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Boxoffice-January.24.1953

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. . Eloi . . Engagement . . Norman . . . Harsh . . Douglas MONTREAL rimile Ruffo, owner of the Dieppe Theatre, Montreal South, has purchased from A. Schhtz the Venus Theatre at St. Jean d'lberville. The house, being extensively remodeled by its new owner, is scheduled to reopen the first week of March ... In Joliette, the new Cinema Joliette, owned by L. Venne, was opened recently . . Phil Matte . of Buckingham visited Pilmrow, making arrangements for the opening of his new theatre, the Cinema Buckingham. Peter Myers, Toronto, Canadian division manager of 20th-Pox. visited the Montreal office .... Other Filmrow visitors included Helen Tapley, cashier for RKO, St. John branch, and Marie Hanlin. formerly of the same branch, and now the DVA department in New Brunswick. . Tom Dowbiggin, manager of Paramount, and wife are holidaying at Fort Lauderdale, Guy Bachand, owner of the Rex, Fla. . . . Shcrbrooke, is holidaying. After a brief visit to Montreal, he entrained to New York, then embarked on a plane cruise to Havana, Haiti and West Indies resorts Cormier, salesman for Peerless Films, resigned to join International Films in the same capacity Marcel Orphanos, shipper for the . . . same company, also has resigned. . . . As part of its Canada Carries On, the Nat onal Film Board will illustrate life in a small Quebec town by shooting a ten-minute documentary at St. Louis de Finance near Three Rivers Jack Roher, president of EN AVANT CANADA presente ILES DE LA MADELEINE De vaillants pecheurs livrenl- une lutte sans fin contre la mcr COUP D'OEIL (no 46) present-c Lc radar au service des pecheurs Des soldats canadiens revoienf la Normandie La ronde des sports au Maple Leaf Gardens Retenez choque mois EN AVANT CANADA et COUP D OEIL Realisation: OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM Distribution: COLUMBIA PICTURES Peerless, left Montreal to spend a fortnight at his Toronto office. John Levitt, Columbia, spent Christmas week in New York with his wife and daughter. On his return he resumed his duties as salesman and visited the eastern townships . . . Ted Atkinson, manager of Cardinal Films, and wife were hosts at a luncheon at their home for the personnel of International Films, Cardinal's Filmrow neighbor. Edgar Hamel, office manager at Quebec Cinema Booking, and w'ife have announced the engagement of their daughter Carmen, cashier at International Films, to Jean Guy Tremblay . is announced of Lois Currie, stenographer at Columbia, to Peter Moore . . . Charle.s Madison, booker at International Films, attended the silver wedding anniversary celebration at Ottawa of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Stuart. Larry Stephens, Toronto, who a few years ago was manager of the Snowdon, United Amusement theatre. Montreal, was host at a press preview of the British picture, "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Larry is now public relations manager of International-Lion Pictures Famous Players Canadian Corp. . . . enjoyed record business during 1952, according to R. W. Bolstead, vice-president and treasurer, and the strong trend continued right to the end of the year. Two British films, a comedy, "Go Away Mr. Stowaway." and a drama, "Flesh and Blood," formed the latest double bill at Montreal's farthest west theatre, the Kent. British films have been doing well in the west end theatres, especially at the Kent and the Avenue. Exhibitors in town were Mr. and Mrs. Nat Cohen. the Crown. Brownsburg: Octave Bisson. Royal, St. Andre d'Avellin; Leo Pion, Opera House, Coaticook; Guy Bachand. Rex Sherbrooke; Gaston Theroux, partner with Quebec Cinema Booking in the Asbestos, Asbestos. Que . McLaren. National Film Board producer, has been awarded the best creative films prize at the Festival of Experimental and Art Films at Caracas, Venezuela. He received a prize of $280 for his three films entitled "Begone Dull Care," "Pen Point Percussion" and "Loops and Dots." CIO Affiliate Is Named Bargaining Agent for TV OTTAWA—The Department of Labor announced last week (15 1 that the National Ass'n of Broadcast Engineers and Technicians, an affiliate of the Canadian Congress of Labor and the CIO, has been certified as bargaining agent for the radio and television employes of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Some 400 workers are affected, according to federal sources. When TV was getting under way at Toronto, last fall, a jurisdictional occiuTed between representatives of the CIO and of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes. Tlie climax came when stagehands threatened a walkout after a CBS crewset up TV equipment for the televising of a theati-ical performance. The cameras were not used. The Hitch Hiker" is the title for the RKO film previously called "The Persuader." WINNIPEG Daoul Auerback, of Toronto, vice-president and general manager of 20th Century Theatres, was here a few days conferring with the manager of the Osborne Cinema, which is being operated by 20th Century and Famous Players. Auerbach flew from here to other western key points to check on similar projects for the special branch of 20th Century Theatres which deals with specialty houses W'intry weather finally has set in in this area, causing a substantial drop in attendance in most houses. The Elm in suburban Elmwood was sold