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Boxoffice-January.03.1953

: 85, and Sti Her Crysta

: 85, and Sti Her Crysta II Running Theatre GLENCOE. MINN. — When Will Gould died 22 years ago, his widow, Kate, stepped in to take over operation of the Crystal Theatre here and a task which she thought would be temporary has continued for over two decades. At 85, she still is on the job every day, selling tickets, offering telephone reviews of the current features, disciplining teenagers who require a strong hand, and doing dozens of little odd chores about the theatre that need doing. She's probably the oldest active theatre cashier in the country. She keeps a box of crackers in the ticket office, just in case one of the youngsters in the audience gets a little restless. When there is a lull in ticket sales, she takes up her embroidery or knitting. She knows virtually every patron by name, so a lot of neighborly chit-chat passes between ticket buyer and ticket seller. The Crystal Theatre has been in operation since January 1907 The family operated a jewelry store, and when a pair of barnstorming theatremen offered to sell a gaslight projector in exchange for some jewelry items the deal was consummated and the Goulds were in the movie business. Something called "The Indian's Revenge" was the first picture booked in, but it never was show-n. The film burned up in a preview held for a group of local civic leaders. The family in the following years tried a variety of entertainment fields—a circus, dance hall, band and orchestra and. keeping up with progress, one of the Goulds is now selling television sets. One of the youngsters in the Gould family, George, does the buying and booking for the Crystal now. He is 59. Mrs. Gould's favorites have been comedians all the way. Her favorites now are Abbott and Costello because, she says, they do best for her at the boxoffice. Her all-time favorites are Charlie Chaplin and Edgar Kennedy. WB Annual Net Drops Below Previous Year NEW YORK—Warner Bros. Pictures and subsidiary companies had a net profit of $7,229,000 for the year ended Aug. 31, 1952, after provision of $7,700,000 for federal income taxes and after a provision of $550,000 for contingent liabilities. The net represents a decrease of $2,198,000 from that of the preceding year. The net profit for the year ended Aug. 31, 1951, w^as $9,427,000 after provision of $9,100,- 000 for income taxes and after provision of $700,000 for contingent liabilities. The net profit for the 1962 year is equivalent to $1.46 a share on the 4,950,600 shares of common stock outstanding, after deducting shares held in the treasury. The figure for the preceding year was $1.67 a share on 5.619.785 shares. Included in the operating profit for the 1952 year is a profit of $878,000 from sales of capital assets, before provision for income taxes, which compares with a corresponding 1951 profit of $1,189,000. Film rentals, theatre admissions, sales, etc., after eliminating inter-company transactions, for the 1952 year amounted to $112,422,000, compared with $116,909,000 for 1951. Loss and damage claims resulting from two fires at the Burbank studio were settled with insurance companies subsequent to Aug. 31, 1952, for $4,515,690. The company reports that because the insurance carried was based on replacement cost rather than on depreciated book value of the properties, the insurance claims were for a substantially greater amount than the book value. The assets to be replaced and the matter of income tax on the excess of the insurance proceeds over book value has not yet been made. 14 Four Regional Meetings Scheduled by Republic HOLLYWOOD—At the conclusion of current top-echelon product huddles being held at the studio by Herbert J. Yates, Republic president; his executive assistant, William M. Saal; and James R. Grainger, vice-president in charge of sales and distribution. Republic will hold a series of four regional sales meetings of its exchange managers in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans and New York. Western branch managers will gather on the valley lot Tuesday and Wednesday (6, 7) for parleys at which Yates and Grainger will be the co-chairmen. On hand will be Francis A. Bateman, western district manager, and branch chiefs including Gene Gerbase, Denver; Paul McElhinney, Seattle; Thomas Mc- Mahon, Salt Lake City; George Mitchell, San Francisco; Jack Partin, Portland; and Jack Dowd, Los Angeles. Discussions will involve sales, distribution and release plans for such completed fare as "Fair Wind to Java," "The Sun Shines Bright," "The Lady Wants Mink," "Sweetheart Time" and "San Antone." Dates for the Chicago, New Orleans and New York regional meetings will be announced later. Sale of Selznick Features To TV Branded 'Untrue' HOLLYWOOD—Reports that David O. Selznick was offering, or had sold, his theatrical features for use on television were branded "untrue" in a statement reaching here from Frank I. Davis jr., vice-president of the Selznick Releasing Organization, who headquarters in New York. Davis reported that Selznick plans to rei.ssue his films for theatrical exhibition, and that offers to lease such product for video have been rejected. Republic TV Sales 'Harmful'—Allied NEW YORK—National Allied has noted with regret the sale .if 104 Republic features to WCBS-TV for exclusive first run telecasts in New York. The deal was made by Hollywood Television Service, Inc.. Republic subsidiary, and concerned films made since 1945. The office here of Wilbiu- Snaprr. National Allied president, issued the following typed statement Monday (29) "It is with regret that we view the action of Republic in its sale of pictures made for motion picture theatres to television. "One of the most important factors in the sales equation is goodwill, and with one move Republic may very well have destroyed that factor. "They certainly can do nothing but harm to the industry as a whole." Snap)er declined to add anything orally to the statement. Rube Jackters Announce Daughter's Engagement NEW YORK—Rube and Mrs. Jackter have announced the engagement of their daughter. Minna, to Leonard Kahn. .son of Otto and Mrs. Kahn of the Bancroft hotel here. The wedding will take place March 15. Miss Jackter's father is Columbia assistant general sales manager. She attended the High School of Science and is now a student at the University of Miami. Kahn attended the Rhodes School and New York University and served for three and a half years with the U.S. coast guard in the north Atlantic and north Pacific areas. He is associated with Sperry. Inc.. and Hattie Carnegie. BOXOFFICE January 3. 1953

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