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. . Harry ' PORTLAND pxeavation work gets under way next week on the big J. J. Parker drive-in in Astoria. Jack Matlack. executive assistant to Mrs. J. J. Parker, president of J. J. Parker Theatres in Oregon, made the trip to the Columbia river port city to officiate. Mrs. Parker is flying to Beverly Hills, Calif., to spend the Christmas holidays with her son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. James R. Grainger, general sales manager, and Francis Bateman, western division manager, Republic, were in town to discuss coming product with exhibitors . . Keith Petzhold, . Broadway manager, is decorating the house for the holidays. The theme this year is "Road to Bali." The picture will be holiday fare at the United Artists. AI Oxtoby, WB manager, was in Seattle for conferences at Evergreen headquarters . . Jack Partin, Republic manager, was on a sales trip in the Williamette valley. Chuck Wilkins, also of Republic's sales staff here, covered the eastern Oregon territory. While Marvin Fox, John Hamrick's Portland city manager, was on a brief vacation in Bellingham, Wash., Warren Goodwin, Liberty manager, took over his duties. Fox, back at his office Monday, reported that Charles Chaplin's "Limelight" opens at the Roxy here for Christmas. The Liberty has "Under the Red Sea" scheduled. Jim Beale, Columbia manager, left for New York Wednesday with Mrs. Beale. They will sail midnight ll9i on a tour of the West Indies, the three-week sales prize. They will spend Christmas in the Barbardos and New Year's eve in Havana. W. T. Withers of the sales staff takes over during Beale's absence. Plans for the construction of a drive-in in the Salem area have been announced by Jesse Jones. Jones, assisted by Jim Young, Salem realtor, picked a location on the west side of Lanca.?ter drive, a block and one-half north of the State street intersection. Jones said he felt that the public interest and traffic safety would be best served if the drive-in was located off the heavily traveled Highway 99. The proposed theatre will accommodate 500 cars. It will be landscaped and have a snack bar. Screen and projection equipment will be installed by the Interstate Equipment Co. of Portland. Jones, a veteran in Oregon theatre business, operates the St. Johns, the Roseway and the Rio, all in Portland, and the Roxy in Sweet Home, Ore. J. J. Parker Theatres, in cooperation with the Portland ix)lice department, admitted patrons to the Broadway Thursday (ID for QUICK THEATRE SALBS! Selling theatres is our business. Live organization, quick results. When others toil, give us a try, post record of soles IS our proof. UNITED STATES COVERAGE Inquiries Amwered Immediately FRED B. LUDWIG, Realtor L BumMdi. ^* Portland 15, Oregon tbree cans of foodstuffs. The admissions were turned over to the police department's Sunshine division to go into baskets distributed to the needy on Christmas day. The canned foods day has been an annual Parker Theatre tradition for many years. Ted Galanter, west coast publicity director for MGM, was in town with Faye Antaky, who appears in the Esther Williams musical, "Million Dollar Mermaid." Miss Antaky was hostess at a luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic club where in behalf of Miss Williams she presented a trophy to Multnomah club swimmers, winners of the northwest women's championship. Press and radio representatives were on hand for the presentation and luncheon. Accompanying Galanter was Allan Welder, recently appointed northwest exploiteer for MGM. Walter Hoffman was in town Tuesday (9) working on extensive promotion for "Road to Bali." The Paramount picture has been booked into J. J. Parker's United Artists as Christmas fare. Big news of the week was the announcement by Mrs J J. Parker, president of Parker Theatres, that the United Artists Theatre would install Cinerama. Jack Matlack, executive assistant to Mrs. Parker, said the installation cost W'ould top the $70,000 mark and the theatre would offer the new type of screen entertainment sometime in March. The 800-seat downtown theatre is the first to report installation of the thirddimension system. Alan Wieder, MGM, was in from Seattle. He is working on "The Prisoner of Zenda," "Million Dollar Mermaid" and "Above and Beyond" . . . Earl Teaford replaces Johnny Kay as booker. Kay is in Phoenix, Ariz. Teaford was on the sales staff . . . Parties scheduled include a Christmas event at 20th- Fox office, with Charles Bowers sr., manager, host to his staff and another at Republic Pictures, with Jack Partin as host. 