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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

. . Doug : Communist

. . Doug : Communist Cleanup Drive Praised by Roy Brewer OMAHA—The film industry has done a first-rate job of cleaning out Communists in its ranks during the last two years, so says Roy Brewer, former Nebraskan who has risen from projector operator in Grand Island to president of the 20,000-member Hollywood AFL council and international representative of the lATSE on the west coast. Brewer stopped here on his way from the Conference of Motion Picture Organizations meeting in Chicago en route to Los Angeles. He said: "The job has been tough because the vast majority of those helping communism were deceived. The problem has been to isolate the real Communists without hurting the innocent." Speaking on COMPO's drive for relief from the federal ticket tax, he said "hundreds of little theatres could be kept in operation if the tax were lifted." He said the Federal Communications Commission policy of denying television channels to theatres is grossly unfair. He said FCC holds that theatres are competitive to .television "yet they give television channels to radio stations which are even more competitive to TV. Both television and radio are in the advertising business but we are in the entertainment business." He said he believed the roughest period was over for the theatres and that, while some might be lost, the industry was coming back strong. Felix Snow, fifth vice-president of lATSE, was in Omaha to discuss local contracts. Increase in TV Power Okayed for Two Stations MINNEAPOLIS—Advent of 1953 won't be made any happier for Minneapolis and St. Paul exhibitors and tho.se within a radius of 100 miles from the Twin cities by the FCC action in authorizing increases in power to 100,000 watts for both of the TV stations here, WCCO and KSTP. The additional power is expected to be in operation within .several weeks. This means clearer reception in the stations' fringe areas covering towns up to nearly 100 miles distance from Minneapolis and St. Paul and an extension of that fringe area for 12 to 15 miles, film industry leaders point out. Film folks fear that with TV reception improved in the towns surrounding the Twin Cities and more towns getting it, .sale of sets w-ill be boosted in these communities and exhibition will be further injured. For WCCO this is the second TV power increase in six months. KSTP already has on hand all of the additional TV equipment required to increase its power from its present 25,000 watts to 100,000 watts visual and 60,000 watts aural, Stanley Hubbard, general manager, announced. 80 MILWAUKEE . . E. J. Clumb, former pay and Oliver Trampe hosted a Christmas party (19> for employes of the AA exchange and the trade . manager of the Towne Theatre here, is to replace Roy Pierce of the Riverside. Clumb handled the Towne for six years. Tlic Riverside is owned by Standard Theatres, operator of more than 25 situations. MGM, Standard Theatres and U-I had Christmas parties December 19 . . . Don . . . Brown, Mars, La Farge, and Mrs. A. Bergthodt, Cashton and Westby, were in booking and buying last week. Mrs. Bergthodt took over the operation of the two hous* after The the recent death of her husband projectionists union held open house Tuesday (23). James Cavalry, former operator of the Liberty Theatre here, is negotiating for another local house . . . William Benjamin of Screen Guild Productions has acquired franchise rights for "High Treason" Miss Sarah Freuler, sister of J. . . . R. Freuler, who operates the Century and Atlantic theatres here, died The Granada at her home recently . . . Theatre is now showing a first run Polish film. The theatre is situated in a densely populated Polish area. Lakeland Theatres Corp. has taken an option on land on Highway 12 just outside of Whitewater for construction of a di'ive-in early in spring. The corporation owns and operates the Strand in Whitewater . Groenert, who formerly managed the Tosa and other theatres, is now managing the Plaza under Hugo Vogel. We understand Barney Sherman has severed his connection with the theatre, leaving Vogel as the head. It