Frels Will Build Airer

At Victoria; 1000 Cars

VICTORIA. TEX.—Frels Theatre.s, operator

of a dozen theatres in this area, will construct

a 1.000-car drive-in on a 77-acre .site

in the Lone Ti-ee section in the southern .section

of this city. Rubin S. Frels. vice-president,

and EKjyle Oliver, general manager,

said no completion date had been set.

"We ai-e making a broad study of outdoor

theatre trends." Oliver said, "in order to

include the latest and most serviceable features

for patrons in our new outdoor unit.

"Tlie screen, for instance, will be the new

Manco-Vi.sion extruded aluminum type, designed

to give maximum visibility without

character distorton in all parts of the parking

area. This screen tends to refract rather

than reflect light, re.sulting in equal distribution

of light throughout the viewing area.

"Other screens tend to throw the light

straight back, resulting in picture distortion

in lateral areas. We have had this type of

screen in operation at our Rice Drive-In in

El Campo for the past year with highly

favorable results."

The new drive-in, as yet unnamed, will

make four in the Frels circuit.

'Oklahoma!' Debut June 14

In Dallas and Houston

HOUSTON—Texans will get their first look

at "Oklahoma!" June 14 when the Todd-AO

feature opens at two Interstate Theatres

the Tower in Dallas and the local Tower.

Al Lever, the circuit's city manager here.

is supervising construction of a booth and

screen to accommodate the Todd-AO process

at the 1,100-seat Tower. The 46-foot screen

will be the largest in the city.

Fourteen performances a week are scheduled

for "Oklahoma!" w'ith seats costing between

SI.50 and S2. The Variety Boys' Club

will be recipients of opening night's receipts.

The second Todd-AO pictiu-e to be shown

here will be "Around the World in 80 Days,"

now being filmed. This is expected to be

followed by "The Cardinal" and "South


The UA picture, "Witness for the Prosecution,"

is the film version of Agatha Christie's

stage success.

G. E. Ortmans to Be Guests

Of Hollywood Studios

HENNESSEY, OKLA.--Mr. and Mrs. G. E

Ortman. operators of the Ortman Theatre

liere, left Monday (7) for Hollywood. In recounition

of Mrs. Ortman's motion picture

publicity work as "Carrie the Ca.shier" they

were to be special guests of the publicity

departments of Warner Bras, and RKO studios

during their Hollywood stay. While there

they expect to see the filming of some .scenes,

visit the cartoon department and have luncheon

at the studio restaurants. They plan to

attend a premiere and to -see the new Cinerama

production, "Seven Wonders of the


The following week they will visit Mrs. Ortman's

brother, Orville von Gulker, and fam-

at Downey and her sister, Mrs. Max Rum-


baugh, and family at Arcadia. Gaylord Ortman,

who has been in the Navy Hospital at

Bremerton, Wash., expects to return to his

ship in San Diego by the middle of May and

will visit with his parents at the home of his

grandparents. Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Ortman, in

Santa Monica.

Paul Covey Dies: 29 Years

In Oklahoma Theatres

LAVERNE. OKLA.—Paul Covey, operator of

the local theatre for many years, died at his

home here recently. He was 60 years old.

Covey was born at Lawrence, Kas., and he

served overseas in France during World War


He brought his family to Laverne in June.

1927, and opened the Laverne Theatre. Later

he operated a theatre in Waynoka for three

years and in Beaver for five years. In 1939

the family returned here to operate the theatre

and have lived in Laverne since. For the

past few years. Covey also operated a por-

Two Family Nights a Week

HENRIETTA, TEX. — Claude Thorp has

opened the Rietta, local outdoor theatre, on

a fulltime schedule for the spring and summer

season. Wednesday and Thursday nights

each week will be family nights, when a full

carload will be admitted for 75 cents.

Earl Snyder Elected

UTO Board Chairman

OKLAHOMA CITY '1 lie beard ul directors

of United Theatre Owners of Oklahoma,

Monday (7) elected

Earl Snyder Tulsa


as chairman of the

board to fill the unexpired

term of Ed

Thorne, who resigned

recently after leaving

the Cooper Foundation

Theatres in Oklahoma

City. Snyder is owner

of the Apache Drlve-

In, Tulsa.

Also at Monday's

meeting, the board

Earl Snyder considered the possibility

of holding its July monthly meeting in

Tulsa. Snyder was appointed chairman of a

committee to check possibility of a Tulsa


Board members were given a final report

on the annual convention held earlier this

year. E. R. "Red" Slocum, UTOO executive

director, informed the board that the convention

was a financial success. Slocum also

gave details on correspondence betw-een himself

and Interstate Theatre circuit on availability

of motion pictures at Army camps. In

a third report he told of contacts made w'ith

various legislators and officials regarding

theatre admission tax reduction.

Present at Monday's board meeting w^ere

Dick Thompson, Claude Motley, Harold

Combes and Robert Busch, Oklahoma City:

Ray Hughes, Heavener, and Mrs. Hughes;

Paul Stonum, Anadarko; Bill Slepka,

Okemah; Johnny Jones, Shawnee: H. D. Cox.

Binger; Volney Hamm, Lawton: Henry Simp-

trait studio.

son, Bristow: Allen Dean. Ardmore: Earl

Surviving are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. O. Snyder, Tulsa: Bernard McKenna, Norman:

J. LeFevers of Oklahoma City, a son Robert Seibert Worley, Shamrock, Tex.: Molly

Laverne and two grandchildren.

Goerke. Canton: Avis Waldron Holman, Lindsay:


Juanita Miller, Turley, and Dick Grumpier.


"Two Worlds' to Paul Henreid

"Two Worlds," a screenplay by Paul Richard

Shelton, has been purchased by Paul


J. B. "Jack" Underwood, southwest division manager for Columbia,

and Men Witcher. Dallas manager, recently hosted a

barbecue shrimp and fixin's party for buyers and bookers of the

circuits and independent groups at Dallas. Here are several snapshots

taken at the party. Left photo, left to right r Glenn McClain,

J. G. Long Theatres; H. G. Ferguson, Downs Drive-In, Grand

BOXOFFICE May 12, 1956 sw

Prairie; Inderwood: H. S. Ferguson, Downs Drive-In; Leon .Abrahams,

Long Theatres. Center: M. Godwin. Superior Booking Service;

Ted Lewis; Tim Stamps, Blankenship Theatres; Mat Dowling.

Adrian Upchurch and Debbs Reynolds. Right: Underwood and

Witcher, standing, and seated are Conrad Brady and A. D. Deason,

Interstate, and Vem Gregg, Texas Consolidated,

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