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WORLD PREMIERE IN DALLAS JUNE 7

• MAY 7, 1979

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE EDITION

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By RALPH KAMiNSKY ^-Ops bucccsstul Stiow-A-Roma Week

West Coast Edilo:

HOLLYWOOD—NATO piesidcnl A.

kin Fricdbcrg is studying a budgel pro-

)sal that might point the way for the cx-

group to hire a fulitime, professional

I~ibitor resident and move its headquarters lo

Vashington, D.C.

But an early "scanning" of the biidgL-l

lans submitted by Wilham Kartozian, chairlan

of the Theatre Assn. of California, in^

icates that "it may not be entirely realist ic,"

riedberg said.

"He makes certain assumptions thai have

3 be looked into. It can be very premature

t this time to talk about it," Friedberg said.

Kartozian refused to respond to Boxofrce

eries on his budget proposal. Frequent

fforts to reach him by telephone auki\

/ith his secretary saying that "he said he

as no comment to make on the subject."

Friedberg expressed a "complete willingess

to explore the possibilities." The idea

or a paid president and the proposal lo

nove the NATO headquarters out of New

"ork City to the nation's capital was pro-

•osed more than three years ago by Call

ornia members of NATO, but was re~

And in 1977 NATO of California

ithdrew from the organization.

T was in favor of it when it was consid

red and i ejected," Friedberg said, poiniiii;;

ut that at that time he was not a menihcr

f the administrative team of NATO.

"I still favor the concept of a paid execu-

(Continued on page 6)

North Carolina 13th State

To Pass Blind Bid Ruling

North Carolina is the latest state to

pa.ss anti-blind bid legislation, becoming

effective July 1. The bill passed the

House on April 3, 102-6, and the Senate,

47-0, on April 25.

The margin of victory in North

Carolina is reported to be the largest

in any state where a bill of this type

has passed.

Herman A. Stone, president of

NATO of North and South Carolina.

Inc. expressed appreciation to attorney

William W. Staton of Sanford, N.C.

and to W. Sanford Jordan of Martin

Theatres, Raleigh, N.C. for their efforts

in working for passage of the bill.

North Carolina is the 13th state to

pass anti-blind bidding legislation. Gov.

Bill Clinton vetoed the blind-bidding

bill in Arkansas April 23. In Ohio,

Judge Robert Duncan has set July 2 as

trial date for the test case of the constitutionality

of the law in that state.

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OXOFFICE :: May 7, 1979

KANSA.S CriY — .Show-A-R;

wound up four days of equipment i

product screenings and technical s

exhibits,

ieminais

Banquet

April 26 with a celebrity-filled

With the Stars.

The prime rib feast was the climax of

convention activities that included both major

and independent film companies, along

with some of Hollywood's biggest stars, convening

to take pride in past accomplishments

and preview the future. In addition

to the convention's standard array of activities,

delegates were treated to such surprises

as a giant six-foot cigar awarded to Entertainer

of the Century George Burns and the

appearance of a real "electric horseman" to

plug Columbia's upcoming release.

The black-tie banquet Thursday evening

was attended by over 1,000 exhibitors and

industry personnel.

Cannon

Following the introduction of celebrities

seated at the head table. Paramount was

honored as Film Company of the Year for

releasing more product than any other distributor,

Frank Mancuso, senior vice-president

in charge of domestic distribution,

accepted the citation.

After the meal, Terrence Malick, director

of "Days of Heaven," and Alan Carr, producer

of "Grease," accepted their Director

of the Year and Producer of the Year

awards, respectively. Carr told guests about

his new film, "Discoland," with the Village

People.

Christopher Reeve was honored as

International

Star of the Year. In his brief speech,

Reeve sa'd he was grateful for the reaction

shown to him here in the Midwest, since

his acting travels had kept him on the

coasts.

Dyan Cannon, Academy Award nominee

for her role in "Heaven Can Wait," received

the Female Star of the Year award. Earlier

shj made a truly Hollywood entrance

through the crowd, smiling and waving as

the diners applauded and flashbulbs popped.

Ms. Cannon observed that "the exhibitor

is really the one that does as much creating

as the creator. They're the ones who are out

in the front line selling it."

She observed that movie stars should

.someday throw a party for theatre owners

in recognition of their support.

The Male Star of the Year award was

presented to Alan Alda, whose appearance

ai the convention was uncertain three davs

nelorc Ihc convention began. Alda. whose

Mini roles include "Paper Lion," "Jenny,"

"California Suite" and "Same Time, Next

Year," is most famous as Hawkeyc

CBS-TVs "M-- A*S*H."

on

The actor announced the August release

of his

Universal film ".Senator," the story of

a successful politician and his difficulties in

maintaining a happy private life. "You can't

buy a politician these days," he quipped,

•But you can rent them."

During the Wednesday luncheon sponsored

by Crown International and Thomas and

Shipp, Mark Tenser of Crown leceived an

award honoring his organization's 20th anniversary

as an independent film company.

In presenting the award to Tenser, NATO

president A. Alan Friedberg thanked him

for the "continuity of product . . . that has

left us with more dollars than some of the

epics."

Need for Support

Friedberg said that exhibitors "have a

selfish interest in supporting independent

distribution. If we don't support them, we

can't cut off the evils (blind bidding) we

deal with."

Tenser thanked the convention for the

plaque and added, "You need to support

us. You don't know what the market's going

to be next year. But we'll still be in the

business."