was formerly a Fox Wisconsin house. Civic and industry-minded Harold Fitzgerald, who heads Fox Wisconsin, invited a number of industry leaders in for a jam session. We understand the makin's of a new organization is in the offing—sort of a benefit movement. Among those present were Ben Marcus, S&M Theatres; Al Kvool. Warner circuit, and Harold Pearson, Allied Ass'n secretary . . . Ralph Krause, Zenith Theatre manager, is in line for a deal in Chicago, which calls for his producing a series of TV shows. Krause, it will be recalled, has a number of acts which he takes about the state known as Krause's Radio Revue. Sig Goldberg, his wife and daughter headed for California. He is president of the Wisconsin Steinberg lad has taken Allied . . . over the Lyric Theatre in a deal with owner Helene Hanke. This breaks up the partnership of Steinberg & Everson, formerly at the Oakland. Everson now operates the Oakland alone. Variety Club Donates Oxygen Tent DES MOINES— Tent 15, Des Moines Variety Club, has presented Mercy hospital here with a new oxygen tent. Presentation of the gift was made by Milt Feinberg. Tent 15 several years ago equipped a lounging room at Mercy hospital for the use of expectant fathers. The next club project, Feinberg said, will be the redecorating and refm-nishing of this room. Variety of Des Moines Plans 1953 Program DES MOINES—Variety Tent 15 here this week began setting plans for an early January meeting at which new officers will outline a program of extensive activity to be undertaken in the coming months. At the annual year-end luncheon meeting held in the clubrooms Monday ( 15 1 Milt Feinberg, retiring chief barker, expressed his gratitude to the entire membership for the fine cooperation and support during 1952. The year-end luncheon saw the election of Robert Conn, 20th-Fox manager, as new chief barker. Other new officers are Byron Shapero, Columbia manager, first assistant chief barker; Don Conley, RKO, second asi-sstant chief barker; Leon Mendelson, Warner manager, doughguy, and Don West, West Insurance Agency, property master. Crew members are Bill Feld. Harry Hiersteiner, Sol Yeager, J. E. McGlynn, B. Luftman and Ed Utley. MAC Will Not Renew Its Lease on Arion Theatre MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Amusement Co. has informed Rubenstein & Kaplan, Inc., owner of the neighborhood Arion Theatre, that MAC will not renew its lease on the theatre when it expires April 30. Rc&K is trying to sell the property for commercial purposes. Within the last year, the Paramount ciicuit sold two St. Paul first run houses In compliance with the consent decree and declined to take them back when the buyers tried to get rid of them; kept the Aster Theatre closed after taking it back after purchaser failed to fulfill terms, and also f sold one of its neighborhood theatres here. In addition, MAC recently offered its Loop first run Century for sale for conversion into commercial use. MAC apparently hasn't decided yet if it will renew the lease on another R&K-owned local neighborhood theatre, the Granada, on which the lease expires next April 30. R&K has asked MAC to make an offer, but the latter has not done so yet and hasn't signified its intention in the matter, according to Charles Rubenstein. New Airer for Pocahontas, Iowa POCAHONTAS, IOWA—Construction of an outdoor theatre has begun on Highway 3 at the east edge of Pocahontas. Grading of the land is nearing completion and the erection of a projection booth and screen tower is planned before spring. Pioneer Theatres Drop Christmas Eve Shows Des Moines—No Christmas eve showings were lield in any Pioneer tlieatres in Iowa this year. It was the first time such showings have been omitted and the action was decided upon at a recent meeting of I'ionccr niana.svers throughout the state. It was explained that many churches hold their children's Christmas programs on Cliristnias eve and that by closing tlie theatres, tliere would bo no tendency to attract any from the religious programs. BOXOFFICE December 27, 1952 ilonl f i)£:rHOiT't }i tork proe'» ijiLstnss j,\tiei jiity tlie »P'" ding up St « audit* rouM Iron trii of lilt I if tlie tiiin al sliow In s laaard