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Boxoffice-December.20.1952

Construction Ban Ended;

Construction Ban Ended; See hOOO New Drive-Ins WASHINGTON The two-year ban on theatre construction will be lifted January 1, and Nathan Golden, film chief of the National Production Authority estimates that at least 1,000 drive-in theatres will be started within a comparatively short time after the controls end. The NPA decision to sever controls on amusements was the brightest news out of Washington for exhibitors and theatre equipment manufacturers and dealers since October 1950 when the ban was first clamped on. Beginning the first of the year, theatre owners will be able to self-authorize five tons of steel of which two tons may be structural shapes and 500 pounds of copper per project per quarter. As prospective builders can buy these amounts each quarter and pyramid them, exhibitors will be able to undertake even the larger drive-in theatres. On the basis of applications which NPA has received in the last two years for permission to build outdoor theatres. Golden believes that at least 1,000 drive-ins will be started almost immediately. The total may even run higher. Self-authorization has been prohibited in the amusement industry under the ban. Although limits are still in effect on the total amount of steel which may be self-authorized in a single quarter, foreign and used steel will be "freely" permitted for theatre use. Golden believes that the five-ton limit per quarter on steel will still present a problem to the theatreman who wants to build an indoor theatre. However, if an exhibitor finds a way of buUding a theatre on the limited steel allowed, there is nothing to stop him from going ahead. He no longer needs to apply for permission to build. Winikus on Coast to Aid 'Moulin Rouge' Opening NEW YORK—Francis M. Winikus, United advertising, publicity and exploitation Ai'tists director, left Monday (15) for the coast to complete promotion plans for the prerelease of "Moulin Rouge" Tuesday (23) in time for consideration for an Academy award. It will play at the Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles. He planned to return Sunday (21). Twelve Variety Tents Elect Chief Barkers KANSAS CITY—Ttt'elve Variety Clubs International tents have elected chief barkers for 1953, with several of them already having installed officers at yearend ceremonies. Those elected are: Albany, Jules Perlmutter; Atlanta, A. B. Padgett; Boston, Walter A. Brown; Chicago, Johnny J. Jones; Cincinnati, Herman Hunt; Cleveland, Hem-y Greenberger; Detroit, Jack Zide; New Haven, Robert EUiano; Memphis, M. H. Brandon; Minneapolis, Bennle Berger; San Francisco, Jesse Levin; Los Angeles, George Bowser. Brandon Films to Blow Up 16mm 'Julius Caesar' NEW YORK—Brandon Films, which is releasing the independently made production of "Julius Caesar," is blowing up the 16mm print to 35mm for release throughout the U.S. The picture recently completed three weeks at the Baronet Theatre, east side art theatre, where special equipment was installed to show the 16mm print on the 35mm screen. December and January dates have been set for the Vagabond Theatre, Hollywood; Clay Theatre, San Francisco; Guild Theatre, Portland, and Little Theatre, Baltimore. Awards to Football Stars NEW YORK—Movietone News has made its own selection of top collegiate football stars of the year and is presenting award certificates to them in ceremonies at their schools, Edmund Reek, newsreel producer, said Tuesday (16 1. Zenith Vote Two Dividends NEW YORK—Directors of Zenith Radio Corp. have voted a dividend of 50 cents and an extra dividend of $1 per share payable December 29 to stockholders of record December 12. 3 De Luxe California Theatres Closed by Phil Isley LOS ANGELES—Three de luxe theatres, each less than three years old and built at a cost of more than $1,400,000, have been closed, it was announced this week by Phil Isley, head of Phil Isley Theatres, who took over their management after they were built by H. J. Griffith. He said the theatres had sustained an operating loss exceeding a million dollars in the three-year period. The theatres are the 1,600-seat La Tijera which is being converted into a bowling alley; the 1,300-seat Imperial and the l,600-.seat California, both of which are up for sale. Commenting on the closings, Isley said: "If all .segments of the Industry had cooperated It would not have been necessary for these beautifully constructed theatres to clo.se their doors to the public. It is downright tragic. Every branch of the industry has suffered, the producers, distributors, exhibitors, the unions and local employes not to mention the press, radio, merchants and civic groups in the community." Isley said: "We were boxed in by two big circuits and the inability to obtain product was the chief reason for the closings The time has come," he commented, "when our government, the film companies and all allied industry must cooperate to keep theatres of this type open. All participating in the prosperity of the film business must make special concessions to keep theatres in operation." Republic Sells 104 Fealures for TV NEW YORK—Republic Pictures has resumed selling backlog pictures for television use. The latest movie involves 104 features produced between 1945 and 1948 and the purchaser is the Columbia Broadcasting System. Columbia network officials disclosed the deal which was made with Hollywood Television Service, Inc., wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic. No westerns are included in the group, but there are a number of musicals, comedies, adventure stories and mysteries. The agreement makes these available to WCBS-TV in New York starting February 1 and other stations owned by CBS are expected to make similar arrangements. Reports are that the New York showings will net RepubUc at least $200,000. TV representatives are pressing hard to get films from other sources. Reports indicate that David O. Selznick has asked $1,000,- OOO for enough of his old films to run 26 weeks. Another report is to the effect that Milton M. Gettinger's proposal for a split of RKO Pictures into two companies and a transfer of the sale of the backlog to Realart was fostered by a well-known film executive who has been active in rounding up films for television during the past two years. Republic's first venture into the TV fiela was a few years back when it sold several Gene Autry films and got into a suit. Ro:. Rogers also sued later and won a decision preventing further use of his pictures withoir his consent. Among the films are: "Northwest Outpost,"; with Nelson Eddy; "Specter of the Rose," with Judith Anderson: "Casanova in Burlesque." starring Joe E. Brown and Jime' Havoc; "Madonna's Secret," with Francis| Lederer, Gail Patrick and Ann Rutherford; "Steppin' in Society," "Scotland Yard Investigator" and "The Cheaters." Italian 'Don CamUlo' Set to Open in N.Y. NEW YORK— "The Little World of Doni Camillo," one of the seven Italian films shown at the Salute to Italian Films week inl October, will open at the Bijou Theatre Jan^ uary 15, following "Hiawatha," Allied ArtistsI picture, which will open December 24 for a holiday run. "Don Camillo," the first of the new I.F.E. Releasing Corp. releases to open in the U.S., was directed by Julien Duvivier and starsi Pernandel and Gino Cervi. "The White Line," Italian picture originally! set for release in the U.S. by Lux Films, willl also be distributed by I.F.E. It is current at both the Cinema Verdi and Baronet theatres. New Ad Valorem Charge Is Levied by Israel NEW YORK—Israel has impo.^ed a 20 per, cent ad valorem tax on the New York share of film remittances and has additionally asked \ for a deposit payment, according to word received by the Motion Picture Export Ass'n. Member companies are awaiting full details. They said during the week they would not pick up licenses until clarification is received in writing, but denied that any formal em-' bargo was in effect. pro 26 BOXOFFICE December :; 20, 1952 I

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