Following a screening of tradereels from

Crown's 1979 product. Chip Rouse, editor

of BoxoFFicE, presented the Honored Showman

awards to Ed Myers, manager of the

Frontier Theatre in Lima, Ohio, Arnold

Simmons of the Huron Theatre in Pontiac,

Mich., and Tony Bruguiere of the Santa

Rosa Cinema in Florida,

Dreams Come True

Avco Embassy hosted the Thursday morning

breakfast, during which moderator Darrell

Manes introduced Show-A-Rama's Female

Star of Tomorrow, Susan Anton. Portions

of Avco's "Goldengirl," starring Miss

Anton, were screened, in addition to clips

from other Avco products. The star compared

her current experiences in the entertainment

industry to those of Cinderella, exclaiming.

"All of my dreams are coming

true."

The Thursday luncheon, hosted by Warner

Bros., included a surprise appearance by

"Superman" star Christopher Reeve. After

an introduction of Warner VIPs. the focus

shifted to Martin Stone, head of Mid-America

Cinema, who awarded Show-A-Rama's

Male Star of Tomorrow citation to Mark

Harmon. Harmon, the son of football legend

Tom Harmon, will be seen in Warner's

"Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,"

The crowd was so thick at one point during

the convention that one exhibitor was

overheard to remark, "A pickpocket would

have a field day here." "What can he steal

from our wallet" replied one conventionweary

delegate. "We've been here a week."


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is spearheading an effort to

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THE NATIONAL FILM WEEKLY

Published in Five Sectional Editions

WILLIAM C. VANCE

Publisher

JOHN F. BERRY

Assoc. Publishw/National Sales Manager

CHARLES F. ROUSE III

Editor

Executive Editor

BEN SHLYEN

MORRIS SCHLO'ZMAN ...Business Manajer

HARVEY SHARP Circulation Direc or

GABY BURCH Equipment Ed, or

JONNA JEFFERIS Assocate Edi or

STUART A. GOLDSTEIN Associate Editor

RON SCHAUMBURG Associate Edi or

JIMMY SUMMERS Associate Edi or

KEVIN KIOUS Associate Editor

RALPH KAMINSKY Weil Coast Editor

JOHN COCCHI East Coast Editor

ADMINISTRATIVE

VANCE HERBERT A.

Chairman

B. JOHN ONEIL Pfnip, 166 Lindbergh Drive, N.E.

Baltimore: Kate Savage, 3607 Spcingdale, 21216.

Boston: Ernest Warren, 1 Colgate Hoad, Needbam,

Mass. 02192. Tele. (617) 444-1657.

Buffalo: Edward K. Meade, 760 Main St., 14202.

TeJe. (716) 864-16P5.

CharlotU; Chas. J. Leonard Sr., 319 Queens ltd.,

282U4. Tele. (704) 333-0444.

CWcago: Frances B. Clow, 176 North kenllworlh.

Oak Park, lU. 60302. Tele. (312) 383-8343.

Cincinnati: Tony B. Rutherford, Box 362, Huntington,

W. V». J57U«. Tele. (304) 535-3837.

Cleveland: Blaln. Fried. 3255 Urenway Rd. 44122.

Tele. (216) 991-3797.

UaUas: Mable Guinan, 5927 Winton, 75206.

Denver: Bruce MarshaU, 2881 S. Cherry Way, 80222.

Des Moines: Cindy Vlers, 4024 E. Maple, 50317.

Tele. 266-9811.

Hartford: AUen M. Widem, 30 Pioneer Drive. W.

Hartford 06117, Tele. 232-3101.

Indianapolis: Robert V. Jones, 6385 N. Park, 4Bzi0.

Tele. (317) 251-5070.

Jacksonville; Robert (iirnwall, 3233 College St.,

32205. Tele. (904) 389-5144.

Louisville: Susan U. Todd, 8409 Old Boundary Rd.,

Mera'pifJ:' BUI Minkus, 1188 Perkins Rd. 38117. Tele.

(901) 683-8182.

Miami Martha Lununua, 622 N E. 98 St. 33138.

MUwaukee: Wally L. Meyer, 301 Heather Lane, Fredonla.

Wis. 53021. Tele: (414) 692-2753.

Minneapolis: Bill DleJU, SI. Paul Dlspatcb, 63 E.

401 St., St. Paul, Minn. 56101

New Orleans: Mary Greenbaum, 2303 Mendez St.

Oklahoma aty: Eddie L. Greggs, 410 South Bldg..

2000 Classen Center, 73106.

Pabn Beach: Lois Baumoel, 2860 S. Ocean Blvd., No.

316, 33480, Tele. (305) 588-6786.

PhUadelphla: Maurle H. Orodenker, 312 W. Park

Towne Place, 19130. Tele. (215) 567-4748.

Pittsburgh: R. F. Kllngensmlth, 1^16 Jeanette, WUkinsburg

15221. Tele. (412) 241-2809.

Portland, Ore.: R»bt. Olds, 1120 N.E. 61st, 97213.

St. Louis: Kan R. Krause, 818A Longacre Drive,

63132. Tele. (314) 991-4746.

Salt Lake City: Keith Perry, 264 E. 1st South, 84111.

Tele. (801) 328-1641.

_ _ ^ ,

Ban Antonio: Gladys Candy, 519 Cincinnati Ave. Tele.

(512) 734-P527. 78201.

San Francisco: David Van, UATC, 172 Golden Gate

Ave., 94102. Tele: 928-3200.

Seattle: Stu Goldman. Apt. 404, 101 N. 46th St..

98103. Tele. 782-S833.

Toledo: Anna Kline, 4330 Willys Pkwy., 43612.

Tucson: Gib Clark, 433 N. Grande, Apt. 5, 85705.

Washington: Virginia R. CoUier, 5112 Connecticut

Ave., N.W. 20008. Tele. (202) 362-0892.

IN CANADA

Calgary; Maxlne McBear., 420 40th St., S.W., F3C

IWl. Tele. (403) 249-6039.

Montreal: Tom Cleary, Association des Proprletalres

de Cinema du Quebec, 3720 Van Home