were liirtlier Sinitt aiy consW" 1 send a spt' m fM " tlcDi 5l asking Si jinter band mi tliat cot Bies bj the 1 lEin HBOXOFFK [aiding t: zinedate< KTttaij' of tt :f certain haul mniioned, wis ain rules Sility and comnis !l tariffs, fhic J 4e letter a in Rre first J«ed changes lie commisslo liafa in out sdurt, either MrR'.V.B ud who at ( 'niffdeparlii nision of Ohi . tithe people , instructing - Msonderstai wupetiiors Ihe tariffs » 'ileal the « the PDco It wl any time ai Wted by bolt Our haulers '""ofPiim *fen iusatli approach "JSroupole « and I ci Waretiuest "tee such tthibitor ftt tariff, Wish his "Ittplainit fEastjjtj welami,, lOJOFFlCE

Rot. «.t Dillon Krepps Buys 'Siars' Premiere TV DETROIT- Dillon M. 'Dti" Kropps. man- BglnK director of the United Artists Tliciitre. believes In makltiK hay from television by buying up sponsorship uf iin Kvallablc network program which happened to tie In with the opcnlnK of his new film. With "Stars and Stripes Forever" set to open Christmas day. Krepps walked over to WXYZ-TV and bouRht sponsorship of fi network show scheduled for Christmas, which Included spot coveraRC of the premiere of the film at the Roxy in New York. Building up the opening. Krepps 1.-. playing Santa Claus Christmas morning to a capacity audience of 1.938 servicemen, being ''"''^brought from Selfrldge air base, 30 miles north of the city, to see a special showing of the film. Arrangements for this special show were made through the USO. ditr In a further tie-in. Krepps arranged with Leonard Smith. Detroit bandleader whom many consider the logical successor U. Sousa, to send a special letter about the film to some 6.000 Detroiters who cared enough about band music to write to the city council asking that the council appropriate funds for winter concerts, as well as the summer series by the Smith band. LETTER To BOXOFFICE: Regarding the article, appearing in your magazine dated December 13. stating that the secretary of the ITOO will study the tariffs of certain haulers in Ohio, of which I am one mentioned, wish to advise that there are certain rules and regulations prescribed by the Utility commissions, which cover the filing of tariffs, which, I can assure you. were obeyed to the letter and in my case, when changes are contemplated, the exhibitors that I service were first notified by letter of the proposed changes before they were submitted to the commissions and I also know that other haulers in our group followed the same procedure, either by mail or personal contact. a tariff consultant, Mr. W. V. Blake, who is and who at one time was employed in the tariff department of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and who also worked for most of the people mentioned in your article in constructing tariffs and making changes, fully understands what the limitations are for competitors who haul the same commodity. The tariffs of all the haulers mentioned are on file at the offices of the haulers and also at the PUCO and ICC offices, for inspection at any time and these same tariffs were approved by both commissions. Our haulers association, known as the Ohio Ass'n of Film Haulers, who hold meetings in Columbus at least once every year, has never been approached regarding a meeting with any group of exhibitors or exhibitors association and I can assure anyone interested, if such a request were received, we would be glad to have such a meeting or if any individual exhibitor wishes any information concerning the tariff, his hauler would be glad to show and explain it to him. 1836 East 23rd St. Cleveland 14, Ohio L. C. GROSS OBSFRVKS IIIKTIID.W—IrvlnR Murcus, NSS salesman in (levcland, is shown here with his dauBhtt-r Carol, who rerrntlv celebrated her tenth hirthclav. Deiroit Ten! in Drive For New Members DETROIT—Variety Tent a is in the midst of a vigorous campaign for membership under the leadership of incoming Chief Barker Jack Zide and Ernest T. Conlon. executive secretary. The first new membership luncheon was held Thursday (18) in the clubrooms at the Tiiller hotel, and a lively interest in the enlarged program of the organization for 1952 was manifest. A special four-man advisory committe of industry leaders