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AUGUST 29, 1977

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE EDITION

Including the Sectional News Pages of All Editions

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"Another fascinating accomplishment by an

extraordmarv' actress who remains as unique,

fresh, and excitmg as ever!"

GEORGE CUKOR

"Real family entertainment that will brine

the magic of Katharine Hepburn to the children

of today."

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Produced and Directed by

Richard A. Colla

Screenplay by Eugene Peine

Story by Maria L deOssio, Richard A. Colla and Eugene Poinc

Original Score by Bob Alcivar

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HE NATIONAL FILM WEEKLY

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Al till- NSS iiuttii g ill New York Cilj arc, slaiidinj;, lett lo right: Kaiid>

Gulbranson. Los Angeles: Roy Woodall. Dallas; Robert Hirshberg. Boston; Norman

Robbins, executive vice-president of NSS; Craig Hyland, Seattle; Frank Bruins, Los

Angeles, and John Swarts jr., executive administrator, sales and marketing for

NSS, New York. Seated, left to right are: Sue Foreman, Philadelphia; Barbara

Bullis, Chicago; Jan Taylor, Atlanta; Debbie Richeson, Kansas City, and Terry

Peavlev, Cincinnati.

NEW YORK—National Screen Service

recently called all its Paramount Pictures

account representatives to New York for a

tw/o-day meeting to give the staffers a

chance to meet each other, as well as the

executives of NSS and Paramoimt Pictures.

The conclave also afforded the opportunity

to restate the importance, in this joint pilot

project, both companies place on their roles

as distribution's "eyes and ears" at the point

of sale.

The greatest concern, beyond getting

trailers to theatres as quickly as possible are

methods for insuring their usage. Account

representatives spend a large percentage of

their time telephoning individual theatre

managers at night to determine if the right

trailer has been received and that it is being

used.

Other ideas are being discussed and a

new communications system, AutEx, has

been installed to assist in the process of

tracking trailers and keeping tabs on inventories.

'Search for Joseph Tully'

On 20th-Fox 78 Slate

NEW YORK—"The Search for Joseph

Tully" has been set for 1978 production by

20th Century-Fox by producers Ronald

Shedlo and Marion Rosenberg, according to

Jay Kanter. sen'or vice-president, worldwide

production. Gary A. Sherman will

adapt the screenplay from William S. Hallahan's

novel, which is due for fall paperback

release with a $ 1 00,000 campaign by

Avon book publishers. Gabe Katzka will be

executive producer of the film.

Co-producer Rosenberg previously was

the vice-president in charge of creative affairs

for British Lion prior to its merger

with EMI. His partner Shedlo will be making

his first feature film since heading the

TV division of Albert S. Ruddy's company.

'Screen Play' by Glasser

Has Opened in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES—"Screen Play," a new

play by former tradepress reporter Barry

Glasser, opened Saturday (27) at the Cast

Theatre in Hollywood after several previews.

The show focuses on the stormy

friendship of four young movie critics and

two would-be actresses who meet once a

week in the basement of an old Manhattan

apartment building to watch old movies

and to play trivia. Performances will be

Thursdays through Sundays.

Glasser once worked for the trade publications

Motion Picture Daily, Motion Picture

Herald and the Independent Film Journal.

The cast of the Prom Productions presentation,

as directed by Mark Rosin, includes

six young actors who have appeared

on the stage, in films and on TV. They are:

Jed Mills, soon to be seen in Joan Rivers"

film comedy "Rabbit Test"; Cynthia Hoppenfeld.

recently seen in "A Star Is Born";

Renny Temple, to be seen in MGM's "Stingray":

Ken Lerner, who plays Rocco on

TV's "Happy Days" show and can be seen

in the film "Grand Theft Auto"; Marsha

Meyers, a member of the War Babies improvisational

comedy troupe at the Cast

Theatre along with Hills and Temple; and

Gary Weber, an Actors Studio member

who played in the hit film "Joe."

Glasser also is co-author of the upcoming

Brut Productions feature "Body Work."

held over for long runs in Canada. Two of

the latest situations are the Imperial Theatre

in Toronto, where the film has played

26 days, and Loews in Montreal, 19 days.

With an accumulative gross of $58,603 for

the two houses, the runs are continuing.

David Forbes to Rastar

As Head of Marketing

HOLLYWOOD — David M. Forbes resigned

as director of marketing for Rastar

Pictures, effective Monday (29). Forbes has

moved into Rastar headquarters at the Burbank

Studios to begin work on three current

productions.

First on the list of anticipated releases

is Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl," a romantic

comedy starring Richard Dreyfuss

and Marsha Mason. Others are "Casey's

Shadow," starring Walter Matthau in the

Ray Stark-Martin Ritt production of a comedy-drama

about quarter-horse racing, and

Neil Simon's "The Cheap Detective," starring

Peter Falk.

Forbes also will follow through on "Smokey

and the Bandit," produced by Mort

Engelberg for Universal. Forbes started in

show business ten years ago when he became

manager of the Cooper Theatre in

Omaha. For two years he was MGM's field

man in Detroit and transferred to the company's

headquarters in Culver City where

he became assistant

national advertising coordinator.

He joined 20th-Fox in 1974 as director

of special projects and eventually became

director of marketing services.

Marvin Goldman to Speak

At TONE Closing Banquet

NEW YORK—NATO president Marvin

Goldman, continuing his close liaison with

the membership, will be attending the 15th

annual convention of the Theatre Owners of

New England to be held at Treadway,

Samoset Resort Golf and Racquet Club,

Rockport, Me.. Monday (29) through

Wednesday (31). The exhibitors will meet

in conjunction with the Northeast regional

group of the National Ass'n of Concessionaires.

During informal sessions with the exhibitors,

Goldman, accompanied by Joseph G.

Alterman, executive director and vice-president,

will give an updated report on recent

national NATO activities and discuss issues

of vital importance affecting TONE and

other regional associations.

Goldman will deliver his formal address

at the closing banquet Wednesday evening

(31).

Key City Playdates Set

For 'Pardon Mon Affair'

BURBANK—"Pardon Mon Affair." latest

souffle of a French-language comedy

from Paris distributed by First Artists, is

reporting excellent boxoffice grosses in engagemeiits

in New York City, San Francisco,

Minneapolis, Chicago and Washing-

'Moreau' Scores in Canada ton, D.C. The film will have its Los Angeles

BEVERLY HILLS—American International's

"The Island of Dr. Moreau" is being Beverly Hills and it is set to open in early

premiere September 28 at the Music Hall in

September at the Guild 54th Street in Seattle,

as well as in Boston.

"Pardon Mon Affair" stars Jean Rochefort,

Claude Brasseur, Guy Bedos, Victor

Lanoux, Daniele Delorme and Anny Duperey.

BOXOFFICE :: Augus;t 29, 1977


August 29, 1977


: -ahandisePlan

S^naraling Interest

NEW YORK—National Screen Service

executives reported Friday (19) that ongoing

negotiations with Columbia. Warner

Bros.. Paramount and Buena Vista regarding

national sale and distribution of "Movie

Shirts" to theatres are proceeding with great

enthusiasm.

is

Interest in

this new merchandising project

high, based on the outstanding reaction of

theatres around the country to NSS" initial

offer of "Movie Shirts" on "Star Wars" atul

"New York. New York." "The Deep" and

such superstar personalities as Farrah Fawcetl-Majors

and Sylvester Stallone.

Sales have been "gratifying beyond our

highest hopes." Stewart Harnell. NSS general

sales manager, stated. "What's more,

each week more and more circuits are coming

into our fold since we've proved that

we have the merchandise and can deliver."

In addition to the successful "Movie

Shirt" campaign. NSS has entered into a

special promotion campaign with Paramount

Pictures on its Christmas release "Saturday

Night Fever." starring John Travolta, which

will inaugurate the sale of one-sheet posters

as well as "Movie Shirts" in theatre lobbies.

This unique merchandising offer includes an

onscreen promotional trailer which will be

free to exhibitors with every sizable quantity

purchase of the posters.

The most recent development resulting

from NSS' push into the merchandisingthrough-theatres

campaign is a rush of interest

by large manufacturers of novelty

accessories, who now are bidding for NSS

distribution of their new products.

Columbia Announces Sept.

Opening for 'Deerfield'

NEW YORK.—"Bobby Deerfield," Columbia

Pictures' romantic drama starring

Al Pacino and Marthe Keller, will have its

world-premiere engagement at both the

Coronet and the Baronet theatres in New

York Thursday. September 29. a dual opening

unprecedented in the history of the two

theatres.

A benefit premiere will be held the previous

evening, September 28. at the Coronet,

followed by a supper-party at the new

restaurant, Jim McMullen's. Proceeds for

the benefit will to go the Lenox Hill Hospital.

Hospital benefit chairman is Mrs.

Donald S. Stralem.

Produced and directed by Sydney Pollack.

"Bobby Deerfield" also stars Anny

Diipercy. The screenplay is by Alvin Sargent

and the score by Dave Grusin. John

Foreman is executive producer.

TEXPO 78 Dates Are Set

DALLAS—TEXPO '78, the annual

NATO of Texas convention, will be held

Jan. 31 -Feb. L 1978, in the Fairmont Hotel,

Dallas. The Texas NATO board of dir'ors

also voted recently to stage TEXPO

•he new Hyatt Reucncv Hotel in

29-31. 1979.

BUS STOP—Three shapely girls-

Carol Weinstein, Sandy Schwartz and

Pam Knapp—along with producer-director

Bert I. Gordon and a giant ant,

wait for a bus in Beverly Hills, Calif.,

to take them to a picnic. Actually, the

eight-foot-tall, ten-foot-long "nionster'^

with mandibles and stinger tail

was all part of promoting a new film

in which ants grow into ferocious creatures

after feeding on atomic waste.

The picture? "Empire of the Ants,"

from American International Pictures,

starring Joan Collins. The "ant" is

Michael Kahn, a UCLA student. The

feature opened Wednesday (24) in the

Southern California area.

'Children of Rage' Opens

In Florida September 30

NEW YORK—"Children of Rage." set

in the Middle East in the aftermath of the

Six-Day War, will open September 30 at

the Varsity Theatre in Tampa. Fla., in the

first playdate of many across the country

planned by Coliseum Films, Ltd.

The film also is scheduled to open October

12 at the Quad Cinema in New York

and October 14 at the Omni Theatre in

Miami. Subsequent dates will be announced

shortly by Coliseum for Washington. D.C..

Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and

other cities.

"Children of Rage" is the story of an

Israeli doctor who seeks to establish a personal

line of communication with the leaders

of the Palestinian movement. The film

has been screened for delegates at the United

Nations, members of the diplomatic

corps in Washington and the Senate Foreign

Relations Committee.

20th-Fox Film Retitled

NEW YORK—"Damnation Alley" is the

final title of the film previously titled "Survival

Run." Directed by Jack Smight. "Damnation

Alley" stars Jan-Michael Vincent.

George Peppard. Dominique Sanda and

Paul Winfield. The feature was produced

by Jerome M. Zeitman and Paul Maslansky.

with Hal Roberts and Bobby Roberts

as executive producers. The picture will

open in New York during the fall season.

Prudhomme Is a New

Production Source

NEW YORK— Prudhomme Productions,

an independent production company, has

been formed with offices in New York and

Los Angeles. Gil Gerard is the president,

Joel Goldstein the secretary-treasurer and

Ed Mann the vice-president of creative

affairs. The company recently completed its

first project. "Hooch."

Starring Gerard and directed by Mann.

"Hooch" was written by Mann with

Goldstein as executive producer. The

comedy about three mobsters who attempt

to take over a North Carolina moonshine

operation was shot in Shelby. N.C. It is now

in F>ost-production editing and will go into

general release this fall.

Prudhomme will be engaged principally

in the production of films for TV and theatrical

release. The company is now acquiring

several properties to comprise its production

agenda over the next year.

Weiss Is Leaving Rastar

For Post at Martin Poll

HOLLYWOOD—Nathan Weiss will resign

as vice-president in charge of advertising

and publicity at Rastar September 9

to join Martin Poll Productions as executive

director of creative affairs, heading the company's

distribution, marketing and promotion

activities.

Weiss will take over his new duties September

12 and will continue his present separate

position as publicity coordinator on

the Herbert Ross film "The Turning Point,"

for 20th Century-Fox.

Before joining Rastar, Weiss was production-publicity

director for MGM in Europe

and before that he was publicity manager

of 20th-Fox when the home office was in

New York.

Poll formed his company last month with

Saul Steinberg with plans to concentrate

on major motion pictures and exceptional

TV events. Poll has announced that he has

signed Farrah Fawcett-Majors to make her

movie debut in "Somebody Killed Her Husband."

a romantic mystery-comedy written

by Reginald Rose.

Monarch Acquires Rights

To 'Emanuelle in Bangkok'

NEW YORK—Allan Shacklcton, president

of Monarch Releasing Corp.. has announced

the acquisition of "Emanuelle in

Bangkok." starring Laura Gemser, for release

October 19. The continuing story of

Emanuelle's quest for happiness and her exploits

throughout the world, the picture was

filmed in Thailand, Casablanca and in exotic

Far East locations.

"Emanuelle in Bangkok" is one of five

new releases which Monarch is presenting

for the fall. Others are: "The Naked Peacock,"

"The Tiger From Hong Kong," "My

Secret Garden," starring Jamie Gillis and

Jennifer Welles, and "Star Pilots," starring

Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell.

BOXOFFICE :: August 29. 1977


Commonwealth Has Higher

Third-Quarter Earnings

KANSAS CITY—Commonwealth Theatres"

quarterly dividend rate was increased

by the board of directors to 10 cents, up

from 7'2 cents, for payment September 30

to holders of record September 21, it was

announced by Richard H. Orear. chairman

of the board, and Douglas J.

Lightner, president.

Theatre operations in the third f'scal

quarter ended June 28 resulted in net income

of $371,151, up from $293,424 in the

same period last year. Other income reported

dropped from $110,886 in 1976 to $35,-

943, resulting in total earnings of $407,994

for the quarter, as compared with $404,310

year ago.

a

Theatre operations for the nine months

amounted to $596,471, while the 1975 ninemonth-period

figure was $639,077. Accounting

for the lower income was a drop

in income from sales of land and other

assets—$42,606 for the current nine-month

report period, as against $125,004 year a

ago.

Third fiscal quarter operating revenues

were $9,231,228, compared to $8,500,329

in 1976. The nine-month revenues of $22.-

151.250 compared with $20,448,054.

Per-share earnings for the quarter were

38 cents, against 32 cents last year: for the

nine-month period, 47 cents, compared to

58 cents in 1976.

The improved third quarter was attributed

to the excellent boxoffice results achieved

with such motion pictures as "The

Deep,"" "A Bridge Too Far,"" "Herbie Goes

to Monte Carlo," "Exorcist II: the Heretic,""

"The Rescuers'" and "Smokey and the Bandit."

Commonwealth's newly constructed Coronado

4 theatres in Albuquerque opened for

business as scheduled June 15 and the new

C'nema Twin in Lawrence, Kas., is targeted

to begin operations during October

1977. The circuit May 24 completed a lease

on a twin to be constructed in the Southgate

Shopping Center in Liberal, Kas., to

complement an existing hardtop and ozoner

in that community. Negotiations are continuing

for the lease

of other shopping center

hardtops in Roswell, N.M.: Rapid City.

S.D., and Casper, Wyo.

Benji Is Set for Two TV

Network Specials in 78

NEW YORK—Canine star Benji will be

featured in two major specials on the ABC-

TV Network in the 1978 season, it was announced

by Edwin T. Vane, vice-president

and national program director of ABC Entertainment.

The first special, "The Phenomenon

of Benji," is scheduled to air in

the first quarter of 1978. The second telecast

will be shown as a Christmas special in

December 1978,

Joe Camp, creator of Benji and the president

of Mulberry .Square Productions, said

that all previous TV offers had been rejected

until "we could achieve the best possible

exposure in the proper mood with the

right spirit."' The specials will be produced

by Mulberry Square.

Augu 29, 1977

Coca-Cola Co,

Completes Voluntary

Probe Into 'Questionable Payments

All ANIA— Ihe Coca-Cola C\\ Wedncsda)'

(10) announced the completion of a

nine-month investigation of questionable

payments or practices which confirmed that

approximately $1,300,000 was involved.

This is the same amount disclosed by the

company April I, 1977, when the investigation

had been under way six months.

The investigation was conducted voluntarily

under the general guidance of the

finance committee of the company's board

of directors and carried out by Arnold &

Porter, a Washington, D. C, law firm. Its

purpose was to determine the extent to

which the company or its divisions and

majority-owned subsidiaries were involved

in questionable payments or practices from

Jan. 1. 1971, to completion of the investigation.

Improper Payments Small

In filing a current report on Form S-K

with the Securities & Exchange Commission,

the company stated that the Arnold &

Porter report showed that

"neither improper

payments nor improper business practices

are normal and accepted business practice

within the company." Additionally, the

Arnold & Porter report said that "the transactions

found to be illegal or improper were

small both individually and in the aggregate

and were not material in relation to the

company's overall operations."

J. Paul Austin, chairman of the board,

said, "We have reviewed the Arnold &

Porter findings and it is the belief of company

management that employees involved

in these illegal or improper transactions

were acting in a manner which they felt

was in the best interest of the company.

The report revealed no evidence that present

employees of the company received personal

gain by any of the illegal or improper

pavmcnts or practices."

Austin added, "One former employee at

a low-level position in an overseas subsidiary

may have gained personallv but the

amoimt involved was minor."

Involved 20 Countries

The approximately $1,300,000 in illegal

or improper payments or practices were

made by the company, its divisions and majority-owned

subsid'aries in 20 countries

from Jan. 1, 1971, to completion of the

investigation, a period of six and a half

years during which the company reported

revenues of more than $14,000,000,000

from operations in 135 countries.

Most of the payments were made outside

of the U.S. to government officials and employees,

political candidates and parties,

as well as union officials in connection with

applications for governmental approvals

(approximately $60,000); political contributions

(approximately $140,000); approvals

of price increases (approximately $380,-

000); tax and other legal disputes (approximately

$95,000); termination of employees

(approximately $98,000); cflorts to obtain

favorable business treatment and goodwill

(approximately $165,000); efforts to expedite

routine governmental matters in foreign

countries, including customs clearances,

where such facilitating payments are customary

(approximately $145,000), and other

miscellaneous matters.

During the period under investigation,

approximately $14,500 of illegal or improper

payments were made in connection with

the operations and activities of the company

and its divisions and subsidiaries in the

U.S. Of that amount, approximately $8,000

was expended for improper U.S. political

contributions. At least $50 of the $8,000 of

political contributions was contributed illegally

to a candidate for federal office.

Some of the other political contributions

included in the $8,000 also may have been

illegal. Others were included in the Arnold

& Porter report because they were inaccurately

recorded on the books of the company's

subsid'aries. Arnold & Porter was

able to identify only 25 recipients of about

$2,200 of the political contributions and

was unable to identify recipients of the remain-ng

$5,800 of such contributions. The

largest single contribution identified was

approximately $500.

Largest Pa.vment Was $6,500

The remaining $6,500 was disbursed in

the U.S. by an outside consultant who advised

the company that he had used the

mon'es for improper payments to three

low-level government employees in connection

with matters involving customs clearances

and municipal approvals. The largest

single payment included in the $6,500 was

$4,000.

None of the illegal or improper political

contributions investigated was found to

have been made by the company to

candidates

for Ihe U.S. presidency, the report

said.

"The illegal or improper payments and

practices have been terminated," Austin declared,

"with the exception of individually

small expediting payments made in those

foreign countries where such payments are

customary, which will be properly recorded."

Kane's 'French Quarter'

Distribution by Crown

HOLLYWOOD — Crown International

Pictures" president Mark Tenser has announced

the company"s acquisition of

worldwide distribution rights to "French

Quarter."' produced and directed by Dennis

Kane.

The story of Storyvillc at the turn of the

century was filmed on location in New

Orleans and stars Bruce Davison. Virginia

Mayo, Lindsay Bloom, .Ann Michelle,

Lance Legault, Vernel Bagneris and introduces

Alisha Fontaine.



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Bm 1

iiig Planning

Masii-Markel Films

By JOHN COCCHI

NEW YORK—When yoifre only 22 and

you ve produced and directed a hard-core

adult film, where do you go from there? In

Bill Lustig"s case, you progress to massmarket

features. New York-based, Lustig

made "The Violation of Claudia" when he

was just 21. having worked his way up from

an apprentice film editor to the man who

calls all the shots. Associated with several

sexploitation films, including the R-rated

version of Peter Savage's current "Sylvia."

Lustig was able to raise money for his own

project.

Quality Features Charted

Now. by his own admission, he wants to

do "legitimate, respectable and commercial

films with mass appeal." Lustig plans to

produce quality features for under a halfmillion

dollars each, such as New World or

American International can do. With the

budgets on most X movies, one learns to

control costs and Lustig will apply this

abilitv to his init'al ventures. "Fear City"

and "Slay Ride."

A contemporary thriller to be made with

an R in mind, "Fear City" is to be directed

by Armand Weston from his own screenplay.

A close friend of Lustig. who will

produce for his own Caliber Films, Weston

is the writer and director of such films as

"Expose Mc Lovely" and "Defiance" and

also is anxious to get out of the "adult"

field. Filming is slated for New York locations

in the late fall and half the production

money already has been raised. Lustig may

g:t the balance from the eventual distributor,

be it a major or an independent.

•Violence

But Not Gore'

Violence—but not gore— is the main ingred'ent

of "Fear City." which also will be


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Philip D. Pinder Elected

To Bahamas Parliament

NASSAU. N.P.. BAHAMAS—Elected in

•he July 19 ceneral elections to the Bahamas

House of Parliament

was Philip

Donald Pinder. He is

a director of Sunshine

Theatres. Ltd.. the

urgest theatre circuit

in the Bahamas.

Pinder. .^9 and a

Ireshman. is the governing

Progressive

(PLP)


Liberal Party

representative for the

I>. Pinder Delaporte constituency,

Philip

one of the western districts of

New

Providence.

The director of Sunshine Theatres is one

of 29 PLP representatives.

Crown Announces Sales Up

50 Per Cent Due to 'Van'

HOLLYWOOD — The

'Crownmanship

•77 Sales Drive'" has hit the halfway mark

and currently is running 50 per cent over

the '76 sales drive, according to Crown International

general sales manager George

M. Josephs.

The main reason for the increased percentage.

Josephs stated, is the popularity

of "The Van." which has been setting many

boxoffice records in its summer playdates.

A total of $8,000 prize money is to be

awarded to the leaders of the 22 exchanges

serving Crown product at the end of the

drive. The No. 1 leader is now Denver,

with Los Angeles in second place, Minneapolis

third and San Francisco/ Seattle placing

fourth, according to tabulations of July

29.

Farrah Fawcett-Majors

Signed by Martin Poll

HOI lAVVOOD — Farrah Fawcett-Majors.

who stepped out of her starring TV

"Charlie's Angels" with the announced

role in

intention of making motion pic-

tures, has been signed to star in Martin

Poll's feature "Somebody Killed Her Husband."

The actress still faces a decision on her

TV walkout as of press time. The show's

producers. Aaron Spelling and Leonard

Goldberg, maintain that she is still under

contract to them. Ms. Majors has insisted

that she never signed a long-term contract.

Poll has scheduled an October 3 start on

the picture, beginning on location in New

York City. Reginald Rose wrote the script

for the romantic mystery-comedy.

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'Rocky Global Receipts

Over $124,000,000

New York—United Artists' three

Oscar-winner "Rocky" continues its

boxoffice success worldwide, having

grossed $124,607,500 in 33 nations as

of Saturday (6), according to Eric Pleskow.

United Artists president and

chief executive officer.

The Robert Chartoff/ Irwin Winkler

production won Academy Awards as

best picture and for its direction by

John Avildsen and editing by Richard

E. Halsey and Scott Conrad.

Domestic distribution alone has

grossed $100,075,000 since Nov. 21,

1976. Overseas distribution, beginning

in Italy, France and South Africa in

late March 1977, has grossed $24,-

600,000, including playdates in Japan,

England, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Australia,

Argentina, Venezuela and Finland.

Appeals Board Has Upheld

'Melting Man' R Rating

NEW YORK — The Code and Rating

Appeals Board, after a hearing Thursday

sustained the R rating given to the

film "The Incredible

(18),

Melting Man."

In an appeal brought by American International

Pictures, the board heard a

statement on behalf of "The Incredible

Melting Man" from Samuel W. Gelfman,

producer of the film.

The Code and Rating Administration was

represented by Richard D. Heffner, its

chairman.

'Annie Hall' Is Opener

At Edinburgh Festival

NEW YORK — Woody Allen's comedy

hit "Annie Hall" was selected to open the

-(1st Edinburgh Film Festival at the ABC

Theatre Sunday (21), with its regular British

engagement commencing at Edinburgh's

Cameo Theatre Sunday (28). One of the

year's outstanding critical and boxoffice

hits, the film bowed in New York April 20.

Allen and Diane Keaton star in "Annie

Hall." which was directed by Allen and

written by Allen and Marshall Brickman.

Charles H. Joffe produced the Jack Rollins-

Charles H. Joffe production, a United Artists

release.

Festival of the Americas

Will Feature 'Job Market'

ST. THOMAS, V.I.— J. Hunter Todd,

founder and president of the Festival of the

Americas, announced that the 1977 event

will feature a special "job market" to assist

film-TV firms seeking talent.

A special listing will he published during

the 1977 Virgin Islands Film Festival, to be

held November 11-20, which will list people,

experience, openings and contacts.

Ms. Peggy Crosby, festival assistant, will

coordinate the new job market, Todd said.

Comedian Groucho Marx

Dies in LA at Age 86

LOS ANGELES—Groucho Marx (born

Julius Henry) died Friday (19) at Cedars-

Sinai Medical Center. Los Angeles, at the

age of 86. The last remaining member of

the original Marx Bros, comedy team, an

which spanned the century's entertainment

world act

from vaudeville to Broadway

to Hollywood to TV. Groucho had been

hospitalized since June 22 with pneumonitis,

following extensive hip surgery earlier

this year.

The vivacious comedian's career began in

1906 when his mother Minnie got him a job

as a boy soprano. A tour with the LeRoy

Trio followed, during which he became

stranded in Denver while his voice changed.

Groucho worked his way back to New

York and by 1910 he had joined a vocal

group organized by Minnie called the Three

Nightingales. Changes in the act were frequent

on the major vaudeville circuits and

the group eventually led to the Four Marx

Bros., as Harpo. Chico and Gummo took

their places beside Groucho.

Their first film was Paramount's 1929

version of the Marx Bros.' Broadway hit

"The Cocoanuts." After a brief stint in London

playing in Charles Cochran's popular

"Vanities." the brothers returned to Hollywood

to make their string of comedy classics,

including "Monkey Business," "Horsefeathers,"

"Duck Soup," "A Night at the

Opera," "A Day at the Races" and "Room

Service." The last film to feature the Marx

Bros, together was "A Night in Casablanca."

the 1946 spoof. Groucho appeared alone in

"Copacabana" in 1947.

The author of four books—"Beds,"

"Many Happy Returns," "Groucho and

Me" and "The Groucho Letters"—Marx

also was successful in a 14-year run of

"You Bet Your Life" on NBC-TV.

He leaves his son Arthur; two daughters.

Maxine and Melinda. and brother Zeppo.

'Chicken Chronicles' Wins

PG From Appeals Board

NEW YORK—A PG rating has been

given to the film "The Chicken Chronicles"

by the Code and Rating Appeals Board.

The film previously had been rated R.

In an appeal brought by Avco Embassy

Pictures, distributor of the film, the board

heard statements on behalf of "The Chicken

Chronicles" from William Chaikin, president

of Avco Embassy Pictures, and Walter

Shenson, producer of the film.

The Code and Rating Administration was

represented by Richard D. Heffner, its

chairman.

'Schizo' Named for Award

HOLLYWOOD— -Schizo." a Niles International

release, has been nominated by

the Academy of Science-Fiction and Horror

Films as "Best Horror Film of 1977,"

according to an announcement by Dr. Donald

Reed, president of the academy. The

winning picture will be announced at the

awards ceremony to be telecast on national

TV in January 1978.

BOXOFFICE :: August 29. 1977


Paul Newman Set to Make

'Paradise' for Columbia

HOLLYWOOD—Columbia Pictures has

signed a deal with Projections Unlimited,

the George Englund-Paul Newman company,

to produce "Paradise," in which Newman

will star as a cunning and ambitious

casino executive at the center of a Las Vegas

operation.

The original story written for the screen

by David Shaber is centered on the complex

backstage of Las Vegas with its paradoxical

combination of Eastern financial

institutions and the Runyonesque men who

operate the casinos.

still

Englund, set to produce the film, has

made pictures in the past for MGM, Warner

Bros, and Universal through his independent

production company.

'Grande Bourgeoise' Sets

Record at LA's Royal

BOSTON—Toin Coleman and Mike

Rosenblatt of Boston-based Atlantic Releasing

Corp. reported that "La Grande

Bourgeoise," starring Catherine Deneuve

and Giancarlo Giannini, set a new house

record at the Royal Theatre in Los Angeles.

The gross surpassed the previous record set

by "Small Change."

"It has become obvious that this is going

to be the largest-grossing foreign film of

the year," stated Coleman, "especially when

you consider that, with a star such as

Catherine Deneuve, we are doing excellent

business outside of the normal 'art' market.

We have grossed over $100,000 in just

three weeks in Manhattan."

"La Grande Bourgeoise" soon will play

situations in San Francisco. Seattle, Portland,

Baltimore and Atlanta.

Videocassettes Available

From Modern Video Center

NEW YORK— Modern Video Center, a

division

of Modern Talking Picture Service,

has just published a new brochure of freeloan

three-fourths-inch U-Matic videocassette

programs. The programs are compatible

with U-Matic Videocassette Systems.

The brochure descibes videocassette programs

covering such diverse subjects as

sports, travel, home economics, science and

business.

The programs, presented in cooperation

with leading companies and organizations,

are available on free loan to schools, civic,

business and community groups and adult

organizations throughout the country.

Danny Thomas Presented

American Legion Award

DENVER—Danny Thomas was the

first

recipient of the American Legion's Humanitarian

Award at its national convention in

Denver Tuesday (23).

