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Theodore Grance's Everett Theatre, Everett,
and Super 220 Drive-In at Altoona now are
being represented for licensing and booking by
the Star Distributing Agency here ...CM.
Ducray, co-owner of the Sunset Beach swimming
pool and drive-in theatre, closed because
a bridge washed out March 14, and other
Washington, Pa., area businessmen charge
highway officials with master-minding "the
worst road-bungling job" in Pennsylvania history.
The bridge was a vital link on Route 40
between Washington and Wheeling. Ducray
and other businessmen, stripped of their
financial lifeline until the bridge is restored,
were to call on Governor Leader to investigate
Liberace, who "hung them from the rafters"
at Syria Mosque during the street car strike,
will return there for one performance Thursday
night, June 7.
84 Van Braam Street
PITTSBURGH 19, PA.
Phone EXpress 1-0777
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GPE First Quarter Profit
Decreased to $346,973
NEW YORK—Consolidated net profit of
General Pi-ecision Equipment Corp. for the
first quarter of 1956 ended March 31 was
to two resident doctors and a dentist. At a
later date, the second floor will be remodeled
into a private hospital, according to Hasley,
also owner and manager of the Lakeside
Drive-In at Conneaut Lake. He said the Terrace
Medical Center will be opened late in
John Troy at Clarion Airer
CLARION. PA.—The Midway Drive-In,
owned by Ernest Stem of the Associated circuit,
formerly under lease to Mrs. Louise Cook,
has been leased to John Troy. Parker exhibitor.
Troy has modernized the theatre and reopened
Closes at Conneautville
CONNEAUTVILLE, PA.—The Palace Theatre,
operated by Guy and Howard Christy,
brothers, has closed, and Howard now is
assisting his parents, the veteran Tldioute exhibitors,
James and Hazel Christy. Guy attends
Edinboro State Teachers College.
^harles Dortic. Columbia Pictures salesman
^XZalter Reade jr., president of Walter Reade
and a veteran film distributor, underwent a
Theatres, said William Seelig had been
third operation in Mercy Hospital this week
$346,973. equal to 20 cents a share on 1,065.329 appointed sales promotion director of Convention
Hall, the huge Asbury Park board-
than a dozen out-of-town drive-in shares of common stock outstanding, compared
with $961,986. equal to 90 cents a share, walk auditorium operated by the circuit.
theatre owners negotiated unsuccessfully to
inaugurate an additional advertising list of on 972,412 shares outstanding at the end of Seelig assumed his duties at once and they
their- ozoners and film offerings in Pittsbui'gh
the same 1955 period, Hermann G. Place, included preparing for a gigantic exposition
newspapers . Allison, of Ebensburg,
formerly associated with his brother
board chairman and president, reported to of the "Royal Crown Jewels," "Ripley's
stockholders Tuesday (8).
Believe It or Not" and the "Atom Bomb
Ray, who is retired and making his home Consolidated net sales for the 1956 period Exhibit." as well as displays and exhibits of
in Florida, is holding down a political job at were $32,678,823. compared with $34,253,560 commercial and industrial films. Public admission
will be free and several million
for the 1955 period.
Closing of The Gardens, Oakland
attributed the 1956 decline in earnings
and sales to a slight decline in both ship-
Labor Day. Seeling will be in charge of sales
visitors are expected between July 2 and
arena, brought furloughs for about 100
ployes, ushers, ticket collectors, etc., all members
of the Pittsburgh athletic events union
ments and profit margins of defense orders, to industrial and advertising agency accounts
a long strike in an important motion picture
Proctor's had a tie-up with the Air
Local 188, whose contract with the
and severe competitive conditions
Force for "On the Threshold of Space." On
Amusement Co.. operator of The Gardens, had
on some industrial equipment.
the opening day of this feature, a 60-foot
been in effect for the last 20 years . . . Bob He predicted improved results for the remainder
of the year, due to larger shipments was on exhibit—as well as a lobby display of
trailer with a stripped-down plane (F-84)
Munn was in from Moundsville on his first trip
to Filmi-ow since he was a film salesman more and increased profit margins on defense business,
figures of airmen. A guided missile, 7*2 feet
than seven years ago. Munn is a busy
a man higher amount and profit margin on tall, was in the lobby.