by Cy Brownstone to Joe Karaz, former exhibitor in Langruth who will now center his operations in Winnipeg . V. Rosen, general manager for International Film Distributors, has been conferring with branch managers in the west on new product and policy. IPD's picture with the greatest potential is the celebrated "Breaking the Sound Barrier," which will open in FPC key houses across the nation in February, after a Canadian premiere at the Imperial in Toronto. Max Heppner, Colonial impresario, was to leave on his customary three-month trip south to gather a tan and a well-earned rest . . . Visitors doing the usual rounds at the film exchanges: Nate Bresver. Oak. Brandon; Sam Karby and Phil Bodnoff. Regina; Tom Metcalfe, Soo and Hi-Aj-t. Weyburn: Garnet Wright, Keewatin, Ont.; Marcus Bloom, Sunset Drive-In, Regina. and Mel Dalseg, Sioux Lookout. Ont. Exhibitors are complaining about the high cost of theatre advertising in the local dailies and are threatening to take drastic measures by condensing their ads or completely eliminating them on certain days . . . Rumors are rampant that two more drive-ins will be erected in the Saskatoon area in the spring, making a total for that city of four. Jimmy Biggerstatf, union busine.ss manager, will sail for England to attend the coronation later this year ... It is expected that Cy Brownstone, former owner of the Elm, again will manage the Northmain Drive-In this summer. 'Bali' Smashes Record In Vancouver Capitol VANCOUVER^"Road to Bali" smashed a 22-year attendance record at the Capitol. "The Lusty Men" at the Orpheum, "Stars and Stripes Forever" at the Vogue and "The Miracle of Fatima" at the Strand all did better than average business. Capitol— Rood to Boli (Para) Excellent Cinema—Apache Wor Smoke (MGM), Everything I Hove is Yours (MGM) Good Dominion— Big Jim McLain (WB), My Wife's Best Friend :20th-Fox), 2nd wk Good Orpheum—The Lusty Men (RKO) Very Good Plaza—Yankee Bucconecr (U-l) Fair Strand—The Mirocle of Fotimo (WB) Good Studio—The Four Poster ,Col), 2nd wk Fair Vogue—Stors ond Stripes Forever (20th-Fox). . Good Everything for Top Profits in POPCORN ! POPCORN MACHINES and SUPPLIES P.-e-Popped Corn and Popcorn Warmers For details, wire, write or coll SERVICE CONFECTIONS, LTD. 243 Liloc Street Winnipeg 88 BOXOFnCE January 24, 1953

. . Tickets . . Bea I . . Ivan M ARITIMES The Capitol, Woodstock, N. B., of the Spencer chain will be redecorated and improved this year. The theatre seats 470 and is the only one in Woodstock, which is near the Main line. Although a second house has been planned by the Spencer chain, construction has been delayed by material scarcities. Supervising the installation of a new combination marquee and neon sign at the Capitol was Percy McCuUough of Halifax, formerly of Saint John. A new color combination has been chosen for the interior. Making a recent debut as a film exhibitor at Tjepassey. Nfld., was the Rev. Mullowney, Catholic pastor there. He has been using the parish hall and his recent bills have been "The Lost Weekend" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." He has been favoring westerns for showing to youngsters . . . Monte Chase, projectionist at the Paramount, St. John, who as a side line, has been making a public sale of projection and sound equipment and rental of films for soine years, is specializing in selling to schools for instruction. His sales base is about 200 yards from theatre at which he is employed. Ron Bowes of St. John, who died recently, was a former staffer at the maritime branch of Alliance Films, but had been located at Toronto for about a year prior to his death. Morris Elman, former manager for Alliance at St. John, now operates the Maritime Poster Exchange at St. John. A brother of Ron Bowes, long active in basketball and bowling until loss of a leg in an accident, is Cliff Bowes, manager for Bernstein & Lieberman at Edmundston, N. B., and previously booker for Columbia at St. John. Charlie Staples, owner of the Queen, St. Stephen, N. B., has announced his intention to return to private life when his ciu-rent term as mayor of St. Stephen expires. Some years ago. he held a lease on the State in Calais, Me., twin town of St. Stephen on the St. Croix river and boundary. The State is now in the Lockwood & Gordon chain, headed from Boston . to all boys and girls were distributed at the Capitol, Yarmouth, N. S., for a drawing on a cart and doll. For boys and girls at Community, Yarmouth, there was a drawing for two holster and gun combinations. Both were held in the afternoon. At Heart's Content, Nfld.. Reginald Woodman, offers a hillbilly orchestra consisting of four musicians on Friday night in addition to a single film bill . . Mrs. S. Kerr, . widow of Syd Kerr, film exhibitor, is the only member of the parental Spencer family of St. John still living. She is a sister of the late Fred Spencer, founder and head of the Spencer theatre chain who died late in 1952. Her son Les, booker at 20th-Fox, died about two years ago. Syd Kerr operated the Wonderland at Yarmouth, N. S., and featured Walter Nixon as a whistler with films and group singing slides. Being a film exhibitor was a side line for Kerr, whose chief activity was as operator and teacher in a St. Johns business school established by his father John Kerr. For three days a travel film on the activities of the 27th Canadian infantry brigade in Germany was shown at the Star, St. John's. Relatives and friends of Newfoundlanders serving in the brigade were invited to see the film ... At a kiddy carnival promoted at the Strand. St. John's, a list of over 200 awards in merchandise prevailed. Topping the list of giveaways for the Saturday morning show was a bicycle. The Strand, former mother house of the Spencer chain, is now operated by Abe Garson in the Odeon chain. 