The award cited the veteran entertainer,

who spoke at the evening banquet, for his

"outstanding service to humanity" on behalf

of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

in Memphis.

CALENDARofEVENTS

S M T W T

12 3 4

5 6

7 8 9 10 n 12 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

4 5 6 7

T W T F S

AUGUST

29-31, Theatre Owners of New England and Natit

France.

9-18, Festivol of Festivols, Horbour Castle Hilton

Hotel, Toronto, Ont., Canado.

10-21, San Sebastian Film Festival, San Sebastian,

12-14, NATO of Idaho conventio

Twin Falls, Ida.

Blue

Lokes

15-18, VVOMPI Internationol convention, Hyatt Regency

Hjtel, Memphis.

Sept. 23-Oct. 9, 15th New York Film Festival, Lincoln

Center, Alice Tully Hall, New York City.

OCTOBER

3-5, Tri-Stote NATO convention, sponsored by NATO

of West Virginia, Ogelbay Park, Wheeling, W. Va.

3-7, CISCO tradeshow. Pare des Expositions de la

Porte de Versoilles, Paris, Fronce.

5-6, NATO of New Mexico convention, Albuquerque

Inn & Convention Center, Albuquerque.

16-21, Society of Motion Picture & TV Engineers convention.

Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles.

25-28, Nationol NATO convention, Fontoinebleau

Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla.

NOVEMBER

4-17, 13th Chicago International Film Festival.

11-20, Tenth annual Festival of the Americas, St.

Thomas, V.I.

15-16, Theatre Owners of lndi<

vention, Marriott Inn, lndi(

'Shrinking Woman' Charted

For Univ. by Lily Tomlin

UNIVERSAL CITY—Lily Tomlin will

produce and star in Universal's "The Incredible

Shrinking Woman." it was announced

by Ned Tanen. president of Universal

theatrical motion pictures. Jane Wagner

will write the screenplay based on "The

Incredible Shrinking Man," produced by

Universal in 1957.

This will be the first project under Ms.

Tomlin's contract with Universal, which

calls for her to produce and star in two

motion pictures over a three-year period.

Universal executive Thom Mount will

supervise the project on behalf of the company.

Stuntman Carey Loftin

Signed for 'Stingray'

ST. LOUIS—The dean of Hollywood's

car slunt drivers, Carey Loftin. has been

signed by executive producers Bill L. Bruce

and Donald R. Ham to coordinate the auto

action in producer Peter Maris" "Stingray."

starring Chris Mitchum. Sherry Jackson

and Sondra Theodore and currently filming

in St. Louis under Richard Taylor's direction.

In his 30-year career, Loftin has been

responsible for staging some of the most

spectacular car chases recorded on film.

including those in "The French Connection,"

"Bullitt" and "The Getaway."

J. Edward Shugrue Dies

Following Long Illness

NEW YORK— Private burial services

were held in Lowell, Mass., for J. Edward

Shugrue, who died Wednesday night (17)

following a long illness. He was 71 years of

age.

Born in Lowell, Shugrue was educated at

Yale University and spent his entire adult

for the Saturday Evening Post and the U. S.

Treasury Department. He also was director

of the motion picture and special events

section of the War Finance Division

of the

life in the motion picture or related industries,

producing the "Four Freedoms Show"

Treasury Department, director of public relations

and information for the American

Heritage Foundation and organized and directed

the Freedom Train activity.

Shugrue was executive director of the

Will Rogers Memorial Fund from 1951 to

1973. when he retired for health reasons.

He leaves his wife Martha: two sons, J.

Edward Shugrue and J. Christopher Shugrue.

and three sisters. Mrs. Harry Masterson

of New Haven, Conn.. Mrs. George

Davidson of Portland. Ore., and Mrs. Joseph

Rothchild. also of Portland.

The family suggests donations to the Will

Rogers Memorial Fund.

Sebastian Cabot Is Dead;

Film. Stage and TV Star

VICTORIA. B.C.—Sebastian Cabot, star

of motion pictures, stage and TV. died early

Tuesday (23) of a stroke at his home in this

Canadian city. He was 59 years old.

A native of London, England, Cabot

moved to the U.S. in 1955 with his wife

and family after a checkered career in his

homeland. Leaving school at the age of 14

to work as a helper in a garage, Cabot later

became a chef. Then, while working as a

chauffeur to British actor Frank Pettingell,

he became interested in the theatre and

joined a repertory company. His first London

stage role was in the show "A Bell for

Adano" (1945). In the U.S.. he appeared

on the New York stage in Sir John Gielgud's

"Love for Love."

Motion pictures which Cabot made in

England included "Othello," "Romeo and

Juliet," "Ivanhoe" and "The Captain's Paradise."

In America he appeared in a number

of films, among them "Kismet," "The Time

Machine" and "Seven Thieves." Additionally,

he was narrator for many films.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters

and a son.

Columbia Reports Lively

Grosses on 'You Light Up'

NEW YORK—Columbia Pictures' "You

Light Up My Life" reportedly is doing very

well in its first two opening engagements in

Seattle and Houston. The Joseph Brooks

film about a young girl's attempt to break

into the pop music industry grossed $41,134

in five days at five situations in Seattle,

In Houston, Tex., "You Light Up My

Life" opened to a three-day gross of $50,-

562 in 1 1 theatres.

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Midnight Express' Will Roll

In September for Columbia

Production is to begin in September on

"Midnight Express." a Columbia picture to

be produced by Casablanca Record and

FilmVVorks. with Alan Parker,

on locations

in Malta and Greece. Peter Guber will be

executive producer and David Puttnam will

produce. The script is by Oliver Stone .

Paramount has signed John Berry to direct

"The Bad News Bears Go to Japan." from

a screenplay by Bill Lancaster. Berry already

has begun preproduction in Japan,

with plans to begin photography September

1 . . . "Beatles 4 Ever" is the working title

for Universal's picture about six youngsters

from New Jersey and how their lives were

changed by the Beatles" first visit to America

.. . "Good Times. Bad Times." based

on the novel by James Kirkwood. will be

made by Bradley-Saslaw Productions, headed

by James Bradley and Gary Saslaw. Cliff

Robertson has been signed for the cast and

filming is set to begin in October in New

Hampshire . . . Independent producer Greg

H. Sims will begin shooting Monday (29)

on "Get It On," a youth-oriented feature

"'Figer Ten." based on a novel by William

Blankenship. will be directed by John

Frankenheimer under his exclusive contract

with Paramount Pictures. Robert

Rosen will produce the film, with a screenplay

Walt Disney

by Kenneth Ross

Productions is in preproduction stages on a

futuristic space film to be titled either

"Space Station I" or "Space Probe I." This

picture is expected to be the company's

highest-budgeted non-animation feature,

with an anticipated cost of approximately

$10,000,000. The screenplay about life in

the year 2100 is being written by Jeb Rosebrook.

Ron Miller, vice-president in charge

of production, will be the producer. Release

has been set for the summer of 1979 . . .

Silent Partners, Ltd., slated a Monday (22)

production start in Toronto on "The Silent

Partner," with stars Elliott Gould, Christopher

Plummer and Susannah York signed.

Garth H. Drabinsky is the executive producer

and Joel B. Michaels and Stephen

Young are producers. Daryl Duke is directing

the screenplay by Curtis Hanson .

The Oasis Co., headed by producer Michael

S. Laughlin, began filming .Saturday (27) in

Paris on "Paperback." an original screen-

• "iv written by British photographer David

^ l:'-v. who alsO'ts directing. In the' cast

T-'miit Berger, ?nul Morrissey and

.Vlarie Helvin .

. . Michael Gitter is planning

to make "Zelinsky's Chronicle" as a

project of Mijen Productions, which he

operates with his wife, actress Jennifer

Ashley.

Warner Bros. Has Acquired

The Thorn Birds' Rights

Warner Bros, has acquired rights to Colleen

McCullough"s novel "The Thorn

Birds." which will be produced by Edward

Lewis . . . The Movie Machine. Inc.. has

acquired "Snoop." an original screenplay

written by Jeffrey and Peter Bates . . .

Actor Peter Graves and director Jack Smight

have optioned British writer George Markstein's

new mystery novel "The Man From

Yesterday," about a CIA agent who becomes

a marked man unable to find shelter

in any country . . . Criterion Pictures of

Montreal has acquired rights to Gerald

Green's story. "Johnny Guts," and has set

Jack F. Murphy as producer, with filming

planned in Queens, N.Y. . Bros.

secured the rights to "The Bodyguard." an

original screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan

. . . Paramount has the film rights to Gene

Thompson's novel. "Lupe." a story of murder

by supernatural forces and the terror of

starring Jacqueline Kaye. with Susan Baldwin

and Gene Hamilton also signed for the witchcraft in 20th century California.

cast . . . Sandy Howard and Gabriel Katzka

have added Run Run Shaw as a third coproducer

Andrew Stevens Joins Cast

on "Meteor." on which photogra-

Of Frank Yablans' 'Fury'

news reporter covering a

Sportscaster Jim Murphy will play

national

a TV

union

phy will begin late this year with a budget Andrew Stevens has joined the cast of convention in "F.I.S.T."

expected to be approximately $11,000,000. "The Fury." which Brian De Palma is directing

for

Parslow Set as Executive

John Frankenheimer to Meg

producer Frank Yablans. Other

recent additions to the cast of "The Fury," Producer of 'I, Tom Horn'

'Tiger Ten' ior Paramount

which will be released by 20th Century- Philip L. Parslow has been signed by

Fox, are Donald O'Connor, Vivian Blaine, Steve McQueen's Solar Productions to be

Fiona Lewis, Carol Rossen, Joyce Easton, executive producer of "I. Tom Horn," First

Patric McNamara, Eleanor Mirriam, Melody

Thomas and Darryl Hannah . . . Hilary

Beane will play a high school teacher on a

computer date at a disco in Columbia Pictures'

"Thank God It's Friday." a Casablanca

Record and FilmWorks-Motown

production now being directed by Robert

Klane on location in Los Angeles. John

Friedrich is cast as a shy. sensitive college

student on the prowl for girls at a fantastic

nightclub in the contemporary comedy. Neil

Bogart is the executive producer and Rob

Cohen is the producer of "Thank God It's

Friday," an original screenplay by Barry

Armyan Bernstein and Klane . . Gianni

.

Russo has been set by producer Charles

Band to co-star in "Laser Blast." Charles

Band Productions film which started principal

photography Monday (22). Michael Rae

is directing from an original screenplav by

Frances Schachi and Frank Ray Pcrilli.

MGM Signs Nanette Ne'wman

For 'International Velvet'

British actress Nanette Newman has

joined the cast of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's

"International Velvet" in the role of Velvet

Brown, the character played as a youngster

by Elizabeth Taylor in the classic MGM

film "National Velvet." Christopher Plummer

also has been added to the cast of

"International Velvet." to be produced and

directed by Bryan Forbes from his own

screenplay. Shooting starts in Devon, England.

September 1 . . . Alexandra Hay has

been signed for "The Cop Who Played

God." a Cal-Am/ Atilla Films production

which got under way in June . . . Harry

Rhodes has been set in the role of a hospital

psychiatrist in MGM's "Coma." while

John Larch will play a hospital director.

Tom Selleck and Robin Cook will portray

patients in the picture.

Former Tarzan Jock Mahoney

Added to Cast of UA's 'End'

Jock Mahoney, a former Tarzan, has

been cast in United Artists' "The End," as

has Sam Jaffe, who will play a hospital patient

in the comedy written by Jerry Belson.

Burt Reynolds will direct; Hank Moonjean

is the executive producer . . . Jeffrey Kramer

and Dana Elcar have been cast in Universal's

"Jaws 2." with Kramer repeating

his "Jaws" role as an assistant to the police

chief and Elcar portraying a wealthy real

Kenneth McMillan

has joined the cast of Warner Bros.' "Bloodbrothers"

Ronee Blakley and Scott

. . . Glenn have been signed for "She Came to

the Valley," to be produced by Albert Band

and Frank Ray Perilli. Previously cast were

Dean Stockwell and Freddy Fender . . .

Gloria Grahame and her daughter Paulette

Howard will play mother and daughter in

"The Game," a Jack Sidney production .

Artists feature for Warner Bros. . . . Film

assignments for 20th Century-Fox's "The

Fury" include Richard H. Kline, cinematographer;

Paul Hirsch. editor; Bill Malley.

production designer; Theoni V. Aldredge.

costume designer, and Audrey Blasdel-Goddard,

set decorator .

Mordente will

be a choreographer for "The End," the

Lawrence Gordon/ Burt Reynolds production

for United Artists . . . Cydney Michals,

a registered nurse on the staff of Los Angeles'

Critical Care Services, is serving as

technical adviser on scenes in MGM's

"Coma" . Jones has been signed as

film editor on MGM's "Stingray"

Producer Euan Lloyd has selected Jack

Hildyard to be cinematographer for "The

Wild Geese." an African adventure film on

which shooting will begin October 3. John

Glen has set a supervising editor and second

unit director for the film. Andrew V. Mc-

Laglen is directing the cast which includes

Richard Burton. Roger Moore and Hardy

Kruger . Niciphor. who attended

the use Film School, has been inked by

Roger Corman to debut as a feature-film

director of New World Pictures' "Deathsport

2020," set to begin shooting in the

fall,

with David Carradine starring.

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Tor the Love of Ben/T (Mulberry Square)

Chosen June Blue Ribbon Award Winner

T IKE ITS predecessor "Benji," Mulberry Square's "For the love of Benji" was chosen

by the National Screen Council as a Blue Ribbon Award winner for June. Hxecutive

producer Joe Camp also directed and wrote the screenplay for the sequel in which

the popular canine star, now almost 18, becomes embroiled in an international oil

intrigue while visiting Greece. The original "Benji" was Blue Ribbon Award winner in

August 1974.

"For the Love of Benji" carries an

MPAA rating of G and has grossed about

225 per cent of average business in its

first-run bookings in key cities. Boxofficf

reviewed the winner in its issue of June 20.

stating in part:

"That lovable ragamuffin mutt from the

Burbank Animal Shelter is back again in

a new comedy adventure for the entire

family. Set in the cities and islands of ancient

Greece, it is a delightful, suspenseful

sequel to 'Benji." . . . Patsy Garrett, Cynthia

Smith and Allen Fiuzat continue in

the same roles as in the first film. Special

guest star is Ed Nelson . . . However,

these human beings are only supporting

players for the real star of the film, Benji.

This award-winning animal star is 'America's

most huggable hero.' . . . The familiar

music of Euel Box again enhances

the lilting quality of the story. Producer

Ben Vaughn co-authored the original story

with Joe Camp. The animal trainers again

deserve much credit for their successful

efforts . . . This picture should prove a

popular sequel and a solid hit which both

children and parents (and other adults)

will enjoy."

NSC members offered the following

comments as they registered votes "For

the Love of Benji":

Magic . . . Delightful

Even better than the original "Benji."

Josephine Thomas, Hickory Daily Record,

Hickory, N. C. . a doubt, a

real charmer for the whole family. Take

the neighborhood children.— Mrs. Harold

families, truly excellent fare these days.

Tom Hodge, Johnson City Press-Chronicle,

Johnson City, Tenn. . . . Always delightful.—Fred

Souttar, retired district

manager, Shawnee Mission, Kas.

Everyone loved "Rescuers," but I'm continuing

my loyalty to Man's Best Friend.

"Benji." Mighty fine entertainmcnti— Justin

Jacobsmeier, Dubinsky Bros. Theatres.

Sioux City, la. . . . Engaging entertainment,

done with fanciful flair.— Allen M.

Widem, syndicated columnist. West Hartford,

Conn. . . . They just couldn't resist

this pooch the second time around. Nathan

Street, WKSR Radio, Pulaski, Tenn.

... A real travelog of Greece with a

lovable little dog, with such expressive

eyes. A picture for just everyone.— Mrs.

Paul Gebhart, Cleveland WOMPI .

I'm a sucker for those eyes!— Holly D.

Spence, Lincoln Journal-Star, Lincoln,

Neb.

To me, another delightful picture for all

ages. This splendid dog. offsprirg of the

first "Benji," is equally excellent, and the

Greek scenes, authentic or not, are lovely.

— Mrs. Julie Steiner, New York City Federation

of Women's Clubs . . . Best of the

crop for the kids.—John Anthony, WITI-

TV, Milwaukee . . . Children and adults

alike must have enjoyed "For the Love of

Benji," as it is such a warm and exciting,

heartfelt movie.— Laura Ray, Indianapolis,

Ind. ... It was so wonderful seeing the

mothers and children filling the theatre.

Mrs. Henry Augustine, Sheboygan Better

Films Council, Sheboygan, Wis.

Along with many others, my famih

loves Benji. Suspense, adventure, and photography

add to the exploits of "For the

Love of Benji," certainly my first choicL\

Follow up "Benji" with "The Rescuers"

for a lot of entertainment, good entertainment.—Mrs.

C. M. Stewart, Soroptimist

L. Gee, Landmarks Council of Calif., Sacramento

. . . Mulberry Square rides again, outstanding selections of titles for this

International, Lincoln, Neb. ... Of the

with the greatest canine star of all.—Philip month, "Beau Geste" is funny but too deep

Wuntch, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, for children to comprehend: "Sinbad" is a

Tex. . . . Benji works a special magic for little too violent for the youngsters. Therefore,

"Benji" stands out as my choice to

entertain all.—Angelo J. Mangialetta,

WAGA-TV, Atlanta.

Take all the family to see "For the Love

of Benji." It is delightful, and it will make

you forget your worries.— Mrs. Shirley H.

Gunnels, GFWC, Fowler, Ind.

The Cast

Benji Himself Chandler Die/rich Ed Nelson

Mary Patsy Garrett Stelios Art Vasil

Cindy Chapman Cynthia Smith Ronald Peter Bowles

Paid ChapiiHin Allen Fiuzat Llizahcth Bridget Armstrong

Production Staff

Produced by Ben Vaughn. Animal Trainer Frank Inn

Joe Camp

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Directed and W riiten h\ Joe Camp

nirectnr of Phoiof;raph\ f i

Don R eddy

Based on a Story hy Ben Vaughn. ' 'l'>u-d in Panavision

Joe Camp Color b\ CFI

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This award is given each month by the National

Screen Council on the basis of outstanding

merit and suitability for family entertainment.

Council membership comprises motion

picture editors, radio and TV film commentators,

representatives of better films councils,

civic, educational and exhibitor organizations.

BOXOFFICE :: August 29, 1977


BOXOFFICE

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300

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This chart records the performance of current attractions in the opening week of their first runs in

cities five the 20 key checked. Pictures with fewer than engagements are not listed. As new runs

ore reported, ratings are added and averages revised. Computation is in terms of percentage in

to relation average grosses as determined by the theatre managers. With 100 per cent as average,

the figures show the gross ratings above or below that mark. (Asterisk * denotes combination bills)


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New Yorkers Enjoy

'Hard Candy' Diei

NEW YORK— It was nothing but adult

films in the first three spots as "Hard Candy"

took the lead with a huge 670 in its

debut at Rialto II. "Inside Jennifer Welles"

was deposed for the first time, coming in

second but still very big (505) in the fifth

round at the World. Third was "Heat

Wave." 380 in the first week at Rialto I.

The new Italian horror thriller "Suspiria"

earned 370 and fourth place in the opening

at the Crit.'rion. "Outrageous!", the only

other holdover from last week aside from

"Jennifer," moved down from second to

fifth spot, while still being potent with 345

in the third installment at Cinema II. A

new Giancarlo Giannini film. "The Sensual

Man" (actually made in 1973, but being released

here for the first time), placed sixth

with its 260 opening week at the newly-reopened

Little Carnegie.

On showcase, it was "Star Wars" first, of

course, followed by "Sinbad and the Eye of

the Tiger," "The Bad News Bears in Breaking

Training," "Ruby," "The Deep," "A

Bridge Too Far," "The Spy Who Loved

Me." "Greased Lightning." "Smokey and

the Bandit." "Fantastic Animation Festival"

and the Disney bill "The Arislocats"

and "The Littlest Horse Thieves."

(Average Is 100)

Baronel—Pardon Mon Afiaire (First Artists),

9th wk

Beekman—La Grande Bourgeoise

215

(Atlantic Releasing), 5th wk 210

Cinema I— I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

(New World), 6th wk 195

Cinema II Outrageous!

(Steinmann-BaxNsr/Cinema 5), 3rd wk 345

Cinema 3— Cria! (i^-n Allen), 5lh wk 180

Cinema Si -i. Slroszek (New Yorker), 115

6th wk

Criterion Suspina • Fox) 370

f Fine Arts Sandakan ppercorn-Wormser)

8

2nd wk 115

Sensual Man

Uttle Cg:t:

(Peppt- 260

New Yo-E Chac wk 95

La Grande Bourgeoise

Pcrramo:.n

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15th

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BROAD WAY

QADIO CITY MUSIC HAl.L will hold a

^

New York Pop Arts Festival September

i6-November 2. The aim is to bring varied

quality entertainment that exists in such

regional festivals as the Saratoga Festival

(New York), the Garden State Festival

(New Jersey) and the Greek Theatre (Los

Angeles) to the heart of Manhattan. This

will be the first of the series, which is to be

a semi-annual presentation, in fall and

spring, of major star attractions at the

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The program is as follows:

September 16-18. Marvin Gave. Motown

recording star; 19-20. September "Shalom

77." a multi-media program with the Official

Israeli Dance Company; September

21-22, "Yatran." marking the American

debut of the Ukrainian Dance Company;

September 23-24. Kris Kristofferson and

a blues show with B. B. King. Bobby "Blue""

Bland. Muddy Waters and Albert King, and

November 1-2. Helen Reddy. Additional

programs will be announced.

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ized by opulence and grace, read: '"Walt

Disney Productions and Buena Vista take

great pride in extending to you and your

leading lady on behalf of Miss Helen Hayes,

our leading lady, a warm welcome to 'Candleshoe."

"' The event will be held in White

Flint Mall's Movies 5. Rockville. Md.

Since the Supreme Court ruled in 197.^

that individual communities have the right

to decide what constitutes pornography, local

courts have been ruling on local standards

in connection with "pornographic matter."

Police here, as well as elsewhere, have

made numerous drives to close so-called

"adult" theatres. The results of a series of

studies, as expressed in the Post by Amitai

Elzioni, Columbia University professor, revealed

that suppression of alleged pornography

would "entail censorship far beyond the

closing of X-rated theatres. Censorship enhances

the material with the lure of forbidden

fruit. Pornography is not the cause

of prostitution or mugging and its concentration

in such places as Times Square is

largely the result of its being condemned

elsewhere.

"Were it accessible to those wanting it in

their own neighborhoods, X-rated theatres

would be sprinkled throughout the community."

Etzioni continued, "About half of

the antiporn people are intolerant, dogmatic,

arch-conservative Americans unwilling

to abide by the tenets of the Constitution."

The pres.s run of American Film, the

magazine of film and TV arts published by

the American Film Institute, for July-August

was 42,000 copies. Among the featrres

in the issue are George Weed's story on how

Buster Keaton produced "The General":

Andrew Sarris' clarification of his "auteur"

theory: a profile on director Joan Darling,

and an article titled "Considering De Palma,"

by Royal S. Brown.

Howard Smith, prodticer of "Gizmo."

while here to promote the film's world premiere

at David Levy's Key Theatre, explained:

"All successful innovations are

built on countless failed attempts." (Considerable

footage recorded the "calamitous

demonstration of some ingenious mechanical

device.") Howard continued: "I've tried

to structure the material so that audiences

who begin laughing at these people will end

up laughing with them." The Post's Gary

Arnold wrote: " "Gizmo' is an entertaining

miscellany . . . dredged up from the newsreel

libraries of the world." The Star's Tom

Dowling explained: "For parents it"s a Ci

fjarry Howar, Buena Vista branch manager,

picture in the best sense, a film that makes

through the courtesy ot Walt Dis-

the himian spirit of our oddly earthb


BUFFALO

pop music coming up: Leo Sayer plus Melissa

Manchester Wednesday (31) in the

Century Theatre: George Benson. September

s». Kleinhans Music Hall: Bob Marley plus

Garland Jeffreys September 30 in Toronto

Maple Leaf Gardens.

Magician Jay Malbroiigh of Buffalo has

been receiving extra attention from his fellow

professionals since the publication of

his book. "The Magic of the Forks Hotel."

.^s a result, he has been booked at the prestigious

Magic Castle in Hollywood, Calif.,

for a week beginning Labor Dav. September

5.

Swiss On Wry—"The Wonderful Crook,"

from Switzerland, is a gentle comedy about

a son and heir who has to turn to bank robbery

to make his late father's business pay.

It's on the highly successful foreign-film

series at the Valu-.S Cinema.

"Everything thafs good in my life I owe

to poverty— to running away from it," declared

comedian David Brenner, who did a

single show at Melody Fair Dome Sunday

Victor Danna sr., 95, who played with

the first Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

and later taught music in Buffalo schools,

died Tuesday (9) after a lengthy illness. For

a time Mr. Danna played in theatrical pits

for the silent movies, providing percussion

sound effects for rolling trains and thundering

horses. When the "talking" pictures came

around, Mr. Danna found employment in

area high schools and elementary schools as

musical director. He was a lifelong member

of Musicians' Union Local 92. His father,

Joseph, a professor of music, taught Mr.

Danna and his 1 I brothers and sisters to

play various instruments.

Dale Evan.s Rogers, the "Queen of the

Singing Cowgirls" has become the "Queen

of the Christian Evangelists" and her audiences

love her more than ever. A crowd of

more than 10,000 jammed into the Niagara

Falls Convention Center Thursday (11) to

hear her address the International Charismatic

Conference.

Pete Skoczwias, assisting manager Tony

Ragusa jr. in screen selections for the Valu-

5 complex in Cheektowaga, reports that attendance

at the summer film series has been

so good that it will be continued in the fall.

At least ten foreign and "uncommercial"

U.S. films are being lined up for the fall

months after the current scries, now featuring

the Swiss-made "The Wonderful

Crook."

Al Wright has installed in-car Cinema-

Radio at his East Twin and West Twin

drive-ins. Patrons now can tune car radios

to 1620 to pick up the sound from the

screens. It's more convenient, produces a

better sound, allows for tight windows on

chilly nights and, as it happily noted, in the

'ong run will allow for more parking, with

V- removal of the speaker poles.

The system operates off underground

cables; the sound can't be picked up much

more than 50 feet away from the cable, so

it won't jam the sound of autos passing on

Walden Avenue.

Shea's Buffalo Theater has re-appointed

Charles F. Chauncey as executive director

for another year.

"I Am a Dancer," featuring Rudolf Nureyev

and Margot Fonteyn was performed

at Shea's Buffalo Theatre Thursday (18).

"Can I Do It ... til I Need Glasses?"

was accompanied by a TV campaign at the

Valu 5 Cinema Thursday (11).

"Before the Revolution," Italian with English

subtitles, booked at the Valu 5 Cinema

(17): "Fire Sale," an Alan Arkin black

comedy Wednesday (17) at Holiday Theatre:

"March Or Die," Foreign Legion drama with

Gene Hackman at Amherst and Como Mall

Cinema Theatres (19).

Mini Reviews: Courier-Express on "For

the Love of Benji." further adventures

of a smart mutt, Tim Wendel, Friday (12);

"If it gets a little slow for you, watch the

kid in the next seat, that's where the show

is." (Three chairs). "Greased Lightning,"

Doug Smith, Friday (12): "A pleasant film

of fair-mindedness, perseverance and good

cheer." (Four chairs.)

Charles E. Funk, former general manager

of the Century Theatre here, has been appointed

general manager for Lippert Theatres

in Southern California, with headquarters

at the Americana 6 theaters in Panorama

City. The circuit has 28 screens

around town. Charlie has purchased a home

in Northridge.

Ike Ehrlichman of Frontier Amusement

Corp. and his wife Mary have returned

from a trip to Oceanside, Long Island, where

they attended the wedding of their son Richard,

to Vicki Shemin of that city and formerly

of Little Rock, Ark. After a honeymoon

to Bermuda the couple will reside in

Baltimore, where Richard will enter his

second year of Medical School at the Johns

Hopkins School of Medicine. Vicki, who

graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins

University, will attend graduate school

at the University of Maryland, working for

her master's degree.

The editor of "Big Top," the monthly

publication of Variety Club Tent 25 is Dave

Friedman, a former member of Tent 7 here

and now a producer of films in Los Ange-

Thc world famous Vienna Boys Choir

ill open their 1977 American tour with

vo performances in Shea's Uiillalo Tlicalre

in September. The event is sponsored by the

Junior Board of Buffalo General Hospital.

The "Superman" company, which earlier

received permiss'on to

film the spoof on the

flying marvel in Ontario's Niagara Falls

Park, apparently has changed its mind. Lige

Brien, press relations for Warner Bros.,

which will distribute the movie once finished,

told the News that the shoot has

been canceled.

The Marine Band, traditionally referred

"The Own," again

Toronto openings: Sammy Davis, jr., at

the O'Keefe Center. Jay Boy Adams at the

to as President's will

perform here this fall under the sponsorship El Mocambo, Joe Hall at the Groaning

of the Evening News. The date is Thursday. Board. Canadian recording groups each evening

September 29, with two concerts, a matinee

and an evening performance in Kleinhans Pavilion

in the

Theater

Canadian

at the

Recording

Canadian

Industry

National

Music Hall.

Exhibition, which opened Wednesday (17).

Singer Tom Jones held forth at the Melody

Fair Monday (15) through Saturday

(20).

Superfcst 12. the last of the 1977 summer

season concerts in Rich Stadiimi, was held

Saturday (20). Music started at noon instead

of the slated 3 p.m. Gates opened two hours

before the show. British progressive rockers

Yes headlined, with Donovan, the T. GelK

Band and Bob .Seger and the Silver Bullcl

Band.

Paul Sharits showed and discussed his experimental

film "Razor Blades" in the University

of Buffalo's Baird Hall, Amherst

Campus Monday (15). Thom Anderson

showed and discussed his documentar\'

about Muybridge Thursday (18) in Fillmore

Collegiate Center of UB's Amherst Campus.

The musical "Gypsy" with Angela Lansbury

opened Monday (22) at Melody Fair.