was set up to cooperate closely with the board of directors, elected three weeks ago. Members of the committee are; H. Edward Stuckey, Butterfield Theatres; Arthur Robinson, circuit owner; Earl J. Hudson, president of United Detroit Theatres, and Adolph Goldberg, partner in Community Theatres. "A tremendous program of activities is now in motion." Conlon said. "Our first step will be to complete plans for the construction of a Hollywood House, proceeds of which will be Variety's contribution to the cerebral palsy emancipation program. We plan to redecorate and refurnish our clubrooms. Our charitable program for providing movies for shutins will be expanded. A committee will be appointed on women's activities." Universal Marks Record Among Detroit First Runs DETROIT—With major theatres generally varying their openings in order to tak? care of the holiday trade, resulting from complications of a Thursday holiday, U-I scored the unusual record of five first run bookings playing at one time over the pre-Christmas weekend. The record list includes two double bills — "Because of You" and "Horizons West" at the Michigan, and "The Black Castle" and "The Raiders" at the Palms-State, together with the second feature, "Pool of London," at the Madison. All three are United Detroit theatres. Some were slated to bow out with the holiday bills, paced by "Bwana Devil" at the Madison. Chakeres Will Build Morehead, Ky., Airer MOREHEAD, KY.—The Chakeres Thcatren Co., oix.'rator of 48 theatres In Ohio and X< !.- tucky. and Ellis Johiuson, head foolbtiU c-y .. at Morehead Stale college, will build a »100.- 000 drive-ln two miles i-unl of here on Hlith- »ay 60. Gene Lutes. Frankfort. Kentucky manager for Chakeres. said the firm had completed a deal for purcha.sc of 12 acren of land fronting on the highway. He said that the ulrer will accommodate 300 cars. Chakeres also owns the Trail and Mills theatres here. Lutes said that ground-breaking for the drlve-ln will be started Immediately and the alrer will be opened next spring. EHU.' Johnson will be manager of the theatre It had been ."^ald formerly that Stanley Rnd)umui. assistant Morehead coach, would be a partowner, but Lutes said Radjunas would not be connected with the drlve-tn. BOWLING CLEVELAND—National Theatre Supply won three games from Encon Corp. In last week's battle of the One Sixty Bowling league. Local 160 team won three games from Suprex Carbon, putting these two teams temporarily in the lead. Standings are; Tcom Won Lo«f T«om Won Lo«t NTS '7 10 Encon IJ 14 Locol 160 16 11 Suprci • 1' Gordon Bullock has raised his average 16 pins over last season. Rollo Snow turkeyed out in the last frame to maintain his 114 average. Everyone is sorry for Earl Gehringer, who is "batching" it while his wife spends several months visiting her folks. C. G. Bosworth of the Altec Corp., recently transferred to Detroit, sends holiday greetings to his Cleveland friends and former associates. Joe Zill, projectionist, learned the hard way that carpentering Ls not forte. Result of bad timing is a bum leg that takes him out of the bowUng league temporarily. Lew Berger says it can't happen, but nevertheless he rates a big zero in the first frame. One Sixty Bowling league members send season's greetings to the members of the Detroit Nightingales. DETROIT—With the first half of the bowling season approaching an end, Amusemen Supply i"^ 'ti'l ^av "P there. Tcom Won Lost Tcom Won Loit Amusement Sup 60 28 Ernie forbei .41 47 Not! Corbon 54 34 NTS 38 50 McArthur Equip 46 42 Locol 199 35 53 ^Itee 44 44 Mount Vernon .34 54 High scores were rolled by Charles Whitaker 256, total 552; Rot Tompson 238, total 541: William Fouchey 216, total 532; Donald Lewis 204, total 537: Edgar Douville 204, total 538; Golbert Light 509; Matt Raskin 192, total 531; Eddie Waddell 191. total 513; Nick Forest 190, total 516; Pete Newton 529. Robert Enoch Plans New Ozoner vaNE GROVE JUNCTION, KY—Robert T. Enoch, president, reported Elizabethtown Amusements. Inc.. will build a drive-in theatre here. Nothing is spared in poticnt's core ot omuscment industry's WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOS- PITAL. BOXOFFICE December 27, 1952 ME 81