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Bingo and Censorship

Bingo and Censorship Rulings Stand As Highlights of 1952 in Columbus COLUMBUS—The year 1952 saw many changes in the film industry here. Following is a rhronology of the year: JANUARY Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer was authorized by the FCC to purchase WCOL from the Pixleys for $100,000. Leo Yas.senoff was awarded a plaque by the Agudas Achim congregation. J. Real Neth wa.s convalescing at home following hospitalization. A. C. Lyles of Pine-Thomas films was in town in advance of "Hong Kong" and was JocV. GcrbfOt'i Kansas Says J. V. GERBRACH ci^'J Ames Operating Co. AN^E5 Ames, lowo made an honorary member of the local Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Edward Kipp, mother-in-law of Joseph Cotten, died at her home here. The Hollywood began operating three nights per week and the Columbia two nights. Judge Cecil Randall ruled that charity bingo is illegal FEBRUARY under the Ohio constitution. Al Sugarman and Lee Hofheimer started a one-showing-per-evening single feature policy at the Little. William Green resigned IT IS A PLEASURE THE OPERATING^COMPANV TO NOTE l^fe the Oil' charac^^^thp vhol® ^.^ the ma^'-® That seem' DIFFERENCE' .at ^^^Sc^tB^^F^^^^-^^^"^ ^°- ^"^^ Ue V°i%heatres "-f fUondlV -- '° lo *^^ ^e-'^^°''' _ are «"«! ever t^«. _ ^^^r::; as assistant manager of Loew's Ohio. He was succeeded by Earl Gratton, assistant manager of Loew's Broad. Russell Parker. 65, player and director with the old B. F. Keith stock company, died here. Forrest Tucker was a local visitor, plugging "The Wild Blue Yonder." Ralph Sliiflet resumed his job as theatre ad solicitor for the Dispatch. Loew's Ohio opened a run of "Quo Vadis." Bingo games were outlawed. Harry Knight resumed his lease on the Royal. The Dixie and Hollywood closed. Manager Robert P. Boda of the Hartman leased the Palace for a week's run of "South Pacific," starting March 31. Blackstone was made a lifetime honorary member of the Columbus Magic club during his Loew's Broad engagement. MARCH The Dixie and Royal were the eleventh and twelfth local theatres to close since the end of World War II. Bill Pullman won the $500 first prize in the Citizen Headpin bowling tournament. The screening of "With a Song in My Heart" at Loew's Broad was a highlight of Milkmen's month, designated by the local Movietime U.S.A. committee. All local theatres participated in the promotion. Samuel T. Wilson spent two weeks in Hollywood. It was Dispatch theatre editor's first west coast visit in 16 years. "Quo Vadis" had a 22-day run at Loew's Ohio and Loew's Broad. Robert Benner became supervisor of Academy Theatres, succeeding John Hardgrove, who became real estate representative for F&Y Building Service. "Montana" Meechy died. An East Long street site was selected for a new municipal parking garage. "South Pacific" was a sellout at the Palace. APRIL A new field house, with a 15,000 person capacity was planned by Ohio State. A downtown $2,500,000 sport.s arena also was in the planning stage. Susan Cabot was here to meet the press in advance of "The Battle at Apache Pass. Charles Williams was named assistant manager of Loew's Broad. Chet Allen, local TV singer, left for Hollywood to appear in "Meet Me at the Fair" and "Joshua." MAY Lou HoUeb came back to town as manager of the Uptown. Ted Lewis was given a big reception in his Circleville homecoming. Denise Darcel was here for the Page One ball. Charles Sugarman returned as manager of the World. End of charity bingo here was seen following conviction of Mrs. Clarissa Barr on charges of operating a bingo game. George Atkinson, who was theatre editor of the Dispatch almost a half-century ago, was back to ballyhoo Columbia's "The Marrying Kind" and "Death of a Salesman." jVOto UNITED FILM SERVICE, INC. Headquarters Office Kansas City, Missouri Branch Offices '•Chicago>San JUNE The Palace removed its V-sign. The North Hi Drive-in was opened by Lee Hofheimer and Al Sugarman as the tenth drive-in in Franklin county. Dr. Clyde Hissong saw "no immediate effect on Ohio film censorship" as a result of the Supreme Court ruUings in "The Miracle" and "Pinky" cases. Tom Thibaut was named manager of the North Hi Drive-in. Neth's Bexley was closed for the summer to allow repairs on the air conditioning equipment. Gov. Frank Lausche said he would not make any move to legalize bingo. Martin C. Burnett and Walter 74 BOXOFFICE January 3, 1953

Kessler were named co-chairmen of the Hollywood at the Fair exhibit at Ohio state fair. JULY The new Citizen amusement ad rate became .225 effective July 1. An Ohio Supreme court decision declared that a city can finance off-street parking facilities with parking meter revenue. The Theatre Guild increased its subscription stage series from four to six plays for fall and winter. Manning Clagett of the MPA was here for the newsreel censorship test. The showing of the new.sreel was canceled at the Little when Dr. Clyde Hi.'