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. . Vern OMAHA The blizzard which swept across the midwest left its mark on Omaha film salesmen covering the northern Nebraska, southern South Dakota and northwest Iowa areas. Jack Jorgens of MGM got stalled in an eightfoot snow drift between Yankton. S. D.. and Walthill, Neb., in 20-below temperature with a howling wind blowing. He came out with two badly frozen ears. Bill Wink of Warners was stormbound in Yankton and Jack Andrews of Paramount in Pender. Neb. Booker Evelyn MachmuUer, 20th-Fox, is . . . wearing a beautiful new diamond. The lucky guy is Leo Juszyk, employed by the Burlington railroad in Omaha . . . Joyce Anderson, secretary to United Artists Branch Manager Don McLucas, and Marie Cogswell, assistant cashier, were stricken by the flu epidemic and McLucas was attempting to battle off a threatened attack. The Met Theatre at Freeman, S. D., has closed and the Gresham, Neb., house, run as a town project, appeared due for the same Joseph Schmidt, exhibitor at Scotland, fate . . . S. D., was taken to Sacred Heart hospital at Yankton for an operation. He is reported M. E. Anderson. to be doing fine . . . Paramount manager, attended the national meeting in New York . Wheeler, Allen exhibitor, also is county road maintenance man and spent several days last week repairing equipment as the storm howled. Joe Jacobs, Columbia manager, returned from a sales meeting at Chicago running over with enthusiasm for the Technicolor "Salome" and the tremendous advertising campaign scheduled. His desk was loaded with various gimmicks, including the full-page convention-only layout put out in a Chicago paper. Irv Good, 20th-Fox salesman since 1949 and before that with Fox at St. Louis. Cincinnati and Des Moines, is resigning effective February 1 to go with the Searle Petroleum Co. of Omaha. Good is from Buffalo, N. Y. . . . With snow piled nearly window deep around the Newcastle bank where he is cashier, Billy Pfister, Newcastle exhibitor, last week was going over fishing tackle with a dreamy look in his eye ... At Wynot, exhibitor Vic Nelson and his wife rode out the storm immersed in worry. They also run the telephone office and Nelson is responsible for repairs to -some 30 miles of line. The navy had a hand in the opening of "Flat Top" at the Orpheum. A 45-foot replica of an aircraft carrier, including elevator to the flight deck, was shown around town an:l parked in front of the theatre . . . Herb Jensen, Walthill exhibitor, spent much of his vacation polishing up his new Cadillac and contemplating a trip to Florida. Bob Kruger. Uptown at Sioux City, reported his mother was up and around after being confined to her bed for several days Exhibitors visiting Filmrow were Phil . . . Lannon, West Point: Mons Thompson, St. Paul, Neb.; Carl Harriman, Alton, Iowa; Mrs. Nettie Johnson and son, Rich, Red Oak. Iowa; Oky Goodman, Villisca, Iowa; Gary Vandenberg, Sioux Center; Sonny Thacker, South Sioux City, and Woody Simex, Ashland. Omaha Staff of 20th-Fox Hosts Roy Casey Party OMAHA—The 20th-Fox office force gave a farewell party Monday night il9) for Roy Casey, whose plans to retire developed into a Friday-Monday jump between jobs. Casey planned to leave 20th-Fox after 22 years as cashier in the Omaha exchange and go to the west coast to retire. The company asked him to take a similar position in its Seattle office and Casey accepted. As a going-away present the staff gave him an automatic-winding wrist watch "so he could watch the clock." As a matter of fact, none on the staff could recall just what hours he kept;—Casey is always there when they arrive and still there when they leave. A bachelor, Casey formerly worked for the Hostettler Amusement Co. and left them to go with the Variety Music Co. in 1928. leaving them to join 20th-Fox. He has relatives in Cherokee. Iowa. The farewell party was given at Marcio's steak house. Dorothy Weaver will be advanced from assistant cashier. Josephine Maguire, formerly at Warners, will be assistant cashier and bookkeeper. A. G. Stolte to Retired- Waterloo Manager WATERLOO. IOWA — Arthur G. Stolte. city manager for Ti-i-States Theatre Corp. who has been in charge of the Paramount Tlieatre ARTHUR G. STOLTE here for the last three years, is retiring from the theatre business. He is being succeeded by Robert Leonard of Des Moines, who has been city manager there. Stolte, in announcing his retirement, said he plans to "take it easy" and that after a visit to Texas he and Mrs. Stolte will spend the late spring and summer at his cabin at Shingwak Camps, Sioux Narrows, Ont.. Canada. Stolte is a native of Waterloo. He attended East High school and was foreman of the composing rooms of both the Waterloo Reporter and Waterloo Ti'ibune prior to starting his show business career in 1914. He was at Vinton a year before going to Cedar Rapids as manager of the Slate. He became associated with the A. H. Blank Motion Picture Enterprises at Omaha in 1918. He remained in that organization until 1950. serving in the booking, buying and management department. He came here in 1950. The Morch of Dimes drive, in progress through January, needs your help. Let your patrons contribute. HUP AMD cer MBLP BENEFIT MARCH DIMES JANUARY 2 TO 31 Johnson-Peterson Co. Builds Redfield Airer REDFIEILD, S. D.