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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

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] TF£RE ARE (8) OF THESE COMBINATIONS READY TO BOOK _ ^ ^ DOUBLE YOUR GROSS NEW ORLEANS: 3T0A£RS SAY THEY WILL DIXIE FILMS, INC DALLAS: MEMPHIS: ASTOR PICTURES CO. CLASSIHED ADS—EASY TO USE EASTERN OKLAHOMA By ART LAMAN TULSA—The Sand Springs Drive-In, under the capable piloting of Eddie Jones, is having its concession stand completely remodeled. Jones said the job would run over $2,500 and will give the customers a new horseshoe counter, which will take care of nearly double the number of people the older one could serve. New tile flooring is being laid in the main conce.ssion building and tile floors and walls are being placed in all of the restrooms. Among the new features to be added are a new cola machine, a new orange drink machine and new display space. When the job is completed, Eddie will have a swanky concession stand. In the latter pai-t of 1952, the entrance and drives of the Sand Springs were resurfaced. The drive-in has been open every weekend this fall, and Jones said he will open seven days a week starting about the 23rd of this month. • • * TULSA—Bernard McKenna, city manager of the Royal and Tower theatres, has about come to the conclusion that there is no Santa Claus. On Christmas eve, the shows closed at 5;30 to let employes off to be with their families. During the night, .someone entered the theatre, visited the booth and made some attempts to run off a picture, causing some small damage to booth equipment. STAR SALES ATTRACTION! INCREASE POPCORN YOUR SALES! For the past twelve years popcorn concessionaires have been using the familiar RED & WHITE POP CORN MAN BAGS & CARTONS which retain the Delicious, Wholesome, Tasty Flovor your Patrons enjoy. BAGS available in regulor, noiseless and pillow types (wax) styles. CARTONS available in regular, nest, cornucopia ond automatic styles. A few days ago a thief broke into the Royal and robbed the theatre of two days' receipts and concession stand money. Police have been working on a number of clues, but up to the present no arrests have been made. This is the second time that money has been stolen from the Royal. • • • NOWATA—Chester V. Fleming, who operates theatres here, reports that burglars broke into one of his theatres and cracked open the safe, taking $1,500. Police said they were convinced that a band of experts is operating in this part of the state. A number of safe crackings have been reported in the Nowata vicinity. Police are working on a number of clues. • • • BRISTOW—Theatre owners Henry Simpson and Kathryn Hendricks said that work on their new drive-in will start this month, with an early spring opening planned. The drive-in will be located west of Bristow on Highway 66 and will have some 280 car spaces. A large concession stand is being planned. During recent weeks, much repair and remodeling work has been done on the downtown Princess. Work has included painting and complete overhauling of all of the seats. Bristow, like many cities in this area, is having a lot of virus flu. While it has not reached epidemic stages, it has cut into boxoffice receipts. • • * TULSA—Allied Theatre Owners of Oklahoma headquarters in this city has gone into high gear, with a full schedule of mailouts on the coming conclave in February. It was found necessary to employ a secretary, Amilta Carpenter, to take care of the office work and mailing. Among pieces to be mailed will be complete details of the many highlights of the convention in Oklahoma City the last of February. • • • TULSA—R. V. McGinnis of the Allied Theatre Owners of Oklahoma, was the Oklahoma repre.sentative at the national board meeting and Gulf States Ass'n conclave held at the Jung hotel. New Orleans, early this week. McGinnis made the trip both ways via Braniff airlines. While at the meeting, he contacted prominent people of the industry, many of whom said they would be present during the Oklahoma Allied convention at the Biltmore hotel in Oklahoma City February 23-25. EQUIPMENT DISPLAY /Da

Civic Event Heralds Opening of Theatre ASHLANT3, NEB. — One of the largest throngs in history jammed Ashland streets throughout the day Saturday il7) for the oi>ening of the Circle A Theatre. The celebration for the new theatre, rebuilt by Woody Simek after fire destroyed his old house December 17. 