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. . concessions BOSTON pay Daugaweet, former manager of the Old South Theatje here, now dismantled, is now handling the Floxbury and helping out at the Scollay Rialto. Every theatre in the Lockwood & Gordon circuit is having a free Christmas party for kids during the holidays . . . Nancy Glaser, former assistant to Karl Pasick, publicist at Loew's Boston Theatres, was married recently to George Katz of Boston. Her position has been taken by Stephanie Wagner of New Jersey, who formerly did radio publicity work in New York. Felician LaCroix of the Playhouse, Gorham. and the Playhouse, Kezar Falls, Me., suffered a crushed left leg when wedged between two cinder blocks. It was broken in seven places. Doctors have been able to save it, although he will have to have a series of bone-grafting operations . When the Veterans of Foreign . . Wars reopened the Cameo Theatre, Mattawaumkeag. Me., for two nights a week, they placed a local man, Otis BoUiet, as manager. Walter Upchurch, Lockwood & Gordon's manager at the Cameo, South Weymouth, who comes from Mississippi, is spending Christmas in his home town and will bring back his nine-year-old son to put him in school here . . . Tlie Uptown Theatre, Boston, a Smith Management Corp. theatre, has installed two new Ashcraft hydro-arc watercooled lamps from Massachusetts Theatre Equipment Co. Richard A. Smith, son of Philip Smith of the Smith Management Co., was married Sunday (21 » at the Somerset hotel to Susan Flax of Newton. The couple will spend a Christmas honeymoon in Nassau. The Philip Smiths have taken a house in Palm Beach, Fla., for the season, leaving here December 28. Smith, however, will make periodical visits to Boston during the winter . . . Maurice Sidman has resigned as manager of the Smith Management Co. St. George and Gorman theatres in Framingham and is now booking amateur talent shows. Winners of these talent shows have the opportunity to appear on Sunday afternoon television programs sponsored by Community Opticians. . . Jim The last drive-in in this area to clo.?e was the t, Boston's only ozoner. Following its most successful sea.son, the theatre shut its gates December 21. Edward S. Redstone is vice-president of the Neponset . Saul Simons, Columbia salesman, and Mrs. Simons, have left for Miami Beach . Marshall, general manager of Film Exchange Transfer, became a grandfather again when a daughter Hallie Susan Greenberg was born to hLs daughter. When Clifton Webb arrived here to ballyhoo "Stars and Stripes Forever," the Christma.s picture for the Pilgrim Theatre, he spent .some time with Mayor Hynes and the Boston Post on the opening drive to collect funds for Christmas packages for wounded veterans In local hospitals. He was brought to city hall to meet the mayor, where there was an honor guard of marines and a band from Everett high school to greet him. He also met members of the press at a luncheon at the RItz Carlton hotel. the Avon Theatre. Providence, under the sponsorship of the Providence Parents League, headed by Mrs. Dimmitt. president. The shows on consecutive Saturday mornings are selected by the League and are picked from the PTA Children's Film Library. The project is promoted by the Parents league, w-hich gives the theatre free advertising. Charles Darby, district manager, is the supervisor. The program began December 27 . . . Debra Paget, f,tar of "Stars and Stripes Forever," made a whirlwind stop into town. Her one-day schedule was so tight that it was feared she couldn't stay over for a personal appearance at the Esquire Theatre for the Boston Ass'n of Retarded Children's benefit. But she made the show, after a busy day w'ith the press and newspapers, and was driven to the Logan airport just in time to catch the plane to Los Angeles. She was due to appear on the 20th-Fox for test shots the next morning. When the Bijou, Springfield, a B&Q house, played "The Happy Time" first run, guarantee ads were used in the local papers, allowing dissatisfied customers to get money back if they desired. Not one patron approached Manager Ralph Carenda to demand his money back. And what is more, two skeptical men arrived at the boxoffice demanding if the ad were really authentic or just a gag. They were assured by Manager Carenda that it was a fact. They still seemed disbelieving, so Carenda offered to let them see the film first, without buying tickets, they to repay him at the end of the performance if they thought the picture warranted it. By the time the picture was over, Carenda was in his office when a knock came on the door. It was the