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. . "Because," . . "Because ALBANY Jack Mitchell, for almost four years manager of two theatres in Massillon, Ohio, has accepted a position as group manager with the Schine circuit in Auburn, N. Y. Mitchell formerly worked for Schine for 13 years before going to Massillon in April 1949. He was with the chain in Lexington. Ky. Mitchell was president of the Massillon Chamber of Commerce last year. He arrived in Auburn Jack Mitchell with his wife and daughters Annelle. 12, and Jan. 4 months. . . Mr. and Mrs. Leland Warner of the Strand, Johnstown, and Phil Baroudi of the Northwood, North Creek, were on the Row . . . The wedding of Miss Murie Lanahan, secretary for Ted Baldwin Associates in New York City, and Leo Greenfield, U-I manager, Among probably will take place in May . those present at the Variety Club dinner marking the opening of Brotherhood week were Jack Goldberg, Saul J. Ullman. Arthur Newman. Frank Carroll. Gerry Atkin. Ray Smith. George Schenck. Ralph Ripps. Sylvan Leff. Leo Greenfield, Gene Lowe. Rudy Bach. Milt Levin. Henry Seiden. Nate Winig. Dan Houlihan. Gordon Bugie, Robert Adler. Aaron Winig and Dr. Samuel Kalison ... J. Meyer and Louis W. Schine and their wives attended the inaugural ceremonies in Washington. Press reports stated that Mayor Alton B. Anderson of Saranac Lake and James La Fan' of Malone were arrested by state police Saturday night after patrons at their Pontiac and Malone theatres finished games of Lucky, bingo-type game. Both men pleaded innocent when arraigned on charges of violating lottery statutes. Anderson, a theatre manager for 23 years, has been mayor of the resort village seven years. Morey Goldstein, Allied Artists general sales manager, and Nate Dickman, local manager, visited the Schine headquarters in Martin Moskovitz. 20th-Fox Gloversville . . . Empire state division manager, and Alex Harrison, home office, conferred with local Manager Nat Rosen and the salesmen. Harrison was making his first call here . . . Reade's Community. Saratoga, is presenting a Unique Cinema series Wednesday nights at $1 for each show, $3 for the four nights. The Roosevelt, Hyde Park, is one of the first theatres in this section of the state to let patrons decide what to pay. An advertisement for Wednesday night read, "Donate What You Wish." The bill comprised "Hurricane Smith" and "The Black Castle" Herman J. Ripps. former Metro manager . . . here, later district manager and now a.ssistant eastern division manager, accompanied Jack Goldberg. MGM chief, to the Schine circuit offices in Gloversville. Herman now lives in Harrison. Westchester county. The Delaware Theatre has been bought by the Sharine Trading Corp. for investment purposes. Stamps on the deed indicated a price of approximately $50,000. Samuel E. Aronow^itz, local attorney, represented Louis R. Golding. for years Fabian division manager here, and J. D. Eagan. head of the Fabian realty department, in the purchase. Warner circuit has a lease on the 650-seater that expires in 1961. A bill fixing a minimum wage of SI.25 an hour and maximum work week of 40 hours, with time and a half for overtime, has been introduced by A.ssemblyman Louis Peck, Bronx Democrat. It excepts executive, administrative and professional .services. The measure, similar to one which Assemblyman Peck has sponsored at several past sessions of the legislature, provides for adjustments of wages and for maximum hours consistent with health, efficiency and well-being of employes. The motion picture industry is opposed to the proposal. A bill providing for constitutional amendment to legalize bingo for the benefit of religious, charitable, veterans, fraternal, volunteer firemen's organizations and agricultural societies has been introduced by Senator John G. MacDonald and Assemblyman Lucio F. Russo, Staten Island Republicans. Similar measures in the past got nowhere. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, who once vetoed a bill seeking to legalize bingo by fiat of statute, is believed opposed to the constitutional amendment approach, too. The Strand management effected a deal with a Broadway park-and-shop lot under which Strand patrons may use the lot for an indefinite number of hours at 25 cents, half the regular price. The theatre runs a very brief trailer on the arrangement. Strand customers have their ticket stamped by the cashier. The lot is a block and a half from the film house . of You" and "Bonzo Goes to College." two U-I pictures, drew solid business to the Strand de.spite snow and sloppy weather. The theatre had a fine turnout the night of an 11 -inch snowfall, stopped selling tickets for three-quarters of an hour Sunday afternoon, and pulled standees Sunday evening, when underfooting was heavy. . in which Loretta Young gives a fine performance, proved highly pwpular with women.