The death of John Spense, musical conductor

and arranger, in Los Angeles, caused

the cancellation of the Thursday night (IS)

performance of Tom Jones at Melody Fair

here. The cast flew to the West Coast for

the funeral, and returned on Friday to finish

the weekend commitment.

Robbery Suspects Arrested

After Exchange of Gunfire

PHILADELPHIA — Two robbery suspects

were captiued by State Police after

they allegedly stole $2,000 from the night

manager of the Eric Twin Concordville in

Delaware County. The two suspects took

$2,000 in cash receipts at gunpoint which

the manager was taking to his car for a

night bank deposit, police said. The Eric

Twin Concordville is linked with the locally-based

Sameric Theatres.

The robbery suspects, James W. Walker

and Robert J. Bruce, led police on a highspeed

auto chase. Police exchanged gunfire

and finally arrested the men after shooting

out a right rear tire, disabling the escape

car. A third suspect ran from the car as it

stopped and eluded a police dragnet despite

the use of search dogs. The pair were held

in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail and charged

with attempted homicide, armed robbery,

resisting arrest and other offenses. .All the

money was recovered.

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BOXOFTICE :: August 29, 1977


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NORTH JERSEY

Jack Infald, owner ;ind opcralor oi the

Franklin in Niitiey. has taken over

operation of the Lincoln Theatre in the Arlington

section of Kearny, it was announced

recently. The I.OOO-seat Lincoln, oriainally

opened in 1937 by Maurie Stahl. had been

operated since 1956 by Stanley Sobelson.

an industry veteran of over 35 years. Ben

Broski. who has managed the Lincoln since

it was acquired by Sobelson. will remain as

manager under the new ownership. Broski.

also an industry veteran, had managed numerous

area theatres prior to the Lincoln,

including the Ampers in East Orange and

the Kent and West End theatres in Newark.

Fred De Anijelis, a former manager and

district manager with Stanley Warner and

RKO-SW in the North Jersey area for the

past 25 years, recently was appointed managing

director of Loews' State I and 2 on

Broadway in New York City. Most recently

De Angelis had served as district manager

for RKO-SW in the Bergen County area,

as well as managing the Stanley Warner

Triplex in Paramus. a post he had held

since 1966. Prior to that, he had managed

SW's Regent in Elizabeth for many years.

Veteran manager Margaref Wall retired

from the industry, ending a 36 year career.

all of which had been spent with RKO

Theatres. Mrs. Wall joined RKO in 1941 a*^

assistant manager of its Proctor's in Newark,

a post which she retained until the

theatre closed in 1969. Subsequently, she

was appointed manager of RKO-SW's Sanford

in Irvington. She remained at the

Irvington house until its acquisition two

months ago by Paul Peterson.

New .Tersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, comment'ng

at the recent swearing-in ceremonies

of members to the state's first Motion

Picture and Television Development

Commission, said he had been informed

that comedian Woody Allen was interested

in making a film in New Jersey. The governor

also told reporters that the producers

of the musical "Hair" want to use sites in

New Jersey for future films. Byrne attended

the swearing-in ceremonies at the home of

Sidney Kingsley in Oakland. Kingsley. a

Pul'tzer Prize-winning playwright, is the

chairman of the commission. Sworn in were:

stage and film actress Celeste Holm, who

resides in nearby Washington Township;

Jacqueline Beusse, director of planning and

development at Caldwell College in Caldwell;

Robert G. Thomas, president of a TV

product'on company located in Bloomfield.

and Paul Peterson, owner and operator of

six film theatres in Essex and Morris counties.

The commission's objective is to bring

the production of motion pictures, as well

as TV, back to New Jersey, where motion

P'Ctures began manv years ago in Fort Lee

and West Orange.

The Colonial in Seaside Heights on the

South Jersey shore, closed since 1972. has

been reopened by Tom Carr. The 6nfl-seal

house, operated many years as a summerseason-only

theatre by Waller Reade. imtil

its closing, reopened with "Jaws." Last

\ear, Peter Firmino had reopened Seaside's

only other theatre, the Strand, which also

had been closed by Reade in 1972. In addition

to the Colonial. Carr operates several

other shore area locations in various partnerships.

May Boyd, manager of UA's Colony in

Livingston, recently returned from a oneweek

vacation spent at Point Pleasant on

the Jersey shore. Taking over for her during

her absence was relief manager John Reynolds

. . . Loews in Parsippany is offering

special "Bargain Nights" every Monday and

Tuesday, at which time all seats are reduced

to $1.99 . . . Reade's Community in Toms

River presented midnight showings of "The

Rocky Horror Picture Show" Friday and

Saturday nights for three successive weekends.

Manager John Chrisman reports that

attendance for the special performances has

increased each week.

A double bill of "Superbug, the Wild

One" plus "Superbug, Super Agent," was

shown, matinees only, for one week at

Mann's Fox in Woodbridge and Grant's

Movies in Long Branch.

Spyros Lcnas' Sliowboaf cinemas 1-2-3-4

in Edgewater recently had a gala grand

opening which fealined ribbon-cutting ceremonies

by Edgewater Mayor Francis Meehan.

Opening attractions were: "A Bridge

Too Far," "New York, New York." "Ann'c

Hall" and "The Little Girl Who Lived

Down the Lane." The Showboat cinemas

seat a total of approximately 1,400 persons,

350 per unit. Charles Santora has been appointed

manager of the new quad.

Distance Between Ginyard

And Jailyard May Be Short

PHILADELPHIA — Detectives of the

District Attorney's office arrested 35-yearold

Virgil Ginyard, aka Isaiah Ginyard,

on charges that he is trying to sell prospective

investors in the production of a motion

picture. The film, called "The Distances Between,"

he told an unknown number of

people between February and May of this

year in selling them stock, would star such

personalities as Richard Pryor, Rosalind

Cash, Billy Dee Williams and Robert Hook.

Investigators said the actors knew nothing

about the film. The show, Ginyard allegedly

promised, would be released

through Paramount Pictures and would

gross $2 million. He also allegedly promised

that for each $100 invested there would be

return "bonus" of $5,900. The stock certificates

a

bore the corporate seal of "The

National Hair and Scalp Clinic of Pennsylvania."

Ginyard also used two other corporate

names. Virgil Ginyard Productions and Elegant

Productions Inc.. it was charged. Released

on his own recognizance following

arraignment to await trial on September I.

Ciinyard is

facing charges of theft by deception

:ind \iol;Uions of ihe stale's securities

BALTIMORE

piiil Glazcr, Associated Pictures honcho,

accompanied by his wife and his son

Charles, spent a lone weekend in Ocean

City, havinc left here Saturday (13) and returned

Wednesday (17) . . . Mr. and Mrs.

Walter Gettinger, Gettinaer Enterprises

Inc.. returned from a week of business activities

in Florida. Wednesday (171,

Theodore Bikel, inlernat'onally renowned

actor and singer, whose talents encompass

stage, screen, radio and TV, will appear at

the Jewish-American Festival at the Inner

Harbor, September 3 . . . Kris Kristofferson.

film star-singer, appeared in concert with

Rita Coolidge and special guest Billy Swan,

at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia,

Wednesday (17).

To err is human, to forgive divine .

we (the regional editor) were guilty of the

former and we hope that reporter Kate

Savaae. Rita Greenfeld (not Greenfield)

and Francia Feikin (not Feikinc. ex. not

present. JF Theatres publicity head) will

exercise the latter quality in our behalL

Mca Maxima Culpa!

Lawmen, Censors in Raid

On Pair of Adult Houses

BALTIMORE—Vice squad detectives

and Maryland Censor Board inspectors hit

two adult film establishments in three days,

confiscating five films and uncovering 200

censor board seals at one theatre.

Tuesday (9) they raided the North Cinema.

East North Avenue, corralinn three

allegedly pornographic films and 200 censors

seals discovered in the projection

booth.

Franc's Pollard jr.. the state board's chief

inspector stated that the agency, which licenses

all motion pictures shown in Maryland

theatres, had not reviewed these films

which were "definitely hardcore pornography."

Pollard said the films, "China Lust." "Run

Jack Run" and "Just Like Mother," were

viewed by the detectives and inspectors before

a search and seizure warrant autho.rizing

the raid was issued. He went on to point

out that they had raided the same theatre in

April and appropr'ated three other films the

board considered as "bevond the pale." The

North is owned by a California corporation.

Three days later. Friday (12). the team of

detectives and inspectors hit the Gayety

Plaza Theatre in the 400 block of E. Baltimore

St.. picking up a pair of films that did

not have the state censor's seal, according

to

police.

Confiscated were "Pleasure Before Business"

and "Innocent Girls."

A doorman at the house, located on "the

block" also known as the city's "Great

White Way." offered his opinion that the

strike was "unjustified" and adding that after

the raid the h;udlop was closed the balance

of the da\

BOXOFFICE August 29. 1977 E-5


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. . Rudolf

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PITTSBURGH

rieoTge and Olga Elmo will observe their

sjolden

wedding anniversary September

2 in 'Miami and the "Class of 1928" of

Paramount Pictures here met at a luncheon

in the Pittsburgh Press Club Thursday (25)

to mark the occasions, their reunion plus the

Elmo anniversary. George Tice rounded up

Peg O'Connell. Phoebe Homer Gordon,

Minnie Gable Nixon. Belle Mandcl Rodin,

Rae Lefkowitz Firestone and Dave Kimmelnian.

who was Paramount branch manager,

and John Navoney was expected to be added

to the list. The "Class" was to be photographed

with a print copy delivered to the

Elmos at their affair September 2.

George Elmo. First National Pictures

aud'tor at Havana, came to this city in

1928 as Paramount branch auditor, then

became booker and later salesman. We

join with the Elmo friends here in extending

best wishes and greet the Paramount

"Class of 1928." old friends. Minnie Gable

Nixon of the Paramount clan is a classmate

of your correspondent and we plan to meet

in reunion with other surviving members of

our Wilkinsburg High School graduation

class of .5.5 years ago October 8 at Churchill

Valley Country Club.

Bob Galvin, manager of Cinema Follies

Club and the Penthouse Adult Theatre, vacationed

in Washington. D.C. CFC has

units at Atlantic City. Washington. Baltimore

and in this city . . . Amen Corner's

annual stag picnic is dated for Lovuola's

Farm. Grcentree. September 14. starting at

3 p.m. .

. . Sunday evening pro wrestling

has enjoyed a good season at St. John's

Arena. Steubenville. Ohio

Township Showcase cinemas will have a

total capacity of 3.000 in its five auditoriums

. Art Cinema gets a lot of free

publicity in the August Pittsburgher Magazine,

with a large photo of the exterior . . .

Homeowners here, as well as in Cincinnati.

Cleveland and Columbus, pay about twice

as much for electricity as those who live in

Seattle, Portland and other Pacific Northwest

cities.

The Chatham Cinema showed "And Now

My Love" . South Hills Village,

Creegan Productions' "Hooray for

Hollywood," seen in continuous showings

for several weeks, remains there through

Labor Day.

The Castelli brothers, longtime ownersoperators

of the Super 71 Twin drive-ins

near Belle Vernon, closed one of the ozoners

in mid-August, continuing the second

unit. The property vacated was being remodeled

into a McDonald's fast-food outlet.

Herb Joseph states that his parents, the

Abe Josephs, are in residence here and are

as well as could be expected at their age.

Abe. who was proprietor of the Triangle

rheatre. East Liberty, for many years, is

' The theatre was wiped away in a rede-

II program . Nureycv's

.1 Ken Russell production, is

opening earlv in October at the Squirrel

Garden offered "Sweet

.^

Hill

The 1977 "Raffle Night" at

Cakes" . . .

Variety Club Tent 1 is set for Friday. September

9. Action begins at 8 p.m.. with a

drawing at midnight for $1.500—or a Caribbean

cruise.

Area theatres have been offering "The

Deep." "Orca," "Thunder and Lightning."

"Relations." "Violation of Claudia." "The

Lords of Flatbush," "The Spy Who Loved

Me," "Stay Himgry." "Smokey and the

Bandit." "Dirty Mary Crazy Larry" and

other

films.

Minnie Silverberg, for a half-century a

leading film industry secretary-booker, died

at her Squirrel Hill apartment Monday (15).

The last of her family, her late brothers

Harris and Maurice "Red" Silverberg, were

among top film salesmen, the former being

one of the original Three Musketeers, along

with the late Harry Millstein and Abe

Schnitzer. Another brother. Minor, was a

noted baby doctor. Minnie started as a

clerk at the Universal exchange and for

most of her four decades there was secretary.

Until her retirement last year, she

had been Screen Guild secretary for another

decade. Efficient and hard working. Minnie

all held the respect of connected with

the

business.

Gibby Katz is "dying the death" at the

Sheridan Square where a second-run policy

failed to click. He sa'd he is losing $1,000

a week on his one-year lease at the East

Liberty house, the loss continuing with admissions

dropped from $3 to $1. Operator

of the downtown Palace burlesque stage and

screen theatre and the Ritz Mini on the

north side (with the same policy), Katz tried

adult movies when he took over at the

Sheridan Square. But authorities ordered

such films off the screen there, as a city

ordinance enacted last fall prohibits new

adult theatres from opening and prevents

established theatres from entering into an

adult film or stage plan. Katz may fight the

politicians in court.

William Jiidson, curator of film at the

Museum of Art, announces that Catherine

Newman is the new curatorial assistant, succeeding

Rebecca Craft, who resigned. Judson

says that the film section's monthly bulletin,

the Travel Sheet, to aid filmmakers

and exhibitors in the U.S. and abroad in arranging

screen'ng-lecture tours by independent

filmmakers, now has a European

counterpart, based in London.

Valley Cable TV's Microwave reception

facility on Crestas Terrace in North Versailles

is bringing Home Box Office pay

TV movies, special sports programs and

night club programs to most communities

east of Wilkinsburg . to the air

soon will be UHF^Channel 22. WBCP-TV,

from studios located in Wall Borough, four

miles south of the Turnpike at Monroevillc.

Showcase Cinemas at two locations here

have licensed Christmas films including

"Semi-Tough" and "The Gairntlet."

Miss Nude World (.lean Fisher. 2fi. aka

Annette Duchenc) and a male companion

were jailed here on charges of robbing a

man in an empty lot off Federal Street near

the Ritz Mini where the exotic dancer was

appearing.

Robert C. Kintz, president of Cinemette,

announces that the circuit advertising and

film department remains under the supervision

of George S. Stern, vice-president. Directors

elected Paul Simendinger as director

of advertising. Simendinger was a former

Associated Theatres house and district manager,

then served similar duties with Cinemette.

Dean Zaimes, youngest son of Tom and

Aglaia Zaimes of the Monroeville Drive-In

theatre, and Laurie Von Osinski were joined

in marriage in Holy Cross Greek Orthodox

Church, Mt. Lebanon, and will res-de

at Washington, Pa.

Nude love scenes in Nureyev's portrayal

feature . . .

of "Valentino" have pre-sold the Ken Russell

Boxoffice's full-page photo

of Henry Winkler, advertising Universal's

"Heroes" in the issue of August 1. is in

demand by fans of the Fonz.

The late Tex Ritter's son John continues

into his second season in the TV show

"Three's Company."

Quote from Doris Lilly's

Hollywood gossip

column: "At some Hollywood parties,

cocaine is being passed around instead of

dessert." . . . More and more restaurants

have installed 16mm projection equipment

for showing of oldtime silent movies, and

the bars in all directions have six-foot projected

television reception for the football

season. Some of the cafes show adult slides.

Hassan B. Mohamed, Art Cinema's longtime

good service floor manager, has been

vacationing, but will resume duties soon. He

is known as "Ruby" to thousands of theatregoers

here. In his younger years, "Ruby"

traveled the world as a circus performer.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will host a special

benefit premiere of "The Turning

Point" at Chatham Cinema November 21.

Ballerina Dagmar Kessler is in charge. The

movie will be the Christmas attraction at

the Chatham . . . Gina Martin, daughter of

Dean Martin, is a ballet member of Ice

Caoades, coming to the Civic Arena September

15-25 . Bate has completed

a quarter-century as backstage company

manager for the Civic Light Opera, starting

with CLO at Pitt Stadium, then following to

the Melody Tent, Civic Arena and in recent

years at Heinz Hall.

George Romero's locally-produced "Martin"

seems headed for an early premiere via

Cinemette here . Liberty advertised

"Bring Some My Way" . . . "Teenage Perverts"

was the Art Cinema offering, following

"My Fair Baby" and "Christy."

"Convoy Buddies" is handled here by

John Majdiak . took particular

interest in the Boxoffice Letters column

of Monday (15). from projectionist Frank

Bolkovac of the Monroe Theatre, Monroeville.

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BOXOFFICE August 29. 1977


Films, Felines. Forsythia

Fill Kathy Norman's Days

BAI.n.VIOKH—rilm^. Icliiics and lorsythia

arc fcutLircd in the busy world ol

Kathy Norman. Towson Theatre manager.

The film, in this case, is "Star Wars" which

has already been praised to death, yet draws

still more flowery oratory from Norman.

"It ("Star Wars') has been going great; it

has been terrific! Thousands of people have

come to see it. They just cat it up— they

live it! It's going marvelous. We had late

midnight shows the first two weeks, now

we are having them on Friday and Saturday

nights only." she raved.

"It's amazing." she continued "that they

still come to the midnight shows. We're

going into the ninth week and business has

only dropped 25% since opening day. Still

the volume continues to be great. For this

film we start at 1 p.m. instead of our usual

2 p.m. All ages like it—the middle aged as

well as the young and the elderly. Just

amazing."

Kathy derives a great deal of her offthe-job

pleasure from her cats and her

flowers. Tragedy struck, recently, when her

favorite feline "Blackie" was struck and

killed by a car, leaving her only "Kitty."

Anyone who has owned a pet knows that

such an accident is deeply felt.

The busy Towson hard-top manager also

finds time to work out in her garden and

she told us she "planted an informal hedge

of yellow forsythia along the sidewalk. It

makes a charming, natural fence."

Flowers, felines and film— Kathy Norman

certainly finds little time to be bored.

'Citizens Band' Scheduled

For Lincoln Center Film Fest

NFW YORK— Paramount Pictures' Citizens

Band." a Fields Co. production, has

been announced as a selection for this year's

New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

The festival, featuring new works by filmmakers

from around the world, will be the

15th to be held at Lincoln Center and will

run from September 2.'i through October 9.

Active Retiree Bringing

A Glow to Golden Agers

BAl IIMOKi; - Retired proieelionisl

Carrol Streeks and his wife do some of the

things common to most retirees— for instance,

travel. Early this month they spent

two weeks at the Ocean City Spa, staying at

the Ocean Villa on 75th Sfeet. In mid-

August they headed north for a fortnight in

Nova Scotia.

It is Carroll's other activity that sets him

apart, for it brings a glow to Golden Agers

confined to retirement centers and nursing

homes. Taking the skill and savvy he acquired

during his career, he shows 16mm

films to the senior citizens.

"In September I'll start showing films at

the homes." he said. "One is Mercy Villa,

a retired nun's home. I'll also go to the

Armacost Nursing Home and the Holly Hill

Nursing Home showing various pictiues

once a week."

He recently purchased some new motion

pictures including "Naughty Marietta,"

"Banjo on My Knee., "Road to Rio" and

"A Millionaire for Christy."

"I paid $150 for 'Naughty Marietta'." he

revealed. He also has a library of Jeanette

MacDonald classics: "Rose Marie," "Maytime"

and "Firefly," and presents his features

on the third Monday of each month,

normally.

"I'll be taking my camera along on my

Nova Scotia trip to film my vacation. I have

a Super-8." he told us prior to leaving. He

also pointed out that next month will mark

his sixth year as a member of the Green

Springs Valley Country Club.

More important, however, is his lifetime

membership in the exclusive fraternity of

people who care and do for their fellow

men.

Paul Newman will star in "Paradi

George Englund production.

PHILADELPHIA

^ajor Frank S. Rizzo officially proclaimed

National Film Day here on which

day local exhibitors and nine major film

companies contributed half their gross receipts

to the American Film Institute.

All the local TV stations pre-empted films

previously scheduled for Elvis Preslev features

during the weekend of his funeral

with one station. WCAU-TV, substituting

four Presley films in one day—one on Saturday

afternoon and three that same evening.

A teaser phone-in was set up to promot'^

the opening of "Naked Rider" at a dozen

ozoners in the area, more than half of them

linked with Budco Quality Theatres based

here.

A summer film festival of D.W. Griffith

and Cecil B. De Mille films offered without

charge at the Hoyt Library in Kingston,

Pa., starting with Griffith's "America."

starring Lionel Barrymore and Neil Hamilton.

Not getting the service

Linda Goldenberg, publicity and promotion

director for Budco Quality Theatre,

hosted two previews on successive evenings

for "You Light Up My Life" at the Top of

the Fox Screening Room.

U.S. Magistrate Edwin E. Naythons, in

U.S. District Court here, ruled in favor of

Budco Inc., and Budco Quality Theatres

Inc., as defendants in a suit brought by the

Savage Is Loose Co. The locally-based theatre

circuit was given leave to join Boasberg

and Boasberg-Goldstein, Inc., as third party

defendants and to file cross-claim against

the Savaee Is Loose.

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"Citizens Band" will be screened twice at

Alice Tully Hall, at a date to be announced

later. Except for the opening and closing

nights, which are held at Avery Fisher Hall,

all festival selections are screened at Alice

Tully Hall.

A comedy-drama about the current CB

radio phenomenon and its effects on personal

relationships, "Citizens Band" stais

Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark. Ann Wedgeworth,

Marcia Rodd. Charles Napier, Roberts

Blossom. Bruce IVlcGill and Ali.\ Elias.

Jonathan Demme directed from an original

screenplay by Paul Brinkman. the associate

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Rich liiile and ihc

-ii., Broihers appeared at Painter's Mill

Music Fair from Tuesday through Sunday

(9-14). drawing the following comments

from Cindy Powers of the News-American.

"In 1925 there were four brothers and a

guitar. They could sound like all the instruments

of the orchestra and developed a

close-harmony style that influenced generations

to come.

"Today there are only three brothers

Harry. Herbert and Donald. An orchestra

accompanies most of their songs, but they

still have the harmony that Crosby. Sills

and Nash could envy . . .

"(Rich) Little is one of the few impressionists

who can still be considered a superstar.

His current show still gives gliinpses

into his character and humor.

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. . Little is still worth seeing. His impressions

are not the ones you'll hear and

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"How many times have you seen impressions

of Jack Nicholson, Foster Brooks,

Raymond Burr and Peter Sellers?

"Not to mention the president?

"Although a few miss the mark Richard

Burton, Anthony Newley, Bing Crosby and

many others are bullseyes."

Century Circuit Offers

To Purchase Debentures

Nt;W HYDE PARK. N. Y.—Leslie R.

Schwartz, president of Century Circuit, has

announced that the company intends to

purchase up to S 1.000.000 principal amount

of its -TO-year subordinated debentures due

July 1. 1980. at a price of $950 net per

.$1,000 principal amount of such debentures.

Schwartz stated that the offer to purchase

was mailed Wednesday (24) to the holders

of such debentures. The offer will expire

Tuesday (30) unless extended.

Accrued interest will be paid by the company

to Tuesday (.10) as to all such debentures

validly tendered to and accepted by

Ih.' company prior to that date. In the event

the offer is extended, the company will pay

accrued interest from October 1 to the date

of payment.

As of Monday (1), there was $2,345,100

in aggregate principal amount of such debentures

outstanding. Holders of debentures

registered in the name of a broker or nominee

are advised to contact such broker or

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'Star Wars' Tops List

For 13ih Denver Week

DENVER— -Star Wars" remained at Ilic

pinnacle of the list for the 13th week with

grosses of 525 at the Cooper Theatre. The

newcomers to the area received a mixed

reception as "One on One" managed to

draw enough patrons to ten theatres to cam

an average of 225 while "Fire Sale" earned

a mark of 200 at the University Hills One.

However. "March or Die" finished it debut

week with 130 while "The Van" trailed

slightly beh'nd with 125.

(Average Is 100)

Cenlury 21—Rollercooster (Univ), lllh wlc i'

Centre—Suspiria (20lh-Fox), 2nd wit 1:

Cherry Creek. Villa Ilolia—The Other Side ol

Midnight (20th-Fox). 10th wk

I'f

Colorado Four—The Last Remake of Beau Geste

(Un.v), 6lh wk

1-'

Continenlal-MacArlhur (Univ), 3rd wk 2nn

Cooper— Star Wars (20th-Fox), 13th wk S."

Eight theatres—Smokey and the Bandit (Univ),

4lh wk IMi

Five theatres—March or Die (Col) 130

Four theatres—Race lor Your Lite, Charlie

Brownl (Para), 2nd wk 100

Nine theatres-The Van (SR) 125

Seven theatres— Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

(BV), 3rd wk I'O

Six theatres—The Bad News Bears in BreaWng

Training (Para), -I'h v.-k ICO

Six theatres-The Spy Who Loved Me (U.A)

Bth wk 135

Tamarac Six—New York. New York (UA)

8th wk i;'5

Ten theatres—One 225

on One (WB)

Three theatres—Final Chapter—Walking Tall

(AIP), 2nd wk 115

University Hills One—Fire Sale (20'h-rox) 200

University Hills Three. Fhck—labberwocky iSR)

4lh wk I?5

Army Helps 'MacArthur'

Opening at Regency

S.Al.l LAKE CITY — Several colorful

events and activities marked the opening of

"MacArthur" at the Regency Theatre Friday

(5), according to manager Richard Easter

and assistant manager Bill Abeyta.

Before both evening shows opening night,

the Army recruiting command presented a

color guard show with both U. S. and state

flags in addition to a filmed version of the

National Anthem.

Lobby displays were furnished by the

.Army recruiters. National Guard Univers'tv

of Utah ROTC and the Ft. Douglas

Museum Ass'n.

Military vehicles also were on display in

the parking lot. Rick Setner. information

officer for the 96th Unit, handled the arrangements

for all military displays.

Cheryl Smith in 'Laser'

HOLLYWOOD—Cheryl Smith has been

set to co-star with Gianni Russo in "Laser

Blast." feature film which will be produced

bv Charles Band Productions. Her last feature

part was in "The Choirboys." Michael

Rae will direct from an original screenplay

bv Frances Schacht and Frank Ray Perilli.

Chuck Sacci, Terri Nunn Signed

BURBANK—Chuck Sacci and Terri

Nunn have been signed for co-starring roles

in "Thank God It's Friday," a Motown-

Casablanca Record and FilmWorks production

for Columbia Pictures now being dilected

by Robert Klane on location in Holh

wood.

LIFE P.\TRON—Tom Fiiiu.). sck.ikI Iroin ri};ht, reeeiMd his lite palroii

card in Variety Clubs International from Donald I. Gillin, second from left, vicepresident

of Tent 25 in charge of the life patron program in Southern California.

Fenno is executive vice-president of Tent 25. At left is Murray Propper, president

of Tent 25, and at right. M. J. Frankovich, chairman of the charities committee

and past president of Variety Clubs International.

RKO-Stanley Warner Files

Suit in Federal Court

LOS ANGELES— RKO-Stanley Warner

Theatres, a wholly owned subsidiary of

Cinerama, Inc., Tuesday (23) filed a counterclaim

in federal court in New York

against United Artists Theatre Circuit and

various of its subsidiaries, as well as a thirdparty

complaint against Loews Corp. and

various of its subsidiaries; Century Theatres,

and a number of motion picture film

distributors. RKO-SW claimed a conspiracy

among them in violation of the antitrust

laws in the licensing and exhibition of motion

pictures in the metropolitan New York

area.

The alleged conspiracy, asserted to have

begun in 1970, consists of "refusal of the

parties to the conspiracy to permit RKO to

obtain the right to exhibition, on a first-run

basis, quality feature-length motion pictures,

unless RKO participated in certain

exhibition and theatre allocation arrangements

specified by the parties to the conspiracy.

The result of such conspiracy has

been to exclude RKO from the first-run

exhibition in the New York metropolitan

area of the most desirable motion pictures."

RKO seeks treble damages in excess of

$60,000,000 from the above theatre circuits

and from Warner Bros. Distributing Corp.,

Recent Personnel Changes

Made at Plitt Theatres

SALT LAKE CITY — Ernie Hoffman,

division) manager for Plitt Theatres' Intermountain

district, recently announced several

personnel changes, which began with

Robert Bathey, who worked in the Phoenix-

Tuscon district before moving north to his

new position as city manager for the Paramount

and Uinta theatres, Provo.

Richard Easter, who previously managed

the Paramount and Uinta theatres and also

worked for Mann Theatres in Provo before

returning to Plitt in March, is now headquartered

at the Regency Theatre.

Additional personnel changes at the Regency

included Bill Abeyta, who was appointed

assistant manager. Abeyta joined

Plitt in May as the assistant manager of the

Centre Theatre.

Grant Sorenson, former manager for

Mann Theatres in Utah and Montana who

has been working since May for Plitt as an

assistant manager at the Woodland Drive-

In under manager Ron Page, was transferred

to the Centre Theatre to work under

manaucr Calvin Ellertson.

Columbia's "Paradise" is being written

Universal Schedules Bob

Zemeckis' Beatles Story

UNIVERSAL CITY—"Beatles 4 Ever"

Universal Film Exchanges, United Artists is the working title for a Universal film

Corp. and Mctro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

project about six k-ds in New Jersey whose

lives are changed by the Beatles' first visit

Stein Goes to Far East

to .America. The film's executive producer

is Steven .Spielberg.

BEVERLY HILLS—Jules Stein, senior Shooting is scheduled to begin in early

vice-president of American International November. Bob Zemeckis will direct the

Pictures Export Corp., departed for the Far screenplay he co-wrote with Bob Gale. Tamara

Asseyev and Alex Rose are producing.

East, where he will meet with distributors in

Tokyo, Hong Kong and Manila regarding Gale is associate producer.

an extraordinarily large number of open-

for the screen by David Shaber.

