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. . William . . Paul . . Robinette . . . . The . . The . . Mike . . Helen . . Eastern . . Filmrow DENVER A lex Murphree, drama editor of the Denver . Post, has been elected chief barker for Variety Tent 37. Others named were Don Hammer, first assistant; William Hastings, second assistant: Victor Love, property master, and Bernie Hynes, doughguy. Constituting the crew are the above, the past chief barkers, and Pied Brown, George "Scotty" Allan, Henry Friedel, James Micheletti, Gene O'Fallon and Joe Stone AUmeyer. Paramount salesman, his wife and thi-ee children, were in St. Louis over the holidays. The remodeling: at Universal is fast taking shape. The front office is getting additional space, and Mayer Monsky, manager, and the salesman, are getting new offices . . . William Prass, MOM publicity man, has just returned from Salt Lake City, where he went to coordinate publicity for "Above and Beyond" and "Million Dollar Mermaid" . Chilton, recently in the theatre business at Raymond, Washington, and formerly manager for 20th-Fox at Seattle, has been added as salesman at 20th-Fox here. He takes the .spot vacated upon the resignation of Jack Allender some month.s ago . Hughart, manager of the Associated Film exchange here, left for his home in Haydon, Ariz., when the exchange was sold to Don Hammer. . Ben Reed, assistant manager of the Comet was robbed of $50, including $40 of .snack bar money and $10 of his own, by a gunman at closing time two gunmen . . that Police have robbed captured Leroy the Ramsey, manager, and Donna Raphael, cashier, of more than $1,000 at the Tower Theatre November 1. They were counting the money when the bandits forced their way into the room. One of the holdups confessed he had used his share to pay a lawyer in another burglary case. Helen Spiller, Esquire manager, reports she has covered the entire 150 blocks assigned to her in the Fox Intermountain Theatres Block party drive, and immediately after the first of the year she will start to go over her territory for the second time. Tlie Block party idea Ls one in which a number of blocks ai-e picked out. and the staff members visit every house, talk with members of the family, and invite them to attend the theatre on a certain night, free of charge. The Esquire has entertained 5,200 guests at the parties, and a lot of goodwill has been built up in this manner. The idea belongs to Hall Baetz, local district manager for Fox Intermountain. Exhibitors seen on Filmrow included John W. Murray, Springfield; Ed Ward. Silver City, N. M.; Ray Lounsbury, Monte Vista; Ru.ssell Schulte and Peter Laney, Casper, Wyo.; Tom Murphy, Raton, N. M.; C. E. McLaughlin, Las Animas; George Allan sr.. North Platte, Neb.; Ray Davis, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Dauterman, Salt Lake City; Neal Beezley, Burlington, and Dave Warnock, Johnstown. SELL YOl>fi THEATRE PRIVATELY Largest coverage in U.S. No "Net" listings. Highest reputation for Itnow-howl and fair dealing. 30 years experience in-f eluding exhibition. Ask Better Business Bureau, or our customers. Know your broker. I ARTHUR LEAK Theatre Specialists| 3305 Caruth, Dallas. Texas Telephones: EM 0238 • EM 7489 CONFIDENTIAL CORRESPONDENCE INVITED New Esther Williams Film Is Best Grosser in Series NEW YORK—MGM reports that "Million Dollar Mermaid" in 111 city engagements has done 15 to 20 per cent better than all previous Esther Williams pictures. It is said to have gros.sed 10 per cent better than "Lovely to Look At" and 15 per cent better than "The Merry Widow." The reports are for the first five days in most situations. In the first 20 cities where "The Clown" opened, most of them Loew situations, the picture is reported to have done 16 per cent better than "Excuse My Dust," and to be about 10 per cent ahead of "Pat and Mike" in comparative situations. SAN FRANCISCO T^rama editor Hortetise Morton of the Examiner makes note in her column that the number of films reviewed up and down Market street, including foreign film houses, added up to nearly 300 pictures for 1952 . Services were held Monday (29i for Sidney Weisbaum, motion picture distributor and exhibitor, who died at the age of 65. Prior to becoming a.ssociated with the firm when it was formed 11 years ago he was for many years a motion picture distributor. He died at the Hanford home of his mother, Mrs. Bertha Weisbaum. He is survived by his wife Blanche. "Three Little Pigs" took