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. . Universal 1 D E S MOINES Caiesmen barely made it home before Iowa's . . Columbia higliways turned to sheets of ice last weekend. Bj-ron Shapiro, who had planned an out-of-town trip, was forced to give up driving and take the train. Filmrov.eis who had hoped for weekend trips canceled them and stayed by their own firesides . . Several . Christmas parties were held or. the Row during the week preceding the holiday. Warner employes held theii' annual party on December 18 at the exchange. Dancing and dinner made up the program had its parly December 23 at the exchange. Employes drew names for a gift exchange . had two celebrations. A gift exchange was held on December 18 and a party was held in the office December 24. The girl who was the photographic double for Dorothy Lamour in "Road to Bali" spent the holidays here. She is Jean Whitlow Marrone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Whitlow. In "Bali" Jean w'as called upon to take the place of the star in such strenuous activities as swimming, swinging from vines, slipping on the deck of a ship, etc. A dancer, she has appeared in many other picti:res, her most recent being "Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder," with FYankie Laine, and "Son of Ali Baba." Joanne Hoffman, former Republic employe, visited the Row several times while enjoying the vacation from her studies at Iowa State Teachers college. The recent theatre telecast of "Carmen" PROGRAMS Coverinj ONE or TWO WEEKS! ONE DAY SERVICE — On Request THEATRICAL ADVERTISING CO. 2310 CASS AVE. DETROIT, 1, MICH. WRITE FOR SAMPLES! WO. 1-2158 from the Metropolitan Opera house resulted in a "fuzzy" picture. For the audience at the Paramount Theatre, which had just installed its machine, it was the first experience with theatre-TV. The Paramount. which holds 1,700 persons, was about half full for the performance. The Tulip Theatre at Orange City is rapidly being put into first class condition. The building has been given a new coat of paint, the seats are being renovated and the heating equipment and projection room have been repaired. The new owner of the house is Ed Utech . . . When the German film, "The Marriage of Figaro," failed to arrive here for two nights of double performances at the Ai-t Center, Earl Manbeck jr. offered his print of the silent picture, "The Three Musketeers" as a substitute. This pleased everyone, but it left the Ai't Center without any sound to go with the picture. Two accompanists were finally located. Side-Door Payoff MILWAUKEE—Anthony LaPorte of the Avalon Theatre on the south side reports an anonymous patron wrote him as follows: "Please accept the enclosed $5 bill. I have gone in the side door of your theatre a number of times. Thank you." "Maybe." La- Porte declared, "I had better move my boxoffice to the side door. There is probably more money there." New Drive-In for Shawano SHAWANO. WIS.—W. L. Ainsworth of the Independent Theatres, operator of the Shawano Theatre, wUl build a drive-in theatre on Highways 22 and 187. Independent Theatres also operates theatres in Milwaukee. Wausau and Oconomowoc. A. H. Blank Hosts Kids At Polio Xmas Party DES MOINES—A. H. Blank, president Tri-States Theatre Corp., played host nearly 60 youngsters stricken with polio Blank Memorial hospital last w-eek. It was tht annual Christmas party for youngsters at Uu hospital. Usually the annual party isn't sc rfflCAGO'' eM. int liths big but last season was a bad one for polic and for that reason there were many mort '•s-Tlii"»"', patients at the hospital, which Blank donated in memory of his son. There were 11 wheelchairs in the roons where the party was held and three children watched the party from beds that had beeu wheeled in. Several other youngsters, whc *?*'''"'"'' Aiti*-' : is'j'-The Jtitii I -Angelo 1 sat at the small tables eating ice cream and popcorn balls, arrived at the party in the arms .