Cleveland Theatre Union Burns Headquarters Mortgage
More than 304 Local 160 members, their wives and friends attended the dinner
dance celebrating the burning of the mortgage on the headquarters building in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND — Some 380 members of
lATSE Local 160, their wives and friends,
aathered in the Hollenden Hotel here recently
for a dinner dance to celebrate the burning
of the mortgage on their headquarters building
at 1866 East 25th St.
Among those who came for the event and
were introduced by Perry L. Carter, business
manager who acted as master of ceremonies,
were International President Richard
Walsh, International Secretary-Treasurer
Harland Holmden and John Schiff of Akron,
who is vice-president of the eighth district
of which Cleveland is a member.
Also present at this gala affair which
started at midnight and ended at the break
of dawn were prominent leaders in the labor
movement and sister locals from Cleveland
and surrounding cities.
A notable fact was the attendance of many
e.xhibitors representing the independent chain
and outdoor theatres of this area. Among
those introduced by the emcee were Frank
Murphy, Loew's Theatre division manager:
Dick Wright, district manager for the Stanley
Warner theatres; Max Mink, manager of
the Palace; Jack Silverthorne, manager of
the Hippodrome; Louis Weitz, executive secretary
of the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhibitors
Ass'n; Joseph Rembrandt, James
Kalafat, Ted Vermes, Howard Reif, representing
the independent theatres, and Ben
Hirschberg and Alan Shaw representing the
As a prelude to the main business at hand
—burning of the mortgage—Carter, whose
efforts made the affair po.ssible, wa.s given
a diamond studded gold life membership
card in Local 160.
The party started on the stroke of midnight
with cocktails in the lounge adjoining
the hotel ballroom, where an elaborate dinner
was served. International President Richard
Walsh and International Secretary-
Treasurer Harland Holmden complimented
Local 160 for its accomplishments. Then followed
the actual burning of the mortgage,
with Carter holding the mortgage and Walsh
and Holmden applying the matches. This
ceremony was accompanied by a toast with
champagne. Dancing followed.
Local 160 is one of the very few locals in
the country that has its own building. Prior
to starting construction in 1949, the local
occupied space in the Hippodrome building.
This new building, valued at about $85,000,
is equipped with facilities for all membership
activities including, in addition to busine.ss
offices, a spacious recreation area with card
room, pool tables and a TV set. The building
committee that devised the plans and
supervised construction consisted of Carter,
Mike Saw-do and Ed Levy.
Carter, who in 1952 succeeded Harland
Holmden as business manager, has been a
Local 160 member since 1916. He did not become
active in the affairs of the local, however,
until 1946 when he wa,s appointed a mem-
Burning the mortgage on the Local
160 building in Cleveland are, left to
right: Richard Walsh, I.\TSE president;
Perry L. Carter, Local 160 business manager,
and Harland Holmden, lATSE secretary-treasurer.
ber of the board of directors. Then, in 1950
he was elected president, and since 1952
has been business manager of the local,
w'hich numbers approximately 237 members.
This number has been fairly constant
through the years in spite of the fluctuating
theatre conditions. Opening of drive-ins, it
is said, has compensated for the closing of
hardtop theatres In this area.
Local 160 received congratulations from
many sister locals for its Initiative in erecting
its own building and for clearing it of all encumbrances
within a period of seven years.
National Carbon Triumphs
In Cleveland Bowling
CLEVELAND—Last week was the 24th and
last week of the local bowling season for foiuteams
that played under the banner of the
Moving Pictuie Operators Union, Local 160.
First place winner was the National Carbon
team, made up of Earl Gehringer, Bob
Bullock, Carl Lucht and Harry Lee.
Oliver Theatre Supply Co. was runnerup.
Local 160 was third, National Theatre Supply
Because of the working schedules of the
projectionists, there will be no end of the
season banquet this year. Neither will there
be a championship playoff with the Detroit
Nightingales, as in previous years.
Cynthiana Midway Opens
CYNTHIANA. KY.—The Midway, outdoor
theatre four miles south of town, has been
open for business the past several weekends,
planning to start its regular schedule as soon
as weather permits.
Albany Man Buys Tenn. Theatre
ALBANY, KY.—B. C. Byers, local businessman,
recently bought the Ray Cooper Theatre
in Byrdstown, Tenn. At the same time,
he sold his property in Monticello, Ky., to
Cast Toppers in 'She-Creature'
Set for top roles in "The She-Creature."
Golden State production, were Tom Conwa
and Cathy Downs.
Opens New Kentucky Airer
SOUTH SHORE. KY.—Formal opening of
the new Blue Grass Drive-In was held Friday
night (41. W. B. Hannah, who operates
a local indoor theatre, is the owner. National
Theatre Supply Co. equipped the drive-in.
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