Boxoffice-February.26.1973

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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.

Sherman Bamette, special representative

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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.

FORT WORTH

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

Nolan, 2.

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

between rows.

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

scene.

"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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