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. . Warner Review of 7952 Industry Events in Cleveland District CLEVELAND—A review of the motion picture business in this area in 1952: JANUARY Sandy Gottlieb, former local Film Classics manager, opened his own co-op buying and booking organization in Philadelphia Ernest Schwartz was elected to serve his 18th term as president of the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibitors Ass'n. Variety Club installed Henry Greenberger as new chief bai'ker. Leonard Greenberger, manager of the Fairmount Theatre, reported "The Lavender Hill Mob" established a new attendance record. Judge Edward BIythin ruled bingo for charity illegal in the case brought by the Brookpark post, VPW. Ben Ogron of Ohio Theatre Supply Co. was named TRAD sales representative. Rickie Labowitch celebrated her 21st year as CMPEA secretary. Manny Brown succeeded Sidney Cooper as UA manager. Jim Edwards joined Argus, Inc., as partner of Paul Scholz. FEBRUARY Ed Biggio sold Grand Theatre, Steubenville, . to Nat Schultz Theatres District Manager Frank Harpster was transferred Meyer Fine of to Pittsburgh . . . Associated circuit and wife left on a Mediterranean cruise. Admission prices downtown boosted to 85 cents top. Orr Theatre, Orrville, celebrated its fifth anniversary. Cleveland Salesmen's club dedicated a plaque in the Will Rogers Memorial hospital in memory of Dave Kaufman, victim of an automobile accident. George Bressler joined U-I as booker. Cleveland story debunked the closing scare. Milton Mooney named Myion Gross to head his Buffalo co-op branch. Irving Reinhart sold his Winsor Theatre at Canton and moved to Florida. Jerry Wechsler became a grandfather. Herb Ochs' son Jimmy joined the marines. MARCH Bucyrus repealed 3 per cent local ticket tax. National Film Service of New York took over Film Distributors of Cleveland. Montgomery Clift was in town to receive Critics Circle award plaque in behalf of "A Place in the Sun," the Circle's choice as best picture of the year. Ann Sheridan. John Lund and Howard Duff were here to promote "Steel Town." Ed Brady changed name of Drive-In Theati'e Equipment Co. to Ancon Corp. Max Greenwald resigned from Richmond Theatre to open a booking agency in Dallas. APRIL Drive-ins started opening for the season. Gertrude Ti'acy Reynolds, in theatre management for 24 years, resigned from Parma Theatre to become Parma Post advertising manager. Cleveland Cinema Club celebrated its 35th birthday. Alhambra Theatre installed first RCA Synchro-Screen here. Bernie Rubins bought John Urbansky's interest in Imperial Pictures. Blair Mooney bought Academy Film Service, Inc., from Gilbert Lefton. Ray Brown resigned as manager of State Theatre, Cuyahoga Falls, to enter advertising business. Daylight saving time started. Ernest Schwartz, left, was elected to serve his 18th term as president of the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibitors Ass'n. At right, Martin Smith of Toledo who Instituted a test cast of the Ohio censorship law. MAY In Urbana, Judge David S. Porter ruled a newspaper has a right to refuse advertising copy in suit brought by Skyhigh Drive-In. Two Harvard professors declared films are not the cause of juvenile delinquency. Cleveland newspapers boosted advertising rates three cents a line, 42 cents an inch. Nat Wolf, with Warners 20 years, resigns as Ohio zone manager. Chris Pfister named president of ITOO at 17th annual convention held in Hollenden hotel. He succeeded Martin G. Smith, president since its formation. JUNE Skirball's Rivoll Theatre, Toledo, received an RCA TV screen. Mrs. Etliel Brewer of Cleveland Motion Picture Council was named motion picture chairman of the Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs. Schwyns Portage Drive-In held outdoor religious services. Max Marmorstein took over the Circle Theatre. Sam Lichter was elected president of the Salesmen's club of Cleveland. Fred Holzworth. manager of the Hilliard Square Theatre for 24 years resigned to go into another business. The G & P Amusement Co. antitrust case came up for hearing in district federal court. Appeals Court rejected charity bingo contest. JULY Jack Share joined UA as city salesman. Gene Nelson of WB's "She's Working Her Way Through