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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

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i I I ' I Four More Congressmen Pose Anti-Tax Bills Representative Hand iN.J.) introduces measure ending all admission taxes while three removing only film theatre taxes are asked by Reps. Doyle ( Calif, i, McDonough ( Calif. and Van Zandt iPa.i. Do'wntown N.Y. Theatre Files $7,050,000 Antitrust Suit ' Tribune, lower Manhattan house, charges Warner Bros., 20th Century-Pox. Universal- International and Skouras Theatres Corp., forced unreasonable clearance. RKO Receivership Action May Be Dropped in N.Y. Louis Kipnis, attorney for three stockholders, has until January 26 to make decision, and he intimates executive appointments may cause him to withdraw case. Towne Theatre Rehearing Is Asked to Be Denied Counsel for distributors file reply in Chicago circuit court, stating the appeal court verdict had struck a blow against the monopoly desired by the Towne in the Milwaukee i territory. •X ' United Artists Is Seeking *Bwana Devil' Release May handle Arch Oboler's Natiu-al Vision feature for general release: sensational busi- | nccs reported for film in Los Angeles. San Francisco. Philadelphia and Detroit. * Sol Lesser Corporation Formed for 3-D Films Called Stereocinema, 12 programs of threedimension features and shorts will be produced yearly; to franchise approximately 600 theatres throughout the world for exhibition. * RKO to Start Anniversary Sales Drive March 6 Will commemorate 25th anniversary and is scheduled to run through June 25, according to Charles Boa.sberg, general sales man- ! ager; cash awards will be made to the winning branches. i * Seek Theatre TV Rights To Academy Awards Theatre Network Televiiiion asks the majors for permission to telecast the ceremonies March 19 to theatres; request concerns the appearance on the air of players under contract. * Four Withdraw Support Of Academy Ceremony Warners, Universal. Columbia and Republic drop contributions to Academy Awards in dispute over how the funds should be jpent; creates a crisis over 1953 financing. 10 j Theatre TV I Continued from Page 9i time in one citiy is not in excess of six. He will term the six channel proposal an attempt to reduce to a minimum and conserve the total amount of spectrum space required for a theatre TV service. He will agree with Wolfson as to the necessity of intercity and intracity theatre TV licenses being special common carriers, without special "eligibility" requirements or restrictions other than the statutory ones. Wilbur Snaper or Trueman Rembusch or both will testify for Allied on the "little man's" opinion of theatre television. This testimony will concern what theatre TV can do for a small exhibitor, his small tow-n theatre, and what it will mean to the community. STRESS SMALL EXHIBITOR NEED Allied will contend that theatre TV is one of the answers to the need of small independent exhibitors for new feature attractions, and that it would afford an opportunity for the first time for millions of Americans in small towns to see attractions that otherwise they never would see. Harry Brandt, president of the Independent Theatre Owners Ass'n. speaking for small independents in and around the metropolitan New York area, will stress the importance to small exhibitors of having a major feature attraction such as theatre TV would give at the same time as first run houses. Theatre television, he will say, can mean the difference between breaking even or making a modest profit to these exhibitors. Theatre television needs small independent theatres, since the .sum total of seats available in all the.se independent houses will enable theatre TV to book attractions which will require large audiences to make them pay, according to Brandt. Robert W. Coyne, special counsel of the Council of Motion Picture Organizations, will discuss the background and operations of that organization and will describe its interest in theatre television. Emanuel Frisch, president of the Metropolitan Motion Picture Ass'n and president of a New York City 35-house circuit, .speaking on behalf of big-city exhibitors, will say these theatre operators can and will u.se theatre television, and will say he does not see howtheatre TV can be profitable until channels are allocated and distribution facilities are erected. TO REPORT ON PUBLIC SERVICE Ai-thur Mayer, producer-exhibitor and former executive director of COMPO. will detail public service work of the film industry in peace and war. A representative of the American Medical Ass'n will discuss the practicality and effectivene.ss of closed-circuit television as a training medium and will reveal that when theatre TV is available. AMA will prepare a monthly clinic program for distribution to its members via that medium. others who will appeor in behalf of the industry will include: Robert Peel of the Bureou of Census, who will discuss the use of theatre TV for staff training purposes; Tom Meany, Collier's sports writer; Abe Lastfogel, of the William Morris talent ogency; Beniamin Fine, of the New York Times, who will discuss the .value of theatre TV to education; 5. M. Chortok, operetta producer; Rudolph Bing, manager of the Metropolitan Opera Co.; Gilbert Miller, theatrical producer; G. Griffith Johnson, of the Motion Picture Ass n; Richard Hodgson, president of Chromatic Television Laboratories; Andrew Inglis, MPAA engineer; Lester B. Isaac, Loew's projection director; Manfred Toeppcn, Terry Ramsaye and John Eberson. November Ticket Tax Collections Are Down WASHINGTON—November admissions tax collections were $24,835,819. according to the Treasury Department Monday U2i. lowest for any month since June and far below either the 831,294.629 collected in October or the S31.084.965 of November 1951. November tax figures reflect actual October boxoffice receipts. The figures include all types of admissions except to roof gardens and cabarets and sale of over-price tickets of various kinds, but film theatre admissions make up most of the totals. Arthur Loew Reports Gain For MGM in Europe HOLLYWOOD—Continental Europe has, for the first time, surpassed other foreign areas as a market for Metro films, it was reported by Arthur Loew, president of Loew's International, at a studio luncheon after his arrival here from the east. Loew was accompanied by David Lewis, regional director for continental Europe, and Joe Vogel. vicepresident of Loew-'s Theatres. Loew declared the worldwide outlook in general is more optimistic than in many years, and said records have been established and broken successively by "King Solomon's Mines," "The Great Caruso," "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain" and "Scaramouche." Japan also is becoming an important factor in the Far East, Loew reported, and added that in every country good pictures are doing equally good business. The luncheon was attended by studio executives including Dore Schary, vice-president in charge of production; E. J. Mannix, general manager, and department heads and producers. Allied Board Meeting (Continued from Page 8i vitations to participate in renewed conferences had not been accepted or turned down by exhibitor associations. Snaper in his statement said that the "matter of reaching an agreement with the distributors on trade practices is up to them." He said that he will name a strong committee to meet with them if they show sufficient interest. But, he let it be known, this would not be a meeting on arbitration. Film rentals are not the only stumbling block, he said. Tied in with rentals are clearances, runs, advanced admissions, pictures and prints— "everything involves rentals," he stated. He wanted to know what clearances are changed on certain pictures, and how it is "that circuits can obtain pictures at lower percentages than small independents." Antitrust Chief Resigns WASHINGTON—Newell A. Clapp resigned as head of the Department of Justice antitrust division, the D of J announced with his resignation effective on January 17. BOXorncE January 17, 1953

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