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Boxoffice-January.03.1953

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Herman . . Abe COLUMBUS /^het Allen, Columbus singer and actor, and members of the Columbus Boychoir, which now is headquartered at Princeton. N. J., will make several stage appearances at Loew's Ohio here January 17 for the Ohio premiere of U-I's "Meet Me at the Fair." Young Allen, who was signed by Universal after his hit a year ago in NBC-TV's "Amahl and the Night Visitors," appears in the picture with Dan Dailey and Diana Lynn. Mayor-designate Robert T. Oestreicher. who takes office January 12, is known to favor a continued ban on bingo here, whether played for charity or not. There is . . con.siderable pressure from church and fraternal groups to permit bingo . The Palace and the Ohio State Journal are cooperating in staging a Warner "April in Paris" contest. Downtown theatremen are watching with interest a propasal to erect 3.000 apartment units in the Central Market area, which adjoins the downtown theatre section. This is one of several proposals for eventual disposition of the area. The city recently announced that its first choice for a site of a new parking garage is at Town and Third streets, just north of the old Central Market .. . Hunt, Cincinnati theatreman and owner of the Uptown here, was a recent local visitor. Fred Rowlands and Fred Brunner of the Main neighborhood house have installed the first RCA Synchro-Screen in this area. The new screen was placed in use Christmas day John Zink, 64, stagehand at the . . . Palace for many years, died after an illness of four months. He is survived by his wife Ethel, a stepdaughter Irene Miller; two stepsons Russell and Gerald Miller; a brother Arthur and a nephew. Site for a second municipal parking garage has been tentatively picked at the northeast corner of Town and Third streets in the Central Market district. This is in the block adjacent to the Hartman, Grand and Ohio theatres. Tom Harris has resigned as theatre editor of the Ohio State Journal. His place is being temporarily filled by Kem Baker of the Journal editoral staff . . . Norman Nadel, Citizen theatre editor, is planning a twoweek show-shopping trip to New York, starting January 9. Mrs. Ada Green Succumbs DETROIT—Mrs. Ada Green, mother of William H. Green, died December 20 following a long illness. She had been closely associated with her son in various show activities. Bill Green, one time manager of the Tuxedo Theatre here, was also a former publicist for MGM. Important Announcement to Theatre Owners ARGUS, INC PAUL SCHOLZ and JIM EDWARDS owners Offer the finest 35mni and 16mm equipment repair service, including sound. We invite inspection of our modern, newly equipped shop. 206 Film BIdg. PRospect 1-7180 Cleveland, Ohio Harry B. Elliott Dies; Chakeres Manager SPRINGFIELD. OHIO—Harry B. Elliott, 49, manager of the Fairbanks Theatre here and former catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, died Christmas day after suffering a stroke in his home. In failing health for the past year, Elliott had been critically ill for six weeks. A resident of Springfield the last t«n years, he was a manager for Chakeres Theatres for eight years, seven at the Ohio here. In 1919 and 1920 he was a regular catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, after being signed up for major leagues following only one year in professional baseball, during which he played with the Kansas City Blues of the American Ass'n. Elliott was behind the plate for Brooklyn when the Dodgers played a 1-1 deadlock with Boston in the longest game on big league record book.s—26 innings. After his baseball career and before his theatrical employment, he had engaged in police work for a time. Survivors include his wife Mary and a son Harry B. jr., on leave from duty as an aerial photographer in the air force. BOWLING DETROIT—The final standings in the first half of the season for the Film Bowling league found United Artists on top. V^on Lost United Artists ^3 18 Allied Films if ,6 S&G Premiums ^j 29 Republic «. 3Q Allied Artists ^L ,, Theotrical Ad ^" ^^ UA also captured the laurels in high scores For three games, the top scores were UA 2 446: Allied 2,355; Theatrical 2,300. For singles- UA 861; Republic 834 and Allied 822. Individual high scores for three games: Goryl 616- S. Malinowski 589: England 570. For singles: S. Malinowski 288: Sullivan, England and Goryl, tied at 223. Individual averages for midseason: Group 1—S. Malinowski 177; Goryl 175; Metzger 166: England 162, and Susami 158. Group 2-Kaplan 152; Zuelch 152: Perry 151- Oster 151: A. Ti-ombley 150: Baran 150: Sharkey 150; Sturgess 149; Buermele 149, and Kozaren 149. Group 3—H. Trombley 145; Zide 145: Herd 144; Kendall 144; Balk 143: Sullivan 142, and Loye 139. Group 4—Martin 136; Porsey 135; Chry.sler 135- E Malinowski 134; Berthiaume 130: Sidenstacker 127; Marks 127, and Bruss 109. Substitutes—Pavella 144; Forbes 107. Ohio Exhibit to Be Shown In Washington, D. C. CLEVELAND—When the Library of