—The new drive-in theatre being built by the Johnson-Peterson circuit on the outskirts of this town will open next spring with first run pictures. The circuit also operates the local conventional theatre. Shutter Moorhead Theatre MOORHEAD. IOWA—Tlie Moorhead Theatre was closed the first of the year by Ralph Martin, who has decided to devote his time to farming. Jeff Bailey Pens 'Sinbad' Jeff Bailey is penning "The Son of Sinbad" for RKO. The film is from an original by Aubrey Wisberg and Jack PoUexfen. Farm Income Is Down In North Dakota .Minneapolis— Statistics just released indicate that farm marketing cash income in North Dakota for the year just ended was the second lowest in seven years following the driest year since the 1930s. A preliminary estimate, based on cash receipts for the first ten months, puts the 1952 income at about 511 million dollars, compared to the all-time high reached in 1948 of 704 millions. The 1950 figure was 504 millions, the lowest reached since 1946. However, 1952 was one of the most profitable years for exhibitors in the Flirkertail state. The theatre business generally flourished a.s result of a succession of prosperous farm years. 76 BOXOFFICE :: January 24, 1953

— — — — 'Limelight' in Chicago Scored 125 Gross CHICAGO—Attendance in first run houses thinned out somewhat. While a post-hohday lull was anticipated, fog, rain and icy streets also kept theatregoers at home. "My Cousin Rachel," plus a stage show headed by Sunny Gale, at the Chicago, set a bright attendance picture. "Thunderbirds" and "Ride the Man Down" opened above average at the United Artists, and the Roosevelt, with a twin bill of "Stop, You're Killing Me" and "Outpost in Malaya," did all right. The Oriental had little letup in attendance during the threeweek run of "Million Dollar Mermaid," but it switched to "Above and Beyond." "Stars and Stripes Forever" continued to hold a fairly steady attendance for three weeks at the Palace. (Average Is 100) Chicago My Cousin Rachel (20th-Fox), plus stage show 120 Grand Bloodhounds o* Broodwoy (20th-Fox); Something tor the Birds (20th-Fox) 100 Cornegic Foce to Foce (RKO), 2nd wk 105 Oriental Million Dollor Mermaid (MGM), 3rd wk..ll5 Palace Stars ond Stripes Forever (20th-Fox), 3rd wk 110 State-Lake The Sovoge (Pare); Hurricane Smith (Para) 105 Roosevelt Stop, You're Killing Me (WB); Outpost in Molaya ( WB) 105 Surf The Promoter (U-l), 2nd wk 175 Telenews Tri-Opticon (Capitol), 3rd wk Good World Playhouse One Summer of Happiness (Teitel), 3rd wk 110 Woods Limelight (UA) 1 25 Ziegfeld Under the Red Sea (RKO), 3rd wk 100 "Above and Beyond' Scores 150 in Twin Cities MINNEAPOLIS — "Above and Beyond" ran away from the field last week, pulling excellent business for Radio City. It had to compete with a hefty array of newcomers, including such standouts as "Breaking the Sound Barrier," "Androcles and the Lion" and "The Four Poster." Holdovers were down to one, "Road to Bali." The latter in its third Loop week continued to click in a big way. Blizzards and subzero temperatures got all of the fresh entries off to slow start and held down totals. Century Road to Boli iPoro), 3rd d. t. wk 110 Gopher Breaking the Sound Barrier (UA) 95 Lyric Holiday for Sinners (MGM); The Narrow Margin (RKO) 80 Radio City—Above and Beyond (MGM) 150 RKO Orpheum—Androcles ond the Lion (RKO). ... 1 00 RKO Pan The Golden Hawk (Col); Dangerous Years (20th-Fox) 95 Stote Thunder in the Eost (Para) 95 World The Four Poster (Col) 1 00 "Turning Point' Sets Pace In Omaha With 105 OMAHA— "Road to Bali" came through a second week at the State with a 100 per cent score. Although the Orpheum dipped, other first run theatres had firm crowds all the way. The weather was the June in January variety and there were no competing productions. Brandeis The iron Mistress (WB); Captive Women (RKO), 4 days, 2nd wk; To Hove ond Hove Not (WB); High Sierro (WB), reissues 100 Omaha The Turning Point (Para); The Blazing Forest (Paro) 105 Orpheum The Savage (Para); The Hour ot 13 (MGM) 95 Stote Road to Bali ( Para), 2nd wk 1 00 Town The Kid From Broken Gun (Col); Love Happy (UA); Undercover Girl (U-l) 95 Renovate Maxwell, Iowa, State MAXWELL, IOWA—A new Transcenic screen will be installed at the State Theatre here, along with a complete stage remodeling and air conditioning. STAR WATCHES CONTRACT DEAL— Robert Taylor, stopping over in Omalia on hi.s tour for "Above and Beyond" visited tlie MGIVI