1951—just 13 months earlier—turned into a community affair when merchants grabbed the ball and scored a touchdown for Woody. Mayor K. B. Harris i.ssued a proclamation naming it Circle A Theatre day. All the merchants put on special offerings and devoted window display space for their extra theatre day bargain attractions. Free pancakes and coffee were dished out to people who came for miles. A supermarket went all out to boost the program. Speeches were made on the stage between shows by the mayor, Harvey Huffman, president of the Chamber of Commerce: the superintendent of schools and representatives of the film industry from Omaha. Dr. B. N. Baer, Ashland physician, served as master of ceremonies. Roses were given to all feminine patrons and cigars to the men. Woody had a pretheatre party for a large group of film industry folks from Omaha and officials of the area. His opening show was "Son of Paleface," followed by "Tlie Story of Will Rogers." Simek got advance advertising through efforts of merchants, who had bemoaned the slump in business immediately after the old theatre burned. Twin City House Closes But Another Reopens MINNEAPOLIS—Airival of the new year witnessed the demise of another local neighborhood theatre, the 1.000-seat Princess. The closing, however, is offset by the reopening of the 800-seat Alhambra, which had been shuttered. The Princess at various times has housed dramatic stock and vaudeville as well as films. Tlie property is for sale or lease. Clyde Cutter, veteran film man, resigned from Theatre Associates, bifying and booking group, to take over the lease of the Alhambra from Rubenstein & Kaplan, who had closed it after a long stretch of unprofitable operation. The house has been granted 35-day availability. Closing of the Princess brought to a total of 27 the number of Twin cities area shutterings during the last several years since the advent of television. At the same time, two more local independent theatres, the Varsity and Ritz, were granted 28-day availability, the earliest clearance after the Loop first runs. Halt Midweek Shows STORY CITY, IOWA—The management of the Story Theatre has announced that from now on there will be no showings of films on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Poor attendance on these nights proved to be too much of a financial loss, the announcement said. The other two changes during the week—Friday- Saturday and Sunday-Monday—will not be altered. It is hoped that the midweek showings can be resumed later in the year. -NORTH CENTRAL STATES- FEDERAL TAX REPEAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN Edmond R. Ruben Harry French Ben Berger Robert Livingston Ed Kraus Leo Peterson Alfred D. Kvool MINNEAPOLIS—Pictured above are the state exhibitor committee chairmen for the Council of Motion Picture Organizations-sponsored campaign for repeal of the 20 per cent federal admissions tax, for the north-central area of the nation. These men, together with the distribution chairmen, are contacting senators and congressmen from their respective states to obtain pledges of their support on outright repeal of the admissions tax measure. The exhibitors represent the following states: IOWA—Charles Niles, exhibitor at Anamosa. MINTTOSOTA—Edmond R. Ruben, Welworth Theatres, Minneapolis: Harry French, Minnesota Amusement Co., Minneapolis, and Ben Berger, Berger Theatre circuit, Minneapolis. Goldberg, NEBRASKA—Robert Livingston, Capitol Theatre, Lincoln. NORTH DAKOTA—Ed Kraus, Fargo Theatre, Fargo. SOUTH DAKOTA—Leo Peterson, State Theatre, Rapid City. WISCONSIN—Alfred D. Kvool, Warner, Milwaukee, and Sig Hollywood Theatre, Wausau. Omaha Tri-States District Wins Most Contest Awards OMAHA—The Omaha Tri-States district copped a lion's share of awards in the annual manager's holiday contest. District Manager William Miskell reported. Jim Pickett of the Rivoli at Hastings took second. Carl Hoffman of the Omaha at Omaha third, Tony Abramovich of the Capitol at Grand Island fifth and Marvin Graybeal of the Capitol at Sioux City. Iowa, sixth. Art Stolte of the Paramount at Waterloo, Iowa, was first. 'Gen' Kudzia Promoted MINNEAPOLIS—"Gen" Kudzia has been promoted from second booker at Republic to office manager and first booker. Sh,? succeeds Jack Kelvie, who resigned to join 20th-Fox. Polio sufferers look to you. Drop March of Dimes slugs into your advertising for the March of Dimes drive—Jonuory 2-31. Sig Goldberg Growth of Auto Union Told In Film Near Completion MILWAUKEE— Material from the files of the United Automobile Workers union here will tell the story in a documentary film nearing completion now in Hollywood. The motion picture, produced in color, is expected to be ready for joint premiere showings in Milwaukee, Hollywood and Washington some time in February. Ronald Reagan, film star and president of the AFL Screen Actors Guild, has the leading role in the production. The picture, titled the "UAW-AFL Story," traces the union's growth, with particular emphasis on the struggle of its earlier days. The union's plans call for its showing as a companion feature in theatres throughout the entire country without charge. It also will be offered to television stations free, for showing as a public service. Remodel and Reopen Theatre COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA—The Liberty Theatre here, which had been closed for repairs and redecorating, has reopened. BOXOFFICE :: January 17, 1953 NC 69