'Clochemerle' Protest Lodged by Archbishop MONTREAL— A French lihn which lampoons France's army, church and politicians, has brought an official protest by Archbishop Alexandre Vachon. head of the Ottawa Catholic archdiocese. "Clochemerle," which recently played in Canadian theatres, is "vulgar" and should be made the subject of a -senate inquiry, the archbishop said. The satire deals with life in a French village. A comfort station becomes the symbol of progress and the unwed women who fight it are depicted as forces of reaction. It also deals with a corporal and his girl friend who are a little ahead in their wooing. "We protest against the film, 'Clochemerle,' which at the moment is in a local theatre," said Archbishop Vachon. "It is a vulgar film with words to match, with unconventional gestures, and above all, it is a film both pernicious and dangerous. "So we are asking our faithful people to express their disapproval with their absence. We appeal equally to the authorities to stop the showing of films so provocative. "We wish above all to ask if this is not an opportune time to demand that a senate committee, which is studying obscene shows, could not equally well direct its attention to indecent films which are circulating throughout Canada." MGM Names Art Manson As Field Man in Canada NEW YORK—Arthur Manson, an independent press agent for the last several years, has been named field pre.ss representative for MGM in Canada by Dan S. Terrell, publicity and promotion manager. Manson succeeds the late Dewey Bloom and will make his headquarters in Toronto. Manson acted as company manager and advance agent for "Henry V" and "Cyrano de Bergerac," both United Artists roadshows, and he also did special publicity for Samuel Goldwyn and for "The Tales of Hoffmann" and "High Noon." NFB Issues Report OTTAWA—A report of the operations of the National Film Board for the past fiscal year shows that its budget was balanced, down to the even dollar, each totaling $3,476,- 000. Revenue included $2,662,333 in parliamentary grants, $731,162 from the sale of films and $117,970 in film rentals, royalties and other items. TV Tower Held Up OTTAWA—The start of Ottawa's first television broadcasting has been held up by the civic board of control's refusal of a construction permit for the erection of a 500-foot TV mast in a residential suburb by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The recommendation has been made that the tower be placed on a site some eight miles from the city. VANCOUVER pdward Forsyte, assistant general manager of Odeon Theatres, was here from his Toronto headquarters on an inspection trip . . . Frank Soltice and his wife Connie have left for a delayed vacation in California. Soltice operates the Pines Drive-In at Penticton. He said he plans to enlarge the theatre to accommodate another 100 cars. At present it holds 250 cars . . . Harry Woolfe, United Artists manager, and his staff were the winners in the Canadian .section in the Heineman sales contest. Prize was a substantial cash award to all members of the staff. A second drive-in, the Lougheed in Burnaby, B.C., was fined $50 for operating on Sundays, breaking the Lords day act. Recently the Paramount Di-ive-In in the same zone was also fined $50 . . . Jack Droy jr., who was in Ottawa and appeared in four shows at the Canadian Repertory Theatre, is back in town and has rejoined the staff of the Totem Theatre . Ackery, Orpheum manager, for his date on "Plymouth Adventure," had the local agency put a 1953 Plymouth on display in his lobby. Roma Escott, head usherette at the Vogue, has resigned to become a housewife . . . Jack Bermack. RKO Calgary salesman, is the father of a baby girl, his first child . . . Local police are objecting to the showing of "Tobacco Road" at the Avon. The stage com- . . . pany refused to take it off, so the dispute Dot may end in a police court case Garrett, secretary at the Capitol Theatre, resigned. . . . Shirl Mrs. Henderson, sister of Dave Borland, Dominion Theatre manager, died suddenly this week . . . Marion Rich, former cashier at the Paradise, is now candy counter girl at the Odeon-Plaza . Pentreath, head of Odeon Theatres publicity, has resigned and will marry Bill Wilkinson of Vancouver Island Lome Newton, formerly on February 14. . . with Famous Players, is now salesman for Uneeda Printers in Vancouver Wilson, manager of Perkins Electric, is showing a new screen for outdoor theatres at the PNE exhibition. The first police charge since the Alberta attorney general's order last month to tighten up enforcement of lotteries, bingo and other games of chance has been laid in Calgary against a theatre manager. Merle Hawkes of the Variety was charged with conducting a lottery in a photo night contest. Police said the program was a lottery because a patron could receive more than $200 by participating in it. Famous Players has been using the giveaway in Vancouver theatres for a number of years, with money prizes going as high as $1500, with no trouble with the law. TORONTO. ONTARIO 467 SPftDINA AVE. When ycu Vee