-a of nurses and Blank Guild volunteers. Climax of the party was the appearance of Santa Claus with a bulging bag of toys. Pw ^f^lMlIt other children too sick to attend the party, there were gifts, too, personally delivered by the old gentleman who never forgets. tins' While the Blank party keynoted theatre events in Des Moines over the holidays, other to Cities theatres throughout the state were helping ffiSitfOl make youngsters happy, too: ae clieer at In Perry, a food for the needy movie party i tot HI Giis" in it! was given by the Perry Theatre management "Hiawa Children brought donations of food as their lia admission ticket to the show. Later the food anii fi' iBiation cam] was turned over to needy families. More than !i Baba." "Ai 650 youngsters attended the party. its doors to the kiddies for a morning of cartoons At Rock Valley, the Orpheum opened WoTO thf ; whitli kick wee liistinas and a western feature. It was all free. At Brooklyn, 45 merchants and businessmen iin Dollar Mi presented two free shows at the Broad' 'Bluebeard tin Aftolt and C way. Aiding in the presentation was M. J. Fauver. manager of the Broadway. i-,r.-Ml (ol At Centerville, it w-as the Majestic which ^{-Son of Ali played host to a party which began at 1 p. m. '::: Cih-Stflri ;(0 Or-phtBlv-< and continued until evening. In Jewell, Mr, k; Pc^Po* 'Hiawatha and Mrs. G. H. Maxon, owners of the Strand, put on a free show for the children as they have done for many years in the past. Candy, peanuts and apples were given out by Santa Claus immediately after the show. In Kings- n ley, children were entertained at the De Luxe' OM.fflA-0 ,« .as slo at its annual Christmas party. arastUnrii IS a bit abov Advertising Can Be MISLEADIHG! If you are going to buy new Projector Mechanisms, see us. We sell the Best, our list price is lower, our trade-in allowance is fair and your outlay of money for the Best Projector Mechanism will be less. Buy a Proven Projector Mechanism. Judge Considers Pleas In Lebedoff Lawsuit MINNE.APOLIS—Federal Judge G H. Nordbye, after three days of arguments, took. under advisement the pleas of the defend ants and plaintiffs in the antitrust con-i spiracy suit of Sol and Martin Lebedoff against major distributors and the Mlnne-i sota Amusement Co. Counsel for the defendants sought a re-' duction to $105,000 of the $125,000 judgment which Judge Nordbye has awarded the Lebedoffs. They also opposed the $29,000 attorney's fee asked by Lee Loevenger, the plaintiffs' counsel. On his part, Loevenger argued for an increase in the judgment to $150,000. Taahe Biio tecause Ym' ffi at the i h'*IS-«pBo .Pinliac I-' 'Reolt ^•^.--Tli.'s . wl liiind IJ »i bilk M. ^1 .,, kFighlc aHOR.!, met 01 the 'Cm as Hide el Sand [ DES MOINES THEATRE SUPPLY CO. 1121 High St. Phone 3-6520 Des Moines, Iowa Legion Award to Wayne Theatre CORYDON, IOWA—The Wayne Tiieatre here ha.s received a Merit Award scroll from the William Serge Faulkner post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in appreciation for helping make the VFW poppy day a successful event in Wayne county. ^'Cofflmi ^feE,Fri deforpi «Miatelyto, laid al Ck Man; *« to be it, 78 BOXOFFICE December 27, 1952 loxorncE

. . . Eddie . . RKO's . . W. Ir. iii :hicago First Runs MINNEAPOLIS I ,Jl! JSlump to Average CHICAGO — BuMiiess at Loop nr>,t run jhouses was slow. New product was fairly stronK and did averaKC business. The ChlcaKO lid fine with a second week of "The Thief." ptlus a slaRo show headed by Basil Rathbone and Polly Bergen. Chicago—Th* Thl«f (UA), plut itog* >how, 2nd k 100 Etquirc The Hour of 13 (MGM), 2nd wk 100 nronil The Stool Trop JOth-Fon). Th« Lady $oy» No (UAl, 3f.l vsk 90 )rionlal—Brooking the Sound Barrier (UA), 2nd wk '00 iglocc— Plymouth Adventure MGM), 3rd wk 100 Itoto-Loke—Tho Snowi at Kilimonloro (20th-Fo>), 7fh wk 95 icvolt—Hongmon's