same two men, who sheepishly handed over their admissions, stating that the picture was well worth the price asked. Before the Allied Artists feature, "Battle Zone" opened at the Paramount and Fenway theatres, there were lobby displays of captured Russian equipment and stills of Korean battle scenes prominently placed in both theatres. The film tells of the adventures of the men in the photographic combat department of the marines. The stills used in the lobby were taken by marine Sgt. Michael McMahon of Cambridge, instructor for the Second infantry battalion's photographic section of the marines. He has been decorated twice for his photographic exploits under fire. He is now on leave. Working on the promotion of the film was Harry Goldstein, AA eastern director of publicity who arranged a series of radio programs having as guest speakers two marine officers stationed in Boston, who said the film presented the true and authentic story of the work of the combat photographers. Lockwood & Gordon EntcrprLscs has set Its A strong campaign is being worked out by annual ten week program for kiddy shows at New England Theatres for the forthcoming RG Leon J. Levenson, head of concessions for American Theatres Corp., has been appointed chairman of the national . committee for Theatre Owners of America by Alfred Starr, president. Levenson's committee is to serve in an advisory capacity in an exchange of merchandising ideas for all theatres througliout the country. The appointment entails extensive traveling for Levenson, particularly during the off-season for driveins. 20th-Pox feature, "My Pal Gus," which is ti follow the run of "Road to Bali," the holidaj film at the Metropolitan Theatre. Districi Manager Hy Fine and publicist Jack Saef arranged a screening at the Fenway Theatrt on the morning of December 30 for officers in various Greater Boston PTA. school teachers and educators and doctors of c psychiatry. "My Pal Gus" calling cai-ds W( left in phone booths, terminal stations and in elevators in office buildings and department stores. They read, "My Pal G>;e—He's the kind of guy women go for." The Astor Theatre has a new RCA Even- Life plastic screen installed by Capitol Thea- . . . tre Supply in time for the opening of the Christmas film, "Hans Christian Andersen" When Edward S. Canter, treasurer of American Theatres Corp. and wife celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary early in January, there will be a reception given fat them by members of the family. 'Miracle' Firs! Slep To Censor Removal NEW HAVEN—The ruling of the Supreme Court on "The Miracle" is the first step toward the removal of official film censorship, Ephriam London, defense counsel in the case, predicted in an address recently. London spoke before the Yale university chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. He was defense counsel in the case of Burstyn vs. New York Regents. When the case was carried to the Supreme Court, a rare unanimous decision reversed the rulings of the lower courts. The Supreme Court ruled against religious censorship by religious groups, London said. London declared that he did not believe that films should receive official censorship just because they present an "anti" wewpoint. Religious factions, he w-ent on, should not be kept from voicing an opinion if they believe a film to be dangerous, but these groups should be prevented from using their influence in getting the government to ban the film. The Supreme Court decision, which ruled that "The Miracle" was not an antireligious film, ended more than a year's controversy which started in the lower courts. London pointed out that the film, produced and first shown in Italy, was not banned in that Catholic country. It was pasesd by U.S. custom officials and the New York board of regents, after which certain religious factions forced the government to ban it for being sacrilegious. London said he objected highly to the methods used in getting the film banned. London stressed that although the film was shown in Rome, with the approval of Catholics there, certain Catholic groups here found it unacceptable. After polling 100 prominent Protestant clergymen. London found none of them opposed to the film. He remarked that many of them considered it highly religious. Rita Hayworth in 'Rebel' Rita Hayworth will star in "Enchanting Rebel," based on a novel by Allen Lesser, dealing with Ada Isacs Menken, first woman to wear black tights in show business in the 1890s. sosros off t« (iiK jts! Wily ups ^Fen«ay'* » ^ -*' (iH A*) sit * enl 0;pl«»" „«w: j.janess Slun Iveioge in N ffiWHAra uain don ntedonttieC WW .. iyc^jj^!