Congress opens an Ohio Exhibition in Washington on January 8 as a salute to the Ohio Sesquicentennial, the address will be delivered by Dr. carl Wittke, dean of the graduate .school of Western Reserve university. Dr. Wittke's subject will be "These Ohioans." The program will be held in the Coolidge auditorium at the Library of Congress. Senator Robert A. Taft will preside at the opening of the exhibit which will be on view in Washington until April 8, when it will be moved to the Ohio State Museum in Columbus to remain as a special attraction for Sesquicentennial visitors. TOLEDO TJoward Feiglcy, manager of the Rivoli, spent Christmas with his family in Columbus . Ludacer, manager of Loew's Valentine, has been elected first vice-president of the Toledo lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates of Ohio. Frank Manente, manager of the Esquire, was elected secretary. . . . Rivoli was the first house in Toledo to offer a "Space Show" for youngsters, on Saturday morning (27) at 25 cents. It included a double feature and cartoon The Gayety, burlesque house, was reopened Friday (26) by Victor Lewis, veteran concessionaire who leased the building from Abe Goodman. The latter bought it at a federal auction to satisfy tax liens against Jack Rubens. Ohio in Cuyahoga Falls Reopened With 'Suit' AKRON — The Ohio Theatre in nearby Cuyahoga Falls, recently leased by the Washington circuit of Cleveland, was reopened December 26 with the only art and foreign films in this area. M. B. Horwitz, head of the circuit, which also operates the State and the Falls in Cuyahoga Falls, said he will give art films a good trial. First run films are being booked on a seven-day basis, while second runs will be scheduled for three and four days. However the bookings are indefinite and will be extended if the business demands it. The features start each evening at 7 and 9:15. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. Tlie first offering was Alec Guinness in the British-made "Man in the White Suit." Mrs. Henrietta Hunkel, cashier with the Washington circuit eight years, has been named to manage the Ohio. She started at the Falls Theatre and moved to the State when it opened two years ago. Marvin Harris to Direct Celebration's Activities TOLEDO—Marvin Harris, long identified as manager of the Paramount when it was operated as a unit of the Balaban & Katz circuit and since two years ago owner of the Avalon, Lyric and Mystic theatres of Toledo and the La France in Swanton, has accepted the post of executive director of the Lucan County Ohio Sesquicentennial committee. He takes over January 1 and will devote full time to the office. It is expected that Mrs. Harris will operate the theatres. Manager Takes Leave LYNCHBURG. OHIO—An indefinite leave of absence has been granted Joe R. Murphy, manager of the Murphy Theatre and supervisor of the Drive-In at Wilmington. He will leave as soon as a replacement is named. Murphy has been manager of the theatre, which was built in 1918 by his uncle the late Charles Webb Mui-phy, since May 30, 1947. Murphy and his wife plan to go to Florida for an extended vacation. Chakeres leases the Murphy Theatre. 76 BOXOFFICE January 3, 1953

— —— I 'You' Leads Detroit With Gross of 100 DETROIT—Pre-holiday trade was off, but not as badly as had been generally feared. "Because of You" was the only first run film to hit the 100 mark. (Averoge Is 100) Adams Ivonhoe (MGM), H th wk 65 Fox—Blockbeord the Pirote (RKO); Tarion's Savage Fury (RKO) 70 Madison Cry, the Beloved Country (UA); Pool of London (U-l), 2nd wk 90 Michigon Because of You (U-l); Horizons West (U-l), 2nd wk 100 Polms-State—The Block Castle (U-l); The Raiders (U-l) 95 United Artists—To the Shores of Tripoli (20th- Fox); The Block Swan (20th-Fox), reissues 90 Cleveland Grosses Fall Far Below Average CLEVELAND—The usual slump hit local theatres. Of the eight downtown houses, four played double features of minor appeal, one played a holdover and three offered new product. Neighborhood business was practically nonexistent, according to report. Allen—Cottle Town (WB) 85 Hippodrome Montana Territory (Col); The Brigand (Col) 65 Lower Moll The Sky Is Red (Realort), 2nd wk. 75 Ohio Feorless Fogon (MGM) 80 Palace— It Grows on Trees (U-l); Loan Shark (LP) 60 State—Outpost in Moloyo (UA) 65 Stillman— Horizons West (U-l); Bonzo Goes to College (U-l) 80 Tower—Captain Block Jack (Classic); Oriental Evil (Clossic) 70 Sixth Annual Party Given For 4-H Club Members SPRINGFIELD—A high point in the year's activities for members of the Clark county 4-H clubs was marked recently as the rural youths attended the sixth annual theatre party sponsored by Mi', and Mrs. William Settos, proprietors of the Liberty. Approximately 300 of the 4-H club members, whose season records in the clubs have been outstanding, attended the theatre for a double-feature attraction. A number of the members unable to attend the morning showing were guests during the afternoon. At the same time, an estimated 150 other children selected by the local Salvation Army also were guests. The party for the 4-H club members is held annually to recognize leaders and members who enrolled at the beginning of the season, completed their project record books and exhibited their projects at the Clark county fair. The clubs with such records are designated as "100 per cent clubs." David Gelation Dies in Accident DETROIT—David Gelatian. 