Knot iCol), TargaN—Hong Keng (Col) 95 jrf—O. Htnry'i Full HouM (20th-Fox), 7lh wk 100 Initcd Artiits — flat Top (AA); Torpodo AHoy (AA), 2nd wk 90 Morld Playhouse—Godi ot Bali (Cla»>ct), Bllth* Spirit (Clossic) 95 (Voodi— Pony Soldier (20th-Fox), 3rd wk 95 ^^legfcld — Beauty and tho Beait (Lopcrt), Sho* Shino (Lopcrt) 90 Gus' Continues to Pace Twin Cities at 100 MINNEAPOLIS—As expected, there was ittle cheer at the boxofflce. Companitlvely, he best showing was made again by "My >al Gus" In its .second week. Newcomers Inluded "Hiawatha," having its territory premiere and given a big and effective ex- )loitation campaign; "Cattle Town," "Son of Mi Baba," "Angelo" and "Park Row," none )I which kicked up much boxoffice dust. Downtown theatres came in with strong 'ihristmas week attractions, includinc; "Mil- Ion Dollar Mermaid," "Prisoner of Zenda," "Bluebeard the Pirate," "The Stooge" and 'Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd." ientury—My Pal Gus (20th-Fox), 2nd wk 100 Sopher—The Jungle (LP); Mr. Wolkic Tolkie (LP) 80 .ync—Son of Ali Bobo U-H, Army Bound (AA).. 90 iodio City—Stan end Stripes forever ,20th-Fox) 95 IKO Orpheum—Cottle Town (WB) 85 KO Pon—Pork Row (UA), Confidence Girl (UA). 85 itote—Hiawotho (AA) 90 iVorld—Angelo (Scolero) 90 Buccaneer' Leads in Omaha With 105 Per Cent OMAHA—Only the Omaha showed any itrength during a dull first run week, holding a bit above average with a rugged bill of 'Yankee Buccaneer" and "Scarlet Angel." Because You're Mine" did fair in its third week at the State. Weather was clear and senerally mild. irondeis— Operation Secret (WB); Battles of Chief Pontine (Reolart) 95 imoho—Yankee Bucconeer ,U-I), Scarlet Angel (U-l) 105 )rpheum—Tho Steel Trap (20th-Fox); My Wife's P - - - - . - Best Friend !20th-Fox) 90 jtote— Becouse You's Mine (MGM), 3rd wk 95 Town—The Young and the Damned (Fine Arts); The Dark Mon (Fine Arts); Kansas Territory (AA) 85 foins Fight on Communism ELDORA, IOWA—Leo Wolcott, theatre owner of the Iowa-Nebraska ITOA, received telegram asking use of his name in the nationwide effort supporting Radio Free f.^ i'* Europe and Radio Free Asia in the fight Bgainst Communism. The telegram came from Charles E. Friely, state chairman of the Iowa Crusade for Freedom committee. Wolcott im- '^ mediately wired his permission. croliS Richard Crane will topline "The Neanderthal Man." a Wisberg-PoUexfen production to be directed by E. A. Dupont. Tn iidditlon to participating In the aU-lnduxtry Chrixtmaa party, 20th-Fox and United . . . Artists had their own Individual shIndlK.s. The former wa.H held In the Normandy hotel and United ArtUti at the exchunur Back from New York where he viewed Cinerama. Harry B French. Minnesota Amusement Co. president, called It "one of the most outstanding thInKs In all .show" He found nothing available In stage attractions for lociil Radio City which ha« been without a stage show for many months. Bennie Berger went to Duluth to visit his theatre properties there . . . Reno Wllk. drlve- . . . In circuit owner. Is vacationing In California Don HaJloran. formerly with . . . RKO. has Joined the 20th-Fox sales staff. He succeeds southern Minnesota salesman Bill Donald, who resigned LeRoy J. Miller. Uiilvrrsal manager, and his .sales staff will attend a sales meeting In Chlcag.-; next week . "Never Wave at a WAC" is set for the Minneapolis and St. Paul Orpheums February 6. said Fay Dressell, RKO manager. . . . The Paramount Pep club, comprising branch employes, dug into its treasury to buy Christmas toys for the Phyllis Wheatly Negro .settlement houte. They were purchased from the Nathanson Tobacco Co., which sold the toys at cost so that the set;iemenl house wound up with nearly three times as many as the amount set aside by the pep club ordinarily would buy . H. Workman, MGM manager, is at home slowly recuperating after a session in the University hospital