College" was a visitor. Crowd of 6,500 see the Robinson-Maxim fight on Palace and Hipp TV .screens. First run grosses down 7 per cent from 1951. Earl King was given a testimonial luncheon by J. W. Servies and local NTS personnel on his retirement. Ohio film censorship to be tested. AUGUST Phil Harrington, with MGM 18 years, resigned to go into another business. Cleveland held kickoff meeting on federal tax . . . repeal. Business upswing generally noted Joan Crawford here to promote "Sudden Fear." Martin Smith of Toledo pleaded guilty to showing uncensored newsreel in test case before Judge Frank W. Wiley. Ohio Censor Board head announced films will be censored as long as a ceiLsor law remains on statute books. Leo Jones named to head northern Ohio federal tax repeal committee. Ernest Schwartz named chairman of Cleveland COMPO committee. Ray Schmertz devised new type display boaid which is adopted by other 20th- Fox branches. lATSE Local 160 went on record to assist tax repeal fight. MGM's Vanessa Brown of "The Bad and the Beautiful," was in town. Phil Harrington, MGM manager 18 years at Cleveland, resigned during the year to go into another business. At right, J. Knox Stracham left Warner Theatres after 20 years to become promotion manager for the Allerton hotel. State Theatre, Uhrichsville, filed antitrust suit in U.S. district court against eight majors, charging monopoly. SEPTEMBER Many old, out-moded theaters in this area closed. Jerry Lipow resigned as MGM salesman to join Judd Spiegle as a partner in Roadshows, Inc. U-I starlet Suzan Ball in 74 BOXOFnCE January 17, 1953

town. Bill Tallman, Ceramic Theatre, East Liverpool wrote a letter to Attorney General James P. McGranery setting forth the effect on theatres of passage of proposed 16mm bill. Judge Emerich Freed ruled in favor of the defendants in the G&P Amusement Co. antitrust suit. Dusk-to-I>a\vn shows of six features and free morning breakfast was catching on at ozonens. Akron Ticket Sellers Local 765 decided it will not seek to place union members in theatre boxoffices. Labor day business topped that of the previous year. Frank Masek of NTS reported supply business up 20 to 25 per cent. Republic salesman Tom Alley's son Jerry returned from Korea. Leo Gottlieb and Blair Mooney acquired northern Ohio Lippert franchise. Manny Brown, UA manager, was transferred to Buffalo. Dave Leff of Buffalo succeeded him. Tom Farrell and Jerry McGowan join MGM sales force. OCTOBER Three local theatres. Hippodrome, Palace and State, showed the Wolcott-Marciano fight on theatre TV screens. Lester Dowdell switched from UA to RKO as booker. Variety sponsored the Cerebral Palsy Foundation school with an initial $10,000 donation. Revenue bureau auctioned Gayety Theatre, Toledo, to satisfy tax liens . . . Knox Strachan resigned from Warner Theatres after 20 years to become sales manager for the Allerton hotel. NOVEMBER Lester Zucker promoted from U-I manager to midwest district manager. Ed Heiber named to succeed him. Variety Club held formal opening of its new Hollenden hotel quarters. Variety Club announced a December 5 midnight benefit performance. Julius Lamm celebrated 22 years as manager of the Uptown Theatre, which celebrated its 25th anniversary. M. B. Horwitz added Detroit Film Footage Slips to Five-Year Low DETROIT—Total film footage released in the Detroit area dropped to 5,058,000 feet during 1952, the lowest total figure in at least five yeai's. It compares to 6,346,900 feet in 1951, according to figures compiled from activities of the police censors bureau, under the direction of Inspector Herbert W. Case and Sgt. Richard Loftus. Total standard American or Hollywood product dropped to a low of 3.522,000 feet for the year, compared to 4,717,900 feet in 1951. Foreign footage, however, nearly held its own, dropping from 1,628,000 feet in 1951 to 1.536,000 feet in 1952. This total included 1,037,000 feet of Mexican film, and lesser amounts of 11 other language groups: Italian, 141,000; English (specially reported, apart from product distributed through regular American outlets), 125,000: Arabian, 72.000: French, 68,000; Swedish, 19,000; Greek, 19,000; Egyptain, 14,000; German, 14,000; Russian, 12,000; Japanese, 9,000; Armenian, 6,000. Hungarian, Danish and Polish films, screened for the censors in 1951, were missing for the 1952 lineup. The censors made only 25 cuts last year, compared to 32 in 1951, but more than doubled the amount of footage cut—from 17,- Julius Lamm, leit, celebrated 22 years as manager of the Uptown Theatre, which marked its 25th anniversary. .