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Boxoffice-January.10.1953

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. . C. JACKSONVILLE Tack Fitzwater has resigned from Florida ' State Theatres to join Floyd Theatres. Fitzwater will be in charge of three drive-ins, the Funland and the Dale-Mabry in Tampa and the 28th Street in St. Petersburg. These theatres are owned by Carl Floyd, Pete Sones "COMMENDABLE" New York Times Powerful— Beautifully Acted" Savannah News Proudly Produced By ''X; ""^ COLUMBIA ; Jv •^MgM^ Very High Type Attraction Available Only to "A" Class Theatres and Drive-ins. H. G. ARENSON 3450 SELWYN AVE. CHARLOTTE, N. C. 25 Years Dependable Shows For over 20 y^ors SERVICE and COURTESY OUR WATCH WORD •CENTURY ^rD^I'oro' STRONG lXS'ps CONCESSION EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES STANDARD THEATRE SUPPLY CO. 215 E. Washinoloii St., 219 So. Church St. GREENSBORO. N. C. CHARLOTTE, N. C. and Sam Wilson. Fitzwater joined Florida State as u.sher at the old Victory Theatre, Tampa, in 1925. He next went to Miami as a.ssistant manager of the Community Theatre in 1931. After that he managed theatres in Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Jacksonville. In 1941 he was promoted to position of city manager of five theatres in Ft. Lauderdale. In 1947 he was made district manager in the West Palm Beach to Miami district. In 1950, Fitzwater became district manager in the Jack.sonville district, a position he held until his resignation to take effect January 19. . . . . On January 5, the Brentwood Theatre resumed weekday matinees. Mrs. Bobbie Farrell is acting as manager at the Edgewood since the resignation of Al Fourmet T. 'Charley' Jordan, Warner manager, became the father of a baby daughter born at St. Vincent's ho.spital New Year's day . . . Buford Styles. Universal manager, returned to the office after attending a district meeting held in Cincinnati Christmas week. F. J. A. Mc- Clo key, southern division manager, presided All managers and salesmen attended the sessions at the Netherland Plaza hotel. Roy Smith attended the opening of the new Filmland Drive-In, Lakeland i8) . . . Roscoe Spears, representative for the theatre division of the Coca Cola Co., Atlanta, visited here. The De Land Outdoor Theatre has Joe Sii'ugo was in and said reopened . . . he expects his new Ozoner in Key West to open the last part of January . . . Lamar Sarra, attorney and public relations head for Florida State Theatres, appeared over television on the Jacksonville Junior Chamber of Commerce forum of the air. The honor guest was Dr. J. Hillis Miller, president of the University of Florida, who was interviewed by Sarra, the Jacksonville Journal Sports editor Joe Livingston, and Ralph Turlington, attorney and state representative from Alachua county. Dr. William H. Alexander, pastor of the . . . . . . First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, made a speech before 700 persons at the Quarterback club's annual year-end jamboree. Dr. Alexander was invited to be their principle .speaker at the suggestion of Sarra Bud Chalman made a flying trip to Atlanta and Texas leaving here Wednesday C24) and returning Sunday (28) Mark Cummins. Garden Drive-In. St. Petersburg, and C. L. Jackson, Woodbine Theatre, Woodbine, Ga., were visitors. John Futch, manager of the Beach, reports that the Christmas kiddies matinee, which was put on at his theatre, was a huge success. Spon.sored by the Beach Rotary club, the price of admi-ssion was a can of food, clothing or a cash donation to be distributed to the needy at Christmastime. A truck load of canned goods was turned over to the Junior Woman's club for distribution. Futch reports also that the huge Christmas tree over his marquee caused a great deal of favorable comment. Al Fourmet has resigned as manager of the Edgewood Theatre to become associated with the Zaun Equipment Co. Fourmet has been with Florida State Theatres for two years and in the theatre business for 35 years. Prizes were awarded to the amatuer finalists December 24. Prizes were a $432 automatic washing machine, a $109 Cadillac vacuum cleaner and a $138 power lawnmower. SCALES We have just betn able to produce a better scale and reduce the price, too. Now it's where It should be and ir a scale like this lit $89.95 will not make money, then you don't want scales. Look jit this deal on 1 or 100 scales. Prices Reduced! Cut To Only $8995 Down Payment $14.95 Balance only *5 PER MONTH Or if you prefer to send cash with your order, you may deduct 5 per cent or $4.50 CASH PRICE ONLY from the list SQC45 All prices f.o.b. Soperton and we will Scale crated welQlis 100 lbs. ship to you either express or freight On sales in Ceorgia and South Carolina. 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PHONE 307-1 Florida's mST Supply House NOW HAS TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU UNITED THEATRE SUPPLY CORP 110 Franklin St. 329 Weit Flogkr St Tampa, Flo. Miami, Fla. Phone 2-3045 Phone 3-S0}« 74 BOXOFFICE :: January 10, 1953

Variety of Dallas Installs Officers DALLAS—The Variety Club installed 1953 crew members and officers at a buffet dinner meeting in the clubrooms Monday evening. January (5i. Chief Barker C. A. Dolsen introduced foiur visitors from Houston and a guest from St. Louis. John Rowley, second Variety International chief barker, spoke at length on the Adolph Zukor golden jubilee testimonial banquets being held this year in hi.s honor, and stressed the importance of the Variety Club members making plans to attend the gigantic affair that will be held at the Adolphus hotel February 6. Rowley emphasized this affair in Dallas is being arranged and sponsored by Texas COMPO. Variety Clubs International and Tent 17. Raymond Willie recently was appointed by R. J. O'Donnell to take charge of arranging the Dallas testimonial. NEW CREW INDUCTED Rowley then proceeded with the induction of the new crew: C. A. "Pappy" Dolsen, Al Reynolds. Meyer Rachofsky, W. L. Marshall, Walter Penn, Clyde Rembert. Kendall Way, Joe Caffo. Phil Isley, Charles E. Darden and Harold Schwarz. Dolsen called upon Wallace Walthall to conduct the ceremony inducting Kermit Coyne and Lee McCauley as members. Dolsen read a beautiful and touching letter from Sophie Tucker in which she enclosed a check for $100, which she has been doing regularly every month since more than a year ago when she had the pleasure of visiting the Boys Ranch and was inspired by the results she saw there. Carl Sewell was given credit for his substantial contribution of $500. "A number of us are planning to attend the annual installation dinner of Tent 34 in Houston this coming Saturday UO)," stated Dolsen. John Rowley was to be the instaUing officer. In introducing the next feature, a short color film of the L. M. "Mike" Rice stadium dedication ceremonies made by Joe Caffo, Dolsen emphasized the importance of members coming out to the various ranch activities. LANDS TICKET SELLERS "I want now to publicly acknowledge our great indebtedness to two men who made the car awards in December such a great moneymaking success, Nathan Brown and Henry Stern, who both sold over 2,000 tickets," Dolsen announced. He enumerated the activities the club has scheduled for this year. They include a gin rummy tournament. The Adolph Zukor testimonial, annual golf tournament in April, convention delegation to Mexico City, the Turtle derby and 1953 car awards. The climaxing event of the evening was the memorial to the departed club members presented with warmth and solemnity by Wallace Walthall. The deceased; Frank Foster, Jack Pickens. L. M. Rice, Frank Stinespring, C. E. Adair, Paul Scott and Richard Owen. Edward Collins, 65, Is Dead HUMBLE, TEX.—Edward N. Collins, 65, manager of the Lindell Theatre, which he established, died recently. Exhibitors in Oklahoma Hold Two Tax Sessions OKLAHOMA CITY—Oklahoma exhibitors, who are waging a bitter fight against any taxation, both state and federal, conferred here in two different meetings this w'eek. At the monthly Theatre Owners of Oklahoma board of directors luncheon Monday i5i. a large group of film men and women were briefed on the current status of the impending new taxation by the state on film and trailers. It was announced that the Oklahoma state tax commi-ssion is giving the theatre industry in Oklahoma an extension of time to make preparations for the tax. Morris Loewenstein. TOO president, said exhibitors are trying to secure an exemption from this tax, which means that the whole sales tax law will have to be repassed by the legislature. H. D. Cox of Binger, chairman, presided at the board session. Thirty-six exhibitors answered the call to meet with Senator Robert S. Kerr on Friday (9) at the Oklahoma club for a luncheon meeting. They all voiced willingness to speak against the continuance of the 20 per cent federal admission tax. Attending the TOO board se. sion Monday were Paul Stonum, Mrs. L. H. Goerke, Mi's. Rhoda Cates, Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker, Les Nordean. E. R. Slocum, O. L. Smith. Ralph Drewry, Ray Hughes, Vance Terry. Phil Hays, H. S. McMurry, A. R. Walker, Eddie Holt, Charley Procter, John Trisko, Frank Nordean, Mrs. Avece Waldron, Lindsay and Loewenstein and Cox. Senator Kerr was to fly from Washington for the FViday meeting here. Loewenstein tried to arrange a joint meeting with Kerr and Senator Mike Moroney, but the latter found it impossible to attend. However, information has been sent to him, explaining the entire situation with the hope he will fall in line and support tax repeal. Moroney also weus advi-sed that in the event he was not convinced by data forwarded to him, a special meeting would be arranged for him to meet exhibitors needing relief from the federal tax imposed on their receipts. George Albright a Winner In Cauger Sales Contest KANSAS CITY—George Albright of Mc- Alester, Okla., representative for the A. V. Cauger Service Co. of Independence, Mo , was in town recently for the firm's annual sales meeting and was named as fourth place winner in the recently concluded 1952 tenweek sales contest, which set new records for the company for the year. Les Groves, Cauger sales manager, made the awards to the prize winners at the convention held at the Bellerive hotel here. Ted Cauger, head of the company, said that Cauger Service showed an over-all gain in sales over 1951 and that while the steel strike, drouth and election slowed sales in some lines, company business was balanced by other businesses not effected. 500 Greet New Year at Variety Party DALLAS—The Variety Club ushered in the new year of 1953 in a jubilant mood, with approximately 500 members and guests paying tribute to the football teams which played in the Cotton Bowl game on New Year's day; the University of Texas and University of Tennessee. Parties began arriving at the grand ballroom of the Adolphus hotel as early as 8:30 p.m. Rip Giersdorf and his orchestra from radio station KRLD supplied the music, and it was not long before the large dance floor became the focal point of the party. The serving tables had been decorated with statues in ice, including the "Volunteer" representing Tennessee and the Longhorn representing Texas University. At 10:30 p. m a radio program emanated from the front of the orchestra in which the line coaches from both football teams were interviewed by C. A. Dolsen and the announcer. Both coaches voted confidence in their teams, but admitted that the game was a sporting one and either side could win. (Texas won 16-0). It was a gala scene at midnight when the balloons hanging in the center of the ballroom were let loose, and a mad scramble for five prize-winning balloons followed. Dancing continued into the middle of the morning, and many of the guests adjourned to the Variety Club for New Year's breakfast. BOXOFnCE January 10, 1953 sw 75