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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

OMAHA . . . TT-I Manager

OMAHA . . . TT-I Manager I. M. Weiner reported Omaha was leading the western division and holding fifth place nationally after the first two weeks of the Charles J. Feldman 25th anniversary drive. Feldman is an Omaha boy who made good Joe Jacobs, Columbia manager, went to Chicago for the international meeting and screening in behalf of the "Salome" release. The gloom was thick in the household of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Renfro, Theatre Booking Service. Butch, their 11 -year-old Persian tomcat, died. The veterinarian said the cause was heart failure . . . Jules Serkowich, Columbia exploiteer, was in Omaha doing advance work for "Invasion, U.S.A." prior to its opening at the Admiral and Chief January 21. Maude Cairille, office manager of the Ballantyne Co., was taken to St. Joseph's hospital for major surgery. She is a Filmrow veteran and former RKO staffer , . M. E. Anderson, Paramount exchange chief, will attend the national branch managers' meeting in New York January 26-30 . . . Ruth Fingerlos has been named bookkeeper at Warners, replacing Josephine Maguire. who resigned. Alice Neal, Warner office manager, is back on the job after an absence of five weeks, including a couple of weeks at St. Catherine's . . . Beverly hospital. She says her main problem now is to gain back some lost weight Lawrence has been added to the Paramount staff and Irene Fredericlison has been moved to cashier, replacing Regina Maher, who resigned to move to Leon, Iowa . . . Bill Miskell, Tri-States district manager, visited the Capitol at Grand Island and Rivoli at Hastings. Frank Hollingworth, owner of the Holly at Beatrice, is planning a trip to Hot Springs, Ark. . . . The mother of Mrs. Darwin Frank, operator of the Plaza at Humboldt, died recently . . . Joe Scott, 20th-Fox manager, and salesmen Max McCoy, Pat Halloran and One of a series of Think Pieces about improving your theatre and its equipment. . . . Irv Good flew to a district meeting in Milwaukee Don Campbell, Central City exhibitor, said he was considering swapping his car for a ski-plane after a trip to Filmrow. A heavy mist made most of the road to Omaha a sheet of thin ice. . . A. J. Anderson, exhibitor at Sloan, Iowa, reported that an epidemic of flu had caused the closing of schools at Sloan and nearby Sergeant Bluff. There were 95 children's cases in Sloan, town of about 600 . The Orpheum Theatre had a special screening for the Omaha police department in a tieup for "Turning Point" and ads carried endorsement of the film by the department. Larry Caplane, manager of the Brandeis Theatre, arranged a special showing of "April . . . Exhibitors in Paris" and a cocktail party for disk jockeys and record dealers in the area visiting Filmrow included Ray Brown, Harlan, Iowa; Howard Bayer, Schleswig, Iowa: Woody Simek, Ashland; Adolph Rozanek, Crete; Ollie Schneider, Osceola; George March, Vermillion, S. D.; Richard Johnson, Red Oak, Iowa: W. W. Troxell, Bancroft; Mrs. Waldo Waybill, North Bend, and Cliff Shearon, Genoa. E. W. Aaron in Milwcnikee For 20th-Fox Meetings MILWAUKEE—Edwin W. Aaron, western sales manager for 20th Century-Fox, arrived here over the weekend to start a series of conferences with men in his midwest division on Monday. This division is headed by M. A. Levy. Sitting in on the discussions were the following branch managers; R. L. Conn, Des Moines; J. R. Never, Kansas City; J. H. Lorentz, Milwaukee; S. Malisow, Minneapolis; J. E. Scott, Omaha, and Gordon F. Halloran, St. Louis. Rely on Brand Names Iowa-Nebraska Allied To Meet January 26 OMAHA—A meeting of exhibitors in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska has been called by Iowa-Nebraska Allied at the Paxton hotel January 26 for discussion of an important seven-point program. Elmer Huhnke, Allied treasurer, listed these items which wuU come before the session, opening at 1 p. m.: 1. Additional data needed for the repeal of the 20 per cent federal admission tax. 2. Whys and wherefores of arbitration. 3. Further discussions on Allied-sponsored buying and booking combines. 4. Report on the January national board meeting of the Allied States Ass'n. 5. Report and discussion on litigation. 6. General discussion on film rentals and prints. 