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|3iTi I'ollock, projectionist at the Capitol, is
going into the oil burning business with
liis son . . . Alfred Perry, president of Empire-
Universal Films, was here to confer with his
new manager, Charlie Backus . Myers,
Odeon relief manager, was hospitalized with
a heart attack.
Frank Fisher, vice-president of Odeon Theatres,
before leaving for the east after a tenday
visit, reported an overall increase in theatre
business in western Canada in spite of
TV and bingo competition ... A local
executive said the theatre business is
being held together with soft drinks, popcorn
and candy sales . . . From a local paper:
"It's getting so that every time Grace Kelly
and her prince blow their noses, the U. S.
press sends up rockets and, Canadians, we're
wearying of it all." P. S. "The Swan"
was a disappointment on ite first showing
A bingo game held in Victoria grossed $18,000,
with thousands turned away. The theatres
were really hurt . teenage "leather
windbreaker crowd" are giving local movies
plenty of grief, especially at night performances
. theatre operations are in
full .swing in British Columbia and Alberta,
with business reported on the slow side.
George Combes, shipper at JARO, resigned
to join the Canadian Air Force ... A film
exchange manager was trying to sell an
exhibitor with the following talk about an
oldie: "You should get this picture for your
house. It's not too old and really stupendous."
The exhibitor said, "Are you kidding?
It's so old I saw it on TV last night and so
bad my wife turned it off and went to bed."
Gerry Alderson of Creston, who is
a drive-in at Penticton, was arrested by
RCMP and taken back to Creston, charged
with theft of tools which were recovered by
police on the site of the new ozoner .
Dorothy Prat was elected president of the
Vancouver Film Council. Other officers are
James D. Patterson and Ernest Gross, vicepresidents;
Daniel Muir, secretary . . . Winnifred
Renworth, 46, well known organist
in theatre and radio ciixles, died . . . 'With
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theatre business on the slow side, an exhibitor
said the cashiers along theatre rowhere
are catching up on their pulp magazine
reading while trying to sell tickets at the
same time. This looks bad, he said, as does
seeing ushers gossiping with the cashiers in
the boxoffice instead of being on the floor
where they belong.
Preliminaries to choose a Miss Canada 1956
will be held the last week in May at the
Vogue Theatre. Announcement that the Vancouver
theatre is playing host to the Miss
Canada pageant this year was made by Manager
Al Jenkins of the Vogue. First prize,
which can be won by a Vancouver girl, is a
screen test with the Rank film organization,
an all-expense trip to England, a $1,000
scholarship and a second trip to Atlantic City
for the Miss America contest. A crosscountry
trip to visit all Odeon theatres will
follow the Atlantic City trip. The Miss
Canada contest will be held in all Rank
houses across Canada.
Many theatres In the suburban areas have
increased grosses by enlarging or building
parking lots. A theatre executive said this
trend indicated that many of the now closed
theatres had lost business because of their
locations in crowded neighborhoods where
no parking areas were available . . Bill
Myers jr., local projectionist, joined the staff
of Trans-Canada Films and will work in
the studio, which is now making TV films for
Courtesy pays, but sometimes a little
rudene.ss gets a good effect, too. A Fi'aser
Valley drive-in theatreman recently proved
it. While he was running a Sunday night
sponsored show, a dog-fight (honest!) slowed
up refreshment service halfway through the
break and patrons who had been served
began honking. Striding to the mike, the
manager, already nettled by the fracas in
the stand, reminded the honkers that Sunday
evening shows were allowed only because
all services were donated, that there had been
an unforeseen delay in serving other hungry
and thirsty patrons and that disturbances
might result in the Sunday shows being shut
down by tolerant authorities. Warming to his
task, he reminded the noisemakers who had
already been served, that the show would
continue as quickly as possible and "if you
want these Sunday evening shows to continue
—then shut up!" P. S.: They did!
William Robinson, booker at UCA has returned
to duty after being on sick leave for
three weeks Atkinson, manager of
Astral Alliance Films, said the double
action program, "Day the World Ended" and
"Phantom From 10,000 Leagues," will open
at the Princess here on June 8.
To Narrate TV Series
MONTREAL—Associated Screen News has
signed Danny Gallivan to narrate its forthcoming
television series of films, entitled
"This Week in Sports." Gallivan is particularly
known for his radio and television coverage
of hockey as well as a sportscaster.
"This Week in Sports" a sports action newsreel,
is a 15-minute roundup of the week's
major international activities in the world of
sports, including top Canadian events.
75 Per Cent of Films
Okayed in Ontario
TORONTO—Chauman O. J. Silverthorne
of the Ontario censor board, in his annual
report to Provincial Treasurer Dana Porter,
pointed out that 75 per cent of all featurelength
pictures had been approved "without
deletions or classification."
English-language features in standard
width during the fiscal period had the following
sources: United States, 305; Great Britain,
57; India and Israel, one each. Foreignlanguage
films were as follows; Italy, 76;
West Gei-many, 23; France and Soviet Russia,
eight each; Czechoslovakia and Mexico,
two each, and Poland and Sweden, one each.
The total was 485, with the number from the
United States stationary, but those from
Great Britain showing a slight drop.
Silverthorne said that 23 per cent of the
485 featiu'es were in languages other than
English. Those from the USSR, Poland and
Czechoslovakia had "nationalistic and cultural
content," but without offensive tones,
"Once again there was almost a complete
absence of family-type entertainment so
prominent a few year's ago," the censor chief
asserted. "The cuirent taste of the motion
picture producer on this continent, who appeals
to the adult mind, is responsible for the
increa.se in the number of films being treated
and classified. On occasion, sex was presented
in an offensively candid manner, and
brute force and violence, emphasized by the
vividness of color, required restriction.
"The lack of family fare ... is to be regretted,"
Silverthorne continued. "The absence
of the unpretentious homey-type of film
with constructive moral and social values,
once important economically to the producer,
has brought hardship to the smaUer operator
in rm-al and urban situations alike."
Silverthorne said: "This department believes
that the motion picture occupies an all-important
place in communications and that
the screen art can function and exercise its
responsibilities without resort to sex, cruelty
and sadism, resulting in dangerous social
Buzz Blondell Is Manager
NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.—Walter "Buzz"
Blondell, a native of Winnipeg, has been appointed
manager of the Capitol Theatre on
Queen street. Blondell succeeds the late
Robert C. Harvey. The new manager comes
to this city from Brantford, where he was
manager of the Odeon Theatre. He has been
in the theatre business tor 21 years and
worked for some years in Toronto and Sarnia
before moving to Brantford. A veteran of
World War II, he served for some time with
Film 'Oedipus Rex'
TORONTO—The Audio Pictures studio at
310 Lakeshore Rd. is making a screen version
of "Oedipus Rex," the ancient tragedy
by Sophocles, which was featured last summer
in the Shakespearean Festival at Stratford,
Ont. The director of the pictui'e is
Tyi'one Guthr-ie, who was the producer at
Stratford. Ai-thui- Gottlieb is president of