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Boxoffice-January.24.1953

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. . . Nelson . . Quite . . Tyrone LOUISVILLE H report of state revenue compiled by the department of finance, tax revenue on combined amusements for November 1952 was $95,197.79 as compared to $122,247.15 for November 1951, a decrease of $27,049.36. Tax revenue for July through November 1952 was $702,207.64, as compared to $726,024.45 for 1951, a decrease of $23,816.81 . . . James E. Thompson, manager of the Sunset EVrive-In, Bowling Green, stopped over for a visit to the Row enroute to Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Jimmy, formerly with William Goldman Theatres in Philadelphia, is now handling executive duties for Warren Enterprises in Bowling Green. Sam Thompson, manager of the Lyric, Guthrie, is the father of a new daughter, born Saturday (10) ... lATSE Local 163 has elected these officers: Clarence Young, reelected president; A. A. Ansbach sr., vicepresident, replacing Henry Kirk; Chester Demaree, re-elected business agent; Henry Kirk, recording secretary, replacing Ed Hulett; A. A. Ansback jr., financial secretary, replacing Ed Williams. Three-dimensional films are to be presented at the Switow Amusement Co.'s first run Kentucky Theatre here, starting late in February, according to Executive Director Art Stanish. Stani.sh said the regular price will be upped about one-third, which will also cover glas.ses to be used in viewing the Exhibitors seen on the Row included film . . . Louis Baker, Star, West Point; Bob Enoch, State and Grand, Elizabethtown; George Lindsay, Lind.say, Brownsville; George Williamson, Griffith, LaGrange; C. K. Arnold, Arco and Melody, Bardstown; E. L. Ornstein, Ornstein Theatres, Marengo; Don Robinson, Shepherd, Shepherdiville, Don Steinkamp, French Lick Amusement Co., French Lick, Ind. State March of Dimes campaign chairman Judge John Darnell was informed by Gene Lutes, manager for Chakeres Theatres in Kentucky, that a special show was given Saturday (17 1 morning in all nine of the firm's theatres in six Kentucky towns. The proceeds were turned over to the March of Dimes campaign fund in Kentucky. The shows, which started at 9:30 a. m., included a Roy Rogers film, our Gang comedy and cartoons. Admissions were 25 cents. The shows were for both adults and children, Dar- SPECIAL TRAILERS 630 NINTH AVENUE NEW YORK 36, N.Y. OUTSTANDING SPEED! QUALITY! SHOWMANSHIP! CAN'T BE BEAT! 1327 S.WABASH CHICAGO S, ILL. CNAFTSMANSHIP AND fNCINeCKINC nell said. "As state chairman of this year's annual campaign to fight polio," Darnell said, "I want to extend my sincerest appreciation, and I know, the appreciation of all who are associated with me in the campaign, to Chakeres and Lutes for the thoughtfulness and cooperation wrapped up in their fine gesture. This should result in a tidy amount being realized for the campaign and it will. I hope stimulate many others towards similar actions that will help us realize our goals in this campaign." The initial meeting of the convention committee of tlie Kentucky Ass'n of Theatre Owners was held at the Pendennis club here on January 14 at noon. The date of the annual KATO convention has been set for March 25, 26 in the Roof Garden of the Brown hotel here. In addition to the usual convention functions, the KATO convention will again feature displays by manufacturers of new products. BOWLING DETROIT—Excitement mounted as Amusement Supply and National Carbon tied for the lead in the Nightingales Bowling league: Team Won Lost Amusement Supply 66 38 National Carbon 66 38 Ernie Forbes 53 51 Altec Sound 52 52 Mt. Vernon Flowers 48 56 McArthur Equipment 46 58 Nat'l Theatre Supply 44 60 lA Local 199 41 63 High scores were scarce—Jack Colwell 213, total 546; William Fouchey 205. 521; Nick Forest 197. 526. Detroit—RKO is sweeping the field in the Film Bowling league. Standings follow: Team Won Lost RKO 11 1 Republic 8 4 Theatrical Ads 6 6 Allied Artists 6 6 United Artists 3 9 Allied Films 2 10 RKO and Theatrical both entered the hall of fame with new totals to rank among the high threes of the season in both three games and singles. RKO rolled 2.443 and 844. respectively, and Theatrical hit 2.370 and 840. Sturgess rolled 223. to hit a second high for an individual game for the season, tieing with Sullivan. England and Goryl. CLEVELAND — National Theatre Supply team of the Local 160 Bowling league took two games from the Local 160 team. It rolled 889 in the third game for the high single game of the season. NTS's Clarence Kramer contributed to his team's record with 209 for the first 200 game. Tom Smart, local 160 team captain, rolled 532. Ancan Corp. Team, made up of Earl Gehringer. captain; Harry Lee, Joe Busik, Joe Zill and Carl Lucht, took two games from Suprex Carbons tieing the last game with 809. However, the 5-pin handicap was enough to win. Loss of the second game was attributed to Gehringer's 121—the low for the season. Standings: Team Won Lost Team Won Lost Notional Supply. .25 14 Ancon Corp 19 20 Locol 160 20 19 Suprex Carbons. .14 25 CINCINNATI 'Diehard Hildreth, auditor for 20th-Fox. was in the local exchange . Power was guest at a luncheon given by the Fred Ziv Advertising Co. here when he played in "John Brown's Body." legitimate show, at the Taft Theatre. William Blum of U-I, who attended the luncheon, said Power's new picture, "Mississippi Gambler," will open here in February. Rosemary Clooney will make a personal appearance on