7. Open film clinic discussion. I*residing officers will be Al Myrick, presiv dent; Charles Jones, secretary, and Huhnke, treasurer. All exhibitors in the area, whether or not members of the a.s.sociation, have been invited and more than 1.000 notices have been mailed out. The meeting will be followed by the Variety Club's Inaugural ball at the Paxton hotel. Dinner will be at 6:30 p. m., followed by a dance. Glenn Slipper will be installed as Tent 16 chief barker, succeeding A. A. Renfro. Books Are Ordered Opened In No. Dakota Film Suits MINNEAPOLIS—Complete inspection of all theatre books and records in nine pending percentage actions has been ordered by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Vogel. Two groups of cases are involved. One affects Paramount, 20th Century-Fox, Warner Bros., RKO and Universal against Guy A. Troyer and Otis K. Engen, operating the Lyric Theatre. Rugby, N. D.. and the other group was brought by RKO, Paramount, Warner Bros, and 20th-Fox against the State Theatre, Bottineau, N. D. The court had previously denied all motions by the exhibitor defendants to dismi.ss the actions on the ground that le.ss than $3,000 was involved in each action and on the ground that a proper claim for recovery was not asserted. RCA products are the best to be had —buy wisely. Weil -known brands mean well -liked performance The trade name of a manufacturer is his pledge of quality and service. He prospers by your opinion of his product. We are headquarters for many famousname items—all fully guaranteed. Transit Fare Hike Hurts MINNEAPOLIS—Streetcar and bus fares were raised January 1 from 15 to 20 cents. It was one of several boosts during the last few years. There is much beefing, too, over the poor quality of transportation service. A strike of transit company employes also is threatened. EMERGENCIES! When repairs are needed AT ONCE—call us. We ocf fosf.' WESTERN THEATRE SUPPLY CO. 214 N FitlMiilli. Om.ihJ. Nth. .; Phone: Atlanlic 9046

. . Cscar — . MINNEAPOLIS n s a hobby, George Turner, Metro salesman, an amateur performer who has scored hits in northwest Variety Club and other shows, is lining up local acts for theatre and other appearances. He has supplied units, comprising a group of acts, on a number of occasions. It helps him to occupy his evenings, he says ... Ed Terhune. RKO exploiteer, was in from Salt Lake City to tubthump for "Androcles and the Lion," current Orpheum offering. . . Actress Betty Garrett, who was appearing with her husand Larry Parks at the Lyceum in "Anonymous Lover," suffered a severe attack of the flu and missed the final three performances . On competitive bids, Bennie Berger landed the first run of "The Clown" for his Gopher Theatre and held an advertised sneak preview of it Monday night . . . No less than four members of the U-I office staff were shelved simultaneously by the flu this week and branch Manager LeRoy J. Miller had to operate with a skeleton force. Fay Dressell, RKO manager, and his gang are starting preparations early for the RKO 25th anniversary drive, which starts March 6 and continues for 16 weeks. It will replace the annual Ned Depinet drive . . . M. A. Levy and Saul Malisow, district and branch managers for 20th-Fox, were in Milwaukee for a sales meeting . . . Harry H. Weiss, RKO Theatres district manager, visited houses in Denver and Omaha. Byron Adcock, Warner manager, reports amazing grosses are being chalked up by "The Miracle of Fatima" throughout the territory. For example, in Thorpe, Wis., population 1,100, it ran five days to capacity business. Adcock says in Arcadia, Wis., it even outgrossed "The Greatest Show on Earth," which had done sensational business there. It was held over for three additional days at Little Falls, Minn., after a four-day run . . . Another picture that continues to hit the jackpot throughout the territory is Republic's "The Quiet Man." . . . Bennie J. J. Donahue, Paramount division manager who is scheduled to come here to look into the clearance plan, may arrive this week or next. A last-minute call from Dallas caused him to postpone the local trip, which was scheduled two weeks ago Berger, Northwest Variety Club chief barker and member of the Minnesota governor's special committee on penal institutions, addressed the club on prison reform at its monthly dinner meeting this week. Robert Cummings and his wife will be guests of honor at the annual St. Paul winter carnival, January 30-February 8 . . . Actor Van Heflin is due here the week of January 26 at the Lyceum in "The Shrike " And Julie Harris, who made a hit in the screen version of "The Member of the Wedding," will be there the week of