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Boxoffice-January.17.1953

STILL THE OUTSTANDING

STILL THE OUTSTANDING LEADER BOXOFFICE -STAYS OUT IN FRONT First in total net paid circulation First in First in First in First in exhibition circulation equipment circulation advertising volume news coverage First in pictorial coverage First in service sections ^ First in market coverage .iM.' • Leadership means readership! To every reader, each issue of BOXOFFICE brings somefbing to inform, to encourage, to help sell— and make business more profitable. 80 BOXOFTICE :: January 17, 1953

— —— — — — — Boston Grosses Rise To New Top Levels BOSTON—The upswing at the boxoffice, which started on Christmas Day and continued to rise through New Year's, has remained at an encouraging level. With one or two exceptions, all first runs are well ahead of last year's grosses and are doing exceptionally well. Best of the week locally was the second stanza of "Hans Christian Andersen," which raked in 300 per cent at the Astor. (Averoge Is 100) Astor Hons Christian Andersen (RKO), 2nd wk.. .300 Beacon Hill—The Four Poster (Col) 125 Boston— Ruby Gentry (20th-Fox); Captive Women (RKO), 2nd wk 135 Exeter Street Breaking the Sound Barrier (UA), 2nd wk 125 Memorial Blackbeord the Pirote (RKO); Face to Face (RKO), 2nd wk 1 20 Metropolitan Road to Bali (Para); The Blazing Forest (Para), 2nd wk 200 Paramount ond Fenway April in Poris (WB); The Star ot Texas (AA) 1 75 State and Orpheum Million Dollar Mermoid (MGM) 140 Two Holdovers Lead Hartford Grosses HARTFORD—"Million Dollar Mermaid" and "Road to Bali" were bright spots in spite of severe bad weather. Both releases were held over for second weeks. Allyn Road to Bali (Para); Ride the Man Down (Rep), 2nd wk 100 Art—Stranger in Between (U-l); Blue Lagoon (U-l) reissue 80 E. M. Loew— Stop, You're Killing Me |WB); Mesa of Lost Women (LP) 85 Poll My Cousin Rachel (20th-Fox); Black Castle (U-l) 95 Palace Million Dollor Mermoid (MGM); Desperate Search (MGM), 2nd wk 105 Strand Against All Flogs (U-l); If Moscow Strikes (MOT) 90 'Road to Bali' Tops New Haven With 150 Per Cent NEW HAVEN—Two theatres reported exceptionally high grosses for the week, while most others were close to normal levels. "Road to Bali" and "Million Dollar Mermaid" were the leaders. College — Stars and Stripes Forever (20th-Fox); Gambler and the Lady (LP), 2nd wk 90 Lincoln The Grand Concert (Artkino) 70 Paramount—Rood to Bali (Pora); Ride the Man Down (Rep) 150 Poll Million Dollar Mermoid (MGM); Desperate Seorch (MGM) 140 Roger Sherman April in Paris (WB); Fargo (AA). 90 Norman Glassman Heads Allied Confab Committee BOSTON—At the Januaiy board meeting of Independent Exhibitors, Inc., of New England, Norman Glassman, president, was elected general chairman of the annual convention of national Allied to be held in Boston at the Sheraton-Plaza hotel October 3-7. Gla-ssman and his wife and son Bruce and his wife are vacationing in Miami for three weeks. On his return, Glassman will appoint his working committee for the 1953 Allied States convention. Ray Feeley, executive secretary of Independent Exhibitors, flew to New Orleans for the midwinter Allied board meeting and will meet there Nathan Yamins. national delegate from the New England unit, who is flying to New Orleans from his Palm Beach home. Arnold M. Picker, vice-president of United Artists in charge of foreign distribution, has returned from a tour of the far east on company business. NEW ENGLAND FEDERAL TAX REPEAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN Dr. J. B. Fishman Harry F. Shaw Albert M. Pickus C. J. Russell Ralph Tully Martin M. Mullin Lloyd Bridgham Melvin Morrison Edward Fay Meyer Stanzler Andrew Tegu Frank A. Vennett BOSTON—Pictured above are the state committee chairmen for the Council of Motion Picture Organizations-sponsored campaign for repeal of the 20 per cent federal admissions tax. These men, together with distribution chairmen, are contacting senators and congressmen from their re.spective states to secure pledges of their support in repealing the federal tax. The exhibitors represent the following New England states: CONNECTICUT—Dr. J. B. Fi.shman, Fishman Theatres, New Haven; Harry Shaw, division manager, Loew's Poll New England Theatres, New Haven, and Albert M. Pickus, Stratford Theatre, Stratford. MAINE—Ralph Tully, State Theatre, Portland, and C. J. Russell, Bangor. MASSACHUSETTS—Martin M. Mullin, New England Theatres, Boston. NEW HAMPSHIRE—Lloyd Bridgham. Uptown Theatre, Dover, and Melvin Morrison, Strand Theatre, Dover. RHODE ISLAND—Edward Fay, C&F Theatres, Providence, and Meyer Stanzler, Community Theatre, Wakefield. VERMONT—Andrew Tegu, Tegu's Palace, St. Johnsbury, and Frank A. Vennett, Paramount Theatre, Rutland. 'High Noon' Named Best in '52 HARTFORD — UA's "High Noon" was named as best film of 1952 by Allen M. Widem, Hartford Times motion picture editor. Other selections: Best performance by an actor in a starring role, Gary Cooper in "High Noon"; best performance by an actress in a starring role, Shirley Booth in "Come Back, Little Sheba"; best performance by an actor in a supporting role, Donald O'Connor in "Singin' in the Rain"; and best performance by an actress in a supporting role, Terry Moore in "Come Back, Little Sheba." Wilkinson Hikes Admission At Wallingford House HARTFORD—George H. Wilkinson jr., president of MPTO of Connecticut, and operator of the Wilkinson Theatre, Wallingford, announced new admission price scale for his independent house: Matinees, all seats. 40 cents, with children under 12, 20 cents; evenings, Sundays, holidays, orchestra and loges, 55 cents, with all children under 12 accompanied by parent, 20 cents, and balcony, 40 cents, with children under 12, 20 cents. BOXOmCE :: January 17, 1953 NE 81