BOXOFFICE :: August 29, 1977 W-1


Paramount pictures' -citizens

Band." a Fields Co. production, will be

>creened twice at the New York Film Fesaval,

to be held September 23 to October

*

Hugo Valasquez. Mexican still photographer

for United Artists" "Dog Soldiers," has

been commissioned by the Mexican government

to compile a touring exhibit of his

motion picture stills dating back to 1955,

when his first assignment was "The Tall

Man," starring Clark Gable, .lane Russell

and Robert Ryan.


l.con P. Blender, executive vice-president

in charge of sales and distribution for Amer-

starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton.

opened the Edinburgh Film Festival at the

ABC Theatre Sunda\' (21). The film began

its regular Brit'sh engagement in Edinburgh

al the Cameo Theatre Sundav (2


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Pictures for both tcature films and telemovies,

plus developing new TV series. Before

coming to Paramount, he was in production

and development for international

and domestic markets at Cinema Center.

He also has been a special projects executive

with 20th Century-Fox. an executive assistant

to the president of CBS 'Cinema

Center Films and handled special promotions

for Columbia Pictures.


The Manson Distributing Corp. has signed

an agreement to distribute "Too Hot to

Handle" in Hong Kong through Raymond

Chow's Golden Harvest Films. The feature,

a Ralph Desiderio-Don Scham production,

stars Cheri Caffaro and is released in the

U. S. through New World Productions.


Joseph C. Youngerman. for 27 years the

national executive secretary of the Directors

Guild of America, will leave that position

to become a consultant for the DGA under

a lifetime contract, with the title of national

executive secretary emeritus. He will leave

six weeks after a new contract with film

employers is signed.

*

Mrs. Phyllis Stewart, president of the

Screen Smart Set, has been presented with

a plaque for distinguished service to the

Motion Picture & Television Fund for

which the group has raised $613,000 during

the past nine years. The Screen Smart Set

was founded in 1968 by Lillian McEdwards,

mother of director Blake Edwards, and

Bettv Lou Oppenheim. mother of actress

Jill St. John.

*

"Homage to Chagall: The Colours of

Love," a feature-length film about the life

and works of painter Marc Chagall, will

premiere in I os .Angeles September 28 at

the Laemmles' Westland Twin theatres.

Sci-Fi Academy Nominates

Collins 'Best Actress'

BEVERLY HILLS— Joan Collins has

been nominated "Best Actress 1977 in a

Science-Fiction. Fantasy or Horror Film"

by the Academy of Science-Fiction. Fantasy

and Horror Films, for AIP's "Empire of

of the Ants" opens in the Los Angeles, area

Wednesday (24).

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foiii IVloyer of Luxiuv Thealics. Portland,

Ore., announced the appointment of

Ralph W. Ossood, who formerly work-d

for General Cinema Theatres, as openit'ons

manager of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Osgood will be headquartered in Portland.

"Smokey and the Bandit" opened Friday

(19) at the followina theatres: .*ith Avenue,

SeaTac 6, Bellevue Crossroads, Renton Village,

Aurora and Valley.

Current attractions are; "You Light Up

Mv Life," Lewis & Clark I, Lake City.

John Danz and Lynn 2; "One on One,"

Southcenter, Northgate and Bellevue: "Kentucky

Fried Movie," Music Box; "Herbie

Goes to Monte Carlo," Aurora, Renton

Village, Bellevue Overlake, SeaTac 6 and

Sno-King; "Star Wars," UA Cinema 150;

"The Other Side of Midnight," UA Cinema

70; "The Spy Who Loved Me," Cinerama;

"Black and White in Color," Harvard Exit;

"The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training,"

SeaTac 6, Crossroads Twin and Varsity;

"MacArthur," Coliseum: "March or

Die," Bellevue Overlake, Renton Village.

ALirora and Valley: "The Last Remake of

Beau Geste." King, and "The White Buffalo."

Bel-Kirk and Duwamish.

Stu Goldman and Joe McCann of Fun,

the Entertainment Weekly continued to visit

stud'os, observe films in production and

talk with personalities whose films are readv

for release. They visited with Ron Howard

of "Grand Theft Auto," which will open in

the area Wednesday (31), and Henry Winkler

in regard to "Heroes." They also vis'ted

with Linda Haynes who has the female lead

in "Rollins Thunder," which will be released

in October. They previously visited

with Jeff Lee, Columb'a Pictures branch

manager; Pete Latsis, publicity staffer for

American International Pictures: Jeff Reiniis,

who works in AIP's advertising department,

and Julian Meyers who works for

.MP's publxitv department. They also viewed

"Coma" in production at the MGM

studios and had a personal interview with

Ants."

director and writer Michael Crichton.

the

Ms. Collins stars in the H.G. Wells drama Members of the motion pictLire industry

as a resort developer attacked by huge mutant

extend their deep sympathy to A. B. Mc-

ants. Final voting by the Academy's Glinchey, branch manager of National

400 members will be in December. "Empire

Screen Service, on the death of his \\'if«'

Christina. Services were held Wednesday

(10) at Green's Sunset Hills ChapM in

Bellevue.

Theatre Operators. Inc.

Holds Annual Convention

BIG SKY, MONT.—Theatre Operators.

Inc.. recently held its annual managers' convention

here at which time the "Manager of

the Year" award, which is given annually

to the city manager who does the best overall

job in supervising the theatres under him.

was given to Dan Klusman. the Bozeman

city manager.

Klusman and his wife received an allexpense-paid

trip to the national NATO

convention in Miami Beach this fall. The

"Showman of the Year" award was presented

to Lanny Wagner, the city manager

in Billings. This award is given to the manager

who best promotes a number of molion

pictures during the year. Wagner and

his wife will receive an all-expense-pa'd trip

to a national convention or a film company

convention.

A cash award was given to Ron Lewis.

manager of the Ellen Theatres. Bozeman.

for the best lobby display. The "Traveling

Cleanliness" award was given to the World

Theatre. Missoula. Mont. A cash award,

which was part of the prize, went to the

theatre's janitor for excellence in maintenance.

Approximately $1,500 'n cash prizes

were given for successful efforts to increase

sales during the annual popcorn and drink

contest

promotions.

Business sessions were held on two separate

afternoons, and a grand banquet concluded

the convention. Humerous skits were

used at the business sessions to introduce

the top'cs. which included concessions,

drive-in operations, personal growth, advertising

and miscellaneous revenue.

Mornings were devot-^d to recreational

ictivities such as horseback ridina, tennis,

hiking and aolf. A family picnic and marathon

volleyball game opened the three-day

conclave.

The chairmen of the convention were

Dan Klusman. Kelvin Plumb and Ron Lewis

of Bozeman. Theatre Operators is comprised

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"yVarner Bros, screened "Greased Lightning"

for a variety of groups in order

i;i build good word-of-moulh ... In town

for a sneak of "The Goodbye Girl" were

Neil Simon and Marsha Mason. The film

was screened Friday (19) at the Norihpoint.

Marilyn Chambers is in town for interviews

promoting "Rab'd," opening here

Wednesday (31).

UATC booker Bob Lenihan took the traditional

UAT bookers" summer trek—he

did a lour of the theatres in his Monterey-

Santa Cruz territory.

KTVU-TV's Bob Wilkins. host .il th:

popular "Creature Features," greeted himdreds

of his fans in Sacramento. San Jose

and this city Saturday and Sunday (20.21)

as he hosted special screenings of "Kingdom

of the Spiders."

Paramount will be doing a test engagement

of two classic sci-fi films. "War of the

Worlds" and "When Worlds Collide." The

double bill opens Wednesday (31).

The previously announced prenverc of

Lina Wertmuller's "Night Full of Rain,"

which was to have been the San Francisco

Film Festival's opening-night film, will not

be shown. The "Evening with l.ina Wertmuller"

also has been canceled. In explanation,

Wcrlmullcr said, "Because part of the

film was made in San Francisco, 1 had hoped

to rush completion in order to show it

for the first time anywhere in that city.

Unfortunately, as the date came closer and

closer, it became obvious that the production

schedule would not permit me to finish

in time." The new opening programs have

yet to be announced.

Snoopy made an appearance at Macv's

Saturday (27) to give away passes to his

newest movie, "Race for Your Life, Charlie

Brown!" The well-known beagle also handed

out Dolly Madison cakes and showed

h's new line of accessories for the back-toschool

season.

'Deep' Sets Columbia

Record in Australia

Sydney — "The Deep" pulled In a

Columbia Pictures record one-week

total of $230,133 in seven cities in

.Australia, it was reported by Patrick

,M. WiilianiEon, executive vice-president

of Columbia Pictures International.

Leading the way was the $100,505

gathered in a six-theatre engagement

in Sydney and suburb.

Two Mar Vista Features

At Deauville Festival

LOS ANGELES—Two Mar Vista product'ons.

"The Last of the Cowboys" starring

Henry Fonda, Eileen Brennan and Susan

Sarandon, and "Dogs" starring David

McCallum, have been selected for presentation

at the Deauville, France, Film Festival,

to be held September 4-10, it was announced

by Mar Vista president Allan F.

Bodoh, who also produced the two features.

Michael Leone served as executive prodiicer.

Another Leone film, "Meanwhile, Back

at the Ranch ..." also has been chosen for

showing at the festival.

"Dogs" currently is in release, both domestic

and foreign, while "The Last of the

Cowboys" is scheduled for fall release.

Giant Ant Stalked LA

To Promote New Film

LOS ANGELES—American International

Pictures attracted extra attention to the

opening of H. G. Wells' "Empire of the

Ants" throughout the area Wednesday (24)

by turning loose an eight-fool walking ant.

Like the giant mutant ants in the drama,

this model could walk upright, and did so

in many locations. Ominous in appearance,

it was shown on TV news programs and in

newspapers.

On Sunday (21) the ant battled Radio

K-lOO's Giant Wiener at the foot of the

Venice pier.

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Jerry Bullard who operates the Sage Theatre

in Upton. Wyo., was in the area

to visit the exchanges and set playdates.

Bullard's trip to this area was twofold since

he also visited various oil production companies

on behalf of his venture Goodwell,

Inc.. an oilwell logging and perforating service

that he also operates from his headquarters

in Upton.

Former Columbia branch manager Jerry

Smith, who now operates a buying and booking

service in Salt Lake City, was in town

to renew acquaintances and to set dates for

his theatres in this area . . . Dick Klein of

the Trojan Theatre, Longmont, Colo., and

Neal Lloyd of the Westland Theatres, Colorado

Springs, were also in the area to set

dates.

Columbia Pictures branch office is in the

final stages of settling into its new quarters

in suite 1102 in the Lincoln Tower Building,

1860 Lincoln St. The new phone nimibe7

is 303-861-9048.

City Restraining Order

Blocks Theatre's Plans

HOLLYWOOD — Vincent Miranda's

Walnut Properties has acquired the Buena

Vista Theatre in Duarte but faces a restraining

order obtained by the city which

blocks, at least temporarily, plans to screen

adult films, beginning with "Deep Throat"

and "The Devil in Miss Jones."

A court hearing has been set for September

2 on the city's move to enforce its new

antipornography zoning ordinance. As a

result,

the theatre must switch to other than

X-rated films within five

days.

Lack of Amenities Causes Exodus

HARTFORD—A regional conference of

the National League of Cities was told by

New Haven Mayor Frank Logue that a

"lack of amenities" has contributed to the

mass exodus of resident taxpayers from

northeastern cities. He grouped theatres with

libraries and museums among key amenities.

"Although such amenities are the most

expensive," he said, "they pay off."

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Gala Benefit Slated

At Fox in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — A different type of

(.loLible feature" will be the atrraction at

Arthur's Fox Friday, September 2, starting

at 8 p.m., when a benefit film showing will

be accompanied by an organ concert. Slated

for unspooling is the classic motion picture

"Phantom of the Opvera," starring the

la;e, great Lon Chaney.

Stan Kann. former organist at the Fo.x.

who has been featured on network talk

shows displaying his antique household

gadgets, will provide the musical score for

the 1920s silent film playing the Fo.\ Wurlitzer

organ, which is second in size only

to the one at the Radio City Music Hall in

New York City.

The event will benefit the St. Louis and

Chain of Rocks Railroad, which operates

three miles of track along the Mississippi

River in the northern part of St. Louis

County and allows passengers to ride along

the route free the second Sunday of each

month. Proceeds from the concert will be

used to maintain and improve the railroad's

museum, which has a year-round program.

Tickets for the show are $4.50 in advance

and $5 at the door. A limited number of

benefactor tickets at $20 each are available,

providing reserved orchestra seating and an

after-the-event buffet at Stan Musial's restaurant

with a reception for Kann, who

formerly played the organ at "The Man's"

popular eatery before departing for California

where he now makes his home (it's

more convenient for Stan's TV appearances).

"The Phantom of the Opera" still is considered

by many film critics to be the greatest

horror presentation of the silent-picture

era. with the unmasking scene described as

one of the most brilliant episodes ever

photographed.

During the three-hour program, Kann

also will play favorite numbers from his

years at the Fo.x console.

Lincoln Village Theatre

Boosts 'Bad News Bears'

CHICAGO— Enthusiasm on the part of

Lincoln Village Theatre management and

staff has inspired patron interest and increased

volume at the boxoffice in relation

to a number of films. "The Bad News Bears

in Breaking Training" has been no exception.

As a preopening stunt, a 60x40-foot sign

on a side of the building drew a lot of preliminary

comment and subsequent substan-

business to the boxoffice.

tial

Advance publicity also included yellow

Bears pennants and baseballs in the lobby

and around the candy counter. With the

baseball motif as a feature in the overall

decor, a new price sign for bleachers, box

seats for adults and grandstand seats for

children was posted at the boxoffice along

with a showtimes scoreboard.

At a sneak preview, three youngsters representing

"Bad News Bears" were introduced

on the theatre stage by Robert Ken-

THE LINEUP—Old-timers a( Plitt llieatres were reminded of "the good old

days," back when patrons waited for some time to see film attractions at Balaban

& Katz theatres in the Loop, when they saw the moviegoers lined up recently at

the Orland Square 3 in Chicagoland. The eager ticket-buyers were waiting to enter

the triplex to see "The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training."

nedy, general manager of Brotman & Sherman

Theatres.

Credit for the effective exploitation also

goes to Bob Silverman, George Aniehini

and Hillside Theatre manager Bill Rivkin.

Chicago Was Filmmaking

Capital From 1907-1918

CHICAGO—Filming of "The Fury" in

Chicago is coming to an end. Shooting has

taken place in the Old Town area, the near

north side and in suburban Bolingbrook.

Interior lensing will be done on the West

Coast.

The moviemaking activity which was

done in Chicago during the past several

weeks reminded many longtime citizens that

the Windy City is where filmmaking began.

Research shows that in 1907 Chicago was

the film capital—and it remained so until

1918.

According to information gleaned by

George Estep of the Chicago Tribune, it

was in November 1918 that William N.

Selig, owner of the Selig Polyscope Co.,

was shooting "The Count of Monte Cristo."

A search for information revealed that Chicago

is where the serial movie came into

focus and it also has been revealed that

early stars, including Charlie Chaplin, Edward

Arnold, Ben Turpin, Francis X. Bushman,

Lillian Drew and a number of others,

appeared in films produced at the Essanay

Film Studios at 1333 West Argyle St.

As the story goes, Selig discovered Tom

Mix. Mix reportedly was a U.S. marshal in

Oklahoma but he started visiting Essanay

Studios while S:lig was shooting on location.

Selig, it is recorded, took Mix to Los .Angeles

for "Ranch Life in the Great SoiUhwest"

for scenic reasons but he kept his

Chicago studios.

The first full-length five-reel epic made

Chicago at Essanay was "Graustark,"

in

starring Francis X. Bushman.

Recorded among other Selig accomplishments

are "The Coming of Columbus."

which won Selig a medal from Pope Pius X.

Hartford vs. the Russo's

In Land War-Part II

HARTFORD—The Russo brothers, once

owners of the land on which the 2,100-car

capacity Meadows Drive-In was situated in

Hartford's North Meadows district, have

filed suit for $5 million against the Hartford

Redevelopment Agency in Hartford

County Superior Court.

Anthony and John Russo, who operate

an excavating company, seek the return of

the condemned 42.5-acres; when condemned

in July, 1975, the city paid $1,243,-

000, a price immediately contested in the

same court by the Russos. State referees

Louis Shapiro, Abraham S. Borden and Joseph

Klau have since awarded the brothers

$403,892 more from the city, but the Russos

argue the land was worth more than

$2.5 million.

The Russos assert that although the redevelopment

agency formed its final plan for

the North Meadows Industrial Business

Project in September. 1971, not until four

years later was their land condemned. The

delay, they continue, hindered continuing

negotiations to sell, lease or develop the

land. They add that at one point General

Cinema Corp. was ready to convert the

Meadows into a twin underskyer: this

project, however, was blocked by the condemnation.

The new suit claims that the redevelopment

agency illegally condemned the property

because the site did not fit the definition

of a slum area and was not really necessary

for the redevelopment project.

city

The Russos, for their part, claim that the

needs only "two or three" acres of the

property to relocate Weston Street. They say

that about nine acres of the land is illegally

leased by the redevelopment agency to

World Jai Alai of Hartford for use as a

parking lot. such use putting the redevelopment

agency into improper competition with

other parking lot

renters.

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. . . Tom

JUIS

lyjfary Sfetgios has joined the Mid-America

Theatres staff as the newest employee

in ihe advertising department.

United Artists has scheduled a special

wide multiple double-dip which will begin

Wednesday (31). The duo is composed of

"The Return of the Pink Panther" and

•The Pink Panther Strikes Again." Both

features, of course, have Peter .Sellers starring

as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau.

Donald O'Connor, popular stage and motion

picture star who most recently appeared

in "That's Ent.-rtainmcnt!" and "That's Entertainment,

Part 2." will be starring in the

title role of "Charle's Aunt" at the Barn

Dinner Theatre through September 25

Smothers, actor-comedian-guitarist

(and brother of Dick Smothers who now

prefers auto racing to performing), comes

to the Plantation Dinner Theatre Tuesday,

.September 6. He will be starred in "Play

It Again. Sam." which runs through October

16.

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the Muscular Dystrophy Ass'n of America's

research and service programs, will be carried

by KSD-TV. Channel 5. KSD-TV newsmen

Cliff St. James and John Auble will

co-host the live entertainment segments from

the Breckenridge Inn at Lindbergh and

With the aid of a grant from the Missouri Clayton Road and the Northwest Plaza

Arts Council, the University City Library Shopping Center from 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

hopes to have on its fall schedule of films September 4, through 5:30 p.m. Monday,

such attractions as "Cimarron." "A Woman

September 5. The fund-raising marathon

Rebels." "Dames." "Up Ihe River." orginates in Las Vegas. Aimee Lynn Weh-

"Mark of the Vampire." "This Day and meier of St. Charles is the Missouri MD.A

Age," "Shanghai Express." "Thunderbolt" 1977 poster child. A six-year-old victim of

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and "Cabin in the Cotton."

spinal muscular dystrophy. Aimee conlined

to a wheelchair. She will represent

the association in fund-raising campaigns.

Citizens Mount Anti-Smut Attack

CLAREMONT, N.H.—The display of

pornographic material is under fire in this

New Hampshire city, 500 persons signing a

petition asking Mayor Charles Puskta to

recommend that such material be displayed

at least six feet from the floor.

'Tall' Scores in KC Run

KANSAS CITY — "Final Chapter-

Walking Tall," a Bing Crosby Productions

feature starring Bo Svenson, grossed $76,-

622 in its first week in ten theatres in Kansas

City, according to James Whiteside,

BCP's vice-president in charge of sales and

marketing. The film is released by AIP.

RojoB Promotes 'Bears'

KANSAS CITY—Cookie Rojas, infieldcr

of the Kansas City Royals, helped promote

the opening of "The Bad News Bears

in Breaking Training" at the AMC Springs

4 theatres here by holding an autograph

session and giving away Square Shooter

suckers, a new concession item.

SALT Talks are Successful

In Syracuse Negotiations

SYRACUSE — A citizens group has

agreed to purchase the downtown Locw's

Theatre to save it from demolition.

The non-profit group, Syracuse Area

Landmark Theatre (SALT) will have 90

days to raise the $65,000 purchase price.

SALT wants to reopen and restore the

downtown "picture palace," according to

SALT president Joyce Schreiver.

At the contract signing Friday (12) Mrs.

Schriever said she is confident the $65,000

can be raised by the deadline. She reported

SALT has about $5,000 in membership

pledges in hand and gave $1,000 of that as

a down payment to the Sutton Real Estate

Corp.

Corporation vice-president Daniel Sutton,

who signed for the film, described the

possibility of reopening Loew's as a "much

needed shot in the arm for downtown Syracuse."

Peter Baum, SALT attorney, said Loew's

will not be reopened as the first run house

it used to be, but for "entertainment of all

types."

He noted that the 3,000-seat theatre,

built

in 1928, is the largest entertainment area in

the city outside of the War Memorial and

that SALT already has received inquiries

from agents anxious to book live shows into

Loew's.

He said the theatre could reopen in late

September or October.

City Councilor Armond Magnarelli, who

is

also a member of the State Council on the

Arts, said that he felt it would be possible

to cut taxes on the theatre since SALT is a

non-profit group.

The chairman of renovation and restoration

committee is Harris Cooper, who owns

a theatrical decoration business.

Ed Hunt will direct "War of the Ali

Norman Glick production.

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KC Newcomers Net

Variety of Grosses

KANSAS CITY—A mixed reception

awaited the newcomers to the area this

report week as the grosses ranged the full

gamut from 350 to 90. Newcomer "I Never

Promised You a Rose Garden" along with

holdover "Smokey and the Bandit" topped

the list. "The Last Remake of Beau Geste,"

which completed its first week at the Glenwood,

along with "MacArthur." which

completed its second week at the Plaza,

tied for second place with a mark of 300

while "Final Chapter—Walking Tall" took

the third place slot with an average of 250

at ten theatres.

Eight theatres—Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

(BV), 3rd wk 175

11 theatres—Outlaw Blues (WB) 125

r.ne Arts—Black and White in Color (AA)

3rd wk 95

Five theatres—Fire Sole (20th-Fox) 90

Glenwood I—The Last Hemake ol Beau Gestc

(Univ) 300

Plaza-MacArthur (Univ), 2nd wk, 300

Ranchmart—A Bridge Too For (UA), 9!h wk 55

Seville I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

(New World) 350

Six theatres—The Bad News Bears in Breaking

Training (Para), 3rd wk 230

Six theatres—Smokey and the Bandit (Univ),

3rd

.350

Ten theatres—Final Chapter-Walking Tall

(AlP)

Three theatres-The Other Side oi Midnight

'Suspiria' Tops Chicago List

For the Second Straight Week

CHICAGO— Although five new films

debuted in the area this week none of them

were able to capture the lead from "Suspiria."

which earned the highest grosses for

the second straight week. The second place

slot was shared by "Greased Lightning"

and "The Bad News Bears in Breaking

Training." which both earned grosses of

275.

Chicago, Hyde Park—Greased Lightning (WB),

3rd wk 275

Cinema—Block and Wiile in Color (AA),

8lh wk 250

Eight theatres—The Spy Who Loved Me (UA) 250

Five theatres—MacArthur (Univ) 225

Five theatres—Star Wars (20th-Fox), 12th wk 240

Five theatres The Last Remake oi Beau Geste

(Univ), 2nd wk 225

Four theatres—March or Die (Cc'.l 200

Golf Mill 2, Portage—Smokey and the Bandit

(Univ), 3rd wk 225

Highland Park 1, Riviera—Herbie Goes to Monte

Cotlo (BV). 3rd wk 150

Nine theatres One on One iWB) 2 =

Ookbrook, Woodfield 2—The Other Side oi

Midnight (20th-Fox), 9th wk :'50

Six theatres-The Bad News Bears in Breaking

Training (Para), 3rd wk 27,=i

Slate Lake— Suspiria (20th-Fox), 2nd wk .100

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^idwest Films' Gene Irwin cekbrated his

birthday Friday (26)—and it was celebrated

in proper fashion, with co-workers

Mary Pickett. Jo Ann Bergman and Sharon

Richeson surprising him with a party on the

big

day.

Laurie Hanson, New World's office manager

and part-time jock, has racked up another

trophy for her showcase. Laurie played

on a coed Softball team in a Johnson

County Parks & Recreation League and she

and her mates just finished the season in

first place, with ten wins and no losses. One

wonders how much more awesome the team

could have been if they had played while

sober.

Biiena Vista held a special invitational

screening Thursday afternoon (25) at the

Fine Arts Theatre of the upcoming release

"Candleshoe," with David Niven. Cake and

coffee was served to augment the popcorn.

Summer is winding down and so are vacations

but a few people are still out there

getting their licks. One is Marilyn Pulver.

Universal clerk, who spent last week recreating

in southern Missouri, amidst the Mark

Twain National Forest in the Ozarks.

Nearly all the film exchanges will be closed

Monday, September 5, in observance of

Labor Day.

Valerie Hood, National Screen secretary,

reports she had a "wonderful" time on Florida

beaches earlier this month. Her time was

spent sitting in the rain on the beach. "It

was a nice option." she said. "You could

get wet in the ocean or get wet on the

beach." Valerie, incidentally, is a new member

of Women of Variety.

Universal has a new clerk-typist in its office.

Kathleen Huff began her duties Thursday

(18). She is a newcomer to the industry

but Kathleen is not a total stranger to Filmrow

personnel. Her mother Pat Nylund also

is a co-worker at Universal.

Debbie Richeson, account representative

for National Screen Service, traveled to

New Orleans last week to meet with Paramount

sales executives.

Bob Jackson and Jesse Graves each celebrated

25 years service with American Muiti

Cinema here. Both are custodians who

begin their AMC careers at the Roxy Theatre,

where they remained until the house

fell victim to the city's urban renewal

project in 1972. In recognition of their

combined half-century of service, the staff

and management presented Jackson and

Graves with gifts and congratulations.

Bev and Mary-Margaret Miller, Mercury

Film Co., went to Poplar Bluff Thursday

(18) to attend funeral services for Bev's

aunt Etta Gram, who died Tuesday (16)

at age 89 following a stroke. The Millers

returned to their Overland Park, Kas.. home

Simday (21).

Walt Disney is in the thoughts of people

in the Kansas City area. In the "TV Scene"

section of the Sunday (21) Kansas City Star

three writers to the "Mailbag" had questions

about Disney productions. One letter a.sked,

"Can you tell me why Walt Disney movie

classics such as 'Uncie Remus' and Mary

Poppins" and the like are not rereleased very

often? My son is coming to the age where I

would like to take him to see these movies,

hopefully a couple of times while he is still

a child. But it seems that many years pass

before these movies come back. Besides. I

want to see them again, too." The answer:

"Disney Productions has followed a strict

policy of reissuing the classics every seven

years. What is magic about a seven-year

cycle? 'Years ago we tried having them

come out more often.' Irving H. Ludwig,

president of Disney's distribution organization,

said. ".Attendance was not what we

hoped it would be. Every seven years a new

cycle develops and we stick to it, almost in

a religious manner.' "

Irving Marx, Buena Vista branch manager

in Minneapolis, was in town last week.

Screening at Commonwealth: Friday (26),

"The Contest" (Atlas), distributed by

Thomas & Shipp.

Cinema Prospects Studied

NARRAGANSETT. R.I.—A town council

authorized study on the possibility of

improving available entertainment within

the town limits for summer visitors is exploring

the prospects of a town supported

cinema. Narragansett at present has no such

facility. A report will be submitted to the

town council by Sidney Kramer at its

September 6 meeting. Thrust of the study

is understood to be geared to halt continuing

criticism of insufficient entertainment

for Narragansett's many summer tourists.

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'Siar Wars' Regains

Lead in Memphis

MEMPHIS—A decrease in the competition's

might enabled "Star Wars," which

toppled to the third place position last week,

into the second place slot with grosses of

420 while the area's newcomers faced receptive

crowds as "Orca" opened with substantial

grosses of 230 and "Jabberwocky"

ended its debut week with a mark of 210.

(Average Is 100)

Malco Quartel 1—Nasty Habits (SR), 5th wk 135

Memphian, Paramount 1—Star Wars (20lh-Fox),

_ 6th wk 435

3za 2—Iabber\

dgeway Four

(UA), 5th wk.

Ridgeway Four 3, Malco Quartet :—The Other

Side of Midnight (20th-Fox) 7th wk

Soulhbrook 2, ParamounI 2—Orca (PnrnJ

Three theatres—A Bridge Too Far (UA!

7th wk

Three theatres—The Spy Who Loved Me lUA)

2n6 wk

Rescuers (BV), 2nd wk.

Elvis Presley's Death

Mourned in Memphis

By EARLINE EANS

MEMPHIS — Local citizens were

shocked and saddened by the sudden death

of Elvis Presley who suffered a heart attack

Tuesday (16).

He was not only Memphis' favorite and

most famous citizen but a well behaved,

good and generous person whose contributions

to numerous charities and individuals

brought happiness to thousands.

The private funeral, which was conducted

by Rev. C. W. Bradley of Wooddale

Church of Christ, was held at Graceland

mansion and burial was in the mausoleum

at Midtown Forest Hill Cemetery, both of

which are located on Elvis Presley Boulevard.

Calls came from foreign cities and

people arrived from all over the world in

order to pay their respects to the rock 'n'

roll king who had touched so many lives.

Approximately 100,000 persons pressed

at the gates of the mansion in order to enter

and view the body and thousands were still

waiting in lines when the gates were finally

closed to the public. Many people spent

the entire night standing in lines and some

fainted and collapsed from the heat and

emotional strain. At one point a drunken

driver crashed into the crowd of mourners

and killed two teenage girls from Monroe.

La., also injiirina one airl from St. Clair.

Mo.

About 100 vans were required to transfer

the flowers, which lined the mansion's

driveway, from the mansion to the cemetery.

Memphians will miss their idol. Although

only a select group were allowed to enter

his gates and associate with him. the example

he set with wholesome living together

with the magnetism of his voice and personality

along with his generosity and graciousness

will live on.

Gov. Ray Blanton of Tennessee was

among llic crowd of about 200 persons iliai

attended the private services, l.imousuu's

were brought in for the celebrities that included:

John Wayne. Sammy Davis jr..

Ann-Margret, Burt Reynolds, James Brown.

