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Boxoffice-January.24.1953

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. . Earl . . . Gene D E S MOINES Oeveral additions to the Republic staff have been made with the change in branch managership. Bert Thomas. Warner salesman for the last few years, will replace Kenny Weldon as salesman. Weldon is now manager of the exchange. Also leaving Warners to work for Republic is Ann Branco Last week was district manager's week . . on . the Des Moines Row, if visits by managers were any indication. Hall Walsh, Warner district manager, was here for a few days; Lester Zucker, new district manager for Universal, was a guest in that exchange, and J. A. Walsh, Paramount executive from New York, spent several days in the Paramount office here. Bill Lyons, Warner booker, has resigned to become assistant manager of the RKO Orpheum . . . Oliver Patrick, Universal salesman, was snowbound last week in Mallard. Iowa, and had to remain there for a couple ol days . Kerr made a trip to the Row from Colorado to do some booking for his theatres . . . One of Paramount's traditional pie parties was held last week in honor of Dorothy Van Buren's birthday. Don Hicks, Paramount manager, will go to Chicago the last week in January to attend meetings MGM's Mary Jo Johnson has not . . . returned from Indianapolis where she went to spend the New Year's weekend. She Wlteit uau Luif eCffUifunent Uene., if044. i^t— The He\ wood-Wakefield uum Selection WE ARE DISTRIBXrrORS OF: Chairs Strong and Ashcraft Lamps and Rectifiers Imjierial and Motiograph Generators Moti()jira|)h and ('rntury Projectors and Sound Popcorn National Carbons Kollmorgen "Snaplite Lenses" Raytone Screens I'liiversal (Julistan Carpets Cretors Hardware and Frames Popcorn Machines Boxes — Bags ;:— Salt — Seasoning DRUE- II Complete Line Of Equipment \\ f di) much niiire than just sell you equipiiiciit. Our engineer helps you pick your site ami will help M>u I'nini start to finish . . . That is \\h\ we li;i\c Sold nidre drive-in equipment in Iowa than any other make. Some companies sell a (ontract and forget you. SEE US BEFORE YOU BUY! Dcs Moines Tliealre Phone 3-6520 Des Moines 9, Iowa Supply Co. 1121-23 High St.^ injured her knee in an accident while there, and is still unable to make the trip back. Byron Shapiro attended meetings of Columbia managers in Chicago January 16. 17 Autry made good use of his time in Des Moines last week. With two appearances at KRNT Theatre in one day, Autry still managed to visit children's wards of two hospitals, appear on a couple of radio programs and visit several shut-ins in their private homes! John A. Granquist, 54, projectionist at the Orpheum, died. Funeral services were Monday 119) at the Dahlstrom funeral home. He is survived by his wife Violet, two brothers and a sister . . . Doug Taussig, 20th-Fox exploiteer from New York, was here to line up promotion for "My Pal Gus." which opened at the Paramount. A tieup with the Register and Tribune was arranged and 20th- Fox offered three prizes—an Argus C-3 camera, valued at $75; sporting goods valued at $25, and a $25 savings bond—which were awarded to carriers whose customers sent in the best reports of outstanding service. There was also a free showing of the film to all Register and Tribune carriers. Black Hills Case Ahead DEADWOOD. S. D.—Parties to the suit brought by the Black Hills Amusement Co. against Verling Geib to void the latter's termination of the Black Hills lease of the Isis Theatre here have been directed by Judge Alex Rentto to file briefs. The court order followed the completion of testimony. Geib objected because the BHA kept the Isis closed while operating another local theatre, the Deadwood, creating an alleged monopoly for the latter. The Deadwood was destroyed by fire, but the Isis still is being kept shuttered and the town is without an operating theatre. To Build Cresco Ozoner CRESCO. IOWA—Joe Milnar and his son Keith, operators of the State and drive-in theatres at Spring Valley. Minn., have purchased a tract of land one mile west of Cresco on Highway 9 for construction of a 400-car drive-in. The airer will be started as early as possible this spring. Dismantles Seat to Free Foot STATE CENTER. IOWA — Theatre owner John Shultz turned carpenter the other night after a high school student got his foot stuck between the seat and the back of one of the chairs in the theatre. Armed with screwdriver, pliers and wrench. Shultz removed the seat, leaving the foot connected with the ankle bone. 3" - 4" - 5" In Lots of Ten Single Cones $1.10 Double Cones $1,30 EVANS DRIVE-IN SPEAKER REPAIRS ALUMINUM Moisture Resistant VOICE COILS Guaranteed Fast Service RECONING SERVICE 1112 Davis Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 72 BoxorncE January 24, 1953