. . Two . . Mrs. Buffalo Theatremen See Outstanding '53 BUFFALO—Motion picture entertainment will advance to new high levels in quality and variety diu'ing 1953. local exhibitor leaders believe. George H. Mackenna, Basil circuit executive; Arthur Krolick. United Paramount Theatres general manager here: Vincent R. McFaul, general manager for Shea Theatres, and Robert T. Murphy, managing director of the Century Theatre, agree the 1953 motion picture season will be outstanding with more and better attractions. "Diverse and interesting are the words for the new shows coming up in 1953 on Paramount theatre screens in Buffalo," said Krolick; diverse because of the unusual topics and backgrounds, and interesting because of the new personalities, the lavish use of color and the stories which hold the heart as well as the mind. It will be the comedy that will attract the biggest business to boxoffices in 1953. I predict that the outdoor adventure story will be a runnerup with straight drama next in the line of patron preference." 'BVVANA DEVIL' OPENING UPT, which premiered large-screen TV in Buffalo with the telecast of the Metropolitan Opera "Carmen" performance, will introduce tri-dimension. "Bwana Devil," Arch Oboler's Natural Vision film, opened at the Center Theatre January 22. Hollywood is coming through with an unusually strong array of film fare for 1953, according to McFaul. "Good pictures plus the fact that our theatres will keep abreast of all the latest developments in the entertainment field such as big-screen TV and Cinerama, augur well for the new year," McFaul said. "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with whom the Shea theatres are associated, has 15 pictures scheduled during the coming three months which will maintain its 1952-53 program at an increasingly high level. "In line with the company's established policy of long-range preparation, 52 story properties currently are in active work. From a tentative 1953-54 schedule of films has been outlined. MGM has 27 pictures in various stages of preparation for release." Top per.sonalities, unusual topics and backgrounds, lavish use of color and improvements in the type of stories are ingredients of a program to advance the quality of motion picture entertaininent during the new year, according to Mackenna, general manager of the Lafayette, flagship of the Basil circuit in Buffalo and western New York. U-I, COLUMBIA UP BUDGETS "After conferences among Constantine J. Basil, president of Basil Theatres, myself and leading film producers, we are convinced the promise of more and better entertainment will be fulfilled," he said. "We will present a series of motion pictures designed to combine action and entertainment in a fresh, new background. All the major studios have considered business improvements from every angle. "U-I executives and those of Columbia Pictures have declared they will spend more money in 1953 than in 1952. This money will be used to increase the number of Technicolor pictures and to broaden the locales in which they are made." BUFFALO Theodore H. "Dutth" Van Kirk of Niagara . . . Elmer Falls, who was a member of the crew of the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, was present at a screening of "Above and Beyond." Two of the supporting actors in the films are Buffalonians. James Whitmore and Marilyn Erskine F. Lux, general manager of Elmart Theatres and president of the city council, spoke at the annual luncheon meeting in the YWCA of the Board of Community Relations. Also attending the luncheon were George H. Mackenna, general manager, Basil's Lafayette; Arthur Krolick, general manager here for UPT, and Charles B. Taylor, associate general manager. Ted O'Shea jr., son of the vice-president of Paramount, has passed his bar examinations in Rochester and has been admitted to active practice . . . Martin Moskowitz. 20th- Fox division manager, and Alex Harrison, special representative, were here recently for conferences with Charles B. Kosco, local manager . inspectors at 20th-Fox. Evelyn Garnham and Genevieve Gaynor. were confined to their homes because of illness . . . Evan H. Perkins, UPT maintenance head, was in Buffalo last weekend with Ai-thur Krolick. UPT general manager. A course in motion picture history will be offered this coming semester for the first time at the University of Buffalo. Twelve outstanding films of the past 35 years will be shown during the course ... J. Fred Schoellkopf IV, president of the Niagara Share Corp., and a director of Skyway Drive-In, Inc., has been elected a director of the American Steamship