—The i-t ivg: SberniOfH-^ Qter IM tendKl the s the Lynn li» )]! i!Oi at the iaes Davis, lannittee. 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. . Although 'Battle Zone' Is Best in Dull Boston Week BOSTON Uowtitowii tll(•lll^l•^ r.poilcd Business off to a miirkfd di'Krce, Muhhkits vere busily eiiKUKi'd In promotlnK their Ohrlsttnas product which shupi's up well for the exf>ccted upswing. The best of the new films was "Battle Zone" at the Paramount md Fenway theatres, which drew 113 (Average l\ 100) laocon Hill — High Traoion (Poccmokor), Lail Nolldoy iS(ralford), 2nd wk 65 laslon -Block CotlU (U-l); Colling Dr. Daoth (S-R), rciiiuc 80 •ter Srrcci—Th« Promoter lU-l), 6lh wk 110 inmorc^Tho Magic Box (Fine Artt); Th* Mudlark i20th-Fox), 6th wk 80 Memorici II Crowt on Trcoi (U-l), Bonio Goot lo College (U-l) 80 Itropolilan—Thunderbirdi (Rep); Womon'i Anglo (Stratford) 75 iramount ond Fenway—Bottle Zone lAA), Jungle Girl (AA) lib >talc ond Orphcum—Tlie Thief (UA); Sky Full of Moon (MGM) 70 usiness Slumps Below verage in Ne\w Haven NEW HAVEN— Business was way off at he main downtowners as residents concented on the Christmas holiday. .oew's Poll—Assignment— Paris (Col), Golden ___ Hawk (Col) 85 lit ^Voromount—The Holders (U-l); The Black Castle T (U-l) 60 Roger Shermon—Montana Belle (RKO); Top Secret (Regal) 75 Y N N |ver 2,0*0 underprivileged children attended the annual Christmas party given by the Lynn lodge of Elks on Saturday mornng (201 at the Paramount Theatre. Manager Tames Davis, an Elk. was chairman of the ommittee. . . West Lynn's Uptown Theatre has a new aanager. Arthur Morse from Somerville, who Succeeds John Dempsey . Manager Arthur lurch. North Shore Theatre. Gloucester, has new part-time assistant manager, James English, a school teacher in Magnolia. The Strand Theatre, Peabody, reopened rlstmas day with Fred Caldwell, former aanager of Loew's drive-in on Lynnway, as aanager. Fred Vining. the former manager, to remain as assistant to Manager Chapaan at the Salem Theatre. NEW HAVEN Connecticut Variety Tent 31 hud 40 under- IJrlvllcKcd boys from the New Haven Boy» club a.s Rue.Ht.H at a Chrl.stmas party In the clubroom.t i20i. Gifts for the youngsters, films, a performance by u profe.ssloiuil maKlclan and refreshments featured the party Member.s of the tent arranged for a bus lo trans|>ort the boys to and from the Variety Club. Bob Elllano. chief barker, wa.-. general chairman, assisted by S»»m Germalnc, Henry Oermalne. Hy Levlne. Sam Was.serman. John Pavone and Raymond Wylle. Helping out was a women's committee made up of Mrs. Sam Wasserman, chairman; Mrs. Alio Mattes. Mrs. Sam Germalne. Mrs. Henry Germalne. Mrs. Harry Shaw and Mrs. Harold Bernstein. Fllmrow visitors Included Ekldie Lord, Lord Theatres In Norwich. Baltic and PlalnviUe: BUI Vuono. Palace, Stamford: Art Smith. Newtown, and Walter Hlgglns, Prudential circuit, New York ... A novel Christmas show was staged at the Whalley Theatre i21i when It was taken over for part of the day by local Sealtest distributors, for showing of "A Christmas Carol." The move was made as a gesture of holiday goodwill. There were three showings of the classic and children and adults alike w-alked In without the necessity of tickets. Sidney Kleper, manager of Loew's College, was a witness in the superior court murder trial of Leroy Reddick. accu.sed of the murders of a local couple killed when their light truck exploded from a planted bomb last March 18. The movements of Reddick the night the explosives were concealed in the vehicle played an important part in the case, and the suspect claimed he had been in the College that evening. Kleper was summoned by the defense to give the schedule of the shows that day. Nearly everyone in the packed courtroom, including the judge, smiled when Kleper reported that the feature picture was "On Dangerous Ground," with Ida Lupino and Robert Ryan. Reddick later was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Ed Fitzgerald, formerly with the Paramount exchange here and later branch manager at Buffalo, has been discharged from the army w'ith the rank of lieutenant colonel and now is operating a popcorn business in Dallas, Tex. ... A New Haven girl, now a Hollywood starlet, has a brief role in "Invasion, U.S.A." and College ManaKer Sid Kleper got itome good newspaper breaks a.s a result when It wa.H booked as the ChrUtma.s .show at hli theatre The gal Ls Thella Darin, who waa born here lus Harriet Tenln . most Fllmrow companle.i got tORClhcr for a Joint Christmas party at the Cantle

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