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Boxoffice-January.10.1953

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. . Dave . . Barney . . . . . Charles . . Harry . . . NEW HAVEN "Cd Lord has sold his 450-seat Baltic Theatre to fellow townsman George Nelson . . . Harry Feinstein, zone manager for Warner Theatres, his wife and their three children were in Pittsburgh during the holidays, their former home . Kaufman of the art department at Loew's Poli Theatres went skiing in Canada, and Jim Memery of the same department holidayed in Groton. Bernie Coffin, assistant manager of the Paramount Theatre, has accepted a position as manager of the Sampson & Spodick Crown. New Haven. He succeeds Vincent Chadwick, who has a position with the Armstrong Rubber Co., but who will remain with the Sampson & Spodick chain in another capacity. The assistant manager's spot at the Paramount has been taken over by Walton Wilson, just discharged from the army after service in Korea. Walt held this job before going into the armed forces. Cy O'Toole and Lou Green of the Warner Theatres projection and sound department attended the eastern premiere of "Bwana Devil" . Ray Flynn, former assistant manager of . . Loew's College, now in Germany in the army, plans to take a bride there Paul ToUes, owner of . the New Meriden, and Bill Pilot, manager, were Filmrow visitors . . Many of the big downtown houses in Connecticut ran midnight shows Christmas eve, with some preferring to extend their regular continuous shows up to 12. The Loew Majestic, Bridgeport; Poli, Hartford; Poli, Worcester, and Poli, New Haven, resumed Thursday openings . Pitkin, RKO manager, and his wife had their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lyman of New Rochelle, as holiday visitors. The Pitkins spent New Year's eve quietly, baby-sitting with their 11-month-old grandson Ronald . . . Jim Frasier, secretary to Warner Theatres' Harry Feinstein, spent a holiday with his family in Norwich. Janet Fishman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fi.shman of the Fishman Theatres chain, was married to Norman Gans of Ansonia in Temple Mishkan Israel (28) . . . Joe Minsky, Connecticut film buyer for Warner Theatres, and Mrs. Minsky went to Atlantic City during the holidays . . . Zasu Pitts w^as in "ITie Bat," which opened at the Shubert New Year's eve. "Bagels and Lox" followed at the legitimate house, in a two-day run (6, 7), after which Margaret O'Brien made her legitimate stage debut in Eddie Dowling's new drama, "The Intruder" (8-10). RKO gave a private showing of "Hans Christian Andersen" at the Warner Theatre screen room for executives of this chain and of the Connecticut Theatre Circuit, who, Barney Pitkin reports, were highly enthused. Suzanne Dalbert will portray the feminine heavy in "49 Men" which stars John Ireland and Richard Denning. AT 'BARRIER' PREMIERE — Flight Lieut. James Dell, jet plane pilot for the British air force, spoke at the opening of "Breaking: the Sound Barrier" at the E.xter Street Theatre in Boston. Here Viola Berlin, managing director of the Exeter, shakes hands with Leslie Barber, British consul, before the stage event. Dell, an exchange officer from England stationed at Westover Field, is in the center. W. Haven Drive-In Permit Granted But Not Issued HARTFORD—Action on an appeal concerning the newly constructed drive-in at West Haven was cut .short in superior court recently. The brief trial was held on an appeal taken by the Fishman Theatres from action of State Police Commissioner Edward J. Hickey in granting a permit for the drivein to the Bott'l Outdoor Theatre Corp. Hickey granted but did not issue the permit, pending disposition of the court appeal. An abbreviated trial se.ssion was held before Judge Edward J. Daly. It was cut short when the judge ruled out testimony on a general statute which was to form part of the appeal. Fishman counsel charged that since actual construction of the theatre did not begin until after June 1951, a state law effective June 1, 1951, was applicable. The law allows appeal of drive-in theatre permits by property owners who feel the theatre may damage or injure their property. Since the permit was approved by Commissioner Hickey back in April 1951, though not issued, the judge ruled out the testimony, virtually ending the trial. Attorneys for Fishman, Bowl and the State are to file briefs which will be studied by Judge Daly prior to a decision. IMAGES SOUND SERVICE CORP. "The Best Value In Sound Service" Hancock 6-7984 445 Statler Building Boston, Massachusetts HARTFORD T eonard Young, former house manager of the . . E. M. Loew's, has been named master of ceremonies and vocalist at the Monte Carlo hotel and Cabana club in Miami Beach, Fla. He is a brother-in-law of Morris Keppner, partner