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Edw-ard . . Other . . Exhibitors BOSTON IJndy St. Ledger, manager of the Bi.iou in Pittsfield, Me., is on a six-week vacation in Florida vacationers in Florida include Morris Chadis, projectionist at the Re- . vere Drive-In, who flew down with a party of friend.s, and Joseph Crimmins, projectionist for the Middlesex Amusement Co., who is expected to be gone for the rest of the winter .. Foulds, projectionist at the . Central Square, Cambridge, was at the Pal- limp displayed mer Memorial hospital . . . The by Dick Darby, district manager for Lockwood & Gordon, was a result of skiing mishaps suffered while he was on a week's vacation in New Hampshire. Leon Levenson, head of the concessions department for ATG. is in charge of the February dinner for ihe Harvard class of 1928, which will celebrate its 25th reunion ir. June. Ir.dustryites who are planning to take in the reunion are John Green, head of the MGM music department; Charles Henderson. 20th- Fox music department: Dick Berenson, drivein owner, who is secretary of the reuinon committee, and Richard DeRochemont of March of Time fame. . . . Irving and Al Cohen, known as "the Ritz brothers" because they operate the Ritz Theatre, Lewiston, Me., were in to attend the UA trade screening of "Moulin Rouge." Al spent the holidays on a South American cruise with his wife Hannah Brand of the E. M. Loew's office was in Allerion hospital for surgery and is now recovering at home . . . Because her husband, Lt. Robert Nelson, has been called to active duty, Barbara Warren Nelson is now living with her parents in f SPECIAL TRAILERS 630 NINTH AVENUE NEW YORK 36, N.Y. SPEED! QUALITY! SHOWMANSHIP! FOR SALE IT BE BEAT! 1327 S. WABASH CHICAGO S, III. Theatre in Fitchburg, Mass. 700 Seats — Beautifully Decorated — Fully Write or Equipped Call Mrs. Lillian Couture Spring Hill Road Ashby, Mass. Tel. Ashby 66 Whitman. She is the daughter of the Ernie Warrens of the Warren Theatre. Whitman, and was the shorts booker at Affilia:ed before her marriage last spring. A daughter named Jean Alice was born to the Jerry Crowleys at Quincy. Crowley is head booker for Daytz Theatre Enterprises . . . John Walton has resigned from the Warner exchange and is now booking for Columbia, replacing Meyer Fox, who has gone to Buffalo for Columbia as city salesman . . . James Connolly, 20th-Fox manager, and Ben Simon, New Haven manager, were in New York for the testimonial dinner for William Gehring. Mrs. Lillian Couture, Ashby, Mass., has closed the Gem and Strand theatres in Fitchburg and has placed the Gem on sale . . . Lucille Sweet, switchboard operator at WB is recovering from pneumonia. Ralph Banghart of Walt Disney Productions, former New England publicist for RKO. was in town working on "Peter Pan," booked for February 11 at the Keith Memorial Theatre Another former publicist in this area, . . . Al Fowler, who has been with 20th-Fox and other major companies, was in town wiih his wife. They are now operating a specialty shop in Newburyport on the . Row last week included Sam Mazzatta, owner of the A.stor, Lawrence: his manager Joe Campione, and Arch Lade, who operates the Strand in Phillips, and the Riverside in Kingfield, Me. Representatives of the lATSE office employes union in this area met with representatives of branch operations of the major exchanges at an all-day meeting at the U-I office to negotiate for new contracts. Attending were Larry Lescharsky. Warners: William Brenner. National Screen: Clarence Hill, 20th-Fox: F. T. Murray, U-I: J. E. Mac- Mahon, Republic: Marvin Rosen, MOM: J. K. Chapman, UA; A. A. Schubart. RKO, and Arthur Israel jr., Paramount. Local representatives were Harry Smith. RKO, president of Local F-3: Nate Oberman, MGM, trustee: Harry Spingler. WB. and Catherine Breen, 20th-Fox. A requiem high mass in memory of Richard J. Dobbyn jr. will be held at Our Lady of Victories church February 9 at 8:30 a. m., on the first anniversary of the death of the RKO salesman in an automobile accident in New Hampshire. The memorial mass is being sponsored by the employes of RKO, and all industryites are invited to attend. Sympathy to Charles Tobey, Strand Theatre, Westboro, oil the death of his wife Dor- . . . C. othy, who die4 after a long illness. She wa.s the sister of ^eslie Bendslev of the William Community Playl>(>nse, Wellesley Dwyer, projsctionist at the strand. Maiden, has receivejji a temporary appointment as a state traffic inspector. Help in fhe March of Dimes drive. Use some method >thad for audience participation to roise funds. 