over the stage of the Pox one morning. It was a New York comedy production starring three dwarfs in the title roles. Grown-up actors portrayed the other animals in the cast. As an added holiday attraction, the children's TV favorite, Glenn Haywood and his dummy Freshie, entertained. There were also screen comedies. Victor Moore, Beulah Bond! and Leo G. Carroll, Melinda Markey, opened in person on the stage of the Alcazar in "On Borrowed Time" . . "Bwana Devil," three-dimension product now at the St. Francis Theatre, gro.ssed 200 per cent in its first week, when 42,376 patrons came to see it . . . Max R. Shostak, formerly in the theatrical advertising agency business at 25 Taylor street, is now a lieutenant colonel and has been awarded the bronze star for meritorious and outstanding service in Korea. All his many friends along Filrm-ow and at the Variety Club extended congratulations and sincere thanks. Shostak is now stationed in Yokahoma. Five hundred boys, through arrangements with the Call Bulletin and publicist Anne Belfer of North Coast Theatres, saw "The Pathfinder" as guest of the Orpheum . . . Filmrowers and allied interests took Fi-iday 1 26) off and had a long Christmas weekend. Most of the business offices were closed and nary a soul took to the Row. Back from a 16-day vacation that included a tour of the northwest is Al Nylen, co-owner of Oakland's New Peerlex Theatre. Nylen was impressed with the number of drive-ins in the Portland ai-ea still operating so late in the .season. Nylen helps Buckie Williams with the Peerlex operation while retaining his real estate interests. The New Peerlex is operating all night two nights weekly, Friday and Saturday. Coleen Gray has returned from Europe where she starred in "The Fake," a suspense drama for United Artists release. SEATTLE Tt was a short Christmas vacation for most Filmrow folk. Many offices and industries were closed from Christmas eve until the following Monday, but due to booking activities all exchanges were open the day after Christmas . new Bob Hope-Bing Crosby picture, "Road to Bali," opened at the Paramount Christmas day to the biggest business of the year . Universal exchange held its annual Christmas dinner at the Sorrento Monday (22i. The party attended by 21 of the staff and theii- families. L. O. Seley, local manager for Manley Burch, left for a trip to the home office in Kansas City . and Dorothy Powers were over from eastern Washington for the 20th-Fox office party . Reynolds, Saffle's Theatre Service, spent Christmas in Yakima as did Wanda Griffin and Delores Sanderson from the 20th-Fox office ... A Universal meeting for all branch managers and salesmen is scheduled for January 10 in San Francisco at the Fairmont hotel. Those attending from the Seattle office will be Manager Arthur Greenfield and salesmen Harry Blatt and Hap Fi'ederick. . . . Dorothy . . . Mr. and Mrs. Chilt Robinett of Raymond spent the holidays in Portland Larmore of the 20th-Fox office took the occasion of the firm's office party to announce her engagement to Gene Christenson Miriam EWckey was down from Fairbanks to spend the holidays and she is wearing a new ring. Paramount Manager Henry Haustein is in San Francisco for his annual vacation. Salesman John Kent spent his holiday moving to a new home in Bellevue . Washington salesman Dave Dunkle was in Seattle over the holidays and publicity director Walter Hoffman has returned from San Francisco where he had been working on the promotion of "Road to Bali" . . . National Theatre Supply and Modern Supply both entertained Filmrow workers before Christmas w-ith afternoon cocktail parties . visitors included Frank Willard, Parkland and Orting, and A.l Baker, who was over from Spokane where he has the Dishman Theatre and the Motor-In in nearby Melwood. Row visitors included Merlin Toland, Ritz and Rex, Spokane; Bing Fornier, B&B,' Grayland; Andy Walyer, Selah, Selah; Corbin Ball. Ephrata, John Lee circuit: Al Fernandez, Callam and Neah Bay; Lowell Spiess, Dayton, and Martin Brown, of the Avenue, Yakima. THEATRE /ALE/ .ARAKELIANV-^^l PHONE PROSPECT 5-7146 FOR FAST THEATRE SALES Write or Phone Irv Bowron, Sales Mgr. SCHWARY REALTY CO. Phone: LI 6555 10700 N. E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, Oregon 46 BOXOFFICE :: January 3, 1953