the Albee stage January 29, following her appearance at the Maysville, Ky., world premiere of her first picture, "The Stars Are Singing." This Paramount picture opens at the Albee here January 29. Maysville, Ky.. i.s the former home of Miss Clooney. Helen Cole, secretary to U-I Manager Jack Finberg. is resigning, to join General Electric. Finberg is in Florida recuperating from a recent illness and Ross Williams, city salesman, is acting manager . . . George Fetick, booking and buying service operator, is still confined to the hospital. Fetick's wife Mary died of a heart attack recently while her husband was being treated at the hospital. . . . . . . Jay Two late vacationers at National Screen Service are Ro.se Vierling. bookkeeper, who is in Florida, and Edna Lack, booker, whose son is home on furlough from the marines Selig J. Seligman. manager, and Murray Baker, booker, Northio Theatres Corp., spent most of the week in Cleveland Goldt)erg and Selma Blachschleger. Realart, were in Chicago attending busines." meetings. Dick Martin, Ashland. Ky.. was confined to his bed with pneumonia. Gene Tunick. Tunick Releasing Co.. has returned from a meeting of Lippert franchise holders in Chicago . a number of visitors were on the Row. including Joe Joseph. Salem, W. Va.; Jim Hughes, Beckley, W. Va.; Frank Allara, Matewan and Delbarton, W. Va.; J. N. Brandenburg and Roy Young, South Shore, Ky.; G. C. "Spotsy" Porter, Beckley, W. Va.; J. S. Grogan. Kimball. W. Va.; Bob Harrell. Cleves; Mr. and Mrs. Dorman Law. Roseville; Robert Epps. Dayton; A. J. Sexton. Ironton; Jim Shanklin. Ronceverte. W. Va.; Al and Bill Thalheimer. Logan. W. Va.; W. T. Cain, Paintsville. Ky.; Mrs. Katherine Jones. Waverly and Piketon; Roger Davis. Lancaster, Ky.; John Vlachos. Harrison; Fred May, Carrollton, Ky.; Johnny Goodno. Huntington, W. Va.; J. M. Donohoo, New Boston. Rex Carr, general manager of Theatre Ownerse Corp.. made a trip into the territory visiting some of TOC's exhibitor accounts Ward. Georgetown and Mount Sterling, Ky., was on the Row ... A number of West Virginia exhibitors are vacationing in Florida—Louie and Mannie Shore. Williamson and War, W. Va.; E. L. Keesling, Bramwell, W. Va. Gene Burke, LjTic. Beckley. W. Va., in addition to managing the theatre, is serving as delegate from Raleigh county to the West Virginia state legislature . . . The father of Mary Weller, secretary to WB Manager Bob Dunba. died Thursday (15) of a heart attack. Dimes and dollars will help many a victim of polio to recover normal health. Arrange for Mofch of Dimes collections. 82 BOXOFTICE January 24, 1953

Providence Proposes New Censorship Law PROVIDENCE—An ordinance providing for licensing and censorship of motion pictures and stage shows and estabhshing four specific grounds for restrictions, won first passage in the city council here recently despite a lengthy attack by the Republican minority. The measure would set up a requirement for licensing public shows, would restrict censoring to reasons of immorality, indecency, profanity or obscenity, and would provide a means of appeal—the city council committee on licenses. MINORITY SEEKS DELAY The Republican minority, attacking not the principle of the proposal, but its present legal lorm, fought to have the measure sent directly to the ordinance committee for "serious study," instead of first giving it preliminary approval. That "serious study." said one councilman, should include consideration of forming a panel of experts outside the city government to assist the bureau of licenses in making its rulings and — the addition of a fifth ground for censorship "fighting words." One councilman, referring to "The Miracle" decision, said that particular ruling banned censorship on the grounds that the motion picture was sacrilegious, but clearly stated that it was not a decision on whether a state could censor shows under a cleanly defined statute. Republican council members claimed they would not have attacked the censorship proposal if it had been in proper form, but "let's do the job right, send the measure to committee for serious study." ED GOULD CASE PENDING The recent developments in the city council are a result of the battle which raged between Edward Gould, who presented "Tobacco Road" on the stage of the Playhouse despite the fact that he was refused a license. Gaining a restraining order through the courts, Gould put on the play for the full advertised period, but was later arrested for staging a public performance without a license. Gould's case will be argued before the courts in a few weeks. Later this week, Gould decided to "call it quits" in his attempt to bring live theatre performances back to the city. He has canceled all further activity and refunds are being made to season-ticket subscribers. Efforts will be made by Gould to lease a house outside the city limits where he can offer stage plays. He pointed out that, despite a state law, he has been allowed to give Sunday performances in other Rhode Island communities in the past. This facet of the difficulty arose when Gould sought a license for Sunday performances and was denied a request despite the fact that local authorities okayed a recent Sunday presentation of "Bagels and Yox" under the auspices of a prominent fraternal organization. Some years ago, a law was passed here permitting the presentation of motion pictures and vaudeville on Sundays. However, no provision for dramatic plays was included. ( Your cooperation to the March of Dimes drive is important. Let