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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

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ATLANTA . . . XX7 M. Richardson, Astor, returned from a business trip to Albany and Columbus, Ga. Jimmie Bello. Astor salesman returned from a trip to Tennessee . . . Theatre Booking Service, Charlotte, has sold its interest in the Palm Drive-In. Savannah. Ga., to James W. Hill and his associates . . . Rosa Brown of Brown's Drive-In. Fort Lauderdale. Fla., will do her own buying and booking effective February 1. Floyd Stowe of Jacksonville had been handling the work. E. M. Glucksman, American Newsreels Corp., New York, flew here with H. K. Carrington of Nationwide Pictures, Dallas, and visited Astor office, which handles the all- Negro newsreel. He left the next day for Los Angeles by plane . . . Hugh Martin, MCM Theatres, Columbus, Ga., was in town booking; also P. L. Taylor of the Dixie Theatre and editor of the Columbus World. William Dowler is no longer connected with * ("he Good| ( I'M Ht- i^9*f DMff IhrMn -- SkM Iw tt( rim / Im Smi lliili Un |rtk« »t NMtlicW C«! fttUO***^ "10 NIBHTS IN Dom A BARROOM" Jiiurd sjrr£t?:;TeAii:.JUM*siJzac: WM.S.HART:. EVERY INCH A MAN' THE GOOD §'7 ^'^ OLD SONGS MONEY MA6NIT /ICMr PICTURES SNUBFOLLIRD TODDT PICTURES CO. Ul Wtltw, Si ,- - - BALLOONS ARE YOUR BEST AD FOR- "The Greatest Show on Eorth" "Hons Christion Andersen" "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" "Peter Pan" Somples free. Balloons 146 Walton Atlonto, Go. . . the Dixie Theatre, Chattanooga. His father Frank has taken over the buying and booking . The Beacon Theatre, Fairmount. Ga., closed January 1 . . . Charlie Claik. who handles Jackpot Quiz, for theatres, was in Knoxville on busine.ss . . . Nat Williams of Thomasville. Ga., was in . . . Harry Hart, BOXOFFICE field repre.'-entative, was back in town after a trip CYCL^AMIC iM%\fim Screen GIVES YOU "CENTER SEAT VISION" From every seat in the house! ELIMINATES GLARE AND DISTORTION! GIVES AMAZING NEW DEPTH! PERFECT SOUND TRANSMISSION! NO PERFORATIONS! through the southeast territory. Clyde Sampler, former booker for Duncan Jack Van Theatres, was around town . . . Lloyd and his son, former theatre manager in Macon and Savannah for the Weis circuit, is now with the Berlo Vending Co. of Pittsburgh . . . With the Tivoli, Chattanooga, winding up the year strong w'ith "Million Dollar Mermaid," the Rogers with "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd," and the State with "It Grows on Trees," Chattanooga theatremen say 1952 easily topped the previous year. Crescent Amusement Co. theatres in Nashville had the be.st holiday business in three years, with "Meet Me at the Fair," at the Tennessee and "Stars and Stripes Forever." at the Paramount. The sales of theatre ticket books for Christmas gifts was well received with an automobile as the top prize in a sales contest . . . Mr. and Mrs. Jack Barrett were recent vLsitors. He is an AA salesman in Florida . . . Curtis Bancome, formerly with K & B Soda Co. on the Row is now with NSS. VVSB-TV, pioneer television station of the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, has been granted permission by the FCC to double its power from the present 50.000 watts to 100,- 000 watts. The increase in signal strength will place WSB-TV among the most powerful television stations in the nation. Until recently, its 1.062-foot tower was topped in height only by the Empire State Building, but WBEN-TV in Buffalo now has a tower of the same height and design. John Cutler, general manager, says it will be somewhere between the middle of March and the last of April before the power is increased because the change will require installation of considerable extra equipment. a^u/e^^€(^/ Variety Tent 21 held its first monthly meeting-luncheon of the new year on January 12 in the club rooms. A large gathering of members was present to enjoy an excellent steak dinner and hear reports from the various new committees. A. B. Padgett is the new chief barker. The Rialto Theatre here, during the showing of "Androcles and the Lion" had a huge lion in a cage in front of the house, with Eloise Berchtold, his trainer administering to his needs. Large crowds gathered in front of the theatre to see the lion. Carl Button, Melody, Jefferson City, Tenn., is the father of a baby boy, born December 18 and named Arthur Randall . . . Prank Thompson, Macon, Tuskegee, Ala., visited the A.stor office. Store-Drive-In Project Ruled Lottery in Texas From Southv.. it Edition AUSTIN—A cooperative plan between merchants and a drive-in theatre for distribution of coupons and a drawing for prizes would be a lottery, under the facts outlined. Attorney General Price Daniel's department advised County Attorney Odis Tomachefsky of Brenham. The ruling, as to whether the proposed plan would conflict with the lottery law, was asked before the project was to start. The plan was that merchants would distribute free coupons to patrons, with no purchase required, and a series of drawings would be held at the theatre. The prizes were to be all-expen.se trips to Hollywood for two persons. The merchants were to pay the theatre operator sums to cover part of the cost of advertising the project and the theatre in turn was to pay a commission to the individual who handled the entire promotion. Polio is a menace all must fight. Give your patrons a chonce to contribute. Now Ready For Booking! 8—John Wayne westerns 8—Range Busters NAUGHTY WIDOW with Jane Russell ASTOR PICTURES CO. of Ga., 163 Walton St. Main 9845 • change:able letters Int. Atlonto, Go. WIL-KIN THEATRE SUPPLY, inc. Atlanta, Georgia— Charlotte, N. C.—Jacksonville, Flo. "Everything for the theatre except film"