The 23-year-old son of Frank Eisenberg. United Artists salesman, still is undergoing treatment in the Veterans hospital for polio, which he contracted more than six weeks ago. . . . Christmas . . The George Fosdick and Chet LeVoir, Republic .salesmen, are vacatitning. The former drove to California to visit a son there food baskets for poor families were pur- chased with the profits derived from the all-industry Christmas party and Al Stern, RKO, and Joe Ro.sen, Arnold Shartin and Ben Zatz of Paramount distributed them Stoller, United Artists salesman, is vacationing for a fortnight handy man at Sam Berger's lower loop Grand disappeared. So did two money bags containing between SlOO and $136 . . Kenneth . Bergman is back as a Universal booker after service in the armed forces. Exhibitors visiting Fllmrow included R. A. Miller, Mondovi, Wis.: L. C. Weisner, Cannon Falls: Hank Bailey, Eagle Bend, and Fred Schnee, Litchfield. Pat Dean Smith of the "Million Dollar Mermaid" cast, stopping here, in Duluth and St. Paul, grabbed off considerable newspaper publicity and TV and radio attention, thanks to the efforts of Tom Letcher, Metro exploiteer. Jack Heywood, pioneer New Richmond, Wis.. exhibitor, was confined to his bed by a painful back injury sustained when he fell in his bathtub several months ago. Joy Page as Femme Lead Joy Page has been signed for the femme lead in ""Conquest of Cochise." a Columbia film. Only Top Stage Shows Succeed in Omaha OMAHA Wliafs happened to ihow business In Omaha?" a»ked stage and icreen Columnist John Koffcnd In the World-Herald. He pointed out Trl-Stales TJieatres had offered 15 U'Klllmatc attractloas during the year. Six mode money 'two barely showing a profit) and of the nine which finished In the red. some had .is few ax 300 admlsslonx. Why the foUure.s? Trl-SUtcs DUlrlct Manager Bin Mlskell hB.s one theory He said that every legitimate theatre crowd In Omaha Is predominantly out-of-town. Al a musical. 67 of each 100 In the audience drive In from Iowa or outstatc Nebra.ska. At a nonmusical the number Is 64 of each 100. "That's the way It u.sed to be." .said Mlskell. "but the out-of-towners haven't been showing up. We've lost them and I don't think it's because of the price. The cheapest scats always are the last to sell. Top seats can be $4.80 or $3.60. It doesn't matter." He .said "Oklahoma! " which has played Omaha four times, and "South Pacific." which played twice, had firmly established reputation and made money each time. "But the out-of-towners won't come If they haven't heard of the show." Two solo performance—by Elsa Lanchester and Cornelia Otis Skinner—were financial flops. Other local fiscal failures were "Country Girl." "Bell. Book and Candle." "Rose Tattoo." "The Cocktail Party." "I Am a Camera" and two name band.*—Tiny Hill and PeeWee King. Successes were "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." "The Moon Is Blue." "Good Night Ladies," "Call Me Madam" and "John Brown's Body." But Mlskell isn't daunted, he's booking all the good shows he can get. Allied Sends an Appeal In Rhyme to Members MILWAUKEE — The Alhed of Wisconsin office has tent the following reminder In rhyme to all members: ARE YOU AN ACTIVE MEMBER? Are you an active member, The kind that's liked so well. Or are you just contented With the button in your lapel? Do you attend the meetings And mingle with the flock. Or do you stay at home And criticize and knock? Do you take an active part To help the work along. Or are you satisfied To be the kind who just belongs? Do you help the cause along And make things really tick. Or leave the work to just a few And talk about that clique? Come to the meetings often And help with hand and heart. Don't be just a member But take an active part. Think this over, brother. You know right from wrong, Ai-e you an active member Or do you just belong? BOXOFFICE :: December 27, 1952 79