1952 Films 'Besl Ever/ Film Editor Says SPRINGFIELD—W. Harley Rudkin, film editor of the Daily News, addressing 100 members of the Springfield Motion Picture Council at its January meeting, said that "the 1952 crop of motion pictures can stand proudly beside accomplishments of any years since we first graduated from the nickelodeon." Speaking of the so-called opposing forces of television and motion pictures," Rudkin said: "It isn'i: a battle to the death. It doesn't mean that one or the other has to go. The era of stability is now beginning to show itself. Television and motion pictures can co-exist, side by side, just as radio and the phonograph record industries have been able to do. "Good public relations is an asset in any business, but in motion pictures, it is an absolute necessity. The industry must play with its public. It must play fair in its advertising, in its extracurricular exploitation, in every single facet of its dealing with the public and with sources of public information." Touching briefly on censorship, the Daily News film critic added, "Good taste is a hard thing to define, but each man, in his own heart, has his own concept, based, I believe, on a pretty stable national level of decency. There are certain limits beyond which he will not go, and beyond which he cannot be coerced. "Every time I go to the movies, I go with the expectation that this will be the best three hours I ever spent. Today, there are mere pictures to be enthusiastic over and fewer to carp about than any within my memory. Lots of other years have had their highlights, but 1952 was particularly bountiful." WORCESTER . Thirteen hundred youngsters attended the annual party given in the Rialto by merchants For the first of the Island district . . . time in history, the Strand in Clinton had The no New Year's eve midnight .show organ at Loew's Poli. unused for 20 years, has been dismantled and removed to a Barre Manager Murray Howard of the church . . . Warner conducted an essay contest on one of his recent films. Bill Herbert, former Worcester newspaperman who now is conducting his own publicity office in Hollywood, was a collaborator on the original story from which the "The Hoaxters" was made ... A preview of "Stars and Stripes Forever" was held at the Elm Street by the Poli . . . The Elms in Millbury has started a chinaware giveaw^ay . . . Dizzy Gillespie was in town for a night club engagement. MASSACHUSETTS THEATRE EQUIP. CO. 20 Piedmont St. Boston, Mass. Telephone: Liberty 2-9814 PRODUCE A BETTER LIGHT IN ANY SIZE THEATRE OR DRIVE-IN . . . MORE ECONOMICALLY! CARBONS, INC. • BOONTON, N. J. 84 BOXOFFICE :: January 24, 1953

. . . Granite . . One . . The Human Relations Post Goes to Pinanski BOSTON—Samuel Pinanski, president of American Theatres Corp., has been named director of the University of Boston Human Relations Center, an organization of university and community leaders formed recently "for the cultivation of science and the improvement of human relations." Harold Case, president of Boston U., said the board 25 or more will work in an advisory capacity with students, in their field work as well as studies, and supply general supervision and coun-sel in development of the Human Relations Center. The Center which grew out of an idea of the university's "Brotherhood in Action" Founders day program in March 1952, is designed as an organization to combat all forms of intolerance and discrimination. It will cooperate with the social science departments of all colleges and universities in New England, state educational units and all other organizations, both state and civic, concerned with community, racial, religious and labor relations and practices. Secretary Snyder Praises Pinanski for Bond Work NEW YORK—Sam Pinanski, co-chairman of the Council of Motion Picture Organizations, has received a letter from Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snyder praising him for his work in behalf of the U.S. savings bonds program. Pinanski has been chairman of the Motion Picture Advisory Committee of the bond campaign. "Before leaving the Treasury," Snyder wrote, "I want to express my warm thanks for the splendid support you have given to the savings bonds program. My personal association with you during your service as a national advisory committee chairman has been more than pleasant: it has been stimulating and confidence-in.spiring." NEWHAMPSHIRE •The Rex Theatre in Manchester has instituted a new schedule of admission prices, with children, 17 cents, plus 3 cents tax; adults, week-day matinee, 33 cents, plus 7 cents tax, and evenings, 50 cents plus 10 cents tax . of the latest MGM films was shown at a recent sneak preview at the State in Manchester. The show lasted from 6:40 to 10:55 p. m. The top evening price was 74 cents. The town of Newmarket may again find itself without motion pictures. After the Star Theatre was closed there some time ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars started shows, but the organization now reports that it has gone into the red and may be forced to give up its Saturday afternoon and eveing shows. The average attendance last summer was 210 children and 70 adults, while the present is 150 children and 35 adults. E. Morrison Douglas has been renamed as manager of the city Auditorium in Rochester Staters living north of Concord now have a Saturday night theatre train from Boston. The new service, begun January 7, involved changing the schedule of the Concord-Woodsville train to make a connection with the 11:50 train from Boston. Sam Pinanski Pioneers Boston Tri-Dimension Boston—.