L L A S
Johnson of Hamilton advised Filmrow
exchanges that he is taking over operation
of the American Theatre and Bonham
Drive-In, both in Bonham, effective
Wednesday (28). Johnson now owns and
operates the Texan Theatre in Hamilton.
He plans to move to Bonham and have a
manager at the Hamilton Texan.
Funeral services were held here Saturday
(17) for True T. Thompson of 823 North
Ewing, a partner with the late Ed Wilson
in the Dallas Harlem and State theatres
from the 1920s to the 1950s. Thompson, a
native of Hastings. Neb., resided in Dallas
more than 60 years. Active in the original
Dallas Little Theatre, he was a veteran of
World War I.
Those industry readers who haven't yet
obtained a Dallas Filmrow directory may
obtain one at the office of Ind-Ex Booking
Office, 609-A 500 South Ervay. There is no
charge for the directories and they are quite
helpful—so feel free to ask for one. Many
Dallas industryites picked up free copies of
the directory at the WOMPI booth at the
NATO of Texas Show-in-the-Round trade
show during TEXPO 73.
Should any member of the film industry
need an electric hospital bed or a pair of
crutches, have them or a friend or relative
get in touch with Juanita White of the Ind-
Ex Booking Service. WOMPIs have these
two items available as a service to the industry
and WOMPI president Juanita White
will be glad to supply the equipment.
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from World Wide Pictures which is releasing
Billy Graham Crusade's film "Time to
Run," came in to make personal appearances
at Dallas theatres showing the movie.
The multiple run began Wednesday (14)
and continued through Thursday (22). Barbara
Siegel, Randall Carver and Joan Winmill
of the cast also came here for press
and TV interviews and Miss Winmill spoke
to some of the parent groups in the area.
The picture received a warm reception in
Dallas and attendance was good.
Qayle Hunnicutt of British film stardom
returned to her native city and during
her stay here she visited her former school.
Texas Christian University. There she spoke
to the students on how one gets from school
to the professional side of acting. Her former
speech teacher at TCU, the one who
worked so hard to help Gayle lose her
Te.xas accent, was supposed to be in the
audience. According to Perry Stewart of the
Fort Worth Star Telegram, "there's no
doubt that the tutoring was successful. Miss
Hunnicutt sounds about as much like Fort
Worth as Vanessa Redgrave." The actress
was accompanied by her parents Colonel
and Mrs. S. L. Hunnicutt and by her son
The past year was a busy one for Miss
Hunnicutt. She finished a pair of BBC films
in London and another picture in France.
Then there was "Scorpio," filmed in Washington,
D.C., and back to London for a
Roddy McDowall thriller. The latest project
is "Voice" in which she and her husband
David Himming both appear.
The Seventh Street Theatre in Fort
Worth has been completely remodeled and
patrons have been quick and generous in
expressing their pleasure—especially with
the new seating arrangement on the downstairs
level. It provides much more legroom
and comfort with the greater separation
don of the Fort Worth Press, taking note of
McMurtry's citations, said that "a New Isis
Theatre" has been "at this same North
Main Street address since 1913. The first
Isis was built there that year by the late
L. C. Tidball, one of Fort Worth's pioneer
showmen." In 1936 Tidball rebuilt, enlarged
and modernized the theatre but the name
and location remained unchanged. "When
L. A. Tidball died in 1966. ownership of
the New Isis was passed to son Philip C.
Tidball. In 1970, Philip Tidball sold the Isis
to Harold Griffith, the theatre's present
owner," Gordon continued, before discussing
how the New Isis got its unusual name.
"When the senior Tidball prepared to
open the original Isis in 1913." Gordon
wrote in his Press column, "he looked
through a book which listed the names of
every theatre in New York. Tidball had to
have a name that hadn't been grabbed by
other movie houses in Fort Worth, such as
the Orpheum, Rex, Egyptian. Then his eye
fell on the name Isis in the New York
theatre directory. He had never seen or
heard that name before. He named his Fort
Worth theatre the New Isis." So after 60
years, the name still sticks.
Sam Bronston's Comeback
Headquarters in Dallas
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"The Spanish extras were impossible to
handle wtih him around. We'd spend days
trying to get a simple shot, and then Jeffrey
would walk out on a mountain in those
robes and all the extras would fall to their
knees. They actually believed he was Christ.
A difficult load for a man to shoulder."
And so, after seven years, transplanted
Texas Samuel Bronston is off for Madrid
and another movie. The movies have
changed—vastly—in the past seven years.
But you won't be seeing Isabella in a nude
"Never, never, never in my films," he
said. "Some things don't change. Samuel
Bronston makes entertainment for families."
Stockton Thompson Is New
Brown Cinemas Manager
R. L. Woodall, manager of the Palace ORANGE, TEX.—Stockton Thompson,
Theatre, dislocated a shoulder when he a former supervisor of theatres in the Sabine-Neches
area, is the new manager of the
slipped on popcorn butter and fell hard.
Brown Cinema I and Brown Cinema 11. a
The New Isis, 2403 North Main, was recently opened Orange complex.
cited by Larry McMurtry, author of "The Thompson takes over from John Weldon,
Last Picture Show," in the Monday (5) who had managed the two units since they
issue of the New York Magazine, as one of were opened. Weldon left exhibition to enter
his favorite theatres, along with the Yale on another field of business in Houston.
Washington Avenue in Houston. Jack Gor- Thompson entered the film industry 33
years ago and formerly was supervisor of
theatres in the Orange. Port Arthur and
Beaumont area for Jefferson Amusement
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Most recently he had been with a Beaumont
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