George Hamilton, Chet Atkins and several

executives from RCA, the company for

which Presley recorded.

to recapture its previous position at the pinnacle

Pallbearers were Billy and Gene Smith,

of the list with grosses of 435. "The cousins of Presley; Joe Esposito, Presley's

Spy Who Loved Me" was narrowly edged road manager; Dr. George Nichopoulos,

Presley's personal physician; Charles

Hodge, a close friend; Felton Jarvis, a

Nashville producer who handled Presley's

records; George Klein, a former Memphis

radio announcer who is now the director

of Libertyland and a good friend, and Jerry

Schilling, road manager for the Beach Boys

and a longtime friend.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late

President John F. Kennedy, visited the mansion

to pay her respects and later talked to

fans.

Presley kept busy the two weeks before

his death by enjoying a visit with his nineyear-old

daughter Lisa Marie and his father

Vernon Presley. He was scheduled to leave

on a tour Tuesday night that was to begin

in Portland. Ore., and end in Memphis Sunday

(28). Bill Minkus of American International

Pictures had scheduled a private

showing of "One on One" for Presley on

Tuesday night.

In addition to his success as a singer.

Presley had also made 31 movies.

Bert D. Benton Sr. Dies;

Famed Filmrow Veteran

JACKSONVILLE—Bert D. Benton sr..

the elder statesman to generations of Filmrow

people in exhibition, distribution and

allied industries throughout the Southeast,

died Saturday (13). Benton with his younger

brothers founded Benton Bros. Film Express,

which operated a fleet of freight

trucks.

Benton also headed the Jax Film Service,

which was an offshoot of Benton Bros. Film

Express, and held prominent positions in

Masonic orders.

Benton is survived by his widow, a son

Bert D. Benton jr., three grandsons, Bert

D., Patrick F. and James F.; a sister Mrs.

Arthur Swaim of Atlanta, Ga., and an aunt

Mrs. John Bishop of Marietta, Ga.

Giveaways and Displays

Highlight AMC Promos

GREENSBORO. N. C—Ron Anderson,

assistant manager of the Carolina Circle 6

theatres here, arranged a motorcycle giveaway

in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson

dealer here to promote "Viva Knievcl!"

The drawing was advertised over three local

radio stations.

A display of health club posters and stills

of the facilities of the Greensboro Health

Clubs was arranged by manager Don Emmert

of the same AMC multiplex to promote

Cinema 5's body-builder documentary

"Pumping Iron."

PROMOTION EFFORTS RE-

WARDED—Tony Bruguicre, manager

of the Santa Rosa Cinema III, Mary

Esther, Fla., is pictured above holding

the "Showmanship Award," which he

won for his promotion of "The Deep.''

Besides receiving the certificate, Bruguiere

also received a $100 check. Ogden-Perry

Theatres instituted the

awards program this year to reward

and acknowledge their theatre managers

who produce innovative and productive

promotion campaigns.

NC Pornography Law

Challenged in Suit

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—A suit challenging

the constitutionality of North Carolina's

new pornography law has been filed in federal

court here, presenting what is thought

to be the first test of the statute.

John G. Ncwitt jr.. a local lawyer, filed

the papers in the U.S. District Court here.

Newitt represents Jolar Cinema which

operates several peep shows, and W&S Enterprises,

which operates theatres and adult

bookstores in Greensboro and High Point,

N.C.

Newitt said he was challenging the new

law on "grounds of the First Amendment

freedom of speech and freedom of the press,

and second, on taking of property without

just compensation and without due process

of law."

Under the law, which took effect Monday

(1). an attorney general or district attorney

can seek to have firms such as X-

rated theatres and adult bookstores closed

as public nuisances. When the bill passed

the state Senate on June 30. state Atty.

Gen. Rufus L. Edmisten said he was concerned

about the bill's constitutionality and

was reluctant to become "a censor."

Edmisten was named as a defendant in

Newitt's suit along with local Dist. Atty.

Peter Gilchrist and Greensboro Dist. Atty.

E. Raymond Alexander jr.

Ncwitt said he hoped U.S. District Judge

James B. McMillan jr. would hold a hearing

on the suit within two weeks.

"It (the law) is the first of its kind that

I've seen in the U.S.," Newitt said.

BOXOFFICE Augu.st 29, 1977 SE-1


ATLANTA

Mg Elliott of locally based International

Pictures, which produces motion pictures

in addition to buying and distributing

lilms. was in Hollywood to put the finishing

touches on the company's new production

"The Billion Dollar Hobo." starring

Tim Conway and Will Geer. Anne Ander-

.son. Elliott's secretary, reported that the

company has moved to new headquarters at

Omni International, 500 North. Atlanta

.»0303. The telephone number is 522-7075.

Two locations quickly booked Elvis Presley

films and did a good business. Georgia

Theatres' Westgate Triple advertised "A

Tribute to the King—A Legend in His Own

Time" and offered the four films "Elvis on

Tour," "That's the Way It Is." "Girl Happy"

and "The Trouble with Girls." Storey

Theatres chose an outdoor showcase, the

North 85 Drive-In. for its trio of offerings,

with "That's the Way It Is." "The Trouble

with Girls" and "Spinout" advertised under

the banner "Elvis . . .

Three of His All-

Time Best Pictures."

Jack Rigg, head honcho at New World

Pictures, is an innovator when it comes to

arranging vacations for his family. Last

year they spent their holidays in Hawaii by

way of Mexico City. This year Jack opted

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led his entourage, including his wife, two

sons Champ and Kenny and daughter Carol.

into a plane destined for Boston. There they

boarded a Winnebago in order to take a

leisurely trip and enjoy the scenery of

Maine. Massachusetts. Connecticut. New

Hampshire. Vermont and Rhode Island.

Louise Cathy, Paramount's head cashier

and the historian for the WOMPIs, vacationed

with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren

for two days and then set out for

Columbia, S.C, where she participated in

a Fred Astaire Dance Studio competition.

Betty Smith, secretary to Paramount's

branch manager Mack MacAfee. returned

from a whirlwind holiday to such interesting

places as Virginia Beach, Baltimore and

Washington. D.C. She is now storing up

energy that she will need when she attends

the WOMPI International convention in

Memphis.

Trade and press screenings at Century

Cinema's facilities included "The End of

the World." distributed by Clark Film Releasing,

and "To Love, Perhaps to Die" and

"Black Tulip." distributed by Film Gems

International . . . Century Cinema's screening

room was pre-empted one evening by

Joe Harper, who is the vice-president of

Cobb Theatres in charge of booking, for a

party that was highlighted by the screening

of Paramount's "Islands in the Stream."

The WOMPIs staged their August board

meeting at the Century Cinema's plush quarters

and were delighted with the accommodations.

They hope to utilize the room in

the future due to its proximity to a large

segment of the membership.

The name of WOMPI president J one

Ackerly was inadvertently left off the list

of delegates to the WOMPI International

convention in Memphis. WOMPI presidents

automatically are delegates to the annu;

conclave.

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The film was written and directed by

Ed Mann, produced by Thierry Pathe and

stars Gil Gerard with co-stars Erika Fox and

Melody Rogers. After the local opening,

the film will break in the Charlotte. N.C..

and Jacksonville, Fla.. territories in early

fall.

Susan Morgan, New World Pictures'

billing

clerk, and Beverly Barnett. front desk

receptionist, joined the company's staff during

the summer.

Bob Oda and his wife returned from their

vacation in Ohio and Missouri where they

visited friends and relatives. Bob says that

his company is counting heavily on two

"biggies," "Valentino" and "Semi-Tough,"

which are due this fall and winter. The

former is set for October

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Pill South, a shipper for American International

Pictures, and his wife Frances

traveled to New York for a two week vacation

to visit relatives and sightsee.

Maggie Gaines, secretary for AIP's bookers,

spent a week relaxing at home and

visiting her parents . . .

Valerie Davis. AIP

staffer'^ spent her vacation at home on Chip

Road.

WOMPI president Deltine Craig of Malco

Theatres called a board meeting Monday

(15) to discuss plans for the International

convention that will be held in Memphis

September 15-18.

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II and Eastland Mall II; "Star Wars."

Charlottetown Mall II: "Greased Lightning,"

Charlottetown Mall III. and "The

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Mrs. Arietta Black ot Hxhibitors Service

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Deepest sympathy is extended to the family

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He worked as an exhibitor for several

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"The People That Time Forgot" debuted

in the area . . . Double Nickel" from

Galaxy Films was screened at the Car-mel.

Frank Savage, a salesman for American

International Pictures, made a recent swing

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the Coopers in Burnsville and Spruce Pine.

Doyle Norris of the Norris Drive-In,

Lenoir, is now recuperating from a heart

attack.

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yyOMPI news: Community service events

during August included a social eveoms

at Woodstock Park that was attended

bv more than 100 handicapped teenagers

and a similar party for elderly residents of

the Florida Christian Health Center. Both

parties included games and refreshments

provided by the WOMPI hostesses ... A

group of 20 WOMPI volunteers continued

their support of educational TV station

channel 7. by answering 20 telephones during

a showing of -'South Pacific" in order

to'help boost the station's membership drive

Mrs. Estelle Greene, who is known as

the WOMPI "randmother in the local media,

is being cared for by WOMPI members

during a stay in St. Luke's Hospital following

a stroke.

R. L. "Bob" Jones, local manager for

ABC Florida State Theatres, reported that

five of the circuit's ten local theatres had

132 morning matinees for children from

June 6 to Wednesday (17), which set records

at the Regency I. Edgewood, Kingsley

I. San Marco and Florida theatres. The

Monday and Tuesday morning shows were

co-sponsored by the Duval County School

Board and the Wednesday shows were

billed as public service attractions by the

Florida Times-Union and the Journal,

which contributed large newspaper advertisements

four days each week. Attendance

at the 132 matinees exceeded 50.000 children

in addition to a substantial number of

parents.

Loews Names Manager

For Madison Theatre

NASHVILLE, TENN.— Kirby Jeffreys,

who has been with Loews Theatres since

1973, has been appointed manager of the

circuit's Madison Theatre.

Jeffreys joined the circuit as an assistant

manager at Loews Crescent and Melrose

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BOSTON—The New England Motion

Picture Club unwound with a fun day picnic

at Harry Browning's estate on Mystic

Lake. The event was the culmination of

hard work by chairman Ben Cammack,

Universal, aided by Wendy Hess, Rita Keegan

and Richard Myerson. Festivities got

underway at 1 p.m. under sunny skies.

While the youngsters quaffed soft drinks

(known as tonic in New England) their

elders sipped somewhat sturdier stuff. The

usual outdoor menu of hot dogs, hamburgers,

cake, watermelon, etc., was available

to those who craved solid food.

Evy Titleman, Gasper Urban, Jack Keegan

and most of the small fry brought bathing

suits and romped in the cool water while

we less foresighted folks stood around and

suffered. Evy also kept busy assisting the

food service department, earning thanks

from one and all.

Even the flock of ducks patroling the

lake got in on the act as a certain distributor

(who shall remain nameless) threw two

pieces of bread upon the waters. One duck,

faster than the rest, outraced his feathered

brethren and gobbled up both tidbits, reminding

us of a certain exhibitor (who

shall also remain nameless).

Six of the more athletic types spent the

entire day playing games—poker. At approximately

five of the clock Ben, who had

been on the go constantly, was forced to

yield to a case of "the wearies" and Harry

the host made several attempts to say farewell,

some subtle and some otherwise, as

he noted that he was due at his drive-in in

Medford.

When all was said and done, it was a relaxing

and enjoyable outing and Ben, Harry

and all who made it possible must be

aware that their efforts were appreciated.

Faces in the Fun

Jim. Jeanne, John and Mark Engle with

Jim in a "Star Wars" T-shirt , . . Joe, Helen

and Kathy Leahy with Joe apologizing for

not bringing Harold Levin along . .

Jerry

.

Kravitz, Jay Sands in a "The Deep" T-

shirt and telling everyone how he threw a

frisbec about 100 yards into Joe Morana's

lap (arc the "Pats" still looking for a backup

quarterback?) Hoyt and

.

Anita Magee brought the glad tidings that

Tarsisio Fava, one of their bookers, was

married recently in Joe's presence, in New

York . . . George Abbot, Gasper Urban's

wife Blanche, Henry Neveau, Plainville

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with Phil

Rancatore and Bruce Quackenbush

from Sunn Classic headquarters in Marblehead

Ray Swank. 16mm distributor

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It's Comedy Night in Walertown

WATERTOWN, MASS.—"Swiss Miss,"

Laurel & Hardy comedy classic, plus Buster

Keaton and Three Stooges shorts, were

shown at the Watertown Public Library as

a free attraction program.

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3^iK and Alyce Weinstock just returned

from a trip to Las Vegas. Alex reported

that they are renaming the poker

room of the MGM-Grand Casino after

him and Bobbie Gallagher and

iheir children left on Friday (5) for a two

week vacation in Montana and Colorado.

It's their first visit back home since moving

h;re one year ago ... Jim Carey, Wometco

Enterprises e.xecutive. and his wife Ruth are

anxiously anticipating their Labor Day departure

for Europe. They will be spending

three glorious weeks drinking and eating

their way across France. It is almost an annual

event for the Careys.

Happy anniversary to Manford and Berneice

Pickrell who celebrated their 50th on

•Saturday (6). Family members from all

over the U.S. arrived in Orlando for the

event including their son Pick, president of

Carbons. Inc. ... On the same date Fred

and Mary Anderson celebrated their 40th.

Mary said it was lovely despite having to

work that day. She is the manager of the

Village Theatre in Hialeah where she says

they have been filling the house with "The

Rescuers."

There has been standing-room-only business

the Wurtzburg's Movies of Kendall,

at which has been featuring "One on One."

Martin Hornstein, the producer of the film,

was in the area recently on a whirlwind

publicity tour accompanied by G. D. Spradlin

who plays the despicable coach of Western

University in the summer feature, which

also stars Robbie Benson and Annette

OToole.

Ted Freiwald has assumed the operation

of the Ruskin Drive-In, Ruskin. Fla,, from

the former owner Charles Utley.

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NEW ORLEANS

Qii National Film Day, Monday (22),

movie distributors and exhibitors coniiibtiied

part of the day's boxoffice receipts

to the American Film Institute. Andre

Guttfrcund and Peter Werner were in town

recently on pari of a ten-day tour to promote

the event since they have an interest

in the AFl— it paid for their Academy

Award-winning film "In the Region of Ice."

Gulf States Theatres hosted a reception for

the filmmakers and for members of the

press and this city's film exhibitors.

The tragic passing of Elvis Presley

brought the return of several of his films

to local screens. The films were "That's the

Way It Is" and "Elvis on Tour." Kenilworth

Cinema II and "Clambake" and "Frankie

and Johnny," Panorama.

The Midway Drive-In, Lake Charles, La.,

closed because of a recent fire that destroyed

the snack bar and projection building.

New titles on the marquees include: "The

Last Remake of Beau Geste," Lakeside Cinema;

"Empire of the Ants," four theatres,

and "Kingdom of the Spiders."

WOMPI news: At the first closed meeting

this year delegates were selected for

the International convention that will be

held September 15-18 in Memphis. The

delegates are Anna Power, president, and

Marie Berglund, first vice-president. Joan

Winstell and Catherine D'Alfonso were

elected alternates. Other members planning

to attend are: Eunice Peeples, Yvette Ogden,

Imelda Giessinger, Gene Barnette,

Earline Dupuis, Ruth Cook. Agnes Garcia

and Lee Nickolaus, who is one of only two

WOMPIs in the entire organization that has

not missed a convention since the first one

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other holder of a perfect attendance record.

Bernice Chauvin, social chairperson, and

her committee have been busy working on

plans for the annual "outgoing officer's party"

that was scheduled for Sunday (28) at

Bernice's camp in Little Woods.

Yvette Ogden, financial chairperson, reported

that her committee is in the process

of compiling a cookbook, which consists of

recipes that were donated by members and

friends. Currently advertisements are being

solicited to sponsor the project and anyone

who wants a copy can place an order with

any of the members. All proceeds will benefit

the ABBE Nursing Home and the Hickory

Heights retirement homes.

News from the Byrne Watts Storey Agency:

Luana Anders, who signed for an important

role in Paramount's "Goin" South,"

directed by and starring Jack Nicholson, is

reunited with Nicholson for the fourth time

cinematically. The three previous occasions

were "The Missouri Breaks," "Easy Rider"

and "The Last Detail" . . . Jack Warden,

who was nominated for an Oscar when he

co-starred with Warren Beatty in "Shampoo,"

has been signed by Beatty for a starring

role in "Heaven Can Wait," which is

a Paramount film currently before the cameras

in San Francisco that Beatty is producing,

co-directing and starring in.

When Agatha Christie's famed Belgian

detective Hercule Poirot returns to the

screen in Paramount's "Murder on the

Nile," the actor portraying him will be twotime

Oscar winner Peter Ustinov. Among

the murder suspects he'll be questioning on

a paddle-wheeler cruising on the Nile in

the 1930's will be several other Oscar winners

including Maggie Smith, Bette Davis

and David Niven . recording star

Yvonne Elliman who is currently scoring

with her smash single of "Hello, Stranger"

.

next record two songs composed by the

will

Bee Gees for Paramount's disco-drenched

musical "Saturday Night Fever," which

stars John Travolta for Mr.

Goodbar" is the third No. 1 bestseller that

Richard Brooks has directed for the screen.

The previous two were Robert Ruark's

chiller "Something of Value" and Truman

Capote's autopsy of American crime "In

Cold Blood."

Film to Help Raise

Funds for Memorial

MILWAUKEE—When Universal Pictures'

"MacArthur" opvened at the Northtown

and Southtown Theatres on Friday

(5), color guard from the U. S. Army

a

made a presentation of colors immediately

preceding the screening at 7:15 p.m. at

the south-side house. The army also displayed

a large, lighted exhibit of various

combat and non-combat aspects of the military

in the theatre's lobby. Army recruiters

were on hand to distribute copies of General

of the Army Douglas MacArthur's

moving farewell address that he had delivered

to the cadets at West Point. "Duty.

Honor and Country."

The Northtown Theatre also had an exhibit

set up in its lobby devoted to medals

and it contains every Army medal ever

given from the Medal of Honor to campaign

ribbons.

A native of Milwaukee, MacArthur left

his home here in 1898 to attend United

States Military Academy, West Point. N.Y.

Inasmuch as 1978 will mark the SOlh anniversary

of his entry to West Point, the local

War Memorial Corp. established a Mac-

Arthur Memorial Committee which has announced

plans to commemorate MacArthur

in the following ways: to assemble a major

MacArthur exhibit at the Milwaukee County

Historical Society; to place a historical

marker at MacArthur Square; to place a

marker at the MacArthur family home site

on Marshall Street; to prepare a booklet

on the MacArthurs in Milwaukee; and to

erect a statue of Gen. Douglas A. Mac-

Arthur to be placed at MacArthur Square.

The initial raising of funds for these

memorials have been coordinated with the

"MacArthur" film. A three foot-tall, bronze

miniature of the MacArthur statue will be

publicly displayed for the first time in the

lobby of the Southtown Theatre throughout

the exhibition of the film. The Marcus

Theatres management has announced it

shares the War Memorial Committee's enthusiasm

in commemorating Gen. Douglas

MacArthur. To help support these projects,

envelopes will be available at the

Southtown Theatre explaining the project

and requesting patrons to forward their

contribution to the War Memorial Corporation.

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VICTORIA, TEX.— Alter 42 years of

operation, the Uptown Theatre in the downtown

section of Victoria is scheduled to

give the Frels circuit 15 indoor screens and

one underskyer. The company already has

a fourplex in Victoria and a Spanish-language

house, as well as its luxurious Salem

6 multitheatre, which was unveiled May 19

and currently is enjoying a highly successful

run with "Star Wars" in Dolby sound.

The new Uptown, according to Sides,

very likely will have two auditoriums

equipped for stereo, as well as a completely

automated projection booth with platter

systems. A novel and attractive feature of

the yet-to-open quad will be a concession

stand with a patented barbeque pit for cooking

hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. This eatery

will be available to walk-in trade and not

confined to serving moviegoers exclusively.

A large, glassed-in portico will be provided

for the convenience of diners, many of

whom probably will be members of the

downtown business community.

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offered in the new Uptown, since it is a

presentation plus for which Frel Theatres is

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sound systems," he commented.

Will Rogers Fund Support

DALLAS— In a letter to Texas theatre

owners, NATO of Texas president Brandon

Doak urged Texas theatres to support the

industry's Will Rogers Hospital by conducting

audience collections for one week's performances

before school starts in late August.

Doak stressed the importance of the

hospital and called it a real fringe benefit

since theatre employees and their families

can receive the finest treatment available

for pulmonary problems. He said theatre

owners and managers should order the

trailer and campaign kit from National

SAN ANTONIO

^^ith siuns stating their sentiments, young

and old alike joined forces Saturday

(20) to protest the showing of two X-rated

movies at the Westwcod Twin Theatres,

which have become a member of the Pussy-

Mann Theatres has sold the Central Park

Fox Theatre 3 to Santikos Theatres Inc.

John Evans has been named manager of the

theatre complex. Ken Squier, director of

operations for Santikos Theatres, Inc., with

Tom Bridge, vice president and general

manager and Ken Higgins, booker were on

hand for the appointment of Evans and the

takeover of the theatre by the new owners

. . . Hollywood star Virginia Mayo is expected

to purchase a ranch in the hill country

near San Antonio to be near her daughter

and son-in-law Mary and Kent Johnston

who will move to San Antonio.

A "Can-I-Do-It Girl" contest is being

conducted by KBUC and the Century South

Theatre in conjunction with the showing

of "Can I Do It ... Til I Need Glasses?"

Included among the prizes are an AM-FM

clock radio, a dinner for two at the Royal

Street Crossing Cape Restaurant and Pub, a

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guts enough to play two Monty Python

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"Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Local theatres booked a number of Elvis

shutter after the last showing September 1,

Frels Theatres executive Bill Sides told cut Theatres of San Antonio. The films are

Presley films for showing following the

BoxoFFicE Tuesday (23).

"Eruption" and the double bill of "Resiurection

of Eve" and "Behind the Green San Pedro triple screen outdoor, the Trail

sudden death of the singing star. At the

The site, however, is not destined to become

another dark monument to a glorious Door." Admission is $3.50, for military outdoor and the Valley Hi outdoor it was

cinematic past. "We are making preparations

now, finishing the blueprints, to start tres in the circuit includes Woodlawn I & west Six consisting of "Elvis on Tour" and

with ID, $2.50 and couples $5. Other thea-

"Tickle Me" and a double bill at the North-

construction of the new Uptown October II and Josephine . Polunsky, whose "Elvis—That's the Way It Is" . . . The

1," "The new Flicker Footnotes appears San Antonio

"Monty Python

in the Sides explained. facility will

film Meets Light was in Hollywood attending a Fringe" will have its Texas premiere Sept.

Beyond the

be a quadplex with a total seating capacity

300 of 1.200, with approximately seats press conference for "The Other Side of

in

I and 2 at Trinity University.

each auditorium."

Midnight" and an interview with Susan

The addition of the quad, which tentatively

Sarandon.

Proceeds

from the showing will go to muscular dystrophy.

The film will be shown Sept. at

1

and and is slated for a June 1978 debut, will

7 10 p.m., Sept. 2 at 3:30, 7 and

10 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of

a trip to Hollywood and a featured role in and Northwest Six.

a new, major motion picture . . . The North-

Trinity's Coates Center. Admission will be

75 cents . . . The San Antonio Film .Society

will screen "Au Hasard Balthasar" by Robert

Bresson, "The End of August at the

Hotel Ozone" by Jan Schmidt at the Chapman

Graduate Center of Trinity University.

The midnight show at the Olmos includes

"The Cool Cat Is Back." "Fritz the Cat,"

"Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat": the KTFM-

FM midnight show at the Northwest Six

was "Fantastic Animation Festival,": "The

Hills Have Eyes" was the attraction at midnight

at the Town Twin while "Can I Do

It ... Til I N2ed Glasses?" was featured at

Century South Six . . . New film titles appearing

here include "The Happy Hooker

Goes To Washington" at the Cine Cinco

and Movies 4; "Fantastic Animation Festival"

at the Northwest Six, Century South

Six and Cine Cinco; "Can I Do It . . . Til

I Need Glasses?" at the Century South Six

UGHTEDlMPULSESMJESSIGN.FRtt!

Screen Service and solicit the help of outside

groups (Scouts, church groups, etc.) to

help with passing collection cans. At driveins,

Doak suggested that a pretty girl in

shorts be stationed at drive-in entrances to

pass the collection can while customer's

cars are lined up waiting to buy tickets :ii

the boxoffice.

Robert Vaughn and Christopher Lee will

star in "War of the Aliens."

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Vi-rdani Street. Kleburg, Texas 75145

is the new owner of the Showcase Theatre,

i.formerly the Showcase Cinema) in Balch

Springs. Texas. Tel. 286-5790. Claudia Elliott.

500 So. Ervay. Suite 603-B, Dallas,

Tel. 744-3165 will do the booking. Confirmations

and bids are to be sent to Claudia.

Contracts and payments will come from

Grady Moore.

Mary Crump, Genevieve Koch and Jo

Ellen Greenlee of the WOMPI Club visited

the Big Town Nursing Home Wednesday

(17) and took 240 tray-favors, (beautifully

wrapped cones filled with hard candies) and

a number of personal gifts to one of the

patients, a former United Artists Corp.

employee. Ila Sample. Visiting a nursing

home where residents are living far away

from their family and friends is a touching

experience. Ila has no family in the Dallas

area and the visit meant much to her. The

tray-favors were well received by the other

residents in this home.

Beverly Foster, a new WOMPI member

from 20th Century-Fox just returned from

her vacation in Tennessee.

Congratulations to Mozelle Jamison of

United Artist Theatres, whose husband

bought her a mobile home about eight weeks

ago. After spending the weekends at Cedar

Creek Bay area they have cleared out the

brush, had ih; water and light connections

turned on. so Mozelle could hardly wa't

for the weekend of Saturday (20) to get

down there in her new home on wh;els.

She feels proud that he bought it in her

name . a nice surprise gift.

Velde at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New

York. Wednesday (10). From Dallas there

was Mr. and Mr?. John Rowley. Rowley

is a member of the Board of Directors

of the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation.

Also, there was Brandon Doak, chairman of

the reg'onal Will Rogers Memorial fundraising

drive, Fred Mound and his daughter

Carol. From Houston there was Charlie

Paine and Bob Park. From San Antonio was

Maurice Braha.

Reports indicate great pride and satisfaction

with the new Will Rogers Memorial

plans and dedication services. Theatres

throughout the country are asked to participate

in the audience collection drive so

all funds can be in before school starts in

late

August.

The newly revived Windmill Dinner Thetre

has been sold to Perry Cloud, owner of

Granny's Dinner Theatre. Cloud is a successful

innovator in the field who will seek

to satiate Dallasites' thirst for "name" entertainers

... "I Never Promised You a

Rose Garden" at the Village, is labeled as

a "sleeper" . pundits are puzzled

by the failure of "New York, New

York" and the success of "The Spy Who

Loved Me."

"Semi-Tough" with a host of Dallasites

on screen got a sneak peek recently to generally

positive comments . . . Localite Buddy

Boren announced plans to film a semi-documentary

on drag racing . . . Dallas may also

serve as the site of "Semi-Tough's" world

premiere according to filmmaker Michael

Ritchie . Thunder" filmed in

and around San Antonio is slated for October

release.

From what we can learn Texas was well John Special and Gary Sebastian are

represented at the Will Rogers* Memorial working hard to make the Borzoi (named

Fund SlOO-a-phite dinner, honoring James after Sebastian's dog. Veruska) a profitable

operation with good films at prices the public

can afford. Formerly the Capri which

showed Spanish-language films before it

lapsed into the so-called "adult market,"

the Borzoi has been battling the stigma

associated with its predecessor.

Exhibitors, Distributors

Facing Antitrust Charges

HOUSTON—Tercar Theatre Company

said Monday (15), in a suit filed against 12

motion picture exhibition and distribution

companies, that it has been pushed out of

competition for superior first-run shows in

the Houston area.

The antitrust suit filed in federal court

alleged that competing circuits have agreed

among themselves to divide the first-run

films and are aided in the conspiracy by

distribution companies.

The defendants use an unlawful system

of bid-rigging to exclude Tercar, according

to the suit which seeks $5 million in damages.

It also said Tercar is prevented from

screening new pictures along with other

circuits.

Cinema Del Norte Open in Laredo

LAREDO—United Artists' Cinema Del

Norte opened Friday (12) at Mall Del Norte.

On the premiere bill were "Star Wars,"

"Sorcerer," "The Bad News Bears in

Breaking Training" and "Rocky." The new

quadplex uses a boxoffice computer system

that is a first for the UA circuit.

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patrons attending the showing of "Tentacles"

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Majestic OST, Northwest 4, Northwood

East,

6, Park 3, Shamrock 6. Soiilhway 6

and Town & Country 6 indoors and Irvington,

King Center 3, McLendon Triple.

Parkway, Thunderbird 2 and Tidwell driveins

are being given a miniature sea creature

while the supply lasts . . . "Smokey" Robinson

appeared live in concert in two shows

on Wednesday (17) at the Majestic Metro.

His movie "Big Time" was screened on the

same program with tickets $6.50 per person.

Tickets tor the capacity of the theatre

were sold for the two shows held at 7 and

10 p.m.

Big Splashc!i in

the Cinema was the theme

for the final week of the ninth annual Alley

Theatre simimer film festival. Tallulah

Bankhead in Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat"

is to be shown Tuesday and Wednesday (30-

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Jimmy Durante in "On An Island With

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Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell and Wallace

Beery in "China Seas" on .Sept. 3 and 4.

The Friday Midnight Sleaze series featured

the showing of "Carry on Camping" on

Sept. 2 . . . Cesar Romero ended his engagement

at the Windmill Dinner Theatre

in the stage production of "Never Get

Smart with an Angel." The play was well

attended by the many fans of the star.

New titles appearing on local marquees

include "Between the Lines" at the Galleria

and Westwood; "Happy Hooker Goes to

Washington" at the Tower, Woodlake and

Clear Lake and "Stas and Nell" at the Village

. . . The Rice Media Center screened

"Ulysses;" the Jewish Commimity Center

test presented "Captains Courageous" at

Kaplan Theatre; in the Children's Series the

Museum of Fine Arts presented "Ichabod

and Mr. Todd" and "King Kong" in Brown

Aud toriimi ... A number of drive-ins have

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Houston's own Annette O'Toolc is being

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seen in "One on One ciurently at the Almeda

9 East, Shamrock 6, Festival 6, Northshore

and Woodlake 3 . . . The Beatles have

taken over screen number 2 at the Bijou

Twin with "Yellow Submarine" and "Help!"

being shown ... In a recent column Houston

Post film writer Eric Gerber himnorously

recalled some of his more difficult interviews

from Ryan O'Neal to Ossie Davis.

