reorganization. Fabian again expressed delight Wednesday over taking over the theatres. He confirmed that Harry Kalmine, present head of the theatres, will continue in that position. Headquarters will be in the Fabian offices in the Paramount building. Planning up to this date has not included consideration of any personnel changes. But it was about Theatre Television that Fabian wanted chiefly to talk. Warner Bros. now has 13 theatres so equipped. Fabian said he could not immediately estimate the number of others which will be equipped, but intimated it may be considerable. I "You know my great interest in Theatre | Television," he said, "and you can draw your J own conclusions from that. I feel more j strongly than ever before that it has a great future." Fabian has been a leading industry figure in all theatre television developments to date. He was instrumental in forming the national exhibitors theatre television committee which with the Motion Picture Ass'n of American is seeking Federal Communications Commission approval of an industry television network setup. The FCC was told late in October that a system was planned that would supply most of the indoor theatres in nine large eastern cities with competing programs. The cost was put at about $60,000,000. The system would be based on a New York to Washington network, with programs being received in New York, Trenton, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Reading, Allentown, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington. Fabian's acquisition of the Warner houses plus his known enthusiasm for Theatre Television should strengthen the industry's case when FCC hearings are resumed in January. toi of the new theatre company as of Aug. 31, 1950, as $49,730,285. The net profit of the theatre group for the year ended Aug. 31, 1950 was listed as $6,143,341 and of the new picture company as $4,128,316. TRANSFER CASH ASSETS Warner Bros, would not say Wednesday (17) when the new theatre company will be formed. Edward H. Hessberg, assistant secretary, said that the date could not even be guessed. Fabian said he expected to take over in March 1953. The consent decree calls for divorcement by April 4, 1953. Warner Bros, will transfer to the new theatre company all of its theatre assets in the U. S. and sufficient cash and government securities .so that the consolidated balance sheet of the new theatre company and subsidiaries will reflect a ratio of not less than one and one-half to one of current assets to current liabilities. The new theatre company will be obligated to pay one-fourth and the new picture company three-fourths of any outstanding bank loan. The new theatre company also will be liable for lOO per cent of the amount payable for damages, settlements and various expenses arising from antitrust litigation and relating to events which may have occurred before the effective date of the reorganization in cases where the theatres are involved and production and distribution are not involved. Where both are involved, the new theatre company will a.ssume liability for 85 per cent whether or not the litigation was begun to C. B. Moss, Richard Lewis Form New TV-Radio Firm NEW YORK—Charles B. Moss, president of B. S. Moss Theatrical Enterprises, and Richard Lewis, radio and television producer, have formed Moss & Lewis, Inc., for the purpose of creating live-action and film programs for television and radio. The first production will be Mickey Spillane's "That Hammer Guy," based on mystery novels. It will start January 6 over Mutual at 8;30 p. m. These stories also are to be produced as feature films. Moss operates theatres in New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Florida. Lewis is director and producer of "Blind Date," "Mr. and Mrs. North," "The Adventures of the Falcon" and "The Amazing Mr. Malone," air programs. Spiegel's 'Melba' Deal on 50-50 Basis With UA NEW YORK—Samuel Spiegel, producer of "Melba," which United Artists will distribute for his Horizon Pictures, will split 50-50 with UA. The Technicolor picture was budgeted at $1,000,000, he says, and was made in England at what he estimates was about one-half what it would have cost in this country. Spiegel arrived in New York Tuesday (16) and stopped off for UA home office conferences and a press interview before leaving for the coast. Ascap Lowers Rates For Smaller Houses NEW YORK—Several changes have been| made by Ascap in its contract use of recordings in closed and drive-in theatres as a re-l suit of conferences with various theatre! groups. An additional bracket to both schedules has been made to lower fees for smaller] drive-ins and closed theatres. The new rates are: Closed Theatres Seating Capacity Annual Rate Up to 400 $U 401 to 800 18 801 to 1.200 24 1,201 to 1,600 36 Over 1,600 « Drive-ins Up to 250 cars 251 to 500 Se 501 to 7O0 « Over 700 « J. M. Collins, Ascap sales manager, say! many contracts have already been signed or the new basis. Those desiring to do ."^o car continue on their present contracts for thi first year of the agreement or can execute i new contract embodying the new rates as o Jan. 1, 1953. Theatres operating on a seasonable basl; can have their rates pro-rated on the basl; of the annual rate. 20 BOXOFFICE December 20, 1953

PARAMOUNT "^m SALUTES fill Burt Lancaster Ms up J as Doc— in the picture marked for every boxoffice honor in 1953... dome Back, Little Sheba in ['A complete switch from anything he has ever done and easily the outstanding effort of his career. His surprise casting results a dramatic bombshell!" -HOLLYWOOD REPORTER BURT LANCASTER • SHIRLEY BOOTH Hal Wants' ,. O U C T I O N Come Back, Little Sheba Co-sfarring TERRY MOORE with Richard Jaecl

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