Boxoffice-August.21.1954

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Toronto Boothmen Win

Pioneer Golf Title

TORONTO—The third

annual motion picture

golf tournament held at the St. Andrew's

Golf club under the sponsorship of the Canadian

Picture Pioneers proved an unqualified

success with an attendance of 250 industry

representatives, real competition, numerous

prizes and plenty of good cheer.

The foursome of the Toronto projectionists

Local 173 copped the N.

A. Taylor trophy for

low team gross, which was presented at the

banquet by Nat Taylor, president of the I*ioneers.

The winners were Prank Cox, Fred

Cross, A. Berford and Andy Pura. Last year

they finished second.

The J. Ai-thm- Rank quartette finished in

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the runnerup spot, team members being Tom

Knight, S. Hanson, D. Carmen and Irving

Stern.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

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Fred Cross repeated his 1953 triumph by

capturing the Famous Players trophy foiindividual

low gross in the A-flight, and the

presentation of the silver was made to him by

Morris Stein. Second and third were B. Herman

and Pete Myers, the latter Canadian

general manager of 20th-Fox.

Projectionists Local 173 trophy for low gross

B-flight went to Gurston Allen, also a rejeater.

He was followed by Dawson Exley and

lb. Beder. The C-flight winner was Bill

jPreedman who was presented the 20th Cenjtury

Theatres trophy by Nat Taylor. Next

best scores were turned in by Mike Taylor

knd Vic Beatty.

The Canadian Film Weekly trophy for inpividual

low net on 18 holes was awarded to

George Georgas of Owen Sound, who defeated

jonel Lester and Tom Naylor. In the bookirs

competition for the Tom Daley trophy,

;he low gross winner was S. Hanson, second

ind third being S. Sarek and Zeke Sheine.

>nEW EVENT ADDED

A new event this year was the contest for

olfers of associated industries for which The-

Xre Confections presented a trophy. The

anner was C. Lynch, followed by Dave

Hack and Monty Hall. The ceremony was

lerformed by Jack Fitzgibbons.

There were prizes for most everything, inluding

approximately 100 door prizes for the

lubhouse gathering, which were presented

Iy Dave Griesdorf.

Chief among other competitive awards were

:"ie following:

Individual low gross, first nine; first, Andy

ura; second, Dan Carmen.

Low gross, second nine; Dave Romberg,

[artin Bloom.

Individual low net, first nine; Harry Weislan,

E. McGee.

Low net, second nine ; M. Georgas, E. G.

lorsyth.

low net, 18 holes, for golfers of

I'filiated industries: G. Voris; H. Garson; P.

pea.

Others who got something in the way of

izes included the highest scorer, oldest golf-

, youngest golfer, winner of sealed holes and

itting experts.

t. John Manager Shifts

AT CALGARY SCREENINGS—Exhibitors in the western prairie area attended a

demonstration on advances in CinemaScope techniques given by 20th-Fox at the Capitol

Theatre in Calgary. Shown here, left to right: Unidentified; Jack Gow, 20th-Fox

salesman; Arthur Silverstone, assistant general sales manager; Bob Cringan; Peter

Myers, 20th-Fox division manager, and Frank Kershaw, Western Drive-In Theatres.

Montreal Benefit Nets

$10,000 for Legless Boy

MONTREAL—Approximately $10,000 was

raised at the benefit show, arranged by the

Montreal Heart Club, an organization formed

by Montreal's entertainment people, for

Andre Schryjvershof, 5, who lost his legs

in a traffic accident here three months ago.

Raymond Allen of the Amherst Theatre,

where the show was held, said the money will

be ample to provide artificial limbs for the

boy. Four sets of artificial limbs will be

needed to replace smaller ones as Andre

grows.

The show was sponsored by the Heart Club,

which showfolk say is a forerunner of a local

branch of Variety. Performers at the concert

included the Blue Sky Revue troupe, Maurice

Rocco, Harry Fraser, and 35 barbershop

harmony vocalists, the Maury Kaye quartet,

actor Emile Genest; Ina Verwoerd, the Dutch

recording artist: Hans Ninaber, Dutch composer,

Alan Mclver, Montreal conductor, and

many from the world of sports.

The motion picture fraternity here spent

considerable time and effort on the benefit.

Bill Burke Hosts Newsboys

BRANTFORD, ONT.—Showman Bill Biu-ke

of the Capitol Theati-e played host to newsboy

carriers for the Brantford Expositor and

their parents at a showing of "The Living

Desert." Greeting the boys and their mothers

and fathers at the theatre entrance. Burke

pointed out displays of scenes from the nature

film which gave the families an advance

idea of the vast array of wildlife they were

to view in the picture. Over 350 guests in

all attended the showing, and expressed their

appreciation of Burke's thoughtfulness in

selecting such fine family entertainment as

a treat for the boys. Two photos were taken

by an Expositor photographer, and the paper

also included two large three-column spreads

on the affair.

Mrs. Mike Is Dead

CALGARY, ALTA.—Mrs. Mike is dead.

Katherine Mary Flannigan, who married

Sergt. Mike Flannigan of the Royal Northwest

Mounted Police and was the motherly philo-

ST. JOHN—Herman L. Kerwin, manager sophical Vancouver lady on whom the

the local Regent Theatre, is relieving Al best selling book and film, "Mrs. Mike,"

urphy as manager of the Midway Drive-In was based, died here after a short illness at

Sydney.

the age of 64.

Summer Grosses Up

In British Theatres

MONTREAL — Theatre admissioras In

Great Britain this summer have shown an

improvement over those of last summer,

largely of film, because better the growing

effect of new techniques and inclement

weather, reported the authoritative London

Financial Times. Some estimates put the increased

business as much as 10 to 12'- per

cent.

The Financial Times reported the industry

feeling is that the effect of television on the

cinemas has now passed its peak, and that

this medium is now settling down as an alternative,

and, not the principal form of entertainment.

The industry is well aware, however,

that it still has to meet the Impact of

commercial television, which, although it

could provide a new market for film producers

could also have a considerably adverse effect

on exhibitors.

Color television, on the other hand, is considered

to be too far away in Britain as yet

to represent any real threat, and it is hoped

that by the time it arrives the new film

techniques will have put the cinemas in a

reasonably strong position to meet it.

The gi-owth of new techniques and their

impact on cinemas admissions are revealed

in Board of Ti-ade figui-es for the fii'st

three months of this year. These show that

in this period total admissions to 4,504 United

Kingdom cinemas amounted to nearly 325,-

700,000, 6.5 per cent more than in the previous

three months. Furthermore, they were only

0.9 per cent below those of the first thi-ee

months of 1953, a considerably smaller decline

over the same period a year earlier than had

been recorded in previous quarters.

In the first quarter there were 176 cinemas

showing three-dimension films, or 3.9 per

cent of all cinemas. Admissions to these cinemas

totaled over 2.800.000. These figures refer

only to 3-D films, however, and do not include

returns from cinemas which have adopted

other techniques of film presentation, such as

wide-screen and CinemaScope.

There are now about 300 cinemas in Great

Britain equipped for CinemaScope and it is

hoped that by the end of this year the total

will have risen to about 500.

Predrlc March will play one of the leading

roles in Paramount's "Desperate Hours."

'5X0FFICE :: August 21, 1954

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