— — — Delman Antitrust Suit To Trial in Dallas DALLAS—Branch and division managers from a number of the film exchanges were scheduled to take the witness stand in the suit charging Interstate circuit and motion picture distributing firms with violation of the Sherman antitrust act which got under way in Judge William H. Atwell's federal district court Monday (12). The suit, filed five years ago in Delaware by the Tivoli Realty Co., owner of the Delman Theatre in north Dallas, opened the docket. First witness after selection of the jury was I. B. Adelman, who was responsible for building the theatre. The plaintiffs contend that the Interstate circuit had a monopoly on first run pictures and after the first run pictures were shown in downtown Dallas the films were made available to theatres in north Dallas other than the Delman. The plaintiffs further contend in the suit that they offered to compete, picture by picture, by offering higher rental for the films. It further alleged that the theatre suffered substantial operating loss during its first 13 months of operation and also charged "a nationwide conspiracy to protect Interstate from competition with independents." Roy MacDonald of New York City, attorney for the defendants, denied all allegations that Interstate and the producers sought to control exhibition of pictures in Dallas. Representing eight distributors, MacDonald pointed out that the Dallas area was the largest in the country with more than 1,400 theatres involved. He said the various film companies sent representatives to Dallas after the Delman opened to study the situation. 'Bwana Devil' Keeps Pace With Dallas Gross of 150 DALLAS — "Bwana Devil" remained at the head of local first run pictures, grossing 150 per cent in its second week at the Melba. Others were up somewhat, with "Ruby Gentry" taking second place honors. (Average Is 100) Maiestic Blackbeard the Pirote (RKO) 75 Melba Bwona Devil (Oboler) ) 50 Palace Ruby Gentry (20th-Fox) 1 05 Tower The Promoter (U-l) 80 Two Million Feet in Stock SPEAKER CABLE Without Priority 2 Conductor No. 17 AWG Solid Copper Flat Parallel Construction Rodent Resistant Non-water Absorbent Jacket for Direct Earth Burial 0.0. .35x. 20-inch. Packaged 2,500 ft. on Returnable Reels or 500 ft. Coils. Price FOB Houston, Texas: On 500 ft. Coils $60.00 per M ft. 2500 ft. Reels $40.60 per M ft. Reel Deposits $5.00 eoch. Shipping Wt. Net 50 lbs. per M ft. SOUTHWESTERN THEATRE EQUIPMENT CO. 1622 Austin St., Houston, Texos, Phone CA-9906 DISTRIBUTORS FOR ELECTRIC WIRE AND CABLE CO. OF HOUSTON, TEXAS -/. H. Harris Named Head Of Theatre Enterprises DALLAS—H. J. J. H.\ROLD HARRIS Griffith, founder and president of Theatre Enterprises, Inc., at the January 6 meeting of the TEI board of directors here, stepped down as president of the circuit and former Vice-President J. Harold Harris was named to head the company. Griffith will continue active as chairman of the board. In assuming the presidency of TEI, Harold Harris climaxes a lifelong personal and business association with H. J. Griffith. This association started 30 years ago in one of the first Griffith theatres. Griff's Queen in Mart, Tex. Griffith managed the theatre, Mrs. Griffith was cashier and Harris, who was a bank teller by day, also worked nights as doorman at the theatre. When Griff's Queen was sold, Harris continued his banking career as auditor for the Second National bank in Houston, where he remained for 13 years. In 1939, when Griffith severed connections with his brothers' theatre company in Oklahoma City and acquired a string of theatres BOOKINGS MADE EASY and profitable— H. J. GRIFFITH of his own in Kansas and Missouri, with home offices in Kansas City, he was joined by Harris, who became general manager of H. J. Griffith Theatres, Inc., a post he held for seven years. In 1946, Harris purchased a group of theatres in southeastern Missouri and two years later disposed of them and moved to Dallas to become vice-president of TEI and assistant to Griffith in the reorganized Griffith company. Theatre Enterprises, which meanwhile had expanded into Texas and New Mexico. In retiring from the TEI presidency, Griffith said that the move had been contemplated for some time so that he might devote more time to personal business interests, which have expanded into several other fields. However, he emphasized that no radical changes in the company policy or personnel were anticipated. R. I. Payne continues as vice-president and general manager, R. A. Higdon is head of the film purchasing department, Lawrence J. Linck is controller; Vernon Watkins heads the booking department. Heywood Simmons Let's talk it over R. E. Davis VOUR ORDER mOTIOn PICTURE SERVICE C< San franci