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. . Two . . PHILADELPHIA An End in Sight lyffr. and Mrs. A. M. EIUs, A. M. Ellis Theatre . . . Arch circuit, have given ground at the northwest corner of Wynnfield avenue and Georges lane to the Har Zion temple to be used for Its nursery and Hebrew school Oboler was in town helping to supervise the installation of Natural Vision equipment for the screening of "Bwana Devil." Oboler has an interest in the firm which provides the special gla.sses needed to see the film. Ivan Black, who is the press agent for the picture, was also in town helping to beat the drums for the feature as it opened at the Aldine. The Fox Theatre invited localities who were members of John Philip Sousa's famous band to see "Stars and Stripes Forever." The Colonial and store building were reported sold by J. Solis-Cohen jr.. representing the Stanley Co. of America, to Julia M. Hines. representing an out-of-town investor. The price was not disclosed, but the premises are assessed at $521,500. A contract has been awarded Lipsett, Inc.. of New York City, to demoli-sh the auditorium and theatre building. Plans are being prepared to remodel the lobby of the theatre on Germantown avenue into a modern store . years ago when William Goldman opened the Midtown, he publicized a new "Gay White Way" for the city. A letter from India has just been delivered to the "Manager, Goldman Theatres, Gay White Way, Philadelphia." Norman Shigon, correspondent for BOX- OFFICE and a recently licensed lawyer, was getting ready to go to Wa.shington for the convention of Tau Epsilon Rho, international legal fraternity. Shigon has just opened law offices on the 20th floor of the Commercial Trust building . . . Samuel Levine, manager . . . of Milgram's Avenue Theatre, reported to police that thieves had broken into the theatre and had broken two empty safes Samuel Waronker. brother of William Waronker, manager of the Dell, died at the age of 45. Samuel Waronker was managing the Royal in Baltimore at the time of his death. Jack H. Harris, who has been in film business for 18 years, will open a new distribution company at 1243 Vine St. . . . Colonial Playhouse. Hopewell, N. J. is shuttering . . . The brother of Elaine Centrone, U-I assistant The motion picture cashier, died . . . industry came through well in the recent 1953 United Fund campaign. The producers and distributors division, headed by Norm Silverman. Republic manager, reached 102.9 per cent of quota: Independent theatres, headed by Paul Kleinman, Pearl Theatre, 94.6 per cent, and Stanley-Warner Theatres, The headed by Ted Schlanger, 79.8 per cent. theatres division, headed by Jacob Beresin, reached 87.8 per cent of its total goal. Herbert Fogel, son of attorney Pi-ank Fogel, has been admitted to practice law ... It is expected that the Stanley-Warner office force, when it moves from the Earle Theatre building, will take office space in the Frankel building, 13th and Arch streets. The shift may take place in the spring . Nat Levy, eastern division manager for RKO, was in for a sales meeting. . . . . . . Jules Lapidus, division manager, was in at the Warner exchange Mrs. Reta Kelmar. Monogram-Allied Artists, bookers assistant, resigned The auction building at 1223 Vine street has been purchased by A. M. Ellis . . . The sister of Jean Fox, RKO office manager's secretary, died . . . January 11-17 will be Bill Gehring week at 20th-Fox, marking Gehring's 35th anniversary with the company. The local exchange is out to score a big booking record during that week. Harry Dembow closed his Alto Theatre in Columbia, Pa. . . . Ralph W. Pries, chief barker, Variety Tent 13, sent out some postcards from Paris. France, while remaining in Philadelphia ... I. Hirschblond received the aid of the Cedar Berry High school to get teenagers attending Hirschblond's Community Theatre to exercise proper manners. The improvement in the theatre has resulted in the return of many adult patrons. Competitive bidding in Lancaster among the key first runs has ended with the new system of splitting product . . . B. H. Dabney has bought the long-closed Jefferson for $41,- 000. The theatre is assessed at $23,500 . . . Louis Cohen is now doing his own buying and booking for the Abbey Theatre. . . Projectionist Leon John Golder, Jam Handy representative, was in town during the holidays . . . John Doner, RKO biller, was in Einstein medical center, for observation . Cohen is recuperating from an emergency appendectomy . . . New committees for 1953 have been chosen for Motion Picture Associates. They are—welfare, Norman Silverman, chairman, and Ralph Garman and Ben Stern; publicity. Max Miller, chairman, and Ed Gainer; entertainment, George Beattle, chairman; membership. Harry Brillman, chairman, and Ed O'Donnell; finance, Lou Formato, chairman, and Al Cohen and Myer Adelman; constitution and by-laws, Al Cohen, chairman, and Herb Gillis; welfare di'ive, Lester Wurtele. and publications, George Nonamaker. Mort Magill and Milt Young. INCORPORATIONS ALBANY Nationol Drive-In Theatre Institute, Inc., has been formed to conduct research and advertising, with offices in New York. Howard Dimsdale has been signed to write the screenplay for Lippert's science-fiction opus, "Project X." PHILADELPHIA—Star end Harry "Bud" Grant, of the Philadelphia Eagles, offers encouragement to 15-year-old Johnny Lee, team mascot -stricken several years ago with osteomyelitis. Johnny has good reason to listen carefully—Grant had polio as a youth himself, went on to lick the handicap and become, successively, an all- American at Minnesota, a professional basketball player with the Minneapolis Lakers, and now a record-breaking pass catcher for the Eagles. Johnny hasn't made bad progress either. He is a product of the Camp for Handicapped Children, operated by Variety Philadelphia Tent 13. Already he has discarded one crutch, expects to discard the other by summer. Doctors say he should be ready to play ball in the fall. Johnny's favorite position? Need we say? WB to Show 'Jazz Singer' NEW YORK—Warner Bros, will tradeshow "The Jazz Singer," in Technicolor, starring Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee, nationally January 14. The picture, which opened at the Fox Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills, Decemeber 30. will be nationally distributed February 14. 'Road to Bali' for Astor NEW YORK—Paramount has booked "Road to Bali," starring Bing Crosby. Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour, in the Astor Theatre, following the current engagement of "Limelight," now in its Uth week. New Castle Drops Amusement Tax NEW CASTLE, PA.—Theatres received a Christmas present when city finance director James Gibson announced that the tax on tickets of amusements in 1953 will not be eiiforced. CONTINENTAL CARBONS, INC. 1321 Vine St., Philadelphia, Pa. NATIONAL THEATRE SUPPLY 1225 Vine St., Philadelphia, Pa. PROJECTOR CARBON CO. 319 First Ave., Torentum, Pa. PRODUCE A BETTER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. 34 BOXOFFICE :: January 3, 1953