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Boxoffice-January.24.1953

SEATTLE n bout 125

SEATTLE n bout 125 customers, Pilmrow personnel, and exchange and theatre representatives attended the Baffle's Theatre Service open house Wednesday in their new offices on the ground floor of the 20th-Fox building at 2421 Second Ave. From the Evergreen chain were Frank Christy, El Keyes, and William Thedford; from Hamrick came Herb Sobotka and Doug Forbes, and on hand from Sterling were John and Fred Danz, ZoUie Volchok and Jim Bonholzer. Out-of-town guest,s included Mrs. Fletcher, Forks; Mrs. Warner, Gizentanner, Edmonds; Rex Thompson and Kane and Ron Gamble from Centralia; J. Gibentanner, Edmond.s; Rex Thompson and George Broughton, Port Orchard: Henry MuUendore, Auburn; Chet Nielsen, Tacoma; Mr. and Mrs. Pete Higgins, Higgins Amusement Co., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Powers, 20th-Fox office in Portland. Ted Rayment has bought the Diamond Theatre in Black Diamond from Mr. and Mrs. Charles O'Connell, effective January 15 . . . Elizabeth Berg, secretary to J. M. Hone of the Independent Theatre Owners of Washington, Northern Idaho and Alaska, was recovering from an illness. Federal income tax liens totaling more than $200,000 have been filed against Walter T. Coy, White Center and Burien theatre owner with the county auditor by the Seattle office m SPECIAL TRAILERS of the Bureau of Internal Revenue. 630 NINTH AVINUE NEW YORK 36, N.Y. We hare lh« The liens SPEED! QUALITY! SHOWMANSHIP! CANT BE BEAT! 1327 S.WABASH CHICAGO S, lU. YOUR 3t**f^M; lor THEATRE Cetinl on UM for Quick Actionl Our wld* contacia «rtth Ot« •xhibiton ouurc YOU of aalUfdrtory multft. .THEATRE EXCHANGE CO.] 1 201 Fine Arts BIdg. Portland 5. Ortoon are for income received from 1942 through 1951. Coy was sentenced in December 1951 to 13 months in prison and fined $4,000 by U.S. Judge James Fee in Tacoma on four counts of income tax evasion. He has been convicted of defrauding the government of $27,000 from 1945 through 1949. B. D. Stoner, district manager for 20th-Fox, was at the Seattle office for three days. He conferred with Charlie Powers, Portland branch manager, who came up to see him, accompanied by his wife . . . The Washington State Pi-ess club held an open house for Seattle showmen, club members and Filmrow guests Saturday evening (17) to hear a broadcast on the New York Critics' awards for best motion pictures produced in 1952. It was aired locally over station KOMO. Among those present were Will J. Connor, executive vice-president of John Hamrick Theatres; Bill Thedford, executive vice-president of Evergreen Theatres, and A. J. Sullivan, manager for United Artists. Desired to "scare the pants off you," as the ads say, the Coliseum is prepared to collect all discarded trousers every midnight and give them to Salvation Army and St. Vincent DePaul. The shocker is the new film, "Invasion, U.S.A.," In which Seattle figures as a target for atom bombs . . . Miriam Dickie is back on the Row after a vacation in California. An overflow crowd of drama students packed the Denny Hall library last week to hear stage star Julie Harris (she's appearing here at the Met in "I Am a Camera") give the lowdown on show business. Things were tough, she told them, and getting tcugher what with television heading for the west coast, but she praised the students for their Showboat and Penthouse theatres, pointing out that it is giving them very valuable experience. Shearer to Distribute Ballantyne Speakers SEATTLE—The B. F. Shearer Co. announces that it has .secured the distribution of Ballantyne in-car speakers for the Pacific Coast. The deal was concluded by Tom Shearer with R. S. Ballantyne and Robert J. Hoff of the Ballantyne Co. during the TESMA-TEDA convention at Chicago recently. HANDY SUBSCRIPTION ORDER FORM BOXOFFICE: 825 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City 24. Mo. Please enter my subscription to BOXOFFICE. 52 issues per year (13 of which contain The MODERN THEATRE Section). n $3.00 FOR 1 YEAR D S5.00 FOR 2 YEARS D S7.00 FOR 3 YEARS Remittance Enclosed Q Send Invoice THEATRE Walter Liebler Is Named To Monogram Int'l Post NEW YORK—Walter Liebler, formerly foreign controller for United Aj'tists, has been named assistant treasurer for Monogram International Corp. by Norton V. Ritchey, president. Liebler succeeds James J. Tierney, who has resigned but has agreed to postpone his depaa'ture for several weeks in order to familiarize Liebler with the operational routines of Monogram International. Ritchey returned to New York late in December following a tour of the company's distributors and branches in the Caribbean. During a visit to Medellin, Colombia, he negotiated a renewal of the distribution agreement with Caribe Films, an organization controlled by Cine-Colombia. At Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Ritchey renewed the physical distribution agreement with Henry Teelucksingh's British and General Film Distributors for Monogram Pictures of Trinidad, Inc. Ritchey also conferred with Luis Lezema of Monogram Pictures of Mexico; Louis R. Lee, Monogram Pictures of Panama; Octavio G. Castro, Continental Films, Havana, and Rafael G. Marti, Tiopical Films. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Business in Mexico, Panama and Trinidad has shown a marked upswing in recent months, Ritchey reported. Alexander Sales Up COLORADO SPRINGS— President J. Don Alexander reported Alexander Film Co. gross sales were up 6.1 per cent in 1952 for a volume figure of nearly $10,000,000. representing a $300,000 gain over 1951. The firm paid $3,130,000 to its theatre partners in 1952. According to Alexander, tne tirm increased its natural color service and added several new major accounts. Theatre Lease to Dime Store PLACENIIA, CALIF.—Dark for the last two years, the Placentia Theatre here is being remodeled by its owner, W. H. Rickson, who has leased the property to a five-anddime chain store. STREET ADDRESS TOWN STATE NAME POSITION .. 50 BOXOFFICE :: January 24, 1953

.44 .37 John Dromey Honored At Chicago Luncheon CHICAGO—Heading the special evenUs in January was a testimonial luncheon for John Dromey, head booker and buyer for Publix Great States Theatres, held Thursday i22) in the Blackstone hotel. The luncheon was a climax to the John Dromey drive, in which all Great States managers participated during December. Tlie drive, to cut down costs and show better profits, was reported to have had excellent results. Allout cooperation by the managers portrayed their loyalty toward Dromey "for his outstanding qualities of being a good showman and a highly compatible co-worker." Dromey has been a-ssociated with Great States for the last 30 years. Guests, in addition to the managers and their wives, were heads of film companies, B&K executives, columnists and members of the pre.ss. As a special courtesy, the wives of the visiting managers were invited to attend an evening performance of "Top Banana," in which Phil Silvers was currently appearing at the Great Northern Theatre. Church Shows 16min Films In B Picture Protest ST. LOUIS—Beginning Sunday (18) the parochial school hall of Our Lady of Sorrows pari.sh. was converted into a motion picture theatre, with the admission rates 25 cents for adults and 15 cents for children. The opening program included 16mm versions of "Blondie's Holiday," "The Gentleman from Texas" and some cartoons. The shows are to be presented each Sunday afternoon to parishioners and their children by the Rosati Dramatic club of the parish. There is only one theatre near the parish, the Kingsland, 900-seater, a Fanchon & Marco house, but it has been dark since July 8, 1951. Other theatres that are just beyond the borders of the parish are the Crest, Affton, Missouri: the Avalon, and the Granada, both units of the St. Louis Amusement Co., and the Roxy. Rhoden Buys More Stock NEW YORK—Elmer C. Rhoden. vice-president, bought 8,000 shares of common stock of National Theatres, Inc.. in December, according to a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The purchase increased his direct holdings to 16.900 shares. He also has indirect holdings of 2,025 shares. Alexander Promotes Two COLORADO SPRINGS—Alexander Film Co. home office executives here revealed this week that Edward C. Corbett of the firm's Chicago office and Franklin P. Gibbs of the Michigan office have been named assistants to the president. Both men formerly were special repre.sentatives of Alexander Film Co. Fonner Theatreman Dies GILLESPIE. ILL.—George Raymond Peart, local businessman, died of a heart attack in Springfield recently after attending the state inaugural ball. Peart came here with his family in 1918 and operated the Colonial Theatre here for many years. St. Louis and Kansas City Units Plan Joint Rally Cedar Vale Gives Salute To Late Bill Leonard CEDAR VALE. KAS.—W. W. "Bill" Leonard, exhibitor here for 45 .years who died late in November, was saluted by the local paper recently for his years of devotion to the entertainment of local citizens. Leonard came to Cedar Vale in 1907 and purcha.sed a half-interest in the Pattison Drug Co.. which later became Leonard's Drug store after Leonard purchased the interest of his partner. He had been here only a short time when he took over the old Opera Houes to present stage and road- .'hows. home talent plays or big dances. When a carnival, Chautauqua or tent show came to town, Bill arranged for it to play his theatre. He also was the director and organizer of several bands—the Ladies' band, the Men's band, the Alexander's Ragtime band and the Hobo band. Leonard's activities in show busines.