January 30 in "I Am a Camera" . Hendrickson, Grafton, N. D., pioneer exhibitor, died. He had been a theatre owner for more than 20 years. His wife and two sons survive. Following action of the board of regents in authorizing the University of Minnesota to apply to the FCC for use of channels 2 and 8, all that's now necessary for the proposed Minnesota $5,000,000 educational network to \r BEYOND LUNCHEON—Robert Taylor was in Chicago recently in behalf of his latest picture, "Above and Beyond." The film deals with the story of the crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that was used to drop the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. An honored guest at a press luncheon there was the Rev. William P. Downey, who gave the invocation for the crew before the Enola Gay took off on its mis.sion. He is pastor of the Fox Point Lutheran church in suburban Milwaukee. Lou Orlove, Milwaukee, and Norman Pyle, MGM exploiteers, handled arrangements for the luncheon. The above picture was taken in the Cotillion room of tlie Morrison hotel. Left to right, Orlove, Taylor, Reverend Downey and Walter Monfried and Buck Herzog of the Milwaukee Journal and the Sentinel. become a reality is the voting of funds by the state legislature, which now is in session. It will devolve upon the university to produce most of the programs locally . Don . . Palmquist, Allied Artists salesman, escaped with multiple bruises when his auto was hit by another car that went out of control on ice at Gary, S. D. Condolences to Vernon Adolthson, Norwood, Minn., exhibitor, whose wife was killed and his daughter seriously injured when the car he was driving, en route to Filmrow here, was struck by a train. He himself escaped with light injuries. Shelly Grengs, Wisconsin and Minnesota circuit owner, was in Mount Sinai hospital here for an operation . . . S. P. Halpern, local film attorney, is counsel for Clem Jaunich's Austin, Minn., theatre, in a suit against the state of Minnesota to obtain a $250,000 award for parking lot space condemned for a state highway. Suit now is being tried in district court. Testimony has been introduced to show the damage caused to the theatre because of the appropriation of much of the parking lot which was inadequate for the needs even before being cut down. Des Moines Variety Club Names 1953 Committees DES MOINES—Variety Club held its first meeting of the year last week at the Standard club and plans were laid for the coming year. The following committees were appointed by new Chief Barker Bob Conn: Entertainment—Byron Shapiro, chairman; Bob Cohun, Lou Hummel and Hal King. Membership—Bill Feld, chairman: Norman Holt, Harry Hiersteiner and Larry Wegner. Heart Don Conley, chairman; Ed Utay, Gerry Mc- Glynn, Bill Luftman and Milt Feinberg. Hospital—Don Hicks and Nate Sandler. Publicity—Sol Yaeger, chairman; Don West, Don Allen and Russ Schoch. Bingo—Lou Levy, chairman. MILWAUKEE peter Stathis, Sparta Theatres, Sparta, Wis., and Bill Exton, Roosevelt, Kenosha, were in town buying and booking . . . N. J. Blumberg. U-I president, a former resident here, announced the birth of a grandson, born to his daughter, Mrs. Stanley Meyer, at St. John's hospital, Santa Monica, Calif. . . . Don Schwartz, Lippert and Realart exchanges, Minneapolis, was in town recently conferring with Benny Benjamin. Realart exchange manager, before departing with Benjamin for the Lippert sales convention in Chicago. Schwartz is opening a Realart exchange in Des Moines. Unity Theatres of Milwaukee has taken over the operation of two Oconomowoc houses, the La Belle, and the Strand. The La Belle is now closed temporarily for remodeling . . . Harold J. Fitzgerald, Fox Wisconsin, was appointed regional chairman for National Brotherhood week. A. D. Kvool, former local zone manager for Warner Theatres, was appointed chairman for the Minneapolis territory. Robert Gross, Blue Mound Drive-In, Elm Grove, Wis., was in a local hospital . . . John Black, projectionist, is at St. Michael's hospital, while projectionist Eddie Owens was recently released from St. Joseph's hospital . . Eddie Weisfeldt, former theatreman here, is now managing a dance hall . . . Universal star Rock Hudson was in town exploiting his film, "Tlie Lawless Breed." Polio is a menace oil must fight. Give your patrons a chance to contribute. PROGRAMS Covering ONE or TWO WEEKS! ONE DAY SERVICE — On Request THEATRICAL ADVERTISING CO. 2310 CASS AVE. DETROIT, 1, MICH. WRITE FOR SAMPLES! WO. 1-2158 BOXOmCE January 17, 1953 71