— — — — — — Chicago Grosses Off; None Hit Average CHICAGO—The annual holiday lull was in full force here and grosses at first run Loop houses were way down. However, children out of school gave matinees a good play and three newcomers did around average. The United Artists had a fair week with "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" sparked by the per.sonal appearance of Abbott and Costello. The Grand did near average with "Cairo Road" and "Voodoo Tiger," and the Chicago had a good week with "Because of You." plus a stage show headed by Bill Lawrence and Bob Maxwell. (Average Is 100) Chicago Becouse of You (U-l), plus stage show 95 Carnegie Young Wives' Totes {Stratford) 90 Grand Cairo Rood (Reolart); Voodoo Tiger (Col) 90 Oriental Breaking the Sound Sorrier (UA), 3rd wk. 90 Palace Plymouth Adventure (MGM), 4th wk 90 Statc-Loke The Snows ot Kilimanjaro (I'Oth-Fox), 8th wk 80 Roosevelt Hangman's Knot (Col); Target Hong Kong (Col), 2nd wk 85 Surf The Lost Lough (SR); The Cobinet of Dr. Coligori (SR) 90 United Artists Abbott and Costello Meet Coptoin Kidd (WB) 95 World Playhouse Blithe Spirit (Classic); Doncers of Boli (Clossic), reissues 95 Woods Pony Soldier (20th-Fox), 4th wk 85 Ziegfe!d Shoe String (Lopert); Beouty and the Beost (Lopert) 95 Tour Poster' Rates 300 In Kansas City Opening KANSAS CITY—"The Four Poster" rang up last week's highest gross here with 300 per cent at the Kimo. "Road to Bali" scored a tidy 245 at the Paramount, and "The Promoter" continued to attract throngs with 200. Kimo The Four Poster (Col) 300 Midland The Clown (MGM) 1 60 Missouri Blockbeord the Pirofe (RKO); Bottles of Chief Pontioc (Reolart) 100 Orpheum My Cousin Rachel (20th-Fox) 125 Poramount Rood to Bali (Pora) . .245 Tower, Uptown, Fairway and Granada Agoinsf All Flogs (U-l); (at the Tower and Granada only) The Rose Bowl Story ( AA) 1 00 Vogue The Promoter (U-l), 5th wk 200 First Run Grosses Slump In Indianapolis INDIANAPOLIS—First runs slumped to what approached record alltime lows. Nothing managed to hit the average mark. Circle The Steel Trap (20th-Fox); Something for the Birds (20th-Fox) 65 Indiana Battle Zone (AA); No Holds Barred (AA) 70 Keiths The Bachelor ond the Bobby-Soxer (RKO); Bochelor Mother (RKO), reissues 50 Loew's Eight Iron Men (Col); Strange Fascination (Col) 55 Lyric The Body Snotcher (RKO); I Wolked With o Zombie (RKO), reissues 50 J/. ^'^urh PLAY SAFE... NEXT TIME USE S^U JSS^ r IK7 S. WtBASN AVE, OHIOAOO NO NINTH AVENUE, NEW YORK Premiere of Tri-Opticon Grosses Big in Chicago Acheles Pappas Killed At St. Louis by Auto ST LOUIS—Acheles Pappas, 72, retired motion picture theatre owner and manager, was struck and killed by an automobile on Delmar boulevard last week. Joseph 1,. Ptach, driver of the automobile, said Pappas stepped in front of his car. Pappas began his motion picture career in 1918, when he took over the management of the old Movie and Comet theatres for Tommy James while James was serving in the army during World War I. Later with George Pliakos he built the Laclede Theatre as 3116 Laclede Ave., and he ran that house from 1939 to 1950. At one time he operated the old Easton-Taylor, now known as the Circle Theatre, a unit of the Kaimann circuit. In the past few years Pappas worked on a part-time basis as the Criterion and Regal theatres, owned by George Pliakos and associates. CONSTRUCTION Present CHICAGO—The Tri-Opticon three-dimension film program world-premiered at the Telenews Theatre Christmas day, with a single day's gross equaling the house's full week average. Tri-Opticon was expected to turn in the biggest week in the 13-year history of the 600-seat Loop house. The initial program consisted of five short subjects, running approximately an hour. Distribution is being handled by Max Roth, headquartering here, for the central states. Ti-i-Opticon is delivered to the theatre in a four-part package, consisting of a metalized screen, the film, a coupling device for interlocking the projectors and polaroid glasses. Tri-Opticon furnishes permanent glasses instead of the cardboard throwaways supplied by the tri-dimensional processes. The glasses are sterilized after each use. Film rights to the Emil Zola novel, "The Human Beast." have been acquired and the film will be produced by Lewis J. Rachmil. Them To PROBLEMS PARKER CONSTRUCTION COMPANY 115 So. Philadelphia Shawnee, Okla. Phone 1017 Specializing In All Type Theatre Consfruction NEW - REMODELING - REPAIRS - DRIVE-INS We Can Help You On Your Planning TL THEATRE SUPPLY Chicago, III., Milwaukee PRODUCE A BETtER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. BOXOFFICE January 3, 1953 47