^; were carried on until the beginning of the motion picture era. His first film theatre was the Mystic. When he opened that house, he also began publication of a small paper, "Mystic Murmurs," which he published for seven years. Later, he took over the Prince.ss Theatre, renamed it the Mystic and still later named it the Leonard Theatre. This house was owned and operated by Leonard up to the time of his death. One of his most interesting hobbies was sign painting and he was never too busy to paint signs for anyone or anything for the betterment of the community. Numerous signs which he had painted were posted around town at the time of his death. His last contribution had been a sign for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Leonard was born at Waterloo, Iowa, and had one brother Charley. He, his brother and mother moved to Lebanon, Kas., after the death of their father when the boys were quite small. The boys grew to manhood in Lebanon and were both active in the Lebanon band. Bill's brother served as leader of the band for 14 years and Bill was the trombone and tuba player. He married T. Maude Penington at Lebanon. Mrs. Leonard and one daughter, Mona B. Hamlin of Kansas City, Kas., survive him. 'Bwana Devil' on Screen Of Big Chicago Theatre CHICAGO—The Chicago Theatre is preparing for a landslide business during a twoweek run of "Bwana Devil." the threedimension film which opened there Friday. The management ordered 200.000 pairs of polaroid spectacles which will be distributed to patrons free. Ask Long Run for 'Rouge' CHICAGO—United Artists attorney."^ have asked Federal Judge Michael Igoe for an eight-week first run of "Moulin Rouge" in Chicago. Attorney Thomas McConnell is opposing this request. ST. LOUIS—A special committee of the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of St. Louis, Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois this week laid preliminary plans for cooperation with the Kansas-Missouri Theatre Ass'n in a proposed regional gathering of theatre owners to be held in Jefferson City, Mo., possibly some time in April. Tom Edwards and Frank Plumlee of Farmington and Bill Williams of Union head the special committee which will cooperate with the TOA-affiliated KMTA in the proposed regional confab. Exact date and plans for the gathering may be announced soon. Meantime. Lester Kropp. chairman of the grievance committee of MPTO. planned the first 1953 meeting of that committee. In other organizational action. Lou Ansell headed a delegation of the group in calling on Joseph F. Holland, general counsel. Pevely Dairy Co.. to give him a token of appreciation from the organization for his services to it and the industry by serving as master of ceremonies for its annual meeting banquets the last few years. The gift to Hollaud was a cocktail set of sterling silver, including a shaker, eight cups and tray on which was engraved: "To Joseph F. Holland, the perfect toastmaster, from the Motion Picture Theatre Owners of St. Louis, Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois." Others in the delegation were Lester Kropp and Paul Krueger. co-general managers of the Fred Wehrenberg Theatres, and David P. Barrett, tradepaper correspondent and a longtime friend of Holland. Next meeting of officers and directors of the MPTO will be February 10 at the Paramount screening room at 12:30 p. m, Tom Bloomer of Belleville. 111., president of the organization, his wife and Tommy James and Paul Kreuger of St. Louis were to leave late this week for the TOA board meeting in New York January 25-27. BOWLING KANSAS CITY—Undisputed possession of first place in the Filmrow Men's Bowling league was regained by Film Delivery last week with 46 triumphs and 26 losses. Ritz Theatre and the Fox Trotters tied for second place. Michael's, Commonwealth and the . . 34 38 Fox All Stars were deadlocked for the No. 3 spot with 34 and 38. Teom Won Lost Team Won Lost Film Delivery .46 26 Fox All-Stors. . Rill Theotre . 28 Commonwealth .. 34 38 fox Trotters 44 28 MGM 29 43 Michaels 34 38 Screenland 23 49 KANSAS CITY—Central Shipping remained in second place in the Filmrow Women's league with 33 and 21, and Finton Jones still held the top rung of the ladder with . 37 victories and only 17 defeats. Team Won Lost Team Won Lost Finton Jones 17 Manley 23 21 Bureaucrats .33 21 Foxy Five 23 21 Continentals ...32 22 U-l 23 21 Hortmon 29 25 Columbia 16 38 Help in the Morch of Dimes' drive. Use some method for audience participation to raise funds. BOXOFTICE :: January 24, 1953 51