'Iron Curtain' Attributed To CBC by Opposition OTTAWA—The expected explosion over the government's television policy broke out in the House of Commons when George Drew, leader of the Opposition, castigated Revenue Minister J. J. McCann and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. over what he called "the iron curtain of the CBC." Drew condemned the restrictive measures which bar private interests from operating TV outlets in cities where the government's CBC has opened a video station or intends to do so. The government insisted on a monopoly because it had found out how tough private enterprise could be. The Opposition leader predicted that TV stations would be opened in the United States near the border to beam Canadian-sponsored programs into the Dominion. Drew charged that McCann had shown lack of concern over "filth" which had been televised by the government station in Toronto, this being a play called "Hilda Morgan," the story of an unmarried Toronto school teacher who had become pregnant. He complained that theatre programs are regulated and there is .some discipline exercised over the attendance of juveniles at theatres. sign CHRISTMAS SALUTE SCROLL and give "o dime, o dollar, or on endowment" to our own WILL ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. SEATTLE TXTalter Hoffman, Paramount northwest publicty director, returned from San Francisco Friday (12) where he had baen working with Bob Blair from Los Angeles . . . Lloyd Honey has closed his Starlight Drive- In at Sunnyside and is wintering here at the Exeter . Ulsh was in from Anacortes, His daughter and son-in-law, the Bill Owens, are leaving for Chicago and Ulsh will take over the management of his Island and Empire theatres, which Owen had been managing. William A Scott is the new owner of the ( Pateros, Pateros. He purchased the theatre from Robert Gray . . . Seattle orphans and other children in institutions were guests of the Post-Intelligencer and RKO at a special showing Saturday (20) at the Green Lake j Theatre of "Hans Christian Andersen." Bidwell McCormick of the local RKO office handled all arrangements . . . Mrs. Richard j Drake, former booking machine operator at 20th-Fox, is mother of a baby girl. A gay time was had by the 32 persons attending Paramount's Christmas party at the Sorrento hotel Saturday U3i . . . Eve Rubenfield, secretary to Jack Burke, Seattle mani ager of 20th-Fox, announced her coming marriage to Bernard Ordell on December 28 . . . Dave Dunkle, eastern Washington salesman for Paramount, was in town . . . Mikei Barovic of Puyallup was off for Idaho for some hunting. "Stars and Stripes Forever" is slated for and early run at the Fifth Avenue . . . The 20th-Fox office is being remodeled to include offices which will be occupied by Safflesi Theatre Service, which plans to move in' around the first of the year . . . Stage star Cor nelia Skinner is coming to the Metropolii for three nights and a Wednesday matinee, beginning February 2, in "Paris '90." She l£| the entire cast in the drama in w'hich she de^ picts 14 seperate women of Paris in the f: decade of the last century. The booking been made by Manager Hugh Becket. Many Adolph Zukor Kin To Attend Jan. 7 Dinner HOLLYWOOI>-More than 20 members of Adolph Zukor's family living in the Los Angeles area will be on hand for his 80th birthday dinner celebration, to be staged here January 7 at the Ambassador hotel under sponsorship of Variety Clubs International. The all-industry event honoring the film pioneer has Charles P. Skouras, president of National Theatres and Pox West Coast, as dinner chairman. Family members include Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Zukor and their sons E. John, Adolph II ;uid James: Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Morse, Arthur Loew jr., Albert A. Kaufman, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kaufman Jr„ Mr. and Mrs. Melville A. Shauer, Mrs. Jenny Shauer, Mr. and Mrs. David L. Loew, Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Beck and Stewart Stern. The footprints of the elder Zukor wUl join those of other film greats in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre here as part of the birthday celebration. BOXOFFICE :: December 20, 195.

