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Boxoffice-August.21.1954

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. . Harry . . Fay . . . . Latest . . Tony . . Tom : August j 53 Added to Academy; One Is Reinstated From Hollywood Edition HOLLYWOOD—The addition of 53 new members to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by vote of the board of governors was announced by President Charles Brackett. The board also approved one request for reinstatement. New members, representing nine branches of the Academy: Actors, Jeff Chandler, Ellen Corby, Sheldon Leonard, Anthony Quinn, Lizabeth Scott, Vera-Ellen, Terry Moore, Richard Widmark, Tony Martin, Henny Backus, Jim Backus, Jane Russell, Dan Duryea, Mitzi Gaynor. Doris Day. Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Ward Bond, Les Tremayne, Rosemary Clooney, Thelma Ritter, Michael Wilding, Aldo Ray, Maureen O'Hara, Karl Maiden, Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Grace Kelly, Jan Sterling, Gilbert Roland and Debbie Reynolds. Administrators, Alfred E. Daff and N. Joseph Ross. Directors, Charles Vidor. Executives, Hal Adelquist, William Berssen, Glenn Farr, Edward Muhl and Harold Wirthwein. Producers, Albert R. Broccoli and Ross Hunter. Public relations. Chip Cleary and Clark Ramsay. Writers. Ivan Goff, Millard Kaufman and Richard Alan Simmons. Member at large—Alfred Shenberg, and associates, Arthur Babbitt, Bernard Bodde jr., William Sydney Herndon, Donald B. Hyatt, John F. Meyers and Barre Shlaes. Request for membership reinstatement was granted Lou Greenspan. NEW HAVEN Jim Darby, Paramount Theatre manager, was vacationing in New Hamp.shire where he was attending the wedding of his brother Dick, former manager of the Post Drive-In, East Haven, and now manager of the East Side Drive-In, Harper Woods, Mich. . . . Carl Siegle, president of the Stanley Warner Concession Co., conferred with SW Zone Manager Han-y Peinstein . Spadoni, assistant cashier at 20th-Fox. has taken up golfing and spent most of her vacation on the links. Irv Hillman, manager of the Roger Sherman, gave a guest ticket to blood donors when the Red Cross bloodmobile was stationed at Eagle's hall. The theme of the day was, "Be a Crusader, give a pint of blood." tying in with his current feature, "King Richard and the Crusaders" Seventy-five members of the naval reserve took part in a brief street parade for the opening of "The Caine Mutiny" at the Poll Wednesday (18). Lou Brown, publicity and advertising manager for Loew's Poli-New England Theatres, arranged a full page ad placed by the Kane Furniture Co., headed "Kane Mutiny Sale (with apologies to Columbia's 'Caine Mutiny')" . Feinstein and his wife went to Pittsburgh to attend a party at which the engagement of Barbara Silver, daughter of M. A. Silver, SW zone manager opened last May. 74 there, was announced. Feinstein was once assistant to Silver . . . MoiTis Mendlesohn, Loew's Poli-New England legal department, is vacationing in Vermont. HARTFORD Tim McCarthy, district manager for Stanley Warner Theatres, has been appointed general chairman of a testimonial dinner slated for October 4 at the new Statler hotel for Lou Cohen. Loew's Poli Theatre. The event is described as a double marking feature, Cohen's 35th year in show business and his 35th wedding anniversary. An arrangements committee will be announced shortly by McCarthy and Norm Levinson, Loew's Poli Lou Cohen assistant. McCarthy and Cohen worked together on the old Poli circuit in Connecticut. The Bernie Menschells of the Manchester Drive-In Theatre Corp. and Community Amusement Corp. were honored at a surprise party noting their fourth wedding anniversary. The event was planned by John Calvocoressci, Sol Karp, Bob Maurello and other Manchester-CAC executives . Grace, Perakos Theatre Associates, returned from a vacation. So has George Hudak, E. M. Loew's floor manager. Ernest A. Grecula, for the past several months office manager of the Symphony Society of Greater Hartford, has resigned with future plans not disclosed. Prior to joining the SSGH society. Grecula had served as advertising-publicity director for the Hartford Theatre circuit and manager of the circuit flagship, the Colonial, for nine years. At one time, he was with Strand Amusement Co. in Torrington. Peter Perakos, president, and Sperie Perakos, general manager, Perakos Theatre Associates, New Britain, were in the city on circuit business . downtown first run to install a wide screen is E. M. Loew's . . . Mrs. George E Landers, wife of the division manager of E. M. Loew's Theatres, will visit their son-in-law and daughter in San Francisco next month . . . Joe Boyle, Loew's Poli, Norwich, vacationed in this area. Robert Portle was relief manager in his absence. Eddie O'Neil, general manager of the Associated Management Corp., has added free pony rides for youngsters to his Saturday and Sunday programs at the Bridge Drive-In . . . Lou Cohen. Loew's Poli manager, and Mrs. Cohen left here Monday (16) for a two-week vacation in Los Angeles . Scavotta, East Hartford Drive-In, has added cartoons to Friday night performances. Builds Own Curved Screen Walter Stariknok, owner of the new Sky-Hi Drive-In at Boscawen, N. H., was in Boston, telling of his new 86-foot curved screen, which he built and erected himself, for the showing of Cinemascope pictures. The theatre was RESEARCH BUREIi for MODERN THEATRE PLANNIfS ENROLLMENT FORM FOR FREE INFORM, ON. The MODERN THEATRE PLANNING INSTITUTE 825 Van Brunt Blvd. Kansas City 24, Mo. 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I i I Individual I 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 j the runnerup spot, team members being Tom Knight, S. Hanson, D. Carmen and Irving Stern. REPEAT PERFORMANCE I 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