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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

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. . . easy SAN FRANCISCO IJill Weiss, new operator of the VLsta Theaire, lias purchased new sound equipment for the house. Weiss, who also operates the Isleton Theatre, took over the lease of the Vista from Henry Brown, who recently purchased the theatre from William J. Laurie. Brown Is engaged in the insurance business in Rio Vista . . . Two new Super Simplex projectors have been installed in the San Miguel Theatre, according to manager-owner H. B. NeviU. Gloria DeHaven, the actress, was here for a weekend of relaxation . . . The fifth annual Christmas party sponsored by Lodge 26 of the Loyal Order of Moose, was held last week at the Embassy Theatre. More than 1.400 children were greeted by Santa Claus with gifts, ice cream and candy. Theatre facilities were donated by Lee Dibble and Don Mc- Lean, co-owners of the theatre. In addition, the Embassy ow^ners gave a party for 1,000 newsboys for a special holiday show and party. . . . . . . The Chamber of Commerce and RKO Golden Gate Theatre were hosts to orphans at a preview of "Hans Christian Andersen." The youngsters traveled here from as far south as GiLroy and as far north as Sacramento for the Christmas season event The Coliseum Theatre on Clement street reopened for two days when the merchants sponsored a free Christmas show for the kids The Christmas party given by Variety Club for benefit of its charity project, the blind babies, was a tremendous success. All the children had a wonderful time and members of the club have every right to feel proud of their support and participation in such a worthy cause. At the party, representatives of a local philanthropic society gave FOR FAST THEATRE SALES Write or Phone Irv Bowron, Soles Mgr. SCHWARY REALTY CO. Phone: LI 6S5S 10700 N. E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon THEATRE FOR SALE In California, will be avoiloble February 1, 1953. Good lease. Receipts exceptional. Books open. Other interests. $35,000 down to experienced exhibitor only. Stote experience. Boxoffice, 4947. T. limirnrrmili a check for $500 to the Blind Babies foundation. A note from Carol Nathan, former owner of the El Predisio and Marina theatres, said he left here December 9 to spend the holiday season in Los Angeles with his daughter. Carol also celebrated his 65th birthday . . . The Variety Club of Northern California Tent 32 will hold its annual installation dinner January 24 at the Variety clubrooms. Variety International leaders are expected from the east. Sherrill C. Corwin, president of North Coast Theatres, and Harold Citron, general manager, were up from Los Angeles headquarters to visit with district manager Graham Kislingsbury . . . Walter G. Preddey"s new 1953 Al Stanford of calendar is now available . . . Oaks Drive-In at Paso Robles was along the Row with Barney Gurnette of Clovis . . . F. H. Enwald, Bell Drive-In at Sacramento, and Clarence Wasserman of the Roxie at Sacramento also were in. Chloe Ghormley of the Arthur Unger Co. spent the Christmas holiday vacation with relatives in Los Angeles . . . Tony Enea from the Auto Movies in Pittsburg was in . . . Robert C. Biers, Mission Drive-In, was looking over the Arthur Unger Co. new and spacious quarters . . . E. M. Graybill, who just opened the Graybill Theatre at San Miguel, a newly constructed house, was along the Row. Jack Tillman, branch manager of Columbia, was honored at a luncheon at the Colonial room of the St. Francis hotel in celebration of his 25th anniversary with the organisation. Here to pay homage were A. Montague, general manager; Lew Astor, sales manager for the western district, and Joseph FYeiberg, sales accounting, all in from New York. Also Wayne Ball, branch manager up from Los Angeles: Neal Walton, manager, Seattle; Harold Green, manager. Salt Lake City, and Bob HUl, manager, Denver. Also in attendance were exhibitors and circuit men and the local office staff. Ken Dean has been appointed assistant manager, replacing Reeves Brece, who resigned at the New Peerlex, Oakland . . Finding . an usher with real ambition and having clear cut ideas on exploitation is something every manager dreams of, according to Buckie Williams. One has shown up at his New Peerlex Theatre and he has been given a new job unique in such a small theatre operation. Usher Wilbert Brodie has been handed the job of taking one picture each week and making up a special lobby front with trick and novel effects. EFFECTIVENESS OF YOUR SIGN COPY! Strong . . . shock-proof. Wagner Irock adjustable to wcother conditions. More easily read because slotted letter fits closer to gloss. Economical installation. Only manufacturer of complot* fonts of 4"-8''-10"-17" plastic tetters. Pacific Coasf Distributors B. F. SHEARER COMPANY lO( ANOIlISi III! SntXiiuM . I t*N riANCItCOl lOXilolHtl IMS • PORTlANDl II4TII . Ktitaii.Alv null I nil • SIATTlll 1)11 SlttX »• Ullin U4I SEATTLE \ fJenry Haustien, Paramount manager, returned from a meeting in Los Angeles in time to attend his office's annual party Friday (19 1. This event followed the firm's cock- . . Bill Foreman, who tail dinner dance at the Sorrento, which 30 persons attended the previous week . . . Wanda Griffin of 20th-Fox, secretary in the booking department, has announced her engagement to Lyle Hockspraun . was up from the south for a few days, has gone south again with his wife and children and will spend the holidays there. The Oak in Oak Harbor has changed hands, . . . . . . Harry Plunkett, effective January 1. Formerly owned by R. A. Gardiner and Leonard Raatz, the 'Whidbey Island show house is now the property of Chester Hopkins R. A. Gardiner has taken over the Lyric in Mount Vernon, which was formerly leased by Eldon Pollock. After a remodeling program, Gardiner will reopen the house as the Lido salesman for National Theatre Supply, returned from eastern Washington where he was helping Lowell Spiess set up his new drive-in at Dayton, which is scheduled to oi)en in the spring. Emis Piro, U-I manager in Portland, and his wife were in town Thursday for the funeral of Mrs. Piro's brother Ed Cameron . . . L. O. Seley, Manley popcorn, returned from a week in Portland . . . Cecil Thompson, salesman in the Portland office of National Theatre Supply, was up for the annual NTS gettogether. . . Sterling Theatres Ella Mae Morse, Capitol recording artist, started a seven-day run at the Palomar Christmas day. It wUl include a special New year's eve show . will feature a special all-cartoon show in six houses Tuesday (30 1. On the program will be Popeye, Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and other favorite cartoons, which will be shown twice, at 1 and 3 p. m. The six houses are the Magnolia, Admiral, Beacon, Arabian, Uptown and Crest. This special matinee will not interfere with their regular evening schedule. Jack J. Engerman, manager of Lippert Pictures and Engerman Exchange System, has completed negotiations with International; Releasing Organization for IRO product, which includes such pictiu-es as "Kisenga, Man of Africa" in Technicolor, "Massacre Hill," "Maniacs on Wheels" and others. Engerman is going to New York the first of the year to complete negotiations for additional pictures. About 50 Sterling Theatre staff members and office employes attended the firm's an^ nual Christmas party in the Flamingo roomi of the New Washington hotel. Tlie party in' eluded a cocktail hour, followed by dinneri and entertainment . . . Among Filmrow visl' tors were Ed Metzger of Pullman. Lewiston and Clarkston; Ed Stierwalt, McClary; HoW' ard McGhee. Walla Walla, and Harry Wall, Lewiston. 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in Parties for Needy Given in St. Louis ST LOinS Offlcliils of Faiithon & Murco- 8t. Louis Amusemciu Co. circuit xtartcd Christmas parties iind surprises for the underprlvllcKed eiirly this year, Friday il9> the Missouri Theatre was the scene of the knnual Christmas party for residents of old (oiks homes and Institutions Klvcn by FSiM In cooperation with the Better Films Council. Hundreds of aKed men and women were brouKht to the theatre by special motorbiis or private automobiles provided by the Belter Films Council luid others. Film companies provided the film proKram and the projectionists, stagehand.s and other .service help and the staff of the big theatre donated their work. Special treats Included tobacco for the men and boxes of candy for the women. This Is an event that they look forward to for weeks and always thoroughly enjoy. The following morning. Saturday (20i Panchon & Marco's 5.200-scat Fox was packed with underprivileged children for a Christmas party arranged by Fanchoii & Marco and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Various organizations caring for underprivileged children cooperated in advance arrangements for the big party. The main gift for the youngsters was a showing of "Hans Christian Ander.sen." Tony Peluso, manager of the Fox. and Bob Johnston, director of advertising and publicity for the Fanchon & Marco, and the Globe- Democrat also saw that each boy and girl in attendance received a big bag of candy and other treats. The entertainment program also included singing by a group of carolers from the St. Louis Christmas Carols Ass'n. There also were film cartoons and other shorts to round out the program. There was no admission charge, but control Of the crowd was arranged by having tickets distributed through various organizations. The Globe-Democrat ran a number of special articles in advance of the party to stimulate Interest. The Christmas carols were sung by a 50-voice Southwest High school choir sent by the carols association. The various sponsoring organizations, agencies and clubs cooperating in the big party arranged transportation to and from the theatre. The doors of the theatre opened at 9 a.m. and the carolers began their party shortly afterward. The motion picture portion of the program started about 10 a.m. Rob Anbert Theatre ST. LOUIS—A man armed with an automatic pistol held up Joy Tatum. cashier of the Aubert Theatre, a unit of the St. Louis Amusement Co., December 19, escaping with $10. Miss Tatum said that the bandit, about 35 years old and about six feet tall, shoved a note into the cashier's cage. It read: "This Is a stickup. Take it easy, kid." She gave him $10, which apparently satisfied him. Frank C. Brown Dies ST. LOUIS—Funeral services for Frank C. "Buster" Brown, a stagehand at the St. Louis Municipal Opera and various other local theatres since 1901, were conducted Monday (22) at the New Apostolic church. Brown, 74, was a member of Theatrical Brotherhood Local 6. Congressman Hillelson Discusses Tax Repeal K.\.s.s.\.s ( irY Newly il