\nother "first" in the motion picture industry was credited to Samuel rinanski, president of American Theatres Corp., when he presented three-dimension pictures at his Pilgrim Theatre January 15. In 1927 he brought the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer," to Boston for his .Modern Theatre, now the Mayflower. Two years ago he equipped his Pilgrim Theatre with large screen television, the first in Boston. Now with the Tri-Opticon three-dimensional method he can be referred to as "first in sound, first in theatre television and first in third dimension." NEW HAVEN n meeting of Connecticut exhibitors and managers and staffs of the film exchanges will be held in the Loew's Bijou here January 28 at 11 a. m., to discuss the industry's participation in Brotherhood week. Theatre employes in the greater New Haven area are also scheduled to attend. Harry Shaw, manager of Loew's Poll New England Theatres, and Harry Feinstein, zone manager for Warner Theatres, are exhibitor cochairmen, and Jules Livingston, Republic manager, is distributor chairman. The meeting will be addressed by a speaker from the National Conference of Christians and Jews, sponsors of Brotherhood Week. Belle Schiffrin, head inspector at 20th-Fox, was married (11) to Bob Hoffman, a former employe of this branch, who now operates a liquor store here. Herman Levy, counsel for the MPTO of Connecticut, is among those who registered as lobbyists for the current session of the general a.ssembly at Hartford. Jim McVeigh, of the AA office, Boston, was in Stamford, South Norwalk, New London, Hartford, Waterbury and New Haven, to promote "Flat Top." John Pavone. manager of the AA exchange, accompanied him on part of the trip . . . Lou Brown, advertising and publicity director for Loew's-New England, arranged for newspaper interviews with Jose Greco in New Haven and Hartford, since the famed Spanish dancer appears in MGM's soon-to-be-released "Sombrero," Greco appeared with his troupe at the Shubert, New Haven, and New Parsons, Hartford. Five of the starlets and young stars in Universal's "Girls in the Night" made appearances at the Stamford Theatre: Palace, Danbury, and Poll, Waterbury. The quintet included Harvey Lembeck, Glen Roberts, Patricia Hardy, Jaclynne Green and Don Gordon. They chatted with the public and gave out autographs in the lobbies of the various theatres. Managers of the three houses, working with Carl Reardon, U-I manager, arranged for suitable newspaper breaks. Ben Simon, manager of the 20th-Fox exchange, attended the New York dinner honoring Bill Gehring, assistant executive sales manager, on his 35th anniversary with the firm . . . Harry Feinstein, Warner Theatres zone maiiager, was in New York on business for several days Two Show Veterans Die in New Hampshire MANCHESTER, N. H.—Two prominent New Hampshire exhibitors died on January 11. George L. Riel, 74, who died at hi^ home in Manchester, operated the Granite Square Theatre there for 30 years until his retirement in 1948. He was also a well-known musician, having been a charter member and last survivor of the Rainey Cadet band and a member of Price's orchestra. He was a native of Rollinsford and had lived in Manchester for 62 years. Jesse W. Bridgham, 76, who operated film houses in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, died in Dover. He started in the theatre business in Oakland, Me., in 1925. and purchased the Broadway in Dover in 1930. When that house burned, he replaced it with the present Uptown. Later, with his son Lloyd Bridgham of this city, now one of the state's best-known exhibitors, he expanded his operations into a chain of theatres extending from Pre.sque Isle, Me., to Rutland, Vt. PROVIDENCE «rith the closing of the Playhouse, this city is now without any form of live entertainment with the exception of a few night Dave Levin, Albee manager, exploited spots . . . "Breaking the Sound Barrier," appeal- ing to the kid trade by offering model plane kits to the first 100 boys purchasing tickets to a Saturday morning show . The Strand, which has had Saturday, . . Sunday and Monday openings, recently switched to Friday Joan Bennett and Zachary openings . . . Scott are booked in at the Metropolitan for three performances of "Bell, Book and Candle," a stage attraction which will briefly interrupt the Met's film fare. . . . The Avon is presenting the cu.stomary Saturday morning kiddy shows. A juvenile feature attraction and several cartoons make up The Uptown presents two special the bill . . . performances for children, at 1:30 and The 4.30 every Saturday afternoon Community has been offering one hour of cartoons, a feature and a serial at Saturday matinees . Castle, which a few months ago was taken over by the Lockwood & Gordon interests, is presenting a much better brand of screen entertainment. This oncepopular neighborhood house is making a grand comeback under excellent management, and double features. Manages Drama Company BRIDGEPORT — Lester Al Smith, former manager of the Lyric here, is now company manager of the legitimate drama, "The Intruder," starring Margaret O'Brien. IMAGE & SOUND SERVICE CORP. "The Best Value In Sound Service" Hancock 6-7984 445 Stotler Building Boston, Massachusetts BOXOmCE January 24, 1953 85