OKLAHOMA CITY

^he death of Elvis Presley brought a raft

of calls to the United Artists' office to

book any Presley picture that they had

prints on. They had several of the MGM

releases, but were booked up as fast as possible

through August. This reminds us of

the time when Will Rogers was killed in a

plane accident. There was a great demand

for the showing of his movies. They too,

were big boxoffice.

Peggy Leasure, UA staffer, attended a

meeting of th; 15th district of lATSE

and MPMO held in Muskogee recently.

International president Walter DichI was

present.

Jerry Smith and his wife have returned

from Denver, to make their home here. Jer-

going into independent

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distribution. He was a former MGM

salesman.

Jack Box, Universal manager in Denver

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,\::d wife Lou were in to visit with children,

grandchildren and friends.

John Buffo, Liberty Theatre, Hartshorne,

IS recuperating here at St. Anthony Hospital,

alter open heart surgery. His wife Lou is

staying here to give him comfort.

George Gnibe. 14 Flags Drive-In is glad

to be back, at his desk, taking care of advertising

and bookings, after a trip to the

Baptist

hospital.

Jerry Brewster and Jerry Malone. U.-^

sales managers, made a trip to northeastern

Oklahoma, to re-acquaint Malone with former

customers. Malone had traveled this

territory for Columbia pictures several years

ago.

In lo book and buy: George Grube, 14

Flags Drive-In; Everett Mahoney. Guymon

and Perryton; Phil and Jake Guiles, Continental

Film Distributors, Dallas.

There was a Pearl Harbor Navy Motion

Picture Exchange get-together at Lake Tenkiller,

when Ed Ray, former Warner Bros,

office manager, George Friedel, and Jack

Whelihan. former 20th Century-Fox salesman

and Eddie Greggs. UA salesman, got

together and reminisced about their duties

distributing films during World War IL

Hookers in a Frail Tale

Of Goodnight-Loving Trail

WACO— ESI Films of Waco has just

completed location filming on a comedy

western entitled "The Hooker Bunch." The

film was shot entirely on location in southern

Montana.

Co-producers of the film, Zack and Mary

Belcher, said it is a rollicking story of an old

con artist and his three female companions

as they work their way up the Goodnight-

Loving cattle trail in 1885.

The picture stars veteran actor Dub Taylor

as Dr. Isiah Beauregard Hooker. He is

supported in the picture by Buck Taylor,

formerly Newly on "Gunsmoke." Also starring

in the film is Otis Sistrunk, defensive

lineman for the Oakland Raiders.

Dr. Hooker's three companions on the

trail are Gaetana Campbell, Danielle Hibbard

and Linda Mann, all

of Dallas.

At one point in the film, "The Hooker

Bunch" is ambushed by a group of drunk,

inexperienced bandits led by Hollywood

character actors John Chandler and John

Furlong.

"The Hooker Bunch" has the use of a

traveling "entertainment center" while they

work their way up the trail. A trick wagon

was constructed for the picture which includes

a dance stage complete with piano, a

complete bar and a gambling casino.

The Belchers say the film will be ready

for release in late October or early November.

It will probably be rated PG.

New Wage Law Proposal

NATO Write-in Target

DALLAS—HR 3744 proposes to increase

the Federal Minimum Wage from the

present $2.30 to $2.65 per hour. It is before

the House now and should be voted upon

very soon.

The NATO exemption attempt failed by

one vote in the Labor Committee but it will

be brought up again before the House.

NATO urges all members to write their

congressmen and senators and seek their

support of a minimum wage category for

employees under the age of 21 years. With

all the teenage unemployment, the new

minimum will further increase unemployment

for young people since most exhibitors

feel $2.65 is too high for teen help.

Dallas Industrialist

Enters Pay TV Market

DALLAS—A by-lined story in the Dallas

Times revealed that wealthy industrialist

Clint Murchison has purchased a controlling

interest in a New York-based pay TV equipment

company and has filed with the Federal

Communications Commission to operate

in several major metropolitan markets.

Subscription Television of America, a

new Dallas company owned by Murchison

already has an application filed in its behalf

to operate in Dallas according to STA

president Sam Price, who stated that a move

is underway to get the greenlight for operations

in other metropolitan areas.

All Theatre Exhibitors Are Invited

Southwestern Independent Theatre

Exhibitors

Association

Meeting Wed. Sept. 7th, 10 a.m.

at HOLIDAY INN — 4070 No. Central Expressway

DALLAS, TEXAS

Tel. Area 214 — 827-0880

Exhibitors from 7 States are invited . . . OKLAHOMA, TEXAS,

ARKANSAS, LOUISIANA, NEW MEXICO,

COLORADO and KANSAS

IF

you have not already signed up as a member of the

S.W.I.T.E. Association . . . please become a member of

this ACTION GROUP NOW!

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THINK ING TOGETHER.

Heor President Tom Patterson of

N.I.T.E. outline details of plans to assist independent theatre

exhibitors and provide additional film product for Associated members.

Southwestern Independent Theatre Exhibitors Association

Post Office Box 30051 — Dallas, Texas 75230

Telephone Area 214 - 361-5381

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Ozoners Offer Plus

To Economy-Minded

DES MOINES—What kind of people go

to drive-ins? People who don't want to dress

up. people who balk at indoor theatre prices,

people who can't afford baby-sitters, people

who have trouble getting into theatre seats

and outdoor freaks.

Sure there are the unmarrieds who aren't

worried about admission prices and who

At an indoor theatre there is always the

chance of sitting close to theatre critics and

noisy children. Also, you can't prop up your

feet, you can't smoke or drink beer, you

can't make out with your date, and you can't

talk to your friends. There is also a cost factor.

Most drive-in admissions are $2.50 per

person with children under 12 free, a policy

long abandoned by traditional theatres. On

the other hand indoor theatres cost $3.50 a

head plus refreshments and cost of a babysitter,

if necessary. At a drive-in many people

come equipped with lawn chairs, coolers

full of pop, beer, popcorn and candy from

home.

"We have many people who come to

drive-ins saying that they can't go to the

movies during the winter because they can't

afford baby-sitters," says Blank. As for

bringing small children to R-rated movies

there usually is no problem. By the time the

show starts, the kids have had some popcorn,

watched the cartoons and are asleep

in the back seat. "I come here so I can get

some peace and quiet while the kids are

up there," said Marilyn Cheek of Des

Moines, whose daughter and a friend were

watching "Jaws" from atop the quilt-draped

car. "After a while, the kids poop out and

I can watch the second feature." The quality

of the picture is

not necessarily important.

Fewer Ozoners Now

Despite their advantages the number of

drive-ins nationwide has fallen from a high

of almost 6,000 in the early '60's to about

4,500 today. Skyrocketing land prices arc

a factor. "I used to be able to go out, get a

location outside the city, get ground at a

reasonable price and build a theatre," Blank

said. "But today land values have changed

and it costs a lot more to build. Also, you

can't use a drive-in for anything else." It

lakes aboiU 15 acres for the average drivein.

Long-time theatre owners were encouraged

to sell their holdings to shopping mall

and apartment complex developers. Despite

the financial problems, many operators are

struggling to keep alive the tradition long

enjoyed by filmgocrs who like to smoke,

eat, or neck while watching a show. The

key, say today's operators, is to attract a

full parking lot in order to offset high fixed

costs such as property taxes. Robert Selig,

chairman of the drive-in committee of the

National Association of Theatre Owners

says "Drive-ins are the great middle-American

pastime. "Where else can families go

films just don't pay for themselves."

Baltimore Radio Station

Working Film Promotions

BALTIMORE—Motion picture companies

are flocking to WLPL-FM for its promotional

assistance in publicizing their summer

releases.

American International Pictures' "The

Island of Dr. Moreau" received a great shot

in the arm by WLPL. The station promoted

the appearance of the Humanimal at the

Baltimore Zoo. A member of the Adventures

Group Agency, dressed in the himianimal

costume, was caged at the zoo on a

Sunday afternoon while Casey Jones,

WLPL's midday radio personality, solicited

donations for the Baltimore Zoo Animal

Fund. Two-for-one admission passes were

also given away with Humanimal T-shirts

on WLPL's "Constant Contest." The station

also staged a private screening of the film

at the JF screening room.

Ray Thompson & Associates gave 92FM

a chance to promote the new 007 feature,

"The Spy Who Loved Me" via an on-air

James Bond trivia contest. Audience response

was phenomenal, as this contest ran

two weeks. United Artists Records tied into

the promotion by supplying soundtracks to

be given away with complimentary passes to

see the film for all winners. United Artists

was interested in promoting the new Carly

Simon single, which is the featured song

on the soundtrack.

The Robert Kriger Advertising Agency

has used WLPL's "Constant Contest" as a

means of promoting the Paramount releases

of "Sorcerer," "Bad News Bears in Breaking

Training" and "Orca."

Twin Cities Expect

Fall Doldrums Early

MINNEAPOLIS—Even with its first-run

engagement "augmented" with competing

dates, "Star Wars" at the Park Theatre

continued to perform in leggy style, 310 in

its 12th orbit and still flying high enough

to lead the Barometer pack. As the summer

play-time neared its end, only three multiples

bowed . . . and "The Bad News Bears

in baby-sitters

don't have children need of

in Breaking Training" was easily the strongest

of these, hitting 235 in a three-screen

but who find theatre seats aren't too cozy.

for

"Drive-ins have always had

$5 and not have to

a reputation

pay for

for

parking, a spread. "The Teasers," exploitation fare,

baby-sitter,

being

or a

passion

big

pits." says Myron Blank,

expensive

president

of

dinner." Selig found a 125 across four screens. And "Final

insists the

Central States Theatre Corp. which

economic appeal of drive-ins will Chapter—Walking Tall" in a six-house

owns help

four Des Moines

them to

drive-ins. "But

overcome their current

I'd

slump. spread was in with a 1 15.

say about 80% of our cars normally have

That and maybe the fact that the industry "MacArthur" was marching along with

is planning

children.

to unveil

I don't think young couples have

new equipment next fall a 270 in a second lap at the Cooper, but

that will enable owners to show X-rated films other figures were trailing off with little

to go to drive-ins, they have other places to

go. According to a recent University of Minesota

to customers in the theatre on a special con-

product excitement in view. School starts

survey, people who tainment screen that will

go

appear totally

to drive-ins are

blank early here this year, even before Labor Day.

about ten years older than those who go to

And so the dreaded early-fall doldrums

to motorists outside. But, Blank says, the

indoor theatres." Comfort seems to rate the

highest priority in a recent check of Des

screen is a "very expensive, elaborate thing,

whether it will be profitable, I don't know."

could arrive prematurely.

(Average Is 100)

Moines drive-ins. Most of them felt that the

indoor theatres posed too many restrictions.

He added that he doesn't think it will ever

be in general use, although Selig said it has

.270

a future in theatres showing X-rated films.

Why the need for X-rated films if the industry

Perils of Hardtop

Edina 1—Jabberwocky (SR) 3rd v.-k

is so dedicated to the family? "Econom-

wk

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photos. Don was interviewed by the reporters

and quoted in the front page story as

explaining how the mishap occurred. He

said the two men heard the bridge give way

and tried to get out of the way but did not

have time.

Don tells Boxoffich "We are now in the

process of having our marquee sandblasted

and painted, and we are giving ii and the

neon a general facelift."

80 actors recruited from the Neenah-

Menasha area of Wisconsin were used in

the two-week filming of an Occupational

Safety and Health Act (OSHA) training film

made in New Holstein. Completed by the

first of August, the film is now being edited

and will be ready for viewing by the end of

November. It will be used primarily to train

management personnel, union representatives

and state and federal inspectors.

Another in the periodic series of Baker

Shoe Store display ads that look like movie

ads and are run on the local theatrical page

is the current one with its headline: "New

Rope, New Rope." Its stars are listed as

Liza Cushionelli and Robert De Neato with

the accompanying message: "Get high on

this sole story." Head drawings of the two

stars are located at each end of an illustration

of a shot possessing a very high, cushiony

sole. "Daily 16.99' the ad announces

and adds: "Now showing at the Bakers

near you."

PES MOINES

pick Hayes, Dick Hayes Enterprises, has

been hop-scotching the Midwest with

one of the most attractive and delightful

traveling companions imaginable: lovely

Linda Wong, star of the "Jade Pussycat."

During a promotional tour for her picture

the pair spent July 27— 30 in Kansas City,

Wednesday—Sunday (10-14) in Denver.

Wednesday— Friday (17-19) in Davenport,

and Saturday—Tuesday (20-23) at the 1536

Theatre in Des Moines. Producer Dick Aldrich

will join them their first day in Des

Moines for an appearance at the theatre.

Linda will continue her triumphant midwestern

tour after her visit here.

Central States reported several items of

interest leading off with the good news that

Gayle Gustafson of the hard top booking

department has been promoted to assistant

booker with Peggy Miller joining the organization

as Gayle's successor as secretary

ports that his wife Wilma is recovering nicel>

from nerve surgery at Mercy Hospital

. . . Phyllis Patterson, purchasing, spent a

week in Hudson, N.Y. enjoying a visit with

her son and his family . . . Richard Ellenberger,

a traveling auditor, retired Friday

(19) which is good news for Richard but

bad news for the company he has served

so well and where he will be missed.

Bill Dippert, erroneously listed as employed

by Paramount is actually on the

payroll at United Artists . . . UA"s division

manager, Carl Olson, visited here Tuesday

(16) and took off for Lincoln with Don

Bloxham the following day to talk shop

with Dubinsky and Brehm.

Dennis Voy, Maquoketa and Harold

Guyctte, Guy-Con, Kansas City, rounded

out the list of visitors to the area.

MINNEAPOLIS

gteve Johnston, Sunn Classic Pictures

branch manager here, reports that

Mitchell, S.D., exhibitor Jeff Logan (Roxy.

State Theatres) staged a benefit shoot on

behalf of the Variety Heart Hospital here

—and raised $1,000 in pledges . . . Meanwhile,

Johnston is set with "The Lincoln

Conspiracy," Sunn Classic's prime effort

of the coming season. It will break October

5 with 25 territorywide dates set.

Ted Bolnick, former manager of the Hollywood

and 5th Avenue Theatres. La Crosse,

Wis., returned from California (where he's

living in retirement) to visit old friends in

the Badger city. Bolnick helped open the

theatres in December of 1936—and was

manager until September, 1944. "Admission

was 35 cents in those days—and the theatres

were filled," he recalled. (Today, tickets

are $2.50.) Bolnick remembered that during

the 1930s, his theatres had Bank Nights,

"and I got cited once, not for not giving

the money but for blocking the street. There

were so many people lined up outside, the

Greyhound bus couldn't get through!" These

days, the 5th Avenue is the location of a

community theatre, and the Hollywood is a

Plitt theatre managed by Dave Teague.

Tent No. 12, Variety of the Northwest,

has set two September events. The 42nd

annual golf tournament will be held (with

the first annual tennis tourney) at the Minnesota

Valley Golf Club September 9. Tennis

starts at noon—and golfers may tee off

any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Golfers

arrange to play by calling Forrie Myers.

Paramount branch chief, at 544-01 12, while

tennis players set their times with Jim Wilson

at 333-2281. And the 25th anniversary

Stag Dinner will be held Sept. 15 at 7:30

p.m. at the Calhoun Beach Athletic Club.

Ben Bcrger at 333-6481 is dinner chairman.

Filmrow visitors: Bud Woodard. Chief

Theatre, Bemidji, Minn.; Jerry Hickcrson,

Galaxy, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Jeff Logan,

Roxy Theatre, Mitchell, S.D. . . .

Frank Zanotti, Universal branch boss, is

delighted with the performance thus far of

"MacArthur." "It's doing very nicely in

both of its Twin Cities dates," he says, "at

the Cooper Theatre here and the Grandview

in St. Paul."

Jeff McBride, former Paramount branch

manager here, who retired to St. Louis, is

seriously ill and is hospitalized. Cards from

his many friends in this territory would be

greatly appreciated by McBride. For mailing

details, contact Forrie Myers at the

Paramount branch here at 544-0112.

Wayne Peterson, Dell Theatre, Cottonwood,

Minn., now retired, was a Filmrow

caller, visiting his friends and swapping

stories . . . "One

on One"—in a multiple

run in both Minneapolis and St. Paul— performed

very well, and Warner Bros, kicked

off the second week with full-page ads in

both Minneapolis and St. Paul papers, a

rare push for the second stanza of an engagement

and for a picture not really rated

a major release. The ads were stunners and

were the talk of film folk in each city.

Action and Mutual Renew

Quebec Distribution Pact

MONTREAL—The continuation of an

exclusive distribution agreement between

the production company Action Films and

distributor Mutual Films was announced

here recently. Upcoming Action Films

product includes Alain Resnais' "Providence."

starring Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud,

Ellen Burstyn and David Warner; "La

Dentelliere," a film by Claude Goretta toplining

Isabelle Huppert, and Yves Boisset's

"Le Sheriff," starring Patrick Dewaere.

In production for Action Films are Jean-

Louis Bertucelli's "L'Imprecateur," "Reperages,"

by Michel Soutter, which stars Jean-

Louis Trintignant, Lea Massari and Delphine

Seyrig, the new Jacques Deray film

"Un Papillon sur L'Epaule (A Butterfly on

My Shoulder)," starring Lino Ventura, and

Francois Le Terrier's "Va Voir Papa,

Maman Travaille" starring Marlene Jobert.

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BOXOFFICE :: August 29. 1977



CINCINNATI

J^ew World Pictures' "I Never Promised

You a Rose Garden" premiered at the

Dayton Mall Cinema Friday (12). All female

patrons were given a red rose. The

film opened at the Kenwood and Studio

cinemas Wednesday (17).

The premiere of 'Billy Jack Goes to

Washington" was held at Midstales Theatres'

Skywalk Cinema Tuesday (23). The

premiere, which benefited the Campbell

Lodge Home for Boys in Campbell County,

Ky., was attended by several of the film's

cast including: Tom Laughlin, the star and

creator of the film; Laughlin's wife Delores

Taylor and daughter Teresa; John Lawler,

Dick Gautier, William Wellman jr. and

Kathy Cronkite.

Donna Bastillung and Ella Smith joined

the acounting department at Midstate Theatres

. . . Morris Hale, head booker at 20th

Century-Fo,\, and his family vacationed

in Florida for two weeks.

Susan Schadler of Midstates' film department

married Douglas Laws Sunday (7).

They spent their honeymoon in Gatlinburg,

Tenn.

Wednesday (10), which marked the first

round of softball tournaments for the Filmrow

sluggers, turned out to be a calamityfilled

day. A muddy and slick diamond

helped cause four disabling injuries. Buena

Vista's Jill Simminger broke her finger and

National Screen Service's Debbie Thullen

suffered a broken ankle. Tri-State's girls

received more than their share of injuries

when Rosie Boardman was hit in the eye

with the ball and Tina Von Bokern suffered

a severely sprained ankle that will require

her to stay on crutches for several weeks.

Production manager Joan Carson visited

Phil Borack to check on locations for the

filming of "Harper Valley PTA," which will

be a 1978 release by April Fools Productions.

"The Last Remake of Beau Geste"

opened at the Showcase Springdale and

Showcase Erlancer Fridav (19).

Hite Named Warner Bros.

Chicago Branch Manager

CHICAGO—Terry Semel, executive vicepresident,

general sales manager for Warner

Bros.. Burbank, Calif., announced the

appointment of Seymour Hite as Chicago

branch manager, effective July 18. Hite

previously served as sales manager in the

Windy City.

Semel said, "We feel Seymour Hite is an

excellent executive and are pleased to have

him in the key position he has assumed."

Hite joined Warner Bros, in November

1973 and previously had functioned for

other film companies as branch manager

in Milwaukee and Indianapolis and, for a

period of time, as an assistant branch manager

in the Chicago area.

Capitol Theatre to Reopen

Under New Management

FLINT, MICH.—The Capitol Theatre,

which has been closed since last fall, is lo

reopen under the direction of its new manager

George S. Farah who recently purchased

the theatre and the building that

houses it and about 30 other stores and

Farah said that through offering firstrun

films and live entertainment that is

suitable for the entire family he hopws to

make the theatre a focal point that will

instigate the revitalization of the downtown

area.

Farah bid on undisclosed first-nm features

for fall showings and is considering

offering ethnic films in their native languages.

He also may add international foods

to the menu at the concession stand. Plans

to convert the bowling alley in the building

into a night club are also underway.

Frank Marzonic will act as the "entertainmsnt

counselor" and Farah will manage the

theatre and continue to rent out the other

stores and offices. Farah feels that there will

be a great potential for the entertainment

business in the downtown area when the

University of Michigan riverfront campus

and other projects are completed.

Farah has hired the former Capitol employees

and cleaned the theatre. The stage

has been refinished and the lighting and

projection equipment have been overhauled.

The theatre was built in 1927 by the

Capitol Theatre Building Co. who eventually

leased it to Butterfield Theatres, Inc.. who

operated it until last fall.

Promotions for "Herowork"

Discussed in Cleveland

CLEVELAND— Paul Yeskel of International

Harmony Productions traveled here

to meet with Morrie Zryl of Selected Pictures

to design a campaign for "Herowork,"

which IHP is promoting.

Yeskel also met with Mike Mooney of

Academy Advertising regarding the "Fantastic

Animation Festival."

Political Era in Chicago

Subject of New Film

CHICAGO—The first feature length

spoof of big-city politics to hit the screen

in 25 years will take form this fall when

the movie version of "The Election

Chicago Style" is filmed in the Windy City

for national distribution.

Chicago Talking Pictures has acquired

motion picture rights to the paperback of

the same name written by a judge who took

shelter under the alias of "Ward Heeler."

The book has sold over 30,000 copies.

The entire film will be shot in this area

and a predominantly local cast with tvso

stars will be used according to Alan Davis,

who will serve as director, and Ray Saeger,

company president. The production budget

is $1,250,000.

Chicago Talking Pictures previously concentrated

on industrial and educational

films.

'MacArlhur' In Charge

Of Cincinnati List

CINCINNAII— It was a busy week for

area boxoffice personnel as numerous films

earned hefty grosses. "MacArthur" landed

on area screens and ended up towering over

the list with a mighty 1,000 mark for its

debut week. "Star Wars" orbited close behind

with an average of 950 for its llth

week while newcomer "Smokey and the

Bandit" stole a substantial share of patrons

and ended the week with 800.

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the St. Theodosius Cathedral with

a chemical to temporarily defoliate them.

Basso created forests for "Camelot." "Hello

Dolly" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau."

He is reputed to be able to convert a parking

lot into Central Park.

Five stage and screen personalities including

Kitty Carlisle. Olivia de Havilland

and producer Cheryl Crawford will lecture

to the Play House Women's Committee this

season. John Cairney. who has appeared

with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in Europe,

and Robert Strane, the artistic director of

the Asolo State Theatre, Sarasota, Fla., will

also

lecture.

Ray Walston, an alumni of the Play

House, will return this season for guest appearances

in their productions. He has

many film roles to his credit including "Silver

Streak" and "The Sting." He will direct

and act in this season's opening production

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The Cleveland papers gave lengthy coverage

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Club of America races at Nelson Ledges

Road Course. Newman, who is a native of

Shaker Heights and the defending SCCA

D-Production champion, started that event

from the pole in his TR-6, but finished in

the llth place slot. In the B-Sedan event,

Newman piloted a Datsun 510, but completed

only three laps before blowing his

engine . was seen dining on

chicken and cans of Budweiser beer at the

Mark Restaurant. Lakefront Airport. Newman

also visited the Cleveland Clinic.

Conscientious Mark Bladd, Detroit publicity

director for United Artists, visited the

area for two days to count heads at the

promotional radio screening of "New York,

New York" at the Village Theatre.

Films for both young viewers and adults

at area theatres are: "Star Wars," six theatres;

"Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo," five

theatres, and "The Rescuers," three theatres.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Topaz," which stars

John Forsythe and Karin Dor. was shown

free Monday (22) at the public library auditorium.

Bob Bruce, Buena Vista Cincinnati

branch manager, visited the area.

Margaret Ulmer Ezekiel, who was recently

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HOUSTON—Adult book stores

and theatres

will continue to operate until the end

of August when a federal judge says he will

consider whether to permanently enjoin a

city ordinance that would close most of the

businesses here that sell adult books, films

and magazines, it was reported by Jorjanna

Price of the Houston Post.

U.S. District Judge Ross Sterling, Friday

recessed a hearing until Tuesday (30) and

extended an order which temporarily restrains

the city from enacting an ordinance

that forbids adult commercial establishments

to operate within 2,000 feet of a

church, school or other educational or

charitable

institution.

City Attorney Otis King said the city

would abide by a previous agreement to

forestall action against any adult commercial

establishment not protected by Sterling's

order.

A group of adult bookstore and theatre

operators won postponement of the ordinance,

due to go into effect last week, after

filing suit in federal court in opposition to

the antipornography law.

At Friday's hearing, a Spring Branch

woman. Nancy Brinsdon, testified that two

female leaders in the move to close adult

establishments warned her to leave town

and destroy a tape recording of an antipornography

rally that Brinsdon said she had

been asked to play at the hearing.

Brinsdon said she was threatened by Beverly

Heinrich and Geneva Kirk Brooks,

outspoken opponents of adult bookstores

and theatres. She said Heinrich told her to

say she did not have the tape and to destroy

it. Brooks suggested it would "be very convenient

for me" to leave town, Brinsdon

said.

Heinrich. sitting in the back of the courtroom,

shouted, "That's a lie." As she rose

to leave. Sterling admonished her.

Brinsdon said she also had received a

telephone call from an unidentified man

who said "I wouldn't make it to court with

the tape." The hour-long tape, played over

the objections of King, recorded the rt

marks of four city councilmen, state and lo

officials who spoke at a rally held by the

cal

Spring Branch Oaks Civic Center on June

21. Clyde Woody, attorney for the book

store and theatre owners, said he introduced

Brinsdon's testimony to show harassment.

Heinrich later denied she wanted the

tape destroyed and charged that Brinsdon

had committed perjury.

Parking Lot in Theatre's Spot

DES MOINES—History in the form of

the venerable Galaxy theatre, met destiny

in the shape of a wrecking ball, Po make

room for progress in the configuration of

a parking lot. The 64-year-old former RKO

house was the last of this city's grand old

cinemas. It was closed by its owner last

April because of low attendance and will

reopen,

according to the contractor, as a parking

lot.

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h.;:'.i\n Theatres' operations in East Lansing.

Ann Arbor and Benton Harbor

imII be handled by Leon Hoofnagle. who

.an be contacted at Mann Theatres. P. O.

Box 10180. Kansas City. Mo, Phone number

is 816-561-2920.

well.

Columbia Pictures presented "You Light

Up My Life" at a special advance screening

at the Towne Theatre Tuesday (23). The

film with music comparable to "A Star Is

Born" was billed as "intimate in nature,

modest in budget, which captures the hearts

of the moviegoing public—a film filled

with emotion, warmth and love."

The Detroit News letter box ran the following

note from a reader. "I've seen a

dozen current movies rated PG. No wonder

we hear such foul language from children.

I suggest PG be redefined as for liberal

parents and grandparents only—and not be

left to mean parental guidance."

The tip-off column of the Free Press

reported

that the wife of teamsters president

Frank Fitzsimmons will make her acting

debut in the film "Now I Lay Me Down

to Sleep." which is currently being shot in

the Ann Arbor area. The movie is a fictionalized

account of the slayings of seven

coeds in that area from 1967-69.

The filming of "The Betsy," a PG-rated

film based on the novel by Harold Robbins

that is planned for release next March by

United Artists, has received extensive media

coverage by local newspapers. Director Dan

Petrie and the entire crew and cast related

to a local paper that they "found Detroit

to be a delightful experience and that goes

for downtown Detroit as well. Wha^ is

more. I plan to spread the positive word

about your city, which is continually bad

mouthed" ... On another front. Little Harry's

Restaurant, which was used as a filming

site, has added a drink called the "Bcl-

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curacao and ice. The bartender has been

getting requests to mix a blue drink for the

extras . . . Larry Doss, president of New

Detroit. Inc., and Fred Matthaei jr.. chairman

of the company, were invited to meet

actor Laurence Olivier upon his arrival at

A Clark Theatre representative reported

City Airport where a scene was filmed. The

she plays opposite Richard Pryor and the

gave away that they are the sole agents for Toledo

station complimentary tickets to

invitation was made in appreciation of their

Cinema Systems, Inc.. which operates the

highlight the opening of the film at the

efforts and help in finding locations for

Vine North in Toledo . Pantheon

Hippodrome and Timonium drive-ins, Ray

filming in the city and for helping to expedite

Theatres. Toledo, will also be represented

Thompson & Associates coordinated Ms.

the shooting of the movie.

by Clark Theatre Service. The new lessee

Grier's promotional tour through Baltimore.

Inc.,

Scenes from the $5.5 million dollar movie

were shot at the Metro Airport, Kings-

and operator is Welcum Productions,

2.^09 Warren St.. Toledo. The president

WSID also has undertaken is

a major promotional

campaign with the AdVentures

wood School, the Detroit Towers penthouse

W. Charles Welch.

and at several other local sites . . . One area Agency to hypo Smokey Robinson's first

made Nate Levins of Levins Distributions, resident his apartment available for

film, "Big Time." Smokey is the executive

Southfield. is recovering from a severe hand

producer, as well as the composer of the

filming and even went to the expense of

injury. Although

Nate returned

the latest features

his hand

to work

are

is still bandaged,

and reported

doing exceptionally

that

having a white rug dyed for almost $400.

soundtrack music. "Big Time" stars Jayne

However. the apartment management Kennedy and Christopher Joy, who did an

thought that the filming would be "too disruptive."

As a result the disgruntled apartment

dweller left his $500 a month apartment

with the gripe that he felt the management

refused to help the company make

a positive movie about Detroit.

