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Boxoffice-November.28.1966

HARTFORD Tuhn Perakos,

HARTFORD Tuhn Perakos, assistant general manager Pcrakos Theatre Associates, and Marilyn Potter of New Britain have announced their engagement. A December 29 The Perakos de ceremony is planned . . . luxe Cinema One. East Hartford, has put a 50-ccnt Wednesday matinee policy into effect on an experimental basis. The theatre, a first run. was recently remodeled at a cost of $150,000. Franklin E. Ferguson, president. Art Theatre Corp., has named Jean Barilc. an industry newcomer, as manager of the ATC- Joseph Shulman operated Plaza in Windsor. .She succeeds Audrey Rushon. who elected to stay with Lockwood & Gordon, previous lessee. Mrs. Rushon. at the moment, is assigned to house staff of the L&G first-run Cine Webb. Special Christmas NEW YEAR'S EVE 1327 S. WABASH Av CHICAGO, ILL 60605 SHOW TRAILERS WE MAKE 'EM "BETTER" AND "QUICKER" More Than 7,000 Paying For WHCT-TV Programs HARIhORD—This counir\'s sole onthe-air subscription television experiment has increased subscriptions a whopping 21 per cent since last February. Keigler E. Flake, general manager of the RKO General owned-and-opcratcd WHCT- TV (Channel 18). disclosed that his .STV rosier has zoomed past the 7.00()-mark and is still climbing. STV program content, in the main, is comprised of motion pictures, both vintage and current, the latter, with few exceptions, booked some days after their melropolilan Hartford theatrical premieres. Would Abolish Meter Fee To Boost Downtown Trade NORWICH. CONN. -Stanley Israclilc. executive vice-president of the Norwich Chamber of Commerce, has urged abolishment of downtown parking meter fees as well as charges for municipal lots, as a firm move to bolster downtown trade. Israelite's move follows the city council's 7-IO-2 vote against a $50,000 funding for establishment of another municipal parking Idi on I'ranklin street. 'Verdi' in Newrton Comer NHWTON CORNl-R. MASS.—The Paramount brought back an opera film. "Verdi." at .$2.50 top admission. 2 Awards Committees Named by Academy Frcm VVcitcrn Edition HOLLYWOOD— Members of tuo Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards committees have been named b\ Arthur Freed, Academy president. The Documentary Awards committee consists of Norman Corwin. chairman; Joseph Anscn, True Boardman, Ray Douglas Bradbury. McClure Capps, Syd Cassyd. Hal Elias. Sy Gomberg. Lou Greenspan. Marsha Hunt, Jack Kinney, Werner Klemperer. Steven Mario. Richard Meyer, Walter Reisch. Frances Richardson, Leo S. Rosencians. Geoffrey M. Shurlock, Sidney P. St)low. Harry tstle, Robert M. W. Vogel and Adrian Woolery. Foreign-language Film Award committee members are Robert M. W. Vogel. chairman; Edgar Preston Ames. Louis Blaine. Macdonald Carey. Rudi A. Fehr, Ely Levy. Roy C. Metzler. Tony Navarro, Don Prince, Carl Schaefer, Geoffrey M. Shurlock. Harry Tytle, Clarke H. Wales and Rose Goldstein Zimanich. Returning From Acapulco Festival IIARTIORD Sperie P. Pcrakos. vicepresident and general nuinager ol Perakos Theatre Associates, independent Connecticut circuit, and his wife Nikki will return Monday (28) from the .Acapulco International Film Festival. 1 Join the Widening Circle Send in your reports to BOXOFFICE on response of patrons to pictures you show. Be one of the many who report to— THE EXHIBITOR HAS HIS SAY A Widely Read Weekly Feature of Special Interest Address your lelfers to Editor. 'Exhibitor Has His Say," 825 Van Brunt Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. G4124 BOXOFFICE Al-woys in the Forefront With the New^s NE-4 BOXOFFICE :: November 28, 1966