excliange there and witnessed the signing of a contract by an exhibitor for the film. Here Elmer Huhnke, .secretary of the Iowa-Nebraska Allied Theatre Owners, is shown signing up for the film in the office of Vincent Flynn, MGM manager, standing on the right. Ted Mann, Once a Boxer, Keeps Fit at Handball MINNEAPOLIS — Ted Mann, circuit owner, once was a Diamond Belt finalist in the light-heavyweight division, and today he plays handball religiously to keep his weight around the 200-pound level. Mann was the subject of a profile sketch in the Town Toppers column of the Minneapolis Star. Mann was born in Wishek, N. D., and came here with his parents as a child. He worked for a spell as assistant manager at the Metro Theatre in the south side—a job which included maintenance, among other things—and this led him, in 1936, to buy the Oxford Theatre in St. Paul and reopen it, the Star reported. Three years later he bought the Gem in St. Paul and in 1941 built the Oxford bowling center. A year later he acquired the Metro, and a year after that the Royal in St. Paul. In 1944, in partnership with Don Guttman, he bought the Dickerman circuit of five theatres. He and Guttman built the San Pedro and Comptou (Calif.) drive-ins, and he is president of the Skyhne Drive-In organization in Duluth, as well as director of Minnesota Entertainment Enterprises, operating a halfdozen drive-ins about the Twin Cities. In 1945. Mann bought the World and Alvin theatres here. He now has sold all of his theatres except the Duluth Drive-In, the World- Alvin combination, and the World in St. Paul. He and Guttman also operate an industrial banking concern in Los Angeles. An occasional golfer, Mann reads biography and politics and is a past president of North Central Allied Theatre Owners. He and Mrs. Mann, with their two daughters, 7 and 12, live at 2731 Dean Boulevard. James Greene Shifted CLARION, IOWA—James Greene, manager of the Iowa City Drive-In for the last three years, has been named to the staff of the Clarion Theatre here. The Clarion is a Central States house. Theatre Fan Complains Show Choices Too Few ST. PAUL—Morning Pioneer Pi'ess here published a letter from a reader accusing the city's motion picture theatres of apparently "trying their best to break the habit of attending movies by running their shows too long." Writer complained that with only four downtown theatres offering first runs, "real movie fans" don't have much choice now and "this choice is further restricted by one or two theatres which persist in frequently holding over a film for several weeks." "More frequent changes of films are one way of getting people to attend the movies," the letter pointed out. "Let's get rid of the long runs which don't seem to bring extra business to the theatres anyway," urged the writer. "Theatres may get a reduced rental on films held over, but what they might gain in that matter is more than offset by the fans they permanently" Writer stated that he himself attends three or four shows a week and would like the chance to see more. He pointed out that if people get out of the habit of going to the shows it's difficult to win them back. Whole Family Attempts To Make Theatre Pay MINNEAPOLIS—Clyde Cutter, who has reopened the Alhambra, local neighborhood house which its owners were unable to operate profitably for the year before they closed it, is trying the family plan of operation followed by most small-town exhibitors in an effort to put over the venture. Cutter himself not only manages the theatre, but takes tickets which his wife sells. A daughter handles the candy and popcorn concession and two sons are janitors-ushers. The only outsider employed is the AFL projectionist, and industry leaders are hoping that his substantial weekly salary won't exceed the five family members' combined earnings. Cutter has not resigned his post with Theatre Associates, nonprofit buying and booking group, and is devoting his evenings to the Alhambra with his family doing much of the actual work there. Local 332 Installs Officers CLINTON, IOWA—Stage employes and operators Local 332 installed officers at the Labor temple here. Those installed include Harold C. Andrews, president; James Wosoba, vice-president; A. E. Hubbard, secretary; Tom Mellen, treasurer; Paul Nadelhoffer, business agent; Wosoba, sergeant at arms; Eugene Boos, executive board member, and Nadelhoffer and Hubbard, delegates to the Clinton Labor congress. Citizens Build at Marcus MARCUS, IOWA—Work has begun here on the interior of the new Marcus community theatre. Citizens of the community are donating their services to the construction of the theatre. Halts Showings on Tuesdays OGDEN, IOWA—The Ogden Theatre here, managed by Bill McGraw, is not holding shows on Tuesday during January. Features booked for Sunday and Monday show also on Wednesday. BOXOFFICE ;; January 24, 1953 77