Boxoffice-May.12.156

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: May

iNCINNATI

^jsrilliam Rogers, exhibitor of Keystone, W.

Va., has closed his Rogers Theatre for the

•season . , . Dick Breslin, salesman for 20th-

Fox in the Dayton area, resigned effective

May 11, to become an associate of Sam Levin

in operation of drive-in theatres in Dayton

and Springfield. Breslin plans to continue to

make his home here. Levin who plans to increase

his drive-in circuit, currently is building

a new ozoner in Chicago,

Joseph H. McKnight, Kentucky salesman

for Paramount, has resigned. Jack Kirschbaum,

booker at Paramount, will handle the

Kentucky territory while Don Benning, former

ledger clerk, takes over the booking job.

Stuart Jacobson will represent Paramount

in the Columbus ten-itory, in place of James

Doyle. William A. Meier continues as local

sales manager . . . Lillian Ahern, cashier for

Paramount, was enjoying another week's

vacation.

Anna Bell Ward Olson, president of the

Somerset (Ky.i Amusement Co., returned

from a vacation in Florida and points south.

Her husband David has been undergoing

treatment in a local hospital.

Mrs. S. C. Tabor of the Dixie Theatre, Olive

Hill, Ky., received condolences on the death

of her mother . McGlone of the

RKO Palace in Columbus, and his wife report

the addition to their family of a son

named David.

Lowell Thomas of the Liberty Theatre in

Oak Hill has curtailed operations of his thea-

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tre to weekends only . . . Charles Behlen,

Kentucky circuit exhibitor, is convalescing

after an operation ... Si Stewart, a former

Filmrow booker and salesman, is still active

in show business. Stewart manages the Imperial

in Cincinnati for the Associated Theatres

circuit, with which he has been affiliated

for 12 years.

Out-of-towners seen on the Row were Clyde

McCoy, Williamson; Dorman Law, Roseville;

W. T. Cain jr., Paintsville; Jim Denton,

Owingsville; Asa Hay, Aberdeen: Han-y

Wheeler, Gallipolis; Mrs. Julia Simons,

Charleston, and Bill Powers, Pendleton.

Gustave Boudot, office manager, UA, and

his wife celebrated theii- 28th wedding anniversary

.

. . Robert J. McNabb, manager for

20th-Pox, was in New York on business . . .

Edward Salzberg, Screen Classics, drove to

Columbus, Miss., to meet his wife, who had

been visiting family there . . . James I. Doyle,

Columbus salesman for Paramount, has resigned.

He now is representing Universal in

the Columbus territory.

.

Fanny Voss, head inspector. Paramount,

celebrated her 40th anniversary with Paramount

in April Adler, auditor,

UA, left for Los Angeles. This was his last

audit in the eastern division. He will devote

his time to branches in the west . . . Fred

Robbins, who received training here for sales

work, left to take up his duties in the Detroit

UA office.

'Oklahoma!' Remains

Detroit Bright Spot

DETROIT—The general level of business

continued to drop, with unfavorable weather

as the only apparent reason. "Oklahoma!"

in its tenth week continued to lead.

(Average Is 100)

Adams I'll Cry Tomorrow (MGM), 8th wk 85

Broadway Capitol The Come-On (AA); Crashing

Los Vegos

Fox—Hilda Crone

(AA) 80

(20th-Fox), Swamp Women

(Wooiner) 100

1 Madison Picnic 20

(Col), 8th wk

1 Michigan The Swan (MGM), 2nd wk 00

Palms Comanche (UA); Monfish UA) 100

United Artists Oklahoma! (Magna), 10th wk. .

. 1 50

Upsurging Cincinnati Reds

Draw A'way Theatre Trade

CINCINNATI—Business continued at a low

ebb at both downtown and neighborhood runs.

The Cincinnati Reds have been playing good

baseball and heightened interest in their

games has kept potential film patrons either

at the ball park or near their TV or radio sets.

Albee—Anything Goes (Paro) 1 25

Grand—The Killer Is Loose (UA); Timetoble (UA). 90

Keiths The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

(20th-Fox), 3rd wk 105

Palace—On the Threshold of Space (20th-Fox) . . 95

'Cockleshell' in Cleveland

Grosses 115 Per Cent

CLEVELAND—-Cockleshell Heroes" was

the best boxoffice attraction of the week in

the first run area, with "Jubal" running a

close second. Other takes were just fair. Bad

weather with rain almost daily hit boxoffices

generally. Bad weather usually helps indoor

theatres at this time of the year, but this year

is an exception. Business generally, is reportedly

down from a comparable time last

year.

Allen Cockleshell Heroes (Col) 115

Hippodrome Jubal (Col) 05

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Shall Lower Mall The Sea Not Have Them (UA). 80

Ohio Dance, Little Lady (Trans Lux), 5 days. ... 00

1

Palace— The World in My Corner (U-l); The Kettles

in the Oiorks (U-l) 80

Stotc—The Swon (MGM), 2nd wk 70

Stillman—The Scarlet Hour (Para), 5 days 80

COLUMBUS

The Birth of a Nation," D. W. Griffith's si-

lent screen masterpiece, was booked by

Charles Sugarman for the Indianola art

house. The film was banned by the Ohio

censor board some 40 years ago and has not

had a public showing in Ohio in four decades

Edward McGlone of the

Palace was host to the annual cooking school

held at the theatre . "The Wedding

in Monaco" has been booked to play

on the single-feature bill headed by "Alexander

the Great" at Loew's Ohio starting

May 16.

Manager Walter Kessler of Loew's Ohio

sent miniature boxing gloves to local sports

writers with an invitation to see Columbia's

"The Harder They Fall." As a result. Earl

Flora of the Ohio State Journal and Lew

Byrer of the Columbus Citizen devoted full

columns to the Ohio feature . . . Herbert

Schloss, Columbia exploiteer, was in town for

the advance campaign on "The Harder They

Fall,"

The Empress neighborhood house has been

turned into a revival auditorium called the

United House of Prayer. "Sweet Daddy"

Grace, traveling evangelist and cult leader,

has been the attraction there.

The New Lexing:ton Theatre, formerly

owned and operated by Paul Russell of

Somerset, has been leased to the Epifano

Corp. of New Lexington. Russell will continue

to operate the Russell at Somerset.

Ralph G. Pollock, United Artists representative

here in advance of "Comanche" at Loew's

Broad, is campaigning to have the U. S.

Treasury recoin Indian head pennies. Pollock

and Manager Robert Sokol arranged for

Mayor M. E. Sensenbrenner to sign the petition

which is sponsored by the White Buffalo

Council of Denver, Colo., representing all

Indian tribes in the U. S. The Indian head

penny has not been minted in the last 20

years.

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12, 1956

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