The Studio 4 Theatre in Birmingham,

which has been dark since May 1 1 when

the police ordered it not to open without

a license, has apparently closed. Since the

marquee, which once read "opening soon

for mature audiences." is now bare, the

residents will not have to worry for a while

at least about having X-rated movies in

their downtown area.

The Corn Corner of the Detroit News

printed the following item on Thursday

(18). "Bill Kreifeldt overheard the desk man

at Howard Johnsons in downtown Detroit

receive a complaint from a guest about an

R-rated movie 'The Sailor Who Fell from

Grace with the Sea." 'You shouldn't be

showing that movie on TV. It's all about

sex and my children are seeing it all.' she

said. 'How long have you been watching

it?', inquired the man. 'About an hour or

so,' she said. That's life."

'Rituals' Applauded

At World Premiere

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT.—The motion

picture "Rituals," $600,000 suspense

picture filmed north of here approximately

a year ago, received an enthusiastic reception

from a capacity audience at its recent

world premiere in this city. "Rituals" is the

story of five doctors who take their annual

vacations together. During their adventure in

the wilderness, the men find themselves individually

menaced by an unknown terror.

American Hal Holbrook, who played the

lead role in the film, attended the premiere.

"Rituals" was produced by Larry Dane.

with Peter Carter directing. The picture was

financed by Astral-Bellevue-Pathe-Canart

Films of Toronto, with additional funding

provided by the Canadian Film Development

Corp, and Famous Players.

WSID Steps Up Promotion

Of Black-Oriented Films

BALTIMORE—WSID-AM, this city's

very popular black station, recently has

been involved in promoting new black-oriented

films in Charm City.

Pam Grier stopped by the station to appear

on the Bob Greene show to discuss her

new starrer. "Greased Lightning," in which

interview with WSID's morning personality

Harry Boomer.

Additionally, the station is giving away

T-shirts

and soundtrack albums to ballyhoo

the film. Four of the lucky winners in a

contest staged by WSID were slated to be

chauffered in a limousine to join Harry,

Smokey, Jayne and Christopher for dinner

at the Chesapeake Restaurant. They also

were to attend Robinson's live concert and

the Baltimore premiere of "Big Time" at the

Hippodrome Theatre Thursday (11).

Peep Show Proprietor In

Plea Pictures Peekable

BALTIMORE—A total of 1 1 peep show

films have been submitted to the city circuit

court by the state attorney general after the

state board of censors refused to license

them on the grounds that they were obscene.

The films were listed in a suit filed

by the state against Anthony J. Varano of

Diversified Investment Corp., Ltd. Monday

(1).

Under Maryland law, the court is required

to set a hearing date and view the films

promptly. If the court concurs with the censors'

findings the peeps can be banned from

exhibition in the coin-operated projectors

usually found in

adult bookstores.

F. Todd Taylor jr.. an assistant attorney

general, stated in the suit that the board

turned thumbs down on the pictures in an

order dated July 29. The 200-foot-long

films are usually shown in 25 cent segments.

The state law has long required that

all films shown commercially, including

those viewed on coin-operated machines,

must be screened and approved by the censor

board prior to exhibition.

In a board-approved film the explicit

sexual activity associated with the peepers

would have to be blacked out which might

discourage potential peep show peckers.

Operators face a fine, under this law, should

they show films that do not have the approval

of the state regulatory agency.

Warner Bros, will distribute "War of the

Aliens."

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August 29, 1977


Hub Circuit Leaders

Laud Summer Records

BOSTON—Film business in Boston is

hitting high marks and exhibitors are experiencing

the best summer in 25 years.

Bigger pictures, bigger prices and bigger

grosses are the order of the day. Factors

include the elimination of smaller houses,

concentration of product with the same

picture playing two or more houses simultaneously,

perimeter breaks and moveovers

of films from house to house possible only

in large circuits. Another factor is this summer's

elimination of art houses and reissue

houses in downtown Boston. The heads of

the two biggest circuits based in Boston.

Sack Theatres and General Cinema agree

that this summer's business, paced by "Star

Wars" has been phenomenal.

This week finds exhibition moving right

along with two new big entries: "Outrage-

ous!" which is high above average. 225 at

the Orson Welles I and "Final Chapter-

Walking Tall." 300 at the Gary.

(Average Is 100)

Beacon Hill—One on One (WB), 2nd wk _ 130

II, Charles Chestnut Hill I—Morch or Die (Col),

2Tid wk 90

Cheri I—I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

(New World), 2nd wk 300

Chen II. Chestnut Hill Il-Bad News Bears in

Breaking Training (Para), 4th wk 75

Cheri III—The Last Remake of Beau Geste

(Univ), 6th wk - 130

Cinema 57 I, Circle Cii

(Univ), 3rd wk

Cmema 57 II—New York. New York (UA),

8th wk

.175

Exeter—Black and White in Color (AA),

5th wk liiU

Gary—Final Chapter—Walking Tall (AlP) 300

Orson Welles 1— Outrageousl (SR) 225

Pi Alley, Savoy I—The Spy Who Loved Me (UA),

3rd wk -..-600

Lightning (WB), 2nd wk 300

Thr the s—Star Wars (20th-Fox 12lh

Old Record Breaker Repels

Challengers in New Haven

NEW HAVEN—Three newcomers, brisk

grossers all, failed to outpace the season's

champion figure-setter, 20th Century-Fox's

"Star Wars" (an unprecedented 400 for its

sixth week, auditorium five. Redstone

Showcase 5). Universal's "MacArthur"

chalked up 275. auditorium one, same plex.

Columbia's "March or Die," auditorium

two, RKO-Stanley Warner Cinemart 2, and

auditorium one. General Cinema Corp. Milford

II. registered 250. And 20th-Fox's

"Thunder and Lightning" (double-bill). Milford

Drive-In. hit 175.

Cine I, North Haven—Smokey and the Bandit

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BOSTON

yA iinudson, vice-president of advertising

and publicity at Redstone Theatres.

be hard to live with after a glamor

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-Tuise of Europe. On his three-week hiatus.

Ed visited Great Britain, Denmark. Sweden.

Norway and Russia ... A belated, but

nonetheless sincere, "Happy Birthday" to

Redstone's Alan Naglin, assistant director

of advertising and a two-and-a-half year

veteran.

NFB Film Distributors office staff gave

a warm welcome to pert and purty Barbara

Hurlberl who is heading up the billing department.

Barbara lives in Franklin and was

with the Foxboro Co. before she came to

NFB . . . Harvey Appell and Paul Peterson,

also NFB. announced that their new

release "The First Nudie Musical" is rated

"R" and will open in September at Sonny

and Eddy's Allston Cinema.

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Films Distributing Co., Inc., 46 Church

St.. Boston. Two of their new releases.

"Mystery of the Gods" starring William

Shatner. rated "G," and "The Lion Who

Thought He Was People" also rated "G."

will be out this fall.

Bruce Gildstein and Monty Rome of the

Metro Provincetown continue to do the

unusual in promotions. Recently they

booked the original "Phantom of the Opera"

with Lon Chaney for showing at the stroke

of midnight accompanied by Lee Irwin, the

world famous master of the theatre organ,

in person at the Conn console. Irwin got a

standing ovation after each performance

and business increased with each succeed-

. . .

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Walter Dyer, sales manager at Universal,

was at

for of radio

the uninitiated) now living in Westbrook

soap operas, played regularly on the

and has generally week-ended there the past

Arthur Godfrey show and is often heard

few years. He's an ardent golfer (and not too

at the Carnegie Hall Cinema in

shabby on the links, either). He

New York.

played in a

member-guest tourney over the weekend

Under Personals in the Boston" papers,

of

ing show. The

NBC console

TV

master organist

hundreds

the

and

is a "Mainiac" (State of Maine native, to

August 6-7. with his twosome copping low

net honors with a tidy 59. That Sunday.

the following ad:

"Wanted! Former members of the French

Walter went around in 63 to walk off with

individual low net honors. Look out Tommy

Foreign

to take

Legion,

part in

officers

the opening

or enlisted

of Columbia

men.

Watson.

Pictures' spectacular adventure 'March or

Die" Please contact John Marklc. Columbia

Advance notice to all in the film district

8980."

Pictures. Telephone (617) 426-

that the New England Motion Picture Club

Markle. publicity chief at Columbia,

will hold their annual luncheon at Nick's

placed the ad as part of a widespread campaign

Restaurant. October 14, is hereby issued

to drum up interest in the film which

. Genial Solly Simons, Columbia sales

representative (retired) and now a perennial opened Friday (12) at the Sack Charles

vacationer was on Church Street gladhanding

Cinema and five shopping center houses.

old friends and regaling them with the Within

details of his two-week stay at the Mount

24 hours, according to John, he

was beseiged with responses to the ad.

Technical Advice Sought

From Woods Hole Institute

WOODS HOLE, MASS.—The Woods

Hole Oceanographic Institute has been approached

by two documentary film companies

for advice on technical problems involved

in location-shooting on a story about

finding and photographing the Titanic, according

to published reports.

An institute spokesman has now remarked

that an institute scientist (Robert Ballard)

had been approached by the film companies,

neither identified.

"It's still in the talking stage." the spokesman

added, "and nothing would be done

until 1979."

Marian Mack Will Attend

Buster Keaton Film Fest

CAMBRIDGE—J. D. Pollack, manager

of the Orson Welles Cinema here, announced

that a Buster Keaton Retrospective is

planned for September 28-Novcmber I. The

event, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of

Keaton's classic "The General." will be

highlighted by a visit from his leading lady

in the film. Marian Mack.

Miss Mack will be in town for two days

of receptions and interviews. The retrospective

will serve as this year's annual, fall

comedy series offering and will present the

following Keaton features and two-reelers:

"The General," "Sherlock, Jr.,"" "Battling

Butler," "Neighbors,"' "Playhouse," "Our

Hospitality," "Coney Island."' "The Scarecrow,"

"Steamboat Bill Jr.," "College,"

"The Butcher Boy,"' "The High Sign," "Go

West," "The Blacksmith," "The Haunted

House," "The Navigator," "The Saphead,"

"Seven Chances," "The Pale Face," "Good

Night Nurse," "Cops,"" "The Cameraman,"

"One Week," "Sunset Boulevard," "Tlie

Boar."' "Daydreams" and "Backstage."

Capitol Theatre Annex Doomed

NEW LONDON. CONN.—The New

London Redevelopment Agency has been

given City Council authority to demolish

the Capitol Theatre annex. The theatre itself,

once part of M&P Theatres and later

operated by American Theatre Corp., has

been shuttered in recent years: it was a

long-time eastern Connecticut premiere site

for Paramount Pictures.

INCORPORATIONS

— Connecticut—

Parmalee Hills Productions Inc.. Wallace

Parmalee Hill Rd.. Newtown 06470; Art

Wallace, president-treasurer; Carole Wallace,

vice president-secretary.

Ocean State Twin Bill Admission

PROVIDENCE—The one-time Loews

State, now called the Ocean State Theatre,

has adopted a double-feature policy, charging

$2 admission. Bulk of area cinemas

operate on a single-feature plan.

(Cost $25,000)

Make an offer

Route 9, Hadley, Mass. I

(413) 665-2518

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HARTFORD

J^Morney James H. Shulnian, 31. ol the

Shulmun exhibition family, has entered

the political wars, as predicted earlier in

BoxoFFicE. A partner in the Hartford law

firm of Ribicoff & Kotkin. he has been

nominated by the Democratic party in West

Hartford to run for the Board of Education

in November. His father Maurice W. Schulman;

uncle. Joseph L. Shulman; and grandfather.

Max Shulman. (all deceased) were

in exhibition, and his uncle. Albert H.

Shulman. is still in the industry in Connecticut.

WHNB-TV, the NBC affiliate, has

mounted a sizable promotion effort for a

continuing Sunday morning (7:30 starting

time) "Advenline Theatre" feature film

series comprised of vintage Warner Bros,

product, titles including "Silver River" (Errol

Flynn, Ann Sheridan); "Captains of the

Clouds" (James Cagney. Dennis Morgan);

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" (Flynn

and Olivia deHavilland). among others.

The Roger's Comer Drive-In. Pleasant

Valley, had a Friday and Saturday drawing

for two sets of tickets to Hartford Civic

Center boxing; on the screen were United

Artists' "Rocky" (which has a boxing

theme, of course) and "From Noon Till

Three."

William R. Daltoii, lifelong concert organist,

died recently at his Hartford home.

His theatre ties included status as featured

organist and associate conductor for a 50-

piece orchestra at Loews Ohio. Columbus,

and stints at New York's Radio City Music

Hall, among other showplaccs.

Westporter Paul Newman, a veteran

sports-car racing driver, entered the tougher

world of stock-car driving for a day. renting

the Stafford Speedway to see what it would

be like to drive a modified stock car. The

day's events were given considerable media

coverage across Connecticut.

The Greater Hartford Community College

introduces its fall/spring Friday night

free film series September 23 with "Small

Change." Since some of the titles are not

"G" rated, the college is emphasizing in

publicity releases: "All persons wishing to

attend the films may be asked to provide

proof of majority (college ID. driver's license,

majority card, et al)."

The Sampson & Spodick Grolon and

Norwich Cinemas 2 (auditorium two at

both theatres) advertised. "It's A Smash

Hit!" with playdale of Buena Vista's "Herbie

Goes to Monte Carlo."

Bigger Meal Tax Bite Planned

HARTFORD—The possibility of new

taxes on meals of less than $1. a move

expected to generate $15-million annual

state revenue, has been recommended for

Connecticut state legislative attention.

State Rep. Gardner E. Wright (D-Bristol).

of the finance committee, would

apply the existing 7-per cent sales tax to

meals under $1.

Woodward's TV Film Earns

Mass. Film Bureau Kudos

BOSJON~A major. made-for-TV. film

starring Joanne Woodward, is to be shot in

the Bay State, the newly formed Massachusetts

Film Bureau reported. The film will

be made by Projections Unlimited which

is owned by Woodward's husband, actor

Paul Newman and George England, who

is also the producer.

Woodward is cast as the divorced mother

of two, living in Boston, who decides to

attempt the internationally renowned Boston

Athletic Association Marathon. The 26-

mile. 385-yard event draws runners from

all over the world every Patriot's Day. During

this year's running, last April, Newman

got some shots of his wife chugging the

long road from Hopkinton to Boston.

Lensing is slated to begin in the Boston

area September 19 and continue for a

month. The entire film, interior shots as

well as exterior, is to be produced in the

state. Lt. Gov. Thomas P. O'Neill III and

John J. Marino, state commerce commissioner,

praised this aspect of the film as

they pointed out that most filmmakers take

their work to New York or California

studios for the inside shots.

Richard Heffron. with a long and impressive

list of TV shows to his credit is

the director. The high caliber of the cast

and crew also drew words of approbation

from Marino as a key to attracting more

such ventures to the state. Economics, of

course, is the prime mover in such undertakings

and motion pictures bring dollars

into the state and provide a boost for tourism.

Marino added.

The film bureau was formed by Marino

to attract filmmakers to the area and it

is headed by Jack McGlyn, director and

his assistant. Patricia Barry, both of whom

have assured the production company of

the fullest across-the-board support before

and during the shooting.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

^^arners Bros.' "Greased Lightning" had

its New Hampshire premiere, day-anddate

at the Movie Center. Hookset; Hookset's

Skyray Drive-In and the Nashua

Drive-In.

The state cannot set fair tax rates lor its

local communities imtil the state legislature

acts in October on a state budget. Revenue

Administration Commissioner Lloyd Price

said last week. He added that New Hampshire

programs for $43-million in local aid

could change, thus upsetting any tax rates

set now.

Star to Make Horse Show Awards

WENHAM. MASS. — Actress Tatum

O'Neal and actor Anthony Hopkins, who

have been on location in England for MGM-

United Artists' "International Velvet." are

to participate in the Ledyard Farms International

Horse Trials here in October. The

players are to award trophies.

SPRINGFIELD

JJcw titles on Western Massachusetts marquees:

Columbia's "March or Die."

Warner Bros." "One on One," AIP's "The

Island of Dr. Moreau." United Artists' "The

Spy Who Loved Me." Universal's "The

Last Remake of Beau Geste." and 20th

Century-Fox's "Thunder and Lightning."

The Air-Line Drive-In, Chicopee, is continuing

its Monday and Tuesday "Date

Nile" plan, ads asserting, "Bring Your

Date Tonight—You Pay Regular Admission

and Your Date Is Free!"

General Cinema Corp.'s Eastfield Mall

Cinemas 2 participated in sizable promotion,

including use of cooperative newspaper

advertising, by mall businesses welcoming

the J.C. Penney Co. department store

chain to the shopping center. Ads were

captioned. "You'll find Big Values throughout

the mall during The Big Celebration!"

The Morning Union is now including

Motion Picture Ass'n of America (MPAA)

ratings after each title listed in its daily

amusement pages "Movie Timetable."

Newhouse News Service entertainment

writer Frances Taylor, writing in the Sunday

Republican, commented: "The real

movie fans of the U.S. are impatient for

more films. Money ready, they scan the

ads, searching for what they want and deserve.

"Where, for example, is Dustin Hoffman?

Who's seen him on any screen since

'All the President's Men?' This fine actor,

with his everyman quality, creates a strong

bond with his audience in any role he plays.

Dustin. we need you and want you .

"A return to the past isn't very healthy

and it's often a disappointment. I'm not

looking backward at all, just hoping for a

re-discovery of the fun of life as well as the

problems, hoping for movies that will give

us our favorite people in movies rich with

the materials of our lives."

Old 3 for 2 Trunk-Aided

BROCKTON. MASS.—Area police, investigating

a report that a couple had put a

man into a car trimk. tracked the vehicle

down with a registration supplied by an

onlooker. It was learned that the "body"

was the friend of the couple; the intent,

police said, was to avoid paying an admission

charge for the man at the nearby Avon.

Sports Arena Plans Greenlighted

NEW LONDON. CONN —The city

Redevelopment

Agency has approved plans of

Robert McKearnon and Coleman Burke for

construction of a .$2-million hockey rink

and sports arena off Winthrop Blvd.

Ghost Hunters Gamble at Granada

MALDEN. MASS.—The Granada Twin,

in a change-of-pace booking, scheduled the

Warrens, billed as "ghost hunters," for a

"live" 9 p.m. show on a recent Wednesday,

charging $2.50 for adults: $1.50. .senior

citizens and $1. children.

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Orphcc Arts has signed an agreement VMlh

Mutual Films for distribution of Orphce"s

films in both French and English versions

throughout Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

Orphee's upcoming product, included in

the agreement, includes a film of Albert

Camus" "The Plague"; "Giants on the

Road," a story of truckers on the Paris-

Afghanistan route; "Girl in Blue Velvet."

a '40s romance by Alan Bridges; "Stars," a

Hollywood story, and "Louisiana Love" by

Nicolas Gessner.

Mutual Films also has acquired Quebec

distribution rights to the thriller "Communion,"

which Allied Artists will distribute in

the U. S, and English Canada.

Films still in production for which Mutual

has distribution rights in Quebec include

Alain Resnais" "Providence." starring Dirk

Bogarde. John Gielgud. Ellen Burstyn and

David Warner; "Un Taxi Mauve," an Yves

Boisset film starring Philippe Noiret. Charlotte

Rampling. Fred Astaire and Peter

Ustinov; a new Claude Chabrol work with

Sylvia Kristel titled "Alice"; Jacques Rouffio"s

"Violette et Francois." starring Isabelle

Adjani; a biography in which Rod Stciger

plays "Mussolini." supported by Henry

Fonda and Franco Nero; "Je T'Aime, Moi

Non Plus" by Serge Gainsbourg. with Joe

Dallesandro and Jane Birkin. and Francois

Legrand's "Casanova et Co." toplining Tony

Curtis and Marisa Berenson.

Two other internationally respected directors

have films in the works which Mutual

will distribute in Quebec. Joseph Losey's

"Les Routes du Sud" stars Yves Montand

and Isabelle Adjani and Ingmar Bergman

will direct Ingrid Bergman and Liv

Ullman in "Sonate d'Automne."

Quadrant's Trent Plans

Independent Productions

lORONTO — Quadrant Films has anniuineed

that production manager John

licnt will expand his activities to include

is production is a three-hour limited scries

titled "The Albertans," directed by Ron

Weyman for CBC.

David Perlmutter continues as president

of Quadrant Films, supervising financing

and distribution of film product through

Quadrant's affiliated companies. National

Film Finance Corp. and Compass Film

Sales. Currently available Quadrant films

are "Love at First Sight." starring Dan Ackroyd.

and "Why Shoot the Teacher?", toplining

Bud Cort and Samantha Eggar.

Scheduled for fall release is "Alien Encoimter,"

produced by Hal Roach Studios.

VANCOUVER

Qordon Nojus is substituting lor manager

Dick Letts at the Downtown while

Dick enjoys his annual holidays. Since the

weather has been so warm and sunny, with

lovely evenings, it is safe to assume that

Dick has spent at least a part of each day

enjoying the air at Exhibition Park while

he handicaps the bangtails. Oh. that your

correspondent were there!

Bill Gibson, who spent a couple of years

up at the Capitol. Prince Rupert, now is

relieving for Famous Players in the lower

mainland . district manager Norm

Reay left on a holiday, as did Margaret

Copping of Victoria Film Services, who

spent a week at the transcendental meditation

seminar at UBC. Ellen McKeever,

16mm inspector, left for her holidays after

Margaret returned.

Kathy Kasendix of Bellevue Films had

a leisurely tour of Vancouver Islands and

the Gulf Islands during July—the Riviera

for one-fourth the price and no language

Cathy Froelich

or money problems

went just a short distance across the line

to northwest Washington's lake country to

join thousands of other British Columbia

people at Lake Whatcom.

Elsie Kalz left the office chores at Astral-

Columbia in the capable hands of Theo

Ross while she spent a couple of restful

weeks . . Janet Wisniuk, laid low by a

.

back ailment, was back at work

painful

at Canfilm. During her absence, Kevin

Norman did double duty covering her position.

The husband-and-wife team of Laara and

Zaie Dalen, as competent a show business

couple as has appeared in this province for

many years, went over to Victoria to promote

the opening of their picture "Skip

Tracer" in the Counting House Friday (5).

They returned Thursday (11) in time for a

session with CB.S's "Hourglass." after which

Laara flew to Toronto for a scries of interviews

and talks for a national release. Zale

The first two days of the August holidays

were not beach weather, so any house with

a kiddies picture got a very big play. Cashing

in—and in a big way—were "Smokey

and the Bandit" (Odeon Vancouver and

New Westminster. Haida, Dolphin, Totem.

North Vancouver, Clova and Surrey Drivein)

and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger,"

which was big in the Hillcrest Drive-In. with

both ozoners capitalizing on special duskto-dawn

shows one night . . . Once again.

Vancouver Island and the interior exchanged

weekend trippers with the lower

mainland to clog the highways and till the

motels and hotels. Places of amusement got

a big play but stores were almost uniformly

quiet on Saturday.

The Granville Mall scene: That bewitching

blonde beauty seen strolling downtown

really was Elizabeth Montgomery .

Clancy Loranger, veteran sports columnist

of the Province, told Johnny Bernard about

the Alpen Club type who tried to write a

new drinking theme song for the Oktoberfest:

couldn't get past the first two bars.

Ms. Terry Einfeld of Warner Bros, was

away enjoying the perfect August weather

and Vi Hosford returned from a couple

of weeks at her trailer hideout at Oroville.

Wash.

Mike Radulovich of the Auto-Vue Trail

says the only way to avoid the unending

parade of slow-moving campers and leisure

vehicles on our interior highways is to

travel at night—and then hit the lower mainland

after the commuters have left for work

in this city.

The August week which ended Saturday

(13) was a rare one in this city! You

could have fried eggs on the downtown

sidewalks and shot guns off in the stores

(and in some theatres) without hitting a

body. The drive-ins, however, were loaded.

CKNW's Bill Hughes, who runs the

longest-playing "Man on the Street" broadcast,

had his roving mike on a Greyhound

btis heading for the Howe Sound scenic

trip. Asking an English chap what he did

for a living, he was told he was a film salesman

and that his latest big one was "The

Spy Who Loved Me." He added that we all

should be sure to see it, if and when it ran

here. Bill didn't have the heart to tell the

man the film already was in its third week

at the Capitol 6 and had broken a house

record there. (Guess that to some of our

English cousins, this area still is "The Colonies.

Outpost of the Empirah.")

iiuicpendent producing and directing while d^d a long interview with CKVU-TV just

ni.iintaining his present office at Quadrant, before leaving for Victoria.

iS Isabella St. here. His current co-productuni

activities are involved with the CBC

The Varsity is now back to its regular 'Who Has Seen the Wind'

fare of outstanding films of more than passing

interest. Immediately following the In-

.mil independently with William Stevenson

Premiere Set for Fall

.Mui screenwriter Tony Sheer.

REGINA. SASK.— "Who Has Seen the

ternational Festival, it opened with "Edvard

front's first production assignment is

Munch," which

Wind," film version of W. O. Mitchell's

played a special holiday

I he Fighting Men." a 90-minute CBC-TV

novel, will premiere in Saskatchewan this

show last winter, winning customer approval.

drama to be directed by Don Shebib. Also

fall, according to Gwen Iveson of Souris

Rivers Films, Toronto, associate producer.

The original intention was to release the

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picture in the spring of '77; however, the

film's debut was delayed to permit extra

editing.

Plans are to hold the world premiere in

Areola. Sask.. near where the production

was made, in late September or early October.

Release in larger centers would he

scheduled for the following day.

Lensed entirely on location in southern

Saskatchewan last year at a cost of $1,100.-

000, "Who Has Seen the Wind" stars Canadian

actor Gordon Pinsent.


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Good Grosses

arned by All Colgary Newcomers

CALGARY — Receptive crowds gener-

.lU'd hefi\ boxofl'ice business that resulted

in substantial grosses for thj five newcomers

10 the area this report week, "One on One,"

"The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training,"

"Smokey and the Bandit" and "The

Last Remake of Beau Gestc" were joint

residents of the "excellent" category while

"Grand Theft Auto" checked in a notch

below with "very good" grosses.

Brentwood—For the Love ol Benji (PRl. 2nd wk Fair

Calgary Place 2—Orca (Para), 2nd wk Very Good

Chinook—A Bridge Too Far iUA),

7lh wk Excellent

Market Mall 1— One on One (WB1 Excellent

Market Moll 4, 5 d (^The Spy Who loved Me

(UA), 2nd wk. .

Excellent

Norlh Hill, Uptown I-Stai Wars ! : ),

6th wk

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Odeon l~Hollercoasler

Fair

Od-.-:: :-SIapShot ; . v.,: Good

Pa::.

Bad News Bears in

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Breaking Training Excellent

Pa..., .:.-.:: , Goes to Monte Carlo

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:L:V;:'; .. ,. Excellent

Three Ihealres- Grand Thell Auto (IFD) ..Very Good

Towne Blue—The Other Side ol Midnight

(BVFD), 6th .-.k Very Good

Towne Red—Smokey and the Bandit

(Univ)

Excellent

Uptown 2—The Last Remake oi Beau Geste

(Univ)

Excellent

Average Grosses Earned by Majority

Of Films on Vancouver Marquees

VANCOUVER—"Fair" grosses tended

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Para), 14th wk

Cajii d News Bear: Breaking

Traming Fara), ^nd

Cai;itol—The Island ol

Capitol— One on One (WB:i

Coronet—The Last Remake of Beau Geste

(Univ)

Coronet—The Other Side of Midnight (BVFD),

8th

Downtown—Outlaw Blues (WB)

Odeon—Smokey and the Bandit (Univ),

2nd wk

Park—MacArthur (Univ)

Stanley—A Bridge Too Far (UA), 8ih wk.

Vancouver Centre—The Rescuers (BV), 5th wk.

Vancouver Centre—New York, New York (UA),

5th

Vogue—Star Wars (BVFD), 7th wk Very Good

Variety of Nev^ Films Debut

On Edmonton Area Screens

EDMONTON—The grosses earned by


at the Provincial Museum Sunday (7) . . .

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"Treasure Island" was screened Friday (12)

by the National Film Theatre in its "Family

Film Favorites" presentation . University

of Alberta Chaplains" "Summer Session

Series" offered "Jesus Christ Superstar"

Monday (1) in the Tory Lecture Theatre.

The screening was followed by a discussion

on the theme of "The Quiet Violence

of Society."

Bill Chernyk, who has worked the past

20 years in his neatly pressed doorman's

tuxedo at the Westmount (previously known

as the Sahara Theatre), retired recently at

the age of 68. Bill's duties included everything

from maintaining order in the theatre

to rousing sleepy projectionists, he told Joe

Sornberger of the Edmonton Journal. Admitting

that he had seen few motion pictures

in their entirety. Bill's favorite film

probably was "The Sound of Music." The

one he liked least, he told Sornberger. was

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" "I never

gave a heck for that one," he explained,

"and that darned thing won an Academy

Award."

able on a loan basis to schools, associations,

community groups, etc.—in fact, to anyone

interested enough to screen them for a

group of people. Details of the various

movies and titles are available from Metric

Commission Canada, Box 4000, Ottawa,

Ont.

A big welcome to Harvey Levin, who is

booking again at Astral Films . . . More

news will be forthcoming on a new business

venture in this city that will bring a movie

buffs some of the greatest films ever made

in an earlier era. Flemming Nielson and

Don Carrol, both former CBC staff members,

have purchased the Plaza Theatre on

Kensington Road in the northwest section

of town and are converting it to an "art

house." The two neophyte theatremen are

even going back to the silent films hoping

that there will prove to be an audience for

such pictures in this city. It is a new approach

for Calgarians who like a "different"

evening at the movies.

Work is well under way—in fact almost

to the completion stage— at the two-screen

Mill Woods Drive-In, Edmonton. I'he theatre

is equipp>ed with heaters and will be a

year-round operation. Cinema 1 will have

a capacity of 442 cars, with Cincm;i 2 able

to host 355 vehicles.

Sandra McBean, daughter of Ken Mc-

Bean, Landmark Theatres, has enjoyed several

friends from Swift Current who have

been visiting with her. The young ladies

have taken in some of our more outstanding

attractions, gone on shopping jaunts, visited

with friends and—what else?— gone to the

movies. The primary reason for the girls

arriving in lown was to help Sandra celebrate

her birthday Tuesday (2), which they

did with a lovely supper at Ihe McBcan

home.