Co. of Buffalo. He succeeds his father Jacob F. jr., who died last month, in the directorship. "The Hoaxters" was screened for representatives of the clergy, educational institutions, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the FBI and the police department. The factual 36-minute short depicts the evils of communism in historical flashbacks. It is expected to be shown in local theatres in February. Frank W. Wyckoff, 55, founder of the Economy Poster Service Co. here, died January 10 in General hospital. For many years he was a partner with Jack Goldstein in the operation of a poster and display supply exchange. The two sold the concern to National Screen. An operator of his own silent film exchange in New York City, he W'orked for a time 35 years ago for the old Merit film exchange. He was a member of Variety Tent 7 and was founder of the Nonpareil Athletic and Social club in Brooklyn. Be.sides his w'ife. he is survived by two daughters. Mrs. Karl N. Gerst and Mrs. Roland Suran of Toronto. Robert T. Murphy, general manager of the Century Theatre, screened "Breaking the Sound Barrier" for a group interested in aircraft and civil defense. The film opened Thursday (22i. Among those present at the . screening were Lawrence Bell, president of Bell Aircraft Corp. Rose Roberts, an industry worker for some 30 years, has retired. She started with U-I, and her most recent position was as an inspector for the Clark Film Co. . . . Music by Rochester's park band and a medal and ribbon presentation by the local marine corps reserve were features of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" opening staged in the Palace Theatre, Rochester, by Frank Lindcamp, manager. Mrs. Susan Tompkins Query, a violin soloist with Sousa's band, was one of the guests. The Sylvia Theatre, owned by the Behlings and the Grams, has been closed and the building will be converted into a jewelry Ralph Crabill has been named store . . . district manager of the 11 Schine theatres W. E. J. Martin, in Monroe county . . . drama critic of the Buffalo Courier-Express, picked only seven 1952 film productions "of sufficient merit to be rated with the best." They are "The Greatest Show on Earth," "Ivanhoe," "High Noon," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," "The African Queen," "The Miracle of Fatima" and "The Quiet Man." Ira Epstein, city manager in Rochester for UPT. attended the opening of Arch Oboler's "Bwana Devil" at the Center Theatre here Thursday night. He will offer the threedimension production soon in Kodak town . . . Jack Grood. manager of the Chez Ami restaurant, and active in all Variety Club activities, has been nominated for director of the Greater Buffalo Advertising club. Irving Fried, head of the Tristate Automatic Candy Corp.. and wife celebrated their 28th Elmer C. wedding anniversary recently . . . Winegar, treasurer of the Motion Picture Operators Ass'n and a director of the Variety Club, will be director general of the Ismailia Temple Shrine circus this spring. All the greatest stars of silent films are returning to the screen of the Dryden Theatre in Rochester in the most ambitious revival series yet undertaken by the Dryden Theatre Film Society of the George Eastman House. The fifth Dryden series which continues through June 10 will bring back Rudolph Valentino. Greta Garbo. Wallace Reid. Mary Pickford. John Gilbert. Lillian Gish and many others. The programs are open to members of the Dryden society who subscribe in advance. Membership subscriptions may be obtained at George Eastman House. 'Anna/ With New Voice, Premieres in Buffalo BUFFALO—"Dubbing" was introduced to Buffalo at the American premiere of "Anna" at the Center Theatre. The dubbing was done in New York under the direction of Dr. Mauro Zambuto of Rome, who has been associated with the process since its origin in 1929 and who was here to aid in the promotion of the film. "Basically, the goal of dubbing is to get the sound to match the action exactly," said the doctor in an interview. "The audience should come to believe the voices are those of the original actors even though they know they are not. The technical goal is attained by perfect synchronization but the artistic goal Is another matter. "The voice quality, its timing and rhythm, must sustain the emotion and temperament of the actor whose voice is being dubbed if the film's atmosphere is to be genuine. This transfer of voices is possible because most people actually can recognize few voices in the dark and soon accept the speaking voice as the identity of the actor." BOXOFFICE January 24, 1953 39