with Bai-ney Tarantul in the Burnside Theatre, East Hartford . Singer Johnnie Ray, here for a two-day personal appearance, told interviewers he has signed a sevenyear film contract with 20th-Fox. Production, he said, will get under way in the spring on his first film, tentatively titled "All of Me," a biographical treatment of his life. Connecticut business is booming and should continue in 1953, according to the state development commission's year-end report . . Michael C. Rogers has been re-elected president of the Hartford musicians Local 400 . . Bill Haynes. manager of Lockwood & Gordon's Norwalk Drive-In, filled in for Bill Howard, Plaza. Windsor, during the latter's Ohio vacation. Doug Amos, division manager. Lockwood & Gordon Theatres, handled the Webb, Wethersfield, while Russ Ordway vacationed for two weeks . Tierney, former manager of the Robin Hood Theatre, Birmingham, England, has joined Warner Theatres. He has been named assistant to Irv Hillman at the first run Roger Sherman, New Haven, replacing John Canavan, resigned . . . Rose Carvallo is the new assistant manager of the Commodore Hull Theatre, Derby, a Warner house. John Scanlan jr., former manager of the Strand circuit's State, Torrington, is now working for an industrial concern in that . city. He is the son of John Scanlan sr., Torrington city manager for Warner-Bros. Theatres . Bill Daugherty, manager of Lockwood . . & Gordon's Torrington Drive-In, was shifted over to the circuit's Avon, Providence . . . Lou Cohen, Loew's Poli. and Mrs. Cohen, were in Waterbury Feinstein, Warner theatres zone manager. Mrs. Feinstein and their tw'o youngsters, returned from Pittsburg. . . . Ernie Grecula of the Hartford Tlieatre circuit used a postcard mailing list for "The Quiet Man." Bob Howell of the Port, Newburyport, Mass., in town on Warner circuit business, reported he gave away pirate hats to youngster patrons, in conjunction with "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd." . . . George E. Landers, E. M. Loew circuit division manager, was in Boston . Mike Adorno is now a.s,sisting his brother Sal jr. at M&D theatres in Middletown. Their dad Sal .sr. is general manager of the three downtown theatres. Polishing a Screenplay Martin Goldsmith is polishing the screenplay for "Mission Over Korea," a Columbia production. MASSACHUSETTS THEATRE EQUIP. CO. 20 Piedmont St. • Boston, Mass. Telephone: Liberty 2-9814 PRODUCE A BETTER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. 88 BOXOmCE :: January 10, 1953

. . Nat I BOSTON •Phe Smith Management Co. has placed newmanagers at the St. George and Gorman theatres, Framingham. George Grandee, former manager of the Jefferson Theatre. Springfield, is at the St. George, and John Berry, former assistant at Smith's Natick drive-in, is at the Gorman . Hochberg, operator of the Jasan Theatre, E^ast Weymouth, Mass.. has taken over three theatres formerly operated by Irving Green, the Coolidge, Watertown, the Felsway, Medford, and the Melrose, Melro.se, effective January 1. The Coolidge has been clo.sed for some months and was redecorated, painted and refreshened for the new owner, with a new candy stand added. Hochberg recently signed a lease on the Stoneham Theatre, Stoneham, which he is also operating, as well as a .summer situation in Hull. Green now operates only the Park Theatre, Everett. The engagement of Janet Selet. ky, daughter of Sam Seletsky of the Smith Management Co., to Donald N. Urdang of Newton, has been announced. A June wedding is planned. On December 27, the Sam Seletskys celebrated theii- silver wedding anniversary with a party and reception attended by 50 friends and members of the famUies. A board meeting of Independent Exhibitors of New England was held January 6 at the headquarters here. A nominating committee was selected to name the slate of officers for 1953 and to set the date for the annual meeting when the elections w'ill be held ... A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Little. Jack is projectionist at the Columbia Theatre. Boston. Russell Clark, projectionist at the Paramount here became a grandfather recently. When the oil burner at the Republic office broke down, bookkeeper Mary Barberian was whisked over to the UA office with her books, typewriter and adding machine, so she could work in warmth and comfort. A skeleton force remained in the heatless Republic of- Ernie Warren, Warren Theatre, fice . . . Whitman, staged his annual New Year's eve show with four features, starting at 7:30 p. m. Admission prices were 60 cents for the orchestra and balcony and 74 cents for the reserved loges. PORTLAND J Eugene Gerry, assistant manager of the State Theatre here, resigned to join the American theatre's Colonial in Natick, Mass., as manager . . . The State conducted a coloring contest in behalf of "Plymouth Adventure" Manager Ralph Tully pre.sented . . . "Aladdin's Christmas," by the Three Arts studio cast of 100 pupils at a stage show for children. . . Nat Silver, reports the Empire Theatre will show the new three-dimensional picture. Manager "Bwana Devil," early in February . Silver, Strand. Portland, -entertained 1.800 boys and girls at the fourth annual Christmas party co-sponsored by the Andrews American Legion post. The Knox and Strand theatres, Rockland, were evacuated when a fire destroyed ten buildings in the business section of the town. Youfhful Collection of Catalogs Made Walter Young an Exhibitor FARMINGTON, N. H.