, i . . Fletcher . . The ' iroiD Sc Island and I » omtt s«i the tl» tie orphti u i 'He m fflatas!«9 Ike Gmb i^ Aiilerseii" cal ^ RKO Q .Mrs.Riii toeoperaa 1 town ... Ill i!! ioi Idaiii 7 Dinner; jiety 15 Committees lor '53 Named by KMTA KANSAS CITY— I'lu- rollowiiiK icr. committees were appointed recently for the Kiuins-Missourl Theatre Ass'n by President C. E Oook, In conjunction with the board o( directors of KMTA: Membership for Kansas—Homer StrowlK. chairman: Don Burnett, H. B. DoerlnR. Membership for Missouri—Leo Hayob. Ohairman: Harley Fryer, Glen Hall. Membership for Kansas City territory— Elarl Jameson jr., chairman; Ed Hartman. Alex Shniderman, Lauren Turner. Membership for drlve-lns—Stanley Durwood, chairman: John Basham, Jack Braunagel, Don Burnett. Jim Cook, Fryer, Ed Eterrls, Don Phillips, Calvin Strowlg, Frank Weary Jr. Exhibitor-Distribution Relations, Arbitration and Trade Practices— J. A. Backer, chairman: Ralph Adams, George Baker, Elmer Bills, Dale Danlelson. H. B. Doering, Durwood. R. P. Fite, Virgil Harbison. Louis Hlgdon, Charles Knickerbocker, C. A. Schultz, Lauren Turner. Public Relations—Senn Lawler, chairman: Baker, R. R. Blechele. Hall, Joe Redmond, i} Homer Strowig. PUm Salesmen Coordinating — Raymond McKlttrick. chairman; Earl Dyson. Gene Snlt2, Woody Sherrill. Clubs I»l event !»'"'" iiie eii Jr. Mf. sons E and M" AlW •' Krt KJtl- aa'f' " i Mrs. /alter S. B'- e elder Z*5 ilB sre* .; Chinese Special Events and Promotion—Louis Hlgdon, chairman: Sam Abend. Braunagei, Jess DeLong. Durwood, Hayob, Earl Jameson Jr., Marcus Landau, Harold Lyon, Eddie Mansfield. Elmer Rhoden Jr., Jack Shriner, M. B. Smith, Ken Winkelmeyer. Theatre Television—Dale Danlelson, chairman; Mansfield. R. M. Shelton, Dick O'Rear. National and State Legislation—Biechele. chairman: Elmer Bills. Dale Danlelson. Dick Brous, Durwood, H. B. Doering, Fryer. Arnold Gould, Gordon Holiday, Earl Jameson sr., Winkelmeyer. Fire at Central Shipping KANSAS CITY—A fire at the Central Shipping & Inspection bureau Friday morning (12) resulted in damage amounting to several hundred dollars. A reel of old nitrate film was being dismounted from a reel by an jlDspector when an unknown source of fric- Ition caused it to explode. Employes working jnearby quickly extinguished the fire before the fire department arrived. In the meantime, the fire had set off the sprinkler system. The greater part of the damage was caused by water. No one was injured in the mishap. The company reported no delay in operation, and by late that afternoon most of the area was cleaned up. ^"flQuali PLAY SAFE... NEXT TIME USE IKT S. WABAiN AVE. CHICAQO tM NINTH AVENUC, NEW VONK Revised Censorship Bill Passed in Kansas City Dignified-Type Ads Fall Shy on Opera TV KANSAS CITY Some OOO oixra lover.s viewed "Carmen" for three and a hnU hourn via large-screen tclcvl.slon, at the Ashland Tlieatre (Hi. The clascd circuit t/'lcca-st. oriKlnatlng from the stage of the Metropolitan opera In New York, was the third large-screen TV event to be shown at the Ashland in a two-year period. Eddie Mansfield. Commonwealth city manager, said that he was plea.sed with the turnout, which filled the house to about twothirds its full capacity. "The sound reception was exceptionally good, but the picture appeared somewhat hazy at times. This wtis due to inadequate lighting at the Met rather than to cable difficulties. There was a slight interruption In the third act that lasted only a matter of seconds." said Mansfield. The Commonwealth manager said that a considerable amount was spent on advance publicity, but that he felt a different type ad campaign would have been more successful in attracting a larger audience. However, he said, the Met had asked that a dignified campaign be conducted. Toll charges to the telephone company amounted to $496. while the Met receives either 40 cents a seat or 50 per cent of the gross, whichever Is the highest. In the case of the Ashland It will be 50 per cent of the gross. Commonwealth lost money on the event. Plans for showing the opera at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, Kas., were dropped because of the expense Involved. The next event scheduled for the Ashland will be December 30. when the Bendix organization holds a closed-circuit meeting originating from Chicago. Bendix pays all outride costs plus a flat fee. This will be for employes only. INDIANAPOLIS Toe Finneran, Syndicate Theatres president. ' Franklin, and his wife were vacationing in Mexico for two weeks . Brewer. State, Lafayette, was confined at home by a throat infection . . . Dick Hand and his wife operated the Melody Drive-In. Knox, were vacationing in Wyoming . Star. Geneva, has been reopened by Clyde NihLser. . . . J. P. Griffis and wife acquired the Kent Theatre at Kentland from Dallas Cannon, who operated the house 24 years. Griffi.'- operates houses In Fowler and Boswell. Ind Exhibitors seen on Filmrow Included E E. Smith. Devon. Francisvllle; Bruce Klxmiller. Indiana-Colonial. Bicknell; William T. Studebaker. Logan Logansport; William Kalafat. York. Churubusco; William Handley. Rembusch Circuit. Franklin: J. Griffis. Boswell. Boswell: Mat Scheidler. Hartford City, and James Griffis. Boswell. Boswell. Stewart Reese, Reese. Plymouth. Is a patient at the Mayo clinic. KAN.s.^s CITY—A revl»*