For the first time since its opening, the

Market Mall 6 here is showing one film in

three auditoriums. United Artists' "The Spy

Who Loved Me' bowed in Cinema 4, Cinema

5 and Cinema 6 to excellent grosses in

all

situations.

The big news here in the motion picture

industry is the shooting of some of the

footage for the upcoming feature "Superman,"

with auditions being held for

several "Superkids." The film company

scanned talent at the Calgary Inn and was

on the lookout for children (particularly)

in the age groups of three, five and ten

years.

Publicity director Gordon Arnell said

the youngsters will be involved in scenes

depicting the arrival from the planet Krypton

of the future Superman. It is expected

that these sequences will be photographed

in this area. The film has been under way

in southern Alberta and the crew was in

town to start lensing in the nearby Exhaw

area, as well as in the Blackie and Drum-

The poor Canadian taxpayer is footing

heller regions. Stars in the city, or arriving

the bill for yet another metric conversion

soon, to take part in the picture were Glenn

aid. This time, it is several films that have

been made specifically for Metric Commission

Canada to assist the general public Ned Beatty and Margot Kidder. Total bud-

Ford, Gene Hackman, Valerie Perrine,

with the system of measurements. In color

get for the feature is $25,000,000—and

and 16mm, the films are from 20 to 30 some of that will enter into Alberta's economy,

minutes in length. The pictures are avail-

as well as creating a number of spinoff

jobs in connection with the filmmaking.

Cinematheque 16 in Edmonton continues

to delight the true movie buff with classic

film fare. Pictures scheduled for August included

"Through a Glass Darkley," "Winter

Light." "The Silence" and "Smiles of

a Summer Night." The first annual Summer

Festival of International Cinema (presented

Thursdays and Fridays) offered "Bed

and Board" (France, 1970), "The Fifth

Horseman Is Fear" (Czechoslovakia. 1964).

"The Milky Way" (France-Italy. 1968) and

"Seven Samurai" (Japan, 1954). The very

knowledgeable Sam Koplowitz has arranged

for a new season of international features

and retrospective series to begin September

1. With Sam's know-how, the films should

make September a very interesting month

for Edmontonians.

Some time ago, there were plans afoot

to make a motion picture about the life of

Alberta's black cowboy, John Ware, but

the company involved ran afoul of the Security

Commission and to date the film has

not been completed. The National Film

Board, however, has made a documentary

on this colorful pioneer and his daughter

Jeannette (Nettie) has a top role in this

film. The interest in Ware was touched off

by the publication of the book "John Ware's

Cow Country." written by the Hon. Dr. J.

Grant MacEwan. During Stampede week.

the NFB crew was in Nanton shooting

footage for this interesting picture. Ware's

childhood was spent in slavery and much

of this time in his life is based on interviews

with his daughter. Ware came to Alberta

in 1882 and became known throughout the

West as a very capable roper, rider, sharpshooter

and rancher. A fall from a horse

in 1905 resulted in his death, just a few

months after his wife had died. Another

daughter. Mildred, still is living in Alberta,

with one son, Robert, living in this city.

Another, Arthur, makes his home in Vancouver,

No date has been set for the release

of the film.

.

Stan Phillip.s, 16mm booker lor Bellevue

It's not

Films, departed on vacation . .

that Susan Pietrowski of Victoria Shipping

Services has had more holidays than anyone

else— it's just that she has split up her

three weeks and is away for another short

hiatus from daily toil.

Edmonton has experienced some real deluges

of rain in the past few weeks— heavy

pounding rains that really have shown up

as poor nights at ozoner boxoffices. Lack

of rain in the south and east sections of Alberta

also has affected theatre attendance.

With no prospect of a crop in that area,

people are becoming very cautious in

money matters and reduced spending is reflected

in some very low grosses.

Cinemobile Display Set

As Feature of Festival

TORONTO— Parked at Harbourfront

and showing films which will include National

Film Board shorts and some fulllength

features, as well as films by independent

Canadian filmmakers and some animation

and classic films, will be the Cinemobile.

The Cinemobile is a van with an inflatable

theatre coming out of its back. It

looks like a giant carrot and has to be seen

to be believed!

This "inflatable" mobile theatre was devised

by Martin Heath, director of projects,

and Chriss Clifford, design engineer, of

Mobile Cinema Systems. It seats approximately

75. The balloon environment creates

excitement among adults and children,

creating a delightful new way to view film.

The Cinemobile is an all-weather yearround

mobile cinema with continuous projection

and a self-contained generating system.

In the environment created by the inflatable

auditorium, people become enthusiastic

about viewing film and in the process

seem to enjoy themselves and find that the

person next to them also is "getting off" on

the experience.

The Cinemobile will be at Harbourfront

the weekends of the festival, September 10-

11 and September 17-18. All of the films

are free and part of the festival's Harbourfront

activities.

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New Sreec/ of Filmmaker Making Mark

^ylth British Columbia Productions

By JIMMIE DAVIE

VANCOUVER—A new group of young

West Coast movie producers, far removed

from the types of the last decade who first

sought Canada Council grants before

shooting the "great" Canadian cultural and,'

or sex epic, have been learning their trade

quietly in local studios and on location on

behind-the-camera assignments associated

with documentaries, commercials and educational

subjects. Heading this list are the

Dalens of Highlight Productions, who have

just put the dramatically and artistically successful

"Skip Tracer" into release.

Zaie Dalen. who entered filmmaking

after he was fired as a news reporter, has

worked in commercial productions for others.

Dalen, 28. plays guitar and piano, rides

an antique Royal Enfield motorcycle, has

a pet Florida king snake named Andy,

practices fast-draw with his .44 magnum

and can take a cigaret out of your mouth

with a 12-foot bullwhip. He's also dedicated

Wife Versatile

Aide

His wife Laara also has spent considerable

time behind the cameras in assignments

ranging from gaffer to script girl. She's

also had some distribution experience, having

an educational subject which she told

your reporter grossed $14,000 in 16mm

film library rentals.

Barry Healey. creator of the super-short

"Outtakes," likewise has had a checkered

career in the field of "sink or swim" professional

show business. Everything he

owns, except his guitar and typewriter, is

jammed into eight cardboard boxes so that

he can move fast in pursuing his bread-andbutter

occupation as a folk singer. He

worked at this endeavor three years after he

left Vernon for a struggling band— to earn

tea and cakes. It was named, appropriately.

Heartaches.

Became Freelance Writer

Healey then became a freelance writer

for CBC doing variety and comedy shows

for such people as Mike Neun. He also

wrote for Rolph Harris and the short-lived

'Celebrity Revue," which was shot in Vancouver's

Cave for domestic syndication. He

got into films by being an extra in Trevor

Wallace's "Journey into Fear" and then was

CINERAMA IS IN

SHOW BUSINESS IN

HAWAII TOO.

When you come to Waikiki,

don't miss the famous

glljgjjUJjUi

[Smi^ Don Ho Show. .

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IN WAIKIKI: REEF . REIT TOWOtt EDGEWATER

George Segal's stand-in for "Russian Roulette,"

also lensed in Vancouver.

Seeing the unconscious comedv that went

on behind the camera led to "Outtakes." a

comedy of the boo-boos committed during

the making of a motion picture that never

show up in the finished product.

His lead. Richard Romanus. played a hit

man in "Russian Roulette," which he does

again in "Outtakes." but for laughs. Local

performer Bill Reimer plays a movie director.

John Holbrook, who helped lens "Shadow

of the Hawk," was the director of

photography. The whole crew, Healey explained,

"was a feature-film crew" who. in

two days, shot enough film for a 118-minute

feature and it was "cut to 18 minutes

for short release." They gave a lot of love

to the project, according to Healey.

Belief

Always Works

He is optimistic about "Outtakes." explaining,

"Everytime I do something I believe

always works. I'm not going

the growth to of the British Columbia film

in, it to

industry and represented western Canada make a lot of money but it's a nice feeling."

on the Canadian Film Development Corp.

advisory committee.

To quote the Vancouver Sun's Les Wedman:

"In some ways. Phil Borsos is typical

of young filmmakers but he's also unique.

He's broke. He complains a lot and yet he

finds there is nothing as exciting as making

a film. He says he will never make another

short film yet he's already doing another

(since completed). That's what makes him

unique. He keeps doing and doesn't just

keep talking about making films."

Borsos is 23 and his short "Cooperage."

the story of barrel-making at Sweeney's,

won the Canadian Film Awards' Etrog as

the best documentary short in Canada last

year. It beat out the National Film Board's

competition—sweet justice, since the NFB

earlier had withdrawn its support from Borsos'

subject (he quite likely lacked the necessary

academic credits to qualify for the

august body). He got the film into theatres

across Canada and almost wound up with

an Oscar nomination in Hollywood.

Idea From Helicopter

Borsos got the idea for "High Rigger"

when he saw a Vancouver Sim photo taken

from a helicopter of a giant fir being toppled

in Capilano Canyon because it was

infected with dry rot. With the prestige and

the film rental results of "Cooperage" behind

him, Borsos swung a bank loan and,

recruiting a crew, was in business.

Unable to get the high-rigger he wanted

in British Columbia, he tabbed veteran

Washington timber-topper Hap Johnson of

Castle Rock. Next was young professional

stuntman John Thomas, to add the necessary

pizzaz, along with special-effects assistants

John Wardlow and Graham Langley.

After several false starts, due to high

winds and unexpected snow, they literally

were able to gel production off the ground

in April and. with the aid of high-rigger

Marv Trudcau of Honeymoon Bay and

Robbie Carrol, a speed climber from Squamish,

making set-ups and slinging cables

for cameraman Dave Geddes, managed to

get the actual aerial shots completed in four

days. Not seen—but very necessary—was

high-rigger Art Williams, whose bullhorn

instructions scared off the birds and bears,

while 12 cameras were planted high in the

trees.

Look for "High Rigger" first on TV this

fall, after which Borsos and his Mercury

Pictures. Inc.. hope to launch another short

which hopefully will be the pilot through

which he intends to sell investors to back

him on his first feature, a Pacific Coast

western.

Perhaps this might be a good place for

the circuits to invest their money—with

young, no-nonsense pros.

Unexpected Rain Dampens

Hot Comedy on Location

MONTREAL—Cinepix set up to begin

location shooting of its sex comedy "Heads

or Tails" at the J. K. Walden, Ltd., fur store

here but suddenly was rained out as the

lights on the set triggered the store's automatic

sprinkler system.

Cinepix insisted that the sprinklers had

malfunctioned but Superior Court Judge

Denis Levesque didn't see it that way. He

awarded $45,000 damages to the fur store

and the Tokyo Marine & Insurance Co.

Scriptwriting Contest

Has October Deadline

ATHENS, OHIO—October 3 is the deadline

for the first annual scriptwriting contest

sponsored by the Athens International Film

Festival. All scripts from both new and experienced

writers are eligible except those

that have already been produced or are in

the process of being produced for film or

TV.

The scripts, which must be of original

material and not adaptations from published

works, can be entered in the following categories:

Screenplay, feature film or short

story film; TV drama. 60 or 90 minutes, and

TV pilot, 30 or 60 minutes.

The contest's entry procedures require

that all scripts be typed on 8'/2 x 1 1 inch

white bond paper in master scene form for

film and a similar format for TV writing.

In addition, all scripts must be well bound

so that there are no loose pages and they

must have a title page that lists the author's

name and address and the title of the script.

All scripts submitted will be judged by a

panel selected by the festival management

that will include: Steve Barker, associate

professor of Cinema at Loyola University;

John Block, screen and TV writer and instructor

in screenwriting at the American

Film Institute; Peter Bukalski, chairman of

cinema and photography at Southern Illinois

University, and Richard M. Blumenberg,

associate dean and professor at Southern Illinois

University.

Additional information can be obtained

by writing to: Athens International Film

Festival, Scriptwriting Competition, Box

388, Athens, Ohio 45701.

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kin Ticklfr (78) ..C. Apr 77

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i of Gore (SO) ..Ho. .Hay 77

Srst of Laurel & Hardy (90) .

.MHENA FILMS,

LTD.

Conspiracy (87) Ho.

Belween Hoieti and Hell (87) . . D

Virility (87) C.

ImpMsible U»e (90) D.

JOSEPH

BRENNER

Rape Killer Oct 76

The Cheaters Oct 76

Autopsy Nov 76

Cry of a Prostitute Nov 76

The Winners D..

Evil Eyes Sus-D .

Ifs Not the Size Thai

Counts Sex C.

Bike Scimmer, VIncenI Price

Lady J Ac-Ad.

Naked Sacrifice Ad-D..

BURBANK INT'L PICTURES

Between the Covers Auo 76

Secrets of Sweet Sixteen Auo 76

Superknight Sept 76

Journey Into the Beyond . . . .Jan 77

The Holes (Les Gaspards) . . .Jan 77

14 and Under Feb 77

2069. a Sex Odyssey May 77

CENTRAL PARK FILM

Super Bug, Super Agent . S

Andy Warhol's Young Dracula

MISCELLANEOUS

Rel.

Date

The Booby Hatch (86) Jan 77

on Joy Miller, Rudy RIcd

The Groove Room (S3) Feb 77

Ollle Solloft, Sue Lonehurst

The Fabulous Fanny (87) ...Feb 77

.\lan SpUz. Diane Suromerfleld

Crazy House (89) Mar 77

Frankle Howerd. Ray MUland

Lucifer's Women (88) Mar 77

Urry Hankln, Jane Brunei-Cohen

Night of the Howling Beast ..Mar 77

Paul Naschy, Sllrla Solar

COUGAR PRODUCTIONS

BEEHIVE PRODUCTIONS

Assassin (82)

The Raw Report (70) StK C. Aug 77 I.in Hendry

MItcli Morrill. Polly nemcnto Tiger Bay (156)

Curves Ahead! (81) ..Sex C. Oct 77 .lasdish Prem, Itart Shankar

(Wrlif-near. W.K. Margoki

The Sky Is Falling (91) ....

Carnal's Duties (80) Sex C. Dec 77 Richard Tndd, Dennis Hopper,

.Muffin Macintosh

Carroll Baker

Rumps ... Is There One in

Shriek Out (90)

Your Past? Sex C. Feb 78 •Iiidd Hlrsch

My Brother Has Bad Dre,-ms/

Sisters of Satan (97/85) .

Paul VIcent/.Anne Hej-»ood

Saga of Dracula/Vcngeance of

the Zombies (91/91)

The Vampire Happenings/The

Swinging Monster (90/85) .

Pia neEermark, Tony Kendall

GOLDSTONE FILMS

Curse of the Devil

Kung Fu Brothers

Bruce Lee and I

Kung Fu Master— Bruce Lee Style

Shanghai Connection

Vampire Beast Craves Blood

North of the Yukon

Cops Is Cops

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Hlrls (Tiitlpll. Jacqueline 1,!

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CAMBIST FILMS

Emili!

licole

Two Against the Law .Aug

Swedish Minx (99) C.

By the Blood of Others Sept

Maria Lynn, Ble Warbiirc

The Slap (104) D. Sept 76

My

Girl on Her Knees D.

Husband, His Mistress and

(9S) C-D..Sept76

Easy Come. Easy Go C.

Something Creeping in the

It.-miis VptU. Heidi Ka[)plpi

Dark (90) Sus 76

Belmondo Is the Swashbuckler

(100) Hl-C-D. .Scpl76

CANNON GROUP

The Prophet (90) C-D. .Oi

Vlltnrln Cassman

Vnn-Marcret.

Three Way Love Mar 77

Sicilian Connection .. .Cr-D. Oct 76

Cherry Hill High Apr 77

What Might Have Been May 77

The Last Wilderness May 77

HEMISPHERE PICTURES, INC.

The Happy Hooker Goes

to Washington June 77 Refle

Bed

.Sex.

Intimate Playmates Sex.

Naughty Co-eds Sex.

Smartie Pants Sex

Hanky Panky Sex

Willing Wives Sex.

Terror From Under the

House

Sus-D

CINEMA S

HOLLYWOOD INT'L

Harlan County, USA

Her Last Fling (75) Sex D. Dec 76

(103)

Ultimate Pleasure

Pumping Iron (85) . Doc. .Jan 77 (80) Sex D. .May 77

Providence (104) F. Jan 77 Jungle Blue Sex C. .July 77

nirk Rneardp. RUrn nur^tvn

The New Adventures of

We All Loved Each Other So

Casanova Sex-Ad .. Sept 77

Much (124) Q and

b&w

C-D..June77

Vlllorlo Oa-wman. Ninn Manfredi

Jabberwocky INDEPENDENT-INT'L

(100) C. May 77

MlrhacI

Nurses for Sale (84) ...Ac

Palln. Max Wall,

Dcbt.rah

Losing Cousins (87) . . . . D.

Rallendcr

Volcano

The Naughty Stewardesses/

(100) O and b&w Doc

Blazing Stewardesses

(102/85) Sex C

The Lonely Woman (81) .0

Horror of the Zombies . Ho Jan 77

Girls' Hotel (93) D Feb 77

Uncle Tom's Cabin (108) D Mar 77

llorliert l.om, Olive Mooreflelrt

Nurse Sherri (92) Ho,.N

Game Show Models ..Sex D. ./

Cinderella 2000

(95) SFSex /

r.itharlnc Erhardt

Rel. Date

LIMA PRODUCTIONS

ttle Miss Innocence

(SO) Sex D.. May 77

MFI DISTRIBUTORS

Dicktator C-D.. May 77

s on 6th Street D.. Aug 77

An Affair in Cannes D.. Oct 77

The Abductor Cr. .Nov77

Man of

Convictions

Cr..Dec77

Fog 0., Feb 78

Raices

D..Mar78

MULBERRY SQUARE

For the Love of Benjl

(85) C-Ad..June77

Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith

NILES INTERNATIONAL

chizo (105) Ho. .June 77

Lynne Frederick, John Lfl>1on

Love All Summer

(95) C-D.. Aug 77

Rill Dana, Marty Allen

Wonder Who's Killing Her Now

(84) C. Aug 77

Rnb DIshey. .loanna Barnes.

Bill Dana

NMD FILM DISTRIBUTING

Invasion of the Blood Farmers/

She Beast/The Embalmer

(80/74/83) Ho.. Apr 77

The Carhops (88) May 77

The New Adventures of Snow

While (76) May 77

Naunhly School Girls/Teenage

Tramp/Teenage Hitchhikers

(86/80/74) May 77

OMNI PICTURES

Kiss of the Tarantula May 76

Death Driver (90) , . Apr 77

Frank Challenge— Manhunter

(88) Ac. Apr 77

PACIFIC COAST FILMS

My Wife the Hooker (65) ...Feb 77

Confessions of Linda Lovelace

(72) Apr 77

Do You Wanna Be Loved

(85) Aug 77

Please Please Me (75) Sept 77

Candy Stripers (SO) Oct 77

Mondo Magtc

Sandakan, No.

(120)

PETER PERRY PICTURES

Hollywood High (81)

SCOTIA AMERICAN

hrislian the Lion . .Ad-Doc .. Jan 77

Rlll Traver^^, VirRinla McKenna

The Ninhl They Robbed

Big Bertha's (88) C.

list CENTURY

The Demon Lover

Salut I'Artiste (96) ..C-D. N

M.in-tlln MastroiannI, Francoisi

l':ilii:n(. Cirla flravina

The Three Fantastic

llr.i.l lliirrli. Tony Kendall,

CLAMIL PRODUCTIONS

Magic Legend of the Juggler

Blood Freak (80)

Bedroom Magic (90)

Europa (80)

.357 Magnum .

KEY INTERNATIONAL

The Father Kino Story

(115) Ac-D .Sepl77

CONSTELLATION FILMS

Ulchard F.giin. Itlcardn Monlalban VANGUARD RELEASING, INC.

Battle Command (100) Jan 7? Run for Blue (86) .W-Doc. .Sept 77 The Hills Have Eyes

Frederick Stafford. Van Johnson

Itev Allen. Tanya Tucker

(89) Ac-Sus..June7

COMING RELEASES

ALLIED ARTISTS

NEW WORLD

The Betsy Feb 78 Deathsport 2020

SF-Ae.

Laurence Olivier, Katharine Ross, David Carradlne

Robert Duvall. Tommy Lee Jones Phibes Rejurrectus Ho-C

(A United .Artists Co-release)

Vincent Price. Roddy McDowall

Such Men are Dangertus

PARAMOUNT

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL Joseph Andrews

Mean Dog Blues Feb 78 (103) C-Ad..0ct77

George Kennedy, Kay Lenj

Ann-Margret. Peter Firth,

Rolling Thunder

John Glelgud, Hugh Griffith

William Devanc, Tommy Lee Jones Looking for Mr. Goodbar ....Oct 77

The Black Pirate Ad..

. le Keaton. Richard Kiley

Mel Ferrer

Pretty Baby Feb 78

ATLAS FILMS

Ann of St. Tropez

AVCO EMBASSY

Rabbit Test C. Oct 77

Jnan Prather, Alex Rocco,

Paul Lynde, Alice Ghostley

The Manitou

Susan Strasberg, Tony Oirtis.

Michael Ansara, Burgess Meredith

Yockowald

Tom Jones. Harry (Juardlno.

Su.san Sarandon, Kdth Carradlne

Born on the 4th of July

Al Padno

Fraternity Rov» (101) 0..

Peter Fox, Gregory Harrison

Seven Nights in Japan

Michael York

The Duellists

Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradlne

Sextette

Mae West, Timothy Dalton.

Dom DeLiilse, Rlngo Starr

First Love R-D-

WiUiam Katt, Susan Pey

Strother Martin, Arthur Hill

Bessie D .

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Aretha Franklin

Julia D.. Nov 77

Jane Fonda, Vanessa lledgrave,

Jason Rohards. Maximilian Srhell

BUENA VISTA

Survival Run Ac- Ad.. Dec 77

Pete's Dragon ....An M-F..Nov77 Jan-Mlchael Vincent, George

Helen Reddy. Mickey Rooney.

Peppard, Dominique Sanda.

Red Buttons, Shelley Winters

Paul Wlnfleld

Counterfeit Countesi Milo .

The World's Greatest

Jodie Foster. David NIven

Dee 77

Hero From Otherwhere Ad-F..

The Cat From Outer Space ..An..

Ken Berry. McLean Stevenson.

Dec 77

Sandy Duncan. Roddy McDowall

Hayburgh, Alan Bates

Return From Witch Mountain

A Wedding

Bette Davis, Oirlstopher Lee,

Carol Bun Geraldlne Chaplin.

Kim Richards

Lillian Gish, Lauren nntton

Turning Point ,;•••;''

Shlrlev MacLaloe .\nne Ranrrnfl

CINEMA SHARES

Aces High (114) ... .Ac-D. Oct 77

John Gielgud. Trevor Howard, UNITED ARTISTS

Richard Johnson. Malcolm McDowell Equus D. .Oct 77

Godzilla on Monster

Richard Burton, Tony Perkins

Island

SF-F..N0V77 Valentino "0177

Ultra Secret

Rudolph Nureyev, Ml-heite PhUlliis

Le.slie Carnn, Carol Kane

The Betsy Eeb 78

COLUMBIA

Laurence Olivier. Katharine Ross.

Close Encounters of the Third

Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones

Kind

SF..Nov77 (,\n Allied .\rtists Co-release)

Richard Dreyfuss, Terl Garr,

Semi-Tough

Francois Truffaut, Mellnda Dillon Riirt Revnolds, Kris Krlstoffersnn.

Six Weeks

Jill Oayburgh, Robert Preston

Audrey Hepburn. Tatum O'Neal

Eyes

Kris Krlsoff'ersVn'.'Ail Macljraw,

Faye Dunaway

Burt Yoimg, Ernest Borjnlne

Casey's Shadow

Coming Home "

Walter Matthau. Alexis Smith

Jane Fonda, Jon Volght,

Watch the Skies

Bruce Dern, Robert Carradlne

Richard Dreyfuaa

The Dog Soldiers •

The Cheap Detective

Nlrk Nolte, Tuesday Weld,

Ann-Margret. Peter Falk,

Gall Strickland, Michael MoMarty

Louise Fletcher, Stockard Channlng That's Comedy (MGM)

Telefon (MGM) Ho-Sus.

Annie Glrardot, Jacques DutronI Charles Brnnson. Lee Remick

CROWN INTERNATIONAL

Pom Girls. Part

Gym Teacher

The Coach .

Love Buggies

The Majorettes

DIMENSION

Cat

Noi

Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kwan

The Tiger's Claw

Bruce LI

Man Monster

The

GROUP 1

Alligator

The Deadly Menace

The Black Box

Eat It Raw

While Slavers

MONARCH

Emanuelle in

Bangkok , . .

Laura Oemscr

.Sex

Kirk Morris, (hirdon Mitchell

Shining Star

Harvey Keltcl, Ed Nelson,

Earth, Wind & Fire

Melo..0ct77

UNIVERSAL

9/30/55 D. Oct 77

Richard Thomas. Susan TMr.ll

Gray Lady Down Nov 77

Charlton Heston. Ciirndlne

David

Blue Collar C-D Feb 78

Ri'liard Pryor. Harvey Keitel

Which Way Is Up?

Richard Pryor

Heroes

C-D..

Henry Winkler. Sally Field,

Lawrence Turman

The Deer Hunter Ac-0..

Robert De Nlro. John Cazale

The Lonely Lady

Susan Blakely

Checkered Flag—or Crash

Joe Don Baker. Su=an Sarandon

WARNER BROS.

The Gauntlet Ad-D Dec 77

Clint Eastwood. Sondra Locke

A Piece of the Action C.

Sidney Poitler. Bill Cosby

Operation Daybreak Ac

Timothy Bottoms. Anthonv Mi.lr.-";

An Enemy of the People

Steve McQueen. Nlrnl Williamson

The Day the World Ended Ad. Sus

Yul Brynner. Henry Fonda

Oh, God

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Burns, John Denver

Stuntman C-Ad.

Reynolds

Bloodbrothers

D--

Paul Sorvlno, Tony LoBlancn

Straight Time

Hoffman, Katby Bates

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Who Loved' Hyped

¥id Media Blitzkrieg

.\ massive electronic media blitzkrieg

. launched in New England by North-

I Theatre Corp.'s Edgar A. Knudson.

.e-president. advertising and publicity, for

playdates of United Artists' "The Spy Who

Loved Me" at the circuit's Showcase cinemas.

In Springfield, where WHYN Radio has

an annual promotion at Mountain Park (all

rides are free, etc.). contests were conducted

live via remote broadcasts for a giveaway

campaign that involved 25 soundtrack albums.

25 Model 007 cars and 25 pairs of

passes to Showcase cinemas. Approximately

50,000 visitors were at the park on the day

of the promotion, which had received an

advance hypo through a total of 100 air

spots. Total value of the ballyhoo was pegged

at $2,000.

WLLH in Lawrence has been running a

"James Bond Trivia Contest," with five

questions daily for four days. The first caller

with the correct answer was awarded a

James Bond kit consisting of a pair of

passes, a 007 model car and a soundtrack

album. Fifty promotional spots were aired,

valued at S800. and 25 kits were given to

winners. An almost identical tub-thumping

campaign was carried out in New Haven

via a tie-in with WPLR. while WAAF in

Worcester sponsored a trivia contest, giving

out 25 kits. A $550 value was placed on

100 radio spot announcements.

In Hartford. WTIC-FM has a regular

jackpot promotion going which is called

"The Cash Connection." All listeners who

call in and don't win the jackpot are awarded

a consolation prize. As a tie-in with the

UA film, the latter was (for a given period)

a pair of passes to sec "The Spy Who Loved

Me" at Showcase cinemas, a soundtrack

album or a 007 model car. Seventy-five air

spots were valued at $1,500. it was reported

by Knudson.

As par! of the kickof/ for "A Bridge Too Far" when it opened at the Times Tinvne

Cinema in Cincinnati. Mid States Theatres' Don Wirtz arranged for a man in a

parachute to he suspended over the Sixth and Walnuts streets intersection in the

downtown area. A parade which wound its way through the business section of

the city incUided a color guard from the original 82nd Airborne Division, with

military music played by the award-winning Roger Bacon High School Band. The

end of the route was the Times Town Cinema and, at right. Shirley Gossett. secretary

of tlie 82nd Airborne, speaks to the throng assembled at the theatre for the

opening of the United Artists release. Looking on. right, is Wirtz. who conceived

the effective tub-thumping campaign for the debut of "A Bridge Too Far."

Selective Radio Campaign on 'New York, New York'

George Pritchett, manager of Ogden-

Perry's Jackson Mall Cinema in Jackson,

Miss., conducted a successful promotion for

the run of "New York, New York" at the

duo. relying heavily on the area's

electronic

media for saturation publicity.

Two months in advance of the opening

of United Artists' Liza Minnelli-Robert De

Niro starrer, the film was cross-plugged at

the twin with posters and trailers. Knowing

that "New York. New York" would appeal

to the over-30 group, the promotion was

designed to catch the attention of that particular

segment of the citizenry.

Pritchett arranged with WSLI (considered

the radio station for the "over 30" group)

for ballyhoo on Jackson's most popular talk

show and. in addition, the station gave

passes two weeks in advance of opening

day. The tie-in netted over $240 in free

radio spots and greatly aided grosses.

Through a tie-in with WJDX, Jackson's

top-rated station, another ticket giveaway

was held opening week, netting $300 in free

airtime.

The final phase of the promotion was

carried out by making up invitations for

special guests for the first and second showings

of "New York. New York." Among

those invited were Mississippi Gov. Cliff

Finch; Mississippi Lt. Gov. Evelyn Gandy,

Jackson Mayor Dale Danks, and members

of all the officials' staffs. Also included on

the guest list were regional TV personalities.

To add impact, the invitations were handdelivered

by Pritchett personally.

As a promotion for the

multiple engagement of

Cinema 5's "Jabberwocky"

in San Franci.ico. the Jan

Zones Agency staged a

"Monty Python Jabberwocky

Tournament and

Noble Twit of the Year

Contest" at the Cannery.

The zany put-on included

medieval swordfighting. a

mummer's play and dances

from the Middle Ages, all

staged by the Society for

Creative Anachronism.

The society is a Bay Area

group which specializes in

historical theme events and

creates its own costumes

and productions from

studies done on the period.

Needless to .uiy. the

promotion garnered plenty

of word-of-mouth.

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