60. also known as Golatian, associated for several years with two different parking lots across the street from Filmrow, was killed by a streetcar Sunday (21 1. He was hit at Woodward and State streets and dragged to the city hall corner before a witness could notify the motorman that his body was caught under the car. _EXPERT= Upholstering. Repairing, Rearranging & Installing. THEATRE SEATS Ovei 25 years experience Immediate service anywhere DONOHUE SEATING SERVICE B07 North Wilson Royal Oak, MicL. Phone Lincoln 5-5720 Vaudeville Back at Miami Olympia From Southeast Edition MIAMI—The recent return of vaudeville to Florida States' Olympia is being received with favor. "Our aim," said Al Weiss, booker for the area's only successful project of this type, "is to present new names—performers who have never appeared in the Olympia—whenever possible. And, believe me, it's a difficult problem because the amount of talent today is limited." In pursuing what he means by the difficulty of procuring new names for the vaudeville marquee, Weiss said, "Tlie bulk of the nation's talent today works on television. But TV is no help to us because a lot of TV acts are actually afraid to go out on a stage and perform in front of a live audience. They have no stage training at all, and, in fact, they don't even know how to walk out on a stage and get off it properly when their act is finished." AL WEISS AN OLDTIMER Weiss, who ought to know most of the answers in this line of show business, has been booking talent for the Olympia since the footlights went up on the very first stage show in 1926. On that occasion no less an act had been booked than the highly sought-after Paul Whiteman band. While the Palace Theatre in New York is the only theatre in the country on a straight vaudeville policy, about a dozen other houses are currently offering variety bills along with motion pictures, the policy to which the Olympia returned on December 10. Feature advertising is being used by the circuit to herald the initial week's bill, which will be headed by Frances Langford, a particularly happy choice since this will be her first appearance in this theatre, in spite of the fact that she and her husband Jon Hall own a ranch in the state and she is claimed as "Florida's own singing star." Weiss has some other names under consideration for a "first" at the Olympia, among them Louis Prima, Buster Keaton, Margaret Whiting, Tex Ritter, tlie Four Aces, Dick Haymes and Al Martino. It is much more than just a consideration of names, Weiss points out, it is a question of the sharp rise in costs of securing such talent. The high salary price of first-rate performers was one of the troubles that so plagued the circuit some months back wnen vaudeville, reluctantly, was canceled. Fortunately, vaudeville did not die but has hung in a comotose state in Miami. PERFORMERS' SALARIES UP "Performers' salaries," Weiss explains, "have increased about 200 per cent in the last ten or 15 years I remember when we used to book a complete five-act show for $1,200 a week and never had any trouble in getting a good show for that price. Today, our weekly talent budget will average $5,000 and that doesn't include the band. "If you want a specific example of the high cost of today's talent, consider the case of Guy Mitchell. A little over a year ago we booked him into the Olympia at $750 a week. Shortly thereafter, he knocked out a couple of best-selling records and his salary began to rise. Today you can't get Guy Mitchell under $4,000 a week." But whatever the main office headaches may be in bringing stage shows back to town, the fans who line up at the boxoffice will be happy again. Chakeres Theatres Hosts Employes Xmas Party SPRINGFIELD—Local employes of Chakeres Theatres were feted at the company's annual Christmas party December 23 on the stage of the Regent Theatre, following the last film showing for the evening. Managers of the Regent, State, Majestic and Fairbanks and employes had held individual parties during the week with exchange of gifts. Michael Chakeres, general manager of the Springfield Theatre Co., reported the Christmas Carol show held at the Regent on Saturday morning (20) was a great success. Children and adults were admitted for 25 cents each, and the program featured "A Christmas Carol" in addition to cartoons. All new shows were given at the local Chakeres Theatres on New 'dear's eve, commencing at 5 p.m. December 31. At the Regent, Martin and Lewis in "The Stooge" were featured for the one night only. OUTSTANDING PLAY SAFE... NEXT TIME USE 1327 S. WAiaSH AVE. CHICAQO 630 NINTH AVENUE, NEW VOIIK .un CM/*-. iMVr a lui! ^Ljirt CRAfTSMANSHIP AND ENCINeEniNO BOXOFFICE January 3, 1953 77