Moundsville with theatre operation,
and better motion picture
A benefit party was given at the Bellevue
a racetrack . Filmrow equipment business. At the end of the first
in Upper Montclair by the Northern New
was William Hansmeier of the
1956 Sun quarter the consolidated
Jersey Alumni Ass'n of Alpha Epsilon Phi.
Altoona. and it was his
initial stop. He
amounted to $129,861,000. compared
The film was "Gates of Hell" . . . Karl
brother-in-law of George McFadden.
with $99,335,000 at the
end of the 1955 first
Ledzion, manager of the Pix in Jersey City,
reported a marvelous
The directors voted a cash dividend of 60
week's run with two
Thomas Joseph Smith,
Grace Kelly releases "To Catch a Thief"
58. one of the cents a share on the common stock, payable
and "Rear Window" . Pix is starting a
of Loew's Pen Theatre
June 15 to stockholders of record June 1.
policy two nights a week.
of a heart attack in his Dormont
home. He was
They also voted a regular quarterly dividend
Story" will be brought
back here and for
for more than of $1.18-'i a share on the $4.75 cumulative
24 Doesn't Answer," there will
electrician. Requiem mass prefeiTed stock, payable on the same date.
with Jewish organizations.
morning in St. Bernard's
. Local 171 reports a
Main in East Pittsburgh
An old-fashioned sales day in Orange. N. J.,
has been reached with
is the kick-off idea for the booking of a
the Kenmawr Drive-In on Route 51 near Shifts to Medical Center Rudolph Valentino, plus a regular feature,
Coraopolis. The Kenmawr failed to accept PITTSBURGH—The Main Theatre at Main at the Embassy in Orange. About $500 in
a recent three-year pact negotiated by an and Center in the Bessemer Terrace section merchant-sponsored prizes will be given away
industry committee with the union to cover
of East Pittsburgh, closed for three years, to patrons . in the Rain" will
11 theatres. James V. Sipe. Local 171 business
agent, said operation of the ozoner has
will be remodeled into the Terrace play to a benefit audience sponsored by the
have been removed. Hasley worked for three Capitol here. Gladys O'Dell was transferred
years on plans to convert the theatre into a to Warners' Central as assistant manager.
medical center, which he now has leased
Center by P. Elmer Hasley, owner, who continues
in exhibition a block away at the
Harrison cashier, Mrs. Mary Cic-
Holy Cross Church at the Warner Harrison
Opened in 1919, the Main
since been taken over by Chris Lampros from
Theodore Grance, and a booth contract was
by Mrs. Anne W. Munley .
carelli. left to have a baby and has
signed. Lampros has theatre interests at Theatre, with inside measurement of 23x125
Sharon and Farrell, Sipe stated.
feet, is being dismantled and its 350 seats cashiering for more than ten years
"The King and Four Queens" will be photographed
by Lucien Ballard for United
'Oklahoma!' Opens June 7
At Pittsburgh Nixon
PITTSBURGH — Area theatregoers will
have their first look at Todd-AO when the
film version of "Oklahoma!" opens at the
Nixon June 7. Gabe Rubin of the Nixon
said that the installation will cost approximately
$40,000. The theatre's 1.760 seats will
be reduced by about 150 along the walls.
There will be matinee and evening .shows
Shirley Jones of nearby Smithton and
Gordon MacRae are costarred in "Oklahoma!"
Recently the Nixon presented the Sam
Goldwyn Cinemascope version of "Guys and
DoUs." With the Todd-AO installation, the
theatre may remain in operation 52 weeks
each year, as stage offerings continue harder
and harder to book and more roadshow pictures
are on release charts.
New Morgantown Airer
MORGANTOWN, W. VA.—John and Mary
DiAngelis of the Grafton Drive-In will locate
a new airer at Dellslow, near here on the