. . . Blossom . . Lee Earl N. Manbeck Finds Movie Hobby Is Fun DES MOINES—Earl N. Buck" Manbeck jr., former operator of the Forest Theatre here, is rapidly gaining recognition for a hobby which is a business to most people. Buck, who is vice-president and secretary of the Manbeck Motor Sales Co., has a private theatre of his own. It's a special wing built on his home at 3621 Wakonda drive. The theatre has 16 upholstered theatre seats, carpeted aisles, a projection booth and a screen. Friends and business associates lucky enough to be invited to screenings at Buck's private theatre believe it to be the most comfortable and best-equipped private theatre in the state. Buck has a fine library of films in his personal collection. Among them are "The Birth of a Nation," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" with Lon Chaney. "Tlie Three Musketeers" with Douglas Fairbanks, "The Cat and the Canary" with Laura La Plante and many others. Buck is one of several collectors of old films scattered across the country who pay from $50 to $400 for old "classics." He bought his first in the late '30s, when he was only 15. Although Buck comes from an established automobile family in the city and has long been connected with the sales of motor cars, he has been in and out of film business during recent years. He has been the projectionist in small theatres. He once managed the Carlisle Theatre in Carlisle and then bought and sold—in 1950 — the Forest Theatre here. Last fall. Buck put a toe back into the business as a producer. He took an old one-reel silent picture—a 1920 comedy—added a commentary and a piano background, and released it as a documentary. Called "Love on a Yacht," it's been beating the drum for film history in the Forest, Rocket, Beaver, Grand and Iowa theatres in Des Moines and 25 state bookings have taken it to the Capitol in Iowa City, the Iowa at Waterloo and the Odeon in Marshalltown. On January 1, Buck released a second production, a documentary called "Movie Magic." It shows the progress of motion pictures from the early days up to the present. It is a potpourri including film pioneers Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix and Sarah Bernhardt. Says Buck, "The documentaries show what I think of television in relation to motion pictures." Buck has established a company called Midwest Pictures to produce and release his two documentaries. Close Lost Nation House LOST NATION, IOWA—The Nation Theatre here has been closed because of poor attendance. Clyde Nelson, owner, said he had stopped the show because "lack of patronage made the operation unprofitable" and he could not see any point in running it at a less. Nelson purchased the business from Walter Allen in 1950. Businessmen Give Free Shows ALBERT CITY. IOWA—Albert City business and professional men are sponsoring a series of free movies to be shown every Saturday afternoon for 16 weeks. There will be a feature and a serial each Saturday. The shows are free to adults and children alike. ROCK HUDSON IN MILWAUKEE—When actor Rock Hudson appeared here recently, Fox-Wisconsin pulled out the promotional stops to provide a swank press luncheon, an exchange of keys to the cities hctween Hudson and Mayor Frank Zeidler of Milwaukee, appearances on five radio stations to plug "The Lawless Breed." an autograph party in the Fox Palace lobby and a party for all high school paper editors. Shown abovs, left to right, are the U-I officials who arranged Hudson's appearance here: Jack Diamond, Benny Katz, Hudson, Bill Schwartz. Orv Peterson and l>ave t>oldin;tf.. MILWAUKEE IJenry Ringling of the famous Ringling Bros, circus family has sold the Al Ringling and Juliar theatres in Baraboo, Wis., for $150,000 to Jake Eskin, Eskin Theatres circuit. A. L. Roser managed the two houses for the Ringling interests for many years Seeley and Bennie Fields, famous vaudeville team whose life story was recently portrayed on film, were appearing for two weeks at the Schroeder hotel here. Fields is a Milwaukeean, and his parents still reside here. Frank Haynes sr. and jr. are building a 400-car drive-in near Ashland, Wis. . . . Leo Grossman, formerly manager of the Fox Modjeska Theatre here for several years, and now with the Manta & Rose circuit, Chicago, was a recent Filmrow visitor. He handles the Vision, Milo, Thalia and Rena theatres there. Al Dezel of Albert Dezel, Inc., Chicago, took the franchise for Beyerly Pictures, Inc., for the local territory, as well as Detroit and Indianapolis . Thompson, manager of the State Theatre, Menomonie, Wis., used AA's tall and striking cutout display of a football player to advertise "The Rose Bowl Story." Thompson reported the picture grossed very well. 'Above' Draws Interest D.AVENPORT, IOWA—When the Coronet Theatre showed the film, "Above and Beyond," there were two men especially interested in being present. They were Col. John R. Roche, Davenport's most decorated flier, and Jim Stopulos, manager of the Coronet. Both men knew Col. Paul Tibbets, about whose life the picture was made, when he was stationed at Roswell air base, N. M. in 1945. Colonel Roche was base commander at the time. Your cooperafion to the March of Dimes drive is important. Let your patrons cooperate. Two More TV Permits In Twin City Territory MINNEAPOLIS—The FCC has granted TV licenses for stations at Rochester, Minn., and Fargo, N. D. They are expected to be in operation within 60 days, or sooner. In Sioux Falls, S. D., TV starts in April. A station there, owned by Eddie Ruben and Joe Floyd, theatre circuit owners, has its permit and now is getting its equipment in shape for the inaugural. Duluth also is expected to have at least one station in operation within 30 to 60 days. One group there ah-eady has its equipment . on hand. Theatre Hosts Kid Party SIOUX CITY—The Capitol Theatre here was the scene of a theatre party given for the patrol boys and girl hostesses of public and parochial schools in Sioux City. Among the sponsors were the Sioux City Safety council and the Sioux City Automobile Ass'n. A program of pictures, popcorn and speeches was presented. Morris Smead Honored COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA—Morris Smead, veteran of the film industry here and who has an interest in the Strand building, was honor guest at a dinner before leaving for California to attend the Rose Bowl game and see his alma mater, Wisconsin, play. He will be gone more than two months.