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Coast Friends Pay Tribute to Adolph Zukor At the first of a series of industry events which will pay tribute to Adolph Zukor on his eightieth birthday, coast associates and friends honored the veteran industry figure at a glamor-studded banquet in Hollywood last week. As 1953 marks both Zukor's 80th birthday and his 50th anniversary in the motion picture industry. Variety Club's International is sponsoring a series of dinners to honor the Paramount Pictures Co. board chairman. A home office delegation headed by President Barney Balaban attended the coast dinner. Scenes at the festivities ore shown on this page. Two pioneers in the film business. Jesse Lasky (rightl and Cecil B. De.Mille, were on hand to present Zukor with a bronze plaque as a token of his eightieth birthday anniversary. Dorothy Lamour gives Zukor an affectionate birthday kiss. The observers are Y. Frank Freeman (left). Paramount's studio chief, and the mayor of Los .Angeles, Fletcher Bowron. Roy Brewer, president of the Hollywood AFL Council, presented Zukor with a plaque symbolic of honorary membership in each of the 25 unions and guilds at the coast studios. The presidents of two major film producing and distributing companies greet each other, Barney Balaban (right), president of Paramount, and Harry I\L Warner, WB's chieftain. At an oval table for the guest of honor, Zukor is seated at the Mrs. Dubin. A. W. Schwalberg. .Austin C. Kcough. Mayor Fletcher head. In counter-clockwise order, the others are .Airs. Zukor. Charles Bowron of Los .Angeles. Cecil B. DeMille. Mrs. K. J. O'Donnell, P. Skouras, Mrs. Skouras, Barney Balaban. .Mrs. Y. Frank Freeman, Toastmaster R. .?. O'Donnell and Airs. Schwalberg. Freeman, Jesse L. Lasky sr., Mrs. Lasky, Rabbi Maxwell H. Dubin, Several hundred attended the festivity. 36 BOXOFTICE January 17, 1953

. . . . Rezoning . . Harold BUFFALO 'The Niagara room of the Statler hotel was packed last Sunday night for the annual dinner dance of Variety Tent 7 and at installation of officers. Jack Beresin of Philadelphia, international chief barker, officiated. Myron Gross, a past chief barker, was chairman of arrangements. Installed were Dewey Michaels, president of Mayfair Theatre Corp.. chief barker; Billy Keaton, WGR. first assistant; Marvin Jacobs, retired, Sportservice, second assistant; Robert Hayman, Hayman Theatres, doughguy; W. E. J. Martin. Courier-E^xpress, property master. Other crewmen are Harry L. Berkson, John C. Chinell, Arthur Kiolick, Albert Ryde, Elmer C. Winegar and Max Yellen. Charles Boasberg. general sales manager for RKO Pictures, was here last week for his mother's birthday and dropped in for a visit with Jack Chinell, RKO branch manager . When "Stars and Stripes Forever" was shown at the Paramount Theatre last week, five Buffalonians were "discovered" who actually played in Sousa's band. The five, Leonard B. D'Anna, Eugene J. Bishop, Eric I. Evans, Edwin Hall and William J. Robinson, were interviewed and photographed by the Evening News in the office of Ai-thur L. Krolick, UPT district manager . . . Constantine Basil, head of the Basil circuit and chairman of the Hellenic Orthodox Catholic church building fund committee, was presented the keys of the North Presbyterian church by Edward G. Kellner jr.. head of the board of trustees, at a ceremony marking the taking over of the Presbyterian property by the Hellenic church. Al Sicignano of Edward L. Hyman's UPT New York office, was here several days last week for booking conferences with local distributors The Star in Batavia, formerly . . . the Warner-operated Lafayette, has been taken over by a group headed by Harold Murphy, former manager of the Strand here, and Carl Degenhart, former manager of the Capitol in South Buffalo. The Star is located on Jackson, almost across the street from Dipson's Family Theatre. The Center in Buffalo and the Paramount in Rochester, both UPT houses, soon will show Arch Oboler's "Bwana Devil," the threedimension production. It is understood that Manager Lester Pollock soon will announce a three-dimension attraction for presentation at Loew's Theatre in Rochester . . . Dave Leff. Ontario Mayor Riled By Premiere Switch Buffalo—Mayor Ernest M. Hawkins of Niagara Falls, Ont., is greatly disappointed over the decision of 20th-Fox to worldpremiere its "Niagara" in Niagara Falls, N. Y., instead of his city where the picture was produced last summer. The mayor said it was his understanding at that time that the premiere would take place in the Seneca Theatre in the Ontario city. Mayor Hawkins emphasized that the province of Ontario, the Niagara parks commission and the city of Niagara Falls, Ont., cooperated to the fullest extent in the filming of the picture. He said 75 per cent of the film was shot in his city and that 200 men and women extras were residents of the area. who managed the Buffalo UA office for several years until he left to manage the Cleveland branch, has resigned, and Moe Dudleson. UA district manager, is managing the Cleveland office until a successor to Leff is named. Arthur Krolick, UPT district manager, has been appointed exhibitor chairman for Brotherhood week. February 15-22, in the Buffalo exchange area by Walter Reade jr. This year's event marks the 25th anniversary of the National Conference of Christians and .