. . "Madame
. . Exchanges
. . Jack
. . Nat
. . The
l^orris Leiko, RKO distikt manaRer, ended
26 years affiliation with the company
and moved to New York as sales representative
for Paramount in charge of "The Ten
Commandments" and "War and Peace." He'll
be comins back, however, when a date is set
for the farewell testimonial dinner now being
iu-ranged . . . Robert Bial heads the new
Arkay Sign Studio, successor to Luthi Sign
& Display Co.. 614 Film Bldg. Matt Bial, a
brother, is head of the art department .
The film exchange employes Local B-5 will
hold a benefit drawing June 6 for an RCA
radio clock, an RCA table radio, a GE mixer
and Universal electric coffee percolator. All
Local B-5 members are accepting contributions.
Robert Yodice, 44, onetime assistant manager
at Loew's State, and In recent years
manager of a chain of parking lots, died
last week. He is survived by his wife and
four children . Wolf is home from
Texas, where he looked over his theatre interests
and visited relatives . . . Arthur Marchand,
assistant to P. L. Tanner, head of Film
Transit Co.. and his wife are vacationing
in Lake Worth. Fla. . . . "Diabolique" was
in its fifth week at the Heights Art Theatre.
Barbara Salzman has resigned as bookeroffice
manager at IFE. Until her successor
is named. Florence Friedman Harris, who
held that post until her marriage, is holding
down the fort for District Manager Mark
Goldman . Butterfly," made in
Japan, has a first run local booking at the
Heights Art Theatre this month . . . Danny
Rosenthal, UA manager, was called to New
York by the illness of his mother . . . Wedding
bells rang April 29 for Paula Stutz, one
of the twin daughters of E. J. Stutz, managing
director of the Circle Theatre. Paula
became the bride of Lawrence Lilbiger.
Betty Kaplan, secretary to MGM manager
Jack Sogg, won a bowling "Oscar" for rolling
the most pins over average for all
women's leagues at the Trianon Bowling Alley
in March . have been notified
that the Grafton in Grafton will close May
15. after which it will be dismantled . . .
Also closing is the Palace in Continental .
Bert Schoonmaker of the World Theatre, Toledo,
is a gi'andpa. John jr. was born to the
wife of Bert's son.
Larry Kunz, local salesman for American
Seating Co., died. Prior to moving his offices
to Brookpart road, he occupied space in the
National Theatre Supply Co. storeroom on
Payne avenue. He left his wife, a son, who is
attending Case Institute of Technology, and
a daughter .
his Hippodrome will play "The Man Who
Knew Too Much," the second Paramoiuit
picture ever to play there. Paramount pictures
usually play the Loew theatres.
Columbia Pictures was excited over the
May 9 world premiere of "Autumn Leaves"
SIGNS KENTUCKY TAX REPEALER—A. B. 'Happy" Chandler, governor of
Kentucky, signing the repeal of the Kentucky state amusement tax covering theatre
admissions up to and including 50 cents. Witnessing the signing are, left to right:
Russ Brown, Trail and Mills theatres, Morehcad; Jim Denton, Majestic, Owingsville;
Johnny Smith, South Williamson; Jim Atteberry, Grand, Frankfort; Bob Cox, Schine
district manager, Lexington, and Gene Lutes, Chakeres Theatres Kentucky manager
and chairman of the Kentucky theatre tax repeal
at the Allen Theatre, with Cliff Robertson
here for the event H. MacManus
testimonial dinner 14 at Rasso's restaurant,
105th and Euclid avenue,
to be an industry milestone in.sofar as attendance
is concerned. MacManus has left
Cooperative Theatres of Ohio, where he was
assistant to President Milton A. Mooney, to
manage the Starlite, Telegraph and Parkside
Drive-ins in Toledo.
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CLEVELAND—Spring opening of the Peai'l
Road Drive-In. located at 7591 Pearl Road,
took place Friday i4) under an arrangement
between the present owners and two newcomers
in the local theatre field who will operate
it with an option to purchase it at close
of the present season.
The new operators are Fi-ank Schiessl and
Alfred H. Homeier. said to be interested in
motels in Florida.
The Pearl Road Drive-In, with a 725-car
capacity, was built last year by local interests.
It is the newest outdoor theatre in the
Greater Cleveland area. Under the new
arrangement, just announced by Jerome
Friedlander, attorney who handled the tr-ansaction,
all buying and booking will be done by
Milton A. Mooney's Cooperative Theatres of
Ohio. Opening double feature program wa-s
"The Last Hunt" with Robert Taylor and
"Square Jungle" with Tony Curtis.
The former operators of the theatre do
not participate in its operation in any way.
according to Friedlander. James J. Barton,
owner of the land on which the theatre is
built, confirmed that he has leased it to the
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