^song refused to accede to a request by Warner Bros, that the corporation and not an individual be named in the warrant. Ohio film censors banned "The Miracle." AUGUST Lee Hofheimer and Charles Sugarman presented a one-night stage show at the North Drive-In in addition to two features. The Palace closed for one day July 31 for the GOP state convention. Mrs. Neil Rush was elected president of the Columbus and Franklin county Motion Picture council. J. Everett Watson became a grandfather for the first time when his son and daughter-inlaw became parents of a boy. Mary Mc- Gavran Koebel announced her resignation as film editor of the Ohio State Journal September 1 after nine years at that desk. Tom Harris of the Journal staff succeeds Mrs. Koebel. Carleton Carpenter was here for the Celebrity Golf tournament and to ballyhoo "Pearless Fagan." Holly«'ood at the Fair played to 250,000 patrons, Bob Wile estimated with Marjorie Main as stellar attraction at the exhibit at the Ohio state fair. Mrs. Genevieve Heasley was named secretary to Bob Wile. A boom in drive-in and all-year theatre construction in nearby Pike county was seen following announcement that a billion dollar atomic energy plant would be built near Piketon. SEPTEMBER Harry Schreiber was the subject of the Men in Business sketch in the Dispatch. "Jumping Jacks" at the Ohio was the first big boxoffice hit of the fall season. The board of directors of ITOO pledged support to distributors and producers in the government's 16mm suit. Harry Simons resigned as manager of the Grand to enter TV sales work in Maine. Lee Hofheimer and Al Sugarman said they would build a drive-in at Waverly, Ohio, near the atomic plant site. Harvey Miller, theatre editor of the Dispatch a half-century ago, died. Mrs. Sarah Holleb, mother of Lou Holleb, died in her Chicago home. OCTOBER Lisle Bell, former theatre editor of the Ohio State Journal, died in New York. Alma Barklow was chosen Miss Flame for Fire Prevention week on the Palace stage. Renie Riano started a local TV show at WTVN. Charles Williams resigned as assistant manager of Loew's Broad. Pinball machines may be outlawed here. The second district court of appeals ruled that charity bingo violates the state constitution. Ruth Bunsold was appointed assistant manager of Loew's Broad. NOVEMBER Joyce Hofheimer, daughter of Lee Hofheimer, was to wed Leonard Strelitz of Norfolk. Va.. John WiUiam •Billy" Everett, 69, veteran vaudevillian, died. William F. Mc- Kimion, WBNS radio newscaster and well known to local theatremen, died at 57 following an operation. Construction of the 4,000- capacity Franklin county Veterans Memorial in Civic Center was to start in the spring following release of steel by the National Production Authority. Construction of the first of at least two downtown municipal parking garages will begin in the spring on a site on the north side of E. Long street. The second garage probably will be erected on E. Town street in the rear of the Hartman, Grand and Ohio.. Robert T. Oestreicher, brother of Fred Oestreicher, Loew's publicist, was i-.amed mayor of Columbus effective January 12 following the election of Mayor Rhodes as state auditor. Oestreicher is president of the city council. Gene Autry appeared at Memorial hall. Lee Hofheimer, Charles Sugarman, Jerome Knight, Fred A. Brunner, Arthur Miller and Leo and Milton Yassenoff participated in a Pass for Pints blood donor drive. Free admission policy was started at the Little as a protest against the federal admissions tax. DECEMBER The board of directors of Independent Theatre Owners of Ohio, meeting here, upheld the stand of national Allied in its opposition to the arbitration plan. The city parking commission announced its choice of a site for the second parking garage at Town and Third streets adjacent to the Ohio, Grand and Hartman theatre block. Kathryn Reed of the cast of "Million Dollar Mermaid" was here. U.S. Treasury officials said that the donation policy at the Little "apparently is legal." Tom Harris resigned as theatre editor of the Ohio State Journal. See Us About Plnnning CONSTRUCTING & DRIVE-IN EQUIPPING THEATRES THJATftt IQUIPMtNT CO. 106 M!(blgon St., N.W. _ Grand Rapids 2, Mich. / T«l. 6l««dal« .4.8«S2»Nijh»s « Suiiday»3-241S Millard Ochs Also Skilled Drummer AKRON—Millard Ochs, manager of the Strand here, was the latest subject of an interview by Art CullLson, theatre editor of the Akron Beacon- Journal. Ochs. grayhaired at 47, was revealed as an excellent drummer who manages to sneak away from the theatre for one or two engagements a month with Denny Thompson's orchestra. He has spent most of his life in the theatre business, having once managed some of Millard Ochs the New York houses which his father, Lee A. Ochs, operated back in the 1920's. He recalls that his father was Theda Bara's personal manager and at the age of 13, the younger Ochs traveled around with the noted film vamp. The oddest thing about her. he recalled, was that she ate soup and ice cream at the same time. Ochs was born in Manhattan, and organized a band while at school. He likes to travel, and while on a Cuban vacation, he met, wooed and married the former Dolores del Peso of Havana. When his father .sold a half interest in his Manhattan theatres to RKO, Ochs went to the Yorktown house at 88th and Broadway. RKO got rid of its theatres one by one, just before the war, and Ochs found himself out of a job. He went to Warner Theatres looking for work, and was sent to the 1,207-seat first run Strand in Akron in 1941, and he's been there ever since. He said that operating costs are comparatively low, but that he has his troubles. "One day a woman tried to walk out of the theatre with a toilet seat under her coat. She didn't make it, though. It bulged in the wrong places," he explained. Another Historical Western David Lang's "The Nebraskan." a historical western, will be a Columbia offering, produced by Robert Cohn. 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