your patrons cooperate. Storm Cripples New Haven Area But Theatre Business Zooms Firemen Aid Mrs. S. Z. Poli In Storm Emergency NEW HAVEN—New Haven firemen have long memories. When the area's disastrous ice s.orm (9-11) posed serious difficulties to Mrs. Sylvester Z. Poli, widow of the film magnate, firemen remembered her efforts in their behalf and rushed to alleviate the storm-caused problems. When utility wires went down, Mrs. Poli, confined to an oxygen tent and fighting for breath, was left without light and heat in her home. The firemen learned of her plijht, and in a matter of minutes, a portable electric generating unit was set up in the home. For three days and night it served well in the emergency. Mrs. Poli, whose late husband founded the Poli chain of theatres, was reported improved at presstime, and members of her family said she had much praise for the help of firemen in easing hardships of the storm. At the turn of the century, following a factory fire here in which there were several casualties among the fire-fighting force, Mrs. Poli arranged a benefit for victims. Arranged originally for the old Poli Bijou Theatre, demand for tickets became so wide, the show had to be shifted to the former Meadow Street Armory. Later, after the tragic county jail fire, with its toll of death and injuries, Mrs. Poli arranged another benefit, this time for the Poli Palace. This, too, was a SRO success. The city firemen of today, successors to the fire-fighters of another era, never forgot Mrs. Poll's generosity. New England Drive-In Ass'n to Meet Jan. 27 BOSTON—All drive-in owners and managers are invited to attend the first 1953 meeting of the New England Drive-In Theatre Ass'n, 10:30 a. m. January 27, at 36 Melrose street. Plans for cooperative buying, concession management and territory-wise advertising will be di.scussed in detail. Committees will be set up for the study of these various subjects and all angles of drive-in management will be aired. A slate of officers will be elected. This kickoff meeting is the first of a series of monthly get-togethers and all drive-in owners are urged to attend a part of the project which is of such proportions that a great deal of time and study will be necessary before the opening of the season on or about April 1. All indications point to 1953 as the most successful yet for drive-in business IFE Opens Boston Office BOSTON—Italian Films Export Releasing Corp has opened a Boston office at 14 Piedmont St. for the distribution of motion pictures in the New England and Albany exchange areas. Ellis Gordon, who has been an independent distributor for the last six years in this territory, is the sales repre..entative. NEW HAVEN—Local theatres proved a source of relief, as well as entertainment, when a violent snow, ice and rains orm crippled this area, leaving tens of thousands of homes w'ithout light and heat—and also, of course, without TV and radio. For two days and nights, the storm was so bad that very few people ventured out. Then, for the next several days, they went to the picture houses in record numbers, seeking warmth as well as a lift to their spirits. The latter days more than made up for the loss of receipts in the previous two days. In the metropolitan New Haven area alone, more than 20.000 homes were without electricity for periods ranging from one to six days. There were more than 10.000 homes without current in the Bridgeport area, and thousands of other homes were without electricity in other sectioiis of ihe state. The only theatre which encountered major trouble was the Lincoln in New Haven, without power for five days. This theatre, anJ the Crown, both Samp.son & Spodick houses, were running a dual Connecticut premiere of 'The Four Poster" at the time and the patrons, disappointed at finding the Lincoln closed, were directed to the Crown. Industry representatives also offered their thea res as public shelters. Harry Shaw, division manager of Loevv's Poli-New England Theatres, contacted authorities in Bridgeport, Waterbury, Meriden and New Haven, pledging to keep theatres open and heated all night. A similar offer was made by Harry Cohan, manager of the Dixwell Playhouse in Hamden, where most homes were without electricity. The Loew's houses and the Dixwell remained available on a standby basis, but it was not necessary to use them as public shelters, with most storm victims doubling up with more fortunate relatives and friends, or sticking it out in their below-freezing homes until the lights and heat came on again. Thomas Shea. 54, Buried At Middletown, Conn. NEW HAVEN—Funeral services were held in Middletown (16) for Thomas J. Shea, assistant president of the lATSE. who died at Saranec Lake. N. Y. Burial followed requiem high mas.s m St. John's church. Middletown. Honorary pallbearers included lATSE President Richard F. Walsh and William P. Raoul. general secretary-treasurer, both of New York, and Timothy Collins. Bridgeport, president of the Connecticut State Federation of Labor. William C. Scanlon. New England lATSE agent, and John J. Killeen, president of the Connecticut theatrical employes union, were among the active bearers. More the 200 leaders of unions from throughout the United States were present for the services. Many lATSE members from Connecticut locals attended. Big Signs on 'Mermaid' Bob Carney, manager of the Poli Theatre, Waterbury, Conn., erected two large signs at either end of the marquee to exploit "Million Dollar Mermaid." BOXOFFICE January 24, 1953 NE 83