•\rthur Krolick Manuel A. Brown Jews. Krolick was treasurer of Variety Tent 7 of Buffalo the past year and has just been elected a director for 1953. He has been active in civic and industry activities in Buffalo and Rochester. Manuel A. Brown, manager of the UA exchange who also supervises the Albany office, has been appointed chairman. distributor Sid Kulick, sales manager for Bell Pictures of New York, was in town to set up a number of local dates, including "Black Narci.ssus" at the Lafayette . on Grand Island to accommodate a proposed WGR Broadcasting Corp. TV station has been approved unanimously by the town board of the island. Karl B. Hoffman, technical director of WGR. said an application to change the location of the station from the Rand building in Buffalo to Grand Island would be filed with the FCC. A sentence of two to four years in Attica prison has been suspended for Richard D. Gilmer. 32. former assistant manager of the Palace Theatre in Jamestown, after he pleaded guilty to a grand larceny charge growing out of the theft of $600 in boxoffice receipts from the theatre in November 1948. Gilmer wa,s taken to the Buffalo Veterans hospital for treatment of an eye condition which had rendered him nearly blind . . . Bill Brereton, Basil Tlieatres director of advertising and publicity, assisted by Max Miller. UA exploiteer. put over a smash campaign on "Kansas City Confidential," a recent Lafayette Theatre attraction. Buffalo civic and educational leaders heard a premiere closed-circuit presentation of WBEN's Freedom U.S.A. series the other afternoon in Hotel Statler and heard it characterized as "carrying much truth and impact" for free government. The new radio series giving behmd-the-scenes impressions of Washington and the senate, with Tyrone Power as the star, is being presented by the Iroquois Gas Corp., over WBEN Sunday afternoons at 4:30. Gene Autry Starts Tour NEW YORK—Gene Autry started a 49-city tour Wednesday (14) at Wichita, Kas., with a cast of 30 performers. He will swing through Kansas City, Omaha, Des Moines. Detroit, into Canada for several stops and down the eastern seaboard. ALBANY The Variety Club will inaugurate a series of . . . . . King for the Day dinners January 19. when Charles A. Smakwitz and Warner Theatres associates will serve. Tlie following week, Saul J. UUman and Fabian Theatres colleagues will do the honors. The dinners Exchange w-ill be held at Keeler's restaurant callers Monday included Ben Hobbs, operating indoor theatres in Dannemora and Ellenburg and a drive-in near Plattsburgh, Harry and Mrs. L. J. Van Buren. Cairo . Lamont. head of Lamont Theatres and president of Albany TOA, wrote Lewis A. Sumberg, counsel and executive director, that he would like to have 1953 automobile license plates forwarded to Key West. Fla. He is vacationing there with his wife and Robert W. Case, manager of Lamont's Sunset Drive-In. and Mrs. Case. Lamont will not return until mid-February or the first of Mai'ch. Jules Perlmutter is now operating the old Fairyland in Warrensburg under the name of the Warren, with Jerry LaRocque. former owner now retired, as manager. Phil Baroudi, North Creek theatreman. had operated the house since LaRocque sold it. Perlmutter. who also operates the Grand and Strand, Watervliet, and the Lake ( indoors i, the Fort George and Lake George drive-ins, closed the Warrensburg situation for two months, during which he installed a new lobby, new screen, new seats and sound at a cost of $10,000. The 300-seater is the only film house in the Adirondack mountain village. John Scully, U-I district manager, trekked from Boston for conferences in Gloversville with George Lynch, chief buyer for the Schine circuit. Leo Greenfield. Albany manager, and Dave Miller. Buffalo manager, accompanied him ... A daughter named Amy Ann was born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard L. Rosenthal January 11. It's their second child. Rosenthal is attorney and counsel on film buying for Upstate Theatres. A report that Benton Theatres of Saratago may build a drive-in at Plattsburg has drifted into Albany. The circuit now operates the Champlain and Strand in Plattsburg, where there are two independently-owned automobilers. One version is that the Benton decision hinges on the building of an army air force base at Plattsburg. Such a project is contemplated, on the site occupied for several years by Champlain college. However, a northern New York congressman has suggested construction of the base at Camp Drumm near Watertown . Tyler, Chittenango exhibitor and new member of the Assembly, has been assigned Seat 136 on the northern rim of the spacious chamber. Tyler succeeded Wheeler Milmoe, who was elected to the senate. \.m