—Forty-seven years ago, Walter E. Young, operator of the Strand here and other theatres, wrote a letter to the Dearborn Motion Picture Co. of Chicago, to add to a collection °^ business catalogs he ^iW^^-IK^79 .^ ^V-, \/ ' jfw and several chums had ^K 'W started at their homes ' »,"- ^^^ in Rochester, N. H. ^^Fj* Young then was not quite 21. ^>r.> Walter E. Young But instead of sending a catalog, the Dearborn Motion Picture Co. sent a representative named Walter Nelson, and before he left Young was in the motion picture business. As he was still a minor. Young could not sign a lease, but Nelson interested Young's stepfather in the venture and a partnership was established. They took over a .skating rink, hired movable seats, put in a .screen and a booth and were in business. They showed five one-reelers every night at ten cents for adults and five for children, but Thursdays was Bargain night when six one-reelers were shown at no advance in admissions. And Young recalls with a chuckle that the film cost was $1 a reel. After a year or so of operation in Rochester, Young sold out and moved to Somer;-worth about 12 miles away. Here he opened a theatre in a town which already had an established house. He remodeled a vacant building there, but ran into his first clearance and film buying troubles. His competitor was the brother-in-law of a distributor in Boston! So he quickly left Somersworth and started for Lancaster, N. H., a theatreless town. To get there it was necessary to change trains at a town called Farmington. While waiting for his train connection he looked around, found that there was no theatre there, hired a store, put in kitchen chairs and a booth, called it the Olympia and has never left the town. Everything went smoothly at the Olympia until a fire destroyed the theatre and the store. At that time a large busine.ss block was going up in the center of the town. Young urged the contractor to make room for a theatre, signed the lease and started operation at the 300-seat Strand Theatre which he operates today. Over the years he has made necessary improvements and has kept abreast of the developments within the industry. The project was such a success that today he now owns not only the theatre property but the entire block. A few years ago he added a summer situation in the Alton Bay, N. H., Oak Birch inn. Today Walter Young is happy as an exhibitor and has never regretted the letter he wrote to the Chicago company asking for the catalog. Tryout of 'Midsummer' Is Staged at Hartford HARTFORD— Several film companies have indicated interest in acquiring motion picture rights to the new Vina Delmar comedy, "Midsummer," which had its pre-New York tryout at the Parsons Theatre here on New Year's eve. The play, featuring Mark Stevens, Geraldine Page, Vicki Cummings and 9-year-old Jenny Hecht, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hecht of show business fame, broke existing house records on opening night, gro.ssing $3,800 for the one night at the 1,167-seat house. The previous New Year's eve, the theatre, playing "Anna Christie," with Celeste Holm, chalked up a gross of $3,100. Advance exploitation here was handled by Saul Richman, New York exploiteer. His campaign included a three-column spread on page one of the Hartford Times. He is an ex-film publicist. Builds 'Baba Setpiece Howard Higley, manager of the Allen Theatre in Cleveland, developed an interesting setpiece to stimulate word-of-mouth publicity for "Son of Ali Baba." A six-.sheet litho cut out was mounted on a backboard cutout with scalloped effect. Star and title credits were covered with metallics. The display was placed in the lobby two weeks before opening. HANDY SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM BOXOFTICE: 825 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City 24, Mo. Please enter my subscription to BOXOFFICE, 52 issues per year (13 of which contain The MODERN THEATRE Section). n $3.00 FOR 1 YEAR Q 55.00 FOR 2 YEARS D $7.00 FOR 3 YEARS n Remittance Enclosed D Send Invoice THEATRE STREET ADDRESS ;. TOWN '.. NAME STATE.. POSITION BOXOmCE January 10, 1953 89