\t right is Fred Holzworth, manager of the Hilliard Square Theatre 24 years, who resigned to go into another business. the Ohio Theatre, Cuyahoga Falls, to his Washington circuit. Kroger Babb moved Hallmark Production offices from Wilmington, Ohio to Hollywood. The John Gardners sr. and jr. started a new drive-in on Route 79 near Hebron. First run theatres, in cooperation with producers, start a 13-week half-hour TV weekly program over WXEL on Sundays from 1 to 1:30 p. m. ... Ed Heiber transferred to manage the Detroit U-I exchange during illness of Ben Robbins, with Edwin R. Bergman of the Cleveland sales force taking over for Heiber here. Loss of trained industry personnel and 299 to 37,600. Nearly all cuts were in foreign films and product of independent distributors, including clinical pictures and travelogs. The censors made 469 calls on individual theatres to inspect the type of advertising used on the front, compared to 545 the year before, but ordered the same number of fronts removed or changed in each year— 14. "Show business is definitely cleaner." Loftus, who took over in midyear when Lt. Howard Stewart retired, said. "We are getting very good cooperation." Law Journal Gives Praise To Censorship Decision TOLEDO—The Journal of the American Bar Ass'n, in its December is.sue, contains an editorial praising Municipal Judge Prank W. Wiley's September 10 decision in the newsreel censorship test case in which Martin G. Smith, former national Allied president and long-time president of the Independent Theatre Owners of Ohio, played guinea pig. Judge Wiley, in effect, ruled that basic principles of freedom of speech and press must be applied to motion pictures and that Ohio's $3 per reel censorship fee for newsreels is discriminatory and invalid. Dimes and dollors will help mony a victim of polio to recover normal health. Arrange for Morch of Dimes collections. inability to attract new employes is an industry headache. The closed Wausseon Drivein used its marquee to direct people to its opposition Princess Theatre during the winter season. J. S. Jos.sey, in poor health the last five years, died. DECEMBER RKO's Otto Braeunig and wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. The Hoy Russells of Millersburg purchased the Holmes County Farmer-Hub. Alfred G. Burger stated Telenews Theatres will stick to pictures. Kathryn Reed here to promote MGM's "Million Dollar Mermaid" . . . Berlo's Max Shenker celebrated his 70th birthday. Judge Fi-ank W. Wiley of Toledo called the censorship fee a tax. Vogel Bros, of Wellsville will build Peru's first drive-in for R R. Hauser of Ann Arbor, Mich. Herb Ochs announced the arrival of his 11th grandchild, making the score six second generation boys and five girls. BOWLING CLEVELAND—Too many holiday matinees interfered with the Local 160 bowling team .sessions and lack of practice affected the scores when the schedule was resumed. Gordon Bullock of Suprex checked in 24 hours late and bowled himself out. Tom Smart, captain of Local 160 team, was first to hit above 600 with 602, only to be beaten by Ed Hutchens of Suprex with 603 a few minutes later. Mike Sawdo of NTS made the 4-7-10-split. Larry Shafer of NTS, after winning two jackpots in a row, was barred from future participation in the minor league dough. Standings of the teams to date are: Teom Won Lost Team Won Lost NTS 23 13 Ancan Corp. ...17 19 Local 160 19 17 Suprex 13 23 To Handle Butter Machine CLEVELAND—Ben L. Ogron's Ohio Theatre Supply Co. here has been appointed dealer to handle the distribution of the Butter- Mat machine in the northern Ohio territory. The Butter-Mat machine, a melted butter dispenser for popcorn, has been adopted by Berlo Vending Co. on the basis of its performance of speeding up sales and increasing concession stand profits to the theatre owner. Among theatres using the Butter- Mat machine in this area are the Mayland, Cleveland: Berea, Berea, and Lake, Painesville. BOXOFnCE January 17, 1953 75