I I men! , censor Politics Feared in Quebec 3ensor Board Appointment MONIKI M A iicu nicmhcr h.is hccn named lo ihc Quebcv; Motion Piciurv; Censors Board, and this brought cries in the hiovic industry of pohlieal "favoritism" ami V:xpression of fears that possibly all the gains made in the recent years as far as censorship of fihns is concerned may be endan- 'gered. Yves Gabias. provincial secretary in the newly elected Quebec government headed by Daniel Johnson, confirmed nomination of Levis l.orrain to the board of censors ful- 'lowing recommendation to the cabinet by the secretary of the province. In making the announcement. Gabias admitted neither the board's president or its members 'were consulted concerning the appointment. In the previous administration since the .reform of the censor board, nominations of [new members were made on the recommenidalion of the president and the active mem- Ibers of the board. Gabias would not comon the subject although he mentioned ithat he would have a meeting with the board's president .Andre Guerin, who also I is president of L'Office du Film du Quebec. Lorrain is a brother of Romeo Lorrain. who was a minister in the former Union National cabinet of the late Maurice Duplcssi.s. He, according to the press, is an employe of a Union National Party group in Montreal. Following the official announcement, the Ass'n Professionelle des Cineastes (Ass'n of Professional Filmmakers) issued a press statement in which it said that in its task to defend the professional interests of filmmakers it is protesting "an attempt to politicize" the Quebec film industry. The association added. "We hope that the public opinion, aware of the danger represented for the future of the cinema." will bring pressure against the government "to revoke this nomination." The filmmakers also said they are waiting for the adoption of a new Movie Act, as well as the formation of a cinema center in the province. The French daily newspaper I. a Prcsse called Lorrain's nomination "astounding." and asked whither this indicated that Quebec censorship would return to "narrow, illadvised" cutting of films. Braille Institute Magazine Honors Sonny and Cher HOI n \\()()1>— .Sonny and Cher have been honored by the Braille Institute for the Blind magazine Light. The pair gave a sellout charity performance last spring at the Hollywood Bowl, the entire proceeds going lo the Institute. During their recent trip to Hurope. they also gave two charity concerts in London for the Variety Club children's fund and another in Paris for the Braille Institute and underprivileged children. They made their motion picture debut in .Steve Broidy's independent film "Good Times" which Columbia will release. Astral, Observing 20th Anniversary, Sees Need for Art-Theatre Increase IDRON IX)— .-Vslial Films. Ltd.. the onl> wholly owned Canadian motion picture distributing company, is observing its 20th anniversary. Its success is a tribute to the foresight of the late I. H. "Izzy" Allen and to the men who followed in his footsteps, including Jerry .Solway. general manager; Martin Boehner. a.ssistant general manager, and Willi.im Moreland, head of publicity and promotion. In 1946. Allen quit as a special Eastern Canadian representative for Eagle-Lion Films of Canada lo set up his own company in a small store in the Dundas Square district of Toronto, where the Twinex Downtown now stands. He always was a booster of British films. As the market grew, more European films were obtained and it was soon necessary to establish a foreign films department. Granada International Films, which today is considered to be the leading importer of films in Canada. From an original staff of two— Allen and secretary-booker June Barker, who is still with the company— Astral has increased its payroll to about 30. Its headquarters are here and it has branches in Montreal. Winnipeg. Calgary, Vancouver and Saint John. Recently, a product division to its Montreal branch was established. Branch managers are Bill Rod. Toronto; Lcn Heberman. Montreal; Norman Simpson. Saint John; Morley Mogul. Winnipeg; Raymond Burr Is Honored Guest at B.C. Centennial NEW WESTMIN.STER. B.C. — Ra\- mond Burr was guest of honor here Thursday and Iriday (17) and (18) on the first two days of the four-day British Columbia centennial celebration held here. Also on hand were the province premier, the lieutenant governor and the lord mayor of London. England. Burr, who was born here where his parents Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Burr still live, took two days off from filming his starring role in Universal-TV's "World Premiere" segment "Ironside." part of a .series of 2-hour feature films made specifically for television. to take part in the festivities. Special Denton Edition For 'Bonnie and Clyde' DENTON, TEX.—An entire issue of the Denton Record-Chronicle will be devoted to Warner Bros.' "Bonnie and Clyde," which is being filmed in this area, based on the bankrobbing activities of the notorious pair during the 19.10s. The special issue will be mailed to leading exhibitors and key city editors to signalize the production of the picture, which stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Beatt\ is producing and Arthur Pcnn directing the film. I i.iiik Price, talgar>. and ,\be I einstcin, Vancouver. Astral, besides foreign films, also is known for its distribution of American International product. In foreign film distribution, Solway sees a need for more art houses in key centers. He sa\s, "Our distribution has increased more than 100 per cent in the company's 20-year history, and we estimate the market for foreign-language films at 35 per cent of Canada's total movie audience," He says that many good foreign films never play kc> centers like Toronto because there are not enough theatres specializing in this kind of product. "The big circuits have not recognized the need for art houses in key centers. If they don't soon, some independents will." Solway pointed out that Montreal, because of its French-language predominance, is the exception. "It has an appreciable number of theatres doing well with European product." He explained. "Toronto, on the other hand, has only one theatre—the New Yorker— maintaining a consistent, exclusive art house policy . . . The city could stand at least three more such houses. We know the potential is there." Overall, he said. Montreal is the top city market for foreign films, followed by Toronto and Vancouver. "Calgary and Edmonton have been negligible and Winnipeg hasn't the ethnic potential you might ' expect Greenfield to Construct Twin in Montreal \I()\IK1 \l Monireal and district, which this year, especially, has seen a widespread revival of openings of new theatres, will again be the scene of still another twincinema construction. The architectural firm of Eliasoph & Berkowitz. Montreal, is receiving bids until Wednesday (iO) for the construction of a twin cinema on Taschereau Boulevard at Margaret Street in Greenfield Park on the South Shore of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The Owner is Cireenfield Park Theatres Co., Ltd. Consulting structural engineers for the twin arc Shector, Barbacki, Forte & Associates and consulting mechanical engineers are Levine & Jones. Six general contractors have been invited to bid. The project will consist of structural steel, precast concrete, brick and block walls, tar and gravel roof, hot water heating, terrazzo floors. The project is estimated at $500,- 000. Irwin Dorfman Resigns 'nEw"^ YORK— Irwin Dorfman, one of the founders of Childhood Productions, has resigned as secretary-treasurer and director of the company. He said he will announce his future plans shortly. BOXOFFICE :: November 28, 1966 K-1