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. . Attorney . . Bernie . . Lee . . Frank — — — — — . . The HARTFORD ly/Taurice VV. ShuUnan, Shulman Theatres, and wife celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Shulman, the former Ruth Goldberg, worked for RKO . Steven Perakos, son of the Perakos Theatre head, was named chairman of the constitution committee of the New Britain Young Republican club . . . The Capitol, Waterbury, has a new dinnerware giveaway . . . The E. M. Loew's service staff has new red, black and gold uniforms. George E. Landers, division manager for the E. M. Loew's circuit, was in Boston on business . . . Bert Jacocks of Daytz Bros. Theatrical Joe Shulman, Enterprises was in town . . . Shulman Theatres, and wife were in Miami until about February 1 . . John . McGrail, U-I exploiteer, was here and in New Haven and Worcester on "The Lawless Breed." Doug Amos, division manager, Lockwood & Gordon Theatres, was in town . . . Ditto James M. Totman, assistant zone manager, Warner Theatres . Levy of Amalgamated Buying and Booking Service was in Florida on a vacation . Quinlan, assistant to Bill Mortensen at the Bushnell Memorial, ha-s moved into a new home in West Hartford. . . . Bruno Weingarten, manager of E. M. Loew's Norwich-New London Drive-In, is back from a Florida vacation. He served briefly as a relief manager at E. M. Loew's Miami Drive- In .. . Harry Browning, vice-president. New England Theatres, was in from Boston for huddles with Ray McNamara, manager of the Allyn Bob Howell of the Waj-ner Port, Newburyport, Mass., was a visitor. Floyd Fitzsimmons, MGM's New England publicist, was in on "Above and Beyond," "The Bad and the Beautiful" and "The Hoaxters" . . . Anthony Nodlomky is the new assistant manager at the Crown, replacing Charles Blower, resigned. Joe Spivack was in on Connecticut Theatre Candy business . Rosenberg, Loew's Poll Theatres, visited here and in Springfield . . . Sid Wolper, ex-State chief of staff, lately in the air force, was in on a brief visit. He said that Myron Neiman, formerly chief of service staff, Loew's Poli Palace, is now working for a Los Angeles business concern. Mayor and Mrs. Cronin, representatives of the air force reserve association in this area, and press and radio people attended a sneak preview of "Above and Beyond" at Loew's Poli. . . . The Connecticut premiere of "The Thief of Venice" was held at the Ridgeway Theatre, Stamford, January 14. The film bowed in here at the Warner Strand Wednesday

Eight Houses Slated In Western Canada VANCOUVER—Drive-in and indoor theatre construction continued at a good pace in recent months, with five open-air theatres and three indoor houses on the boards. At Camrose, Alta.. Stan Bailey and Francis Mohler have started work on their 4(K)-car Northern Lights Drive-In. Bailey operates the indoor theatre at Camrose. Tw'o drive-ins are set for Westlock, Alta. Les Serenas, partner in the Roxy in that city, plans to build a drive-in to open next spring. A second outdoor theatre also is under way near Westlock for Myer LePebvre and Q-ic Prince. This ozoner will accommodate 300 cars and will cost around $60,000. Westlock is 65 miles north of Edmonton. Meantime, plans to build a $250,000 drive-in theatre, motel, restaurant and service station development on the outskirts of Calgary. Alta.. have run into difficulty as residents of the area lodged protests against the construction. At Loon Lake. Bask., a small 20-car drive-in now is being operated by George Larson. The outdoorer has 200 seats for walk-ins. On the four- wall theatre construction projects, Rothstein Theatres of Winnipeg has started a 500-seat house in Uranium City, Sask. Closer to Vancouver, the Fletcher Enterprises of West Vancouver has started work on the 600-seat Capilano Theatre in Lower Capilano across the inlet from here. The house is located between West and North Vancouver and the Lions Drive-In is only three blocks from the new theatre. In Peace River. Alta.. Saul Konopski opened his 490-seat La Barbara Theatre in competition to the Valley, a 300-seater operated by J. McDonald. Equipment was installed in the La Barbara by Sharp's Theatre Supply of Calgary. In other theatre dealings, the 450-seat Rio at Victoria has been sold by Jack Aceman of Vancouver to Karl Polzin, who formerly operated a theatre in Berlin, Germany. The Odeon chain has closed the Olympia in Vancouver for extensive alterations. To Report on Fee Hearings TORONTO—A report on the recent hearing in Ottawa by the copyright appeal board on the 1953 performing right fees of the Composers, Authors and Publishers Ass'n of Canada has been prepared by Ai-ch H. JoUey for submission to the Musical Society of Canada, of which he is vice-president, and for the Motion Picture Industry Council of Canada. Jolley attended the session as an official observer of both organizations. No protest was made by the exhibitors because the license fees for theatres remained unchanged from 1952. Odeon Chief Sparks Rally TORONTO—The campaign for $1,150,000 for the Women's College hospital here was launched at a special performance in the Odeon Theatre which was packed with an audience of 2.500. Tlie program consisted of many donated entertainment features. The chief speaker was L. W. Brockington, president of the Odeon circuit. Toronto Square Project Dooms Shea's Theatre Harry S. Mandell Heads Tent 28 Fund Committee TORONTO—Tlie immediate past president of the Motion Picture Theatres Ass'n of Ontario. Harry S. Mandell of 20th Century Theatres has been appointed chairman of the important fund-raising committee of Variety Tent 28 following his election for the 1953 Variety crew. Committee members include J. J. Chisholm. past chief barker. Gordon Lightstone. W. A. Summerville jr., D. V. Rosen, Herb Allen, Jack Pitzgibbons, George Altman and E. J. Rawley. Preparations have been launched for the annual theatre benefit night this year in aid of Variety Village, tentatively scheduled to be staged at the Famous Players' Imperial. Chairman of the show committee is Gordon Lightstone of Canadian Paramount, his assistants being Dave Griesdorf of Odeon, H. M. Masters, Warner Bros.; Summerville and Rawley, with Jack Arthur as producer. Bert Brown was renamed chairman of the souvenir program committee, chiefly for the midsummer benefit baseball feature. Films at Airport Amuse Transatlantic Travelers GANDER, NFLD.—Hours of boredom have been eliminated at the Gander international airport by the use of films. This is now regular fare for those waiting for flights at Gander. What had been a lounge has been converted into a little theatre with seating capacity of 125. Besides the auditorium there is a projection room with two projectors, a film library, splicing equipment and a work bench. There are 35 films in the library, and about 15 more are to be added in coming months, including scenic and economic subjects. The air lines and the National Film Board supply the films. The programs range from ten to 45 minutes and are presented according to the time available. Employes of the airport and of air lines have been trained to operate the equipment. Between film : hows, a record player provides music. The shows are available only to plane passengers and employes. There was a recent delay of six days owing to a long spell of thick fog and use of the films proved invaluable. Industry Probe Recalled OTTAWA—Kenneth W. Taylor, who had a prominent role in the prosecution of the Canadian film industry some 20 years ago under the combines investigations act, has been appointed deputy minister of finance in the federal government. The probe involved the distributing and theatre companies at Toronto, including the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Ass'n when the latter was directed by Col. John A. Cooper. The court case at Toronto resulted in practically a whitewash, the royal commissioner finding convictions only on minor counts in connection with a subsidiary company. TORONTO—The 2,400-seat Shea's Theatre, Famous Players downtown fii'st run, may be razed to make way for a civic square with underground parking facilities, a project which has been dusted off by city officials after a long delay caused by wartime building restrictions and steel shortages. Condemnation proceedings to gain title to the required property has been initiated by the municipal administration. Pi-esent indications are that Shea's, where "My Cousin Rachel" has been having a long run, may have to be closed this year, in which case the darkened Victoria, another former Shea theatre, could be opened for operation until a larger unit is built. The Victoria is half the size of Shea's Theatre. In the welter of rumors about other uses for the Victoria is the street suggestion that it become Canada's first Cinerama center. It has been pointed out, however, that the Cinerama system of film presentation has been found less .suitable for gallery patrons, and the Victoria has two balconies, the upper of which has long been closed. The telemeter situation in Canada is not yet definite since Famous Players has yet to receive a television license from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. or its next of kin. the Department of Transport. In the face of all the gossip about the future of the Victoria, the word from the FPC head office is that "we don't quite know ourselves what is going to be done with it". The only certainty is that the civic authorities are moving to expropriate the block in which Shea's is located for a city hall square. Toronto Critic Defends Theatres on Screen Ads TORONTO— Regarding the introduction of advertising trailers on the screens of a number of theatres in Canada. Stan Helleur. film critic of the Toronto Telegram, declared in his column that he had received various letters on the subject from film patrons. "The advertisements only run a minute or to," he observed, "but judging from the letters and obviously adverse audience reaction we heard a couple of days ago, the practice Is not favored by many fans." Helleur admitted that "we don't know where we stand on this thing, exactly", and added: "While we can appreciate a theatregoer's resentment at being confronted with the type of thing he dislikes most about radio and TV. at the same time we can appreciate a theatre operation's desire to make a buck, the same as anyone else. "Actually, we feel the movie industry subjects the public to less commercial advertising than any other entertainment medium." Magoo Cartoons Popular TORONTO—A program feature that has become popular at the Avenue, North Toronto, is a group of five Mr. Magoo cartoons. The Avenue is operated by Famous Players in partnership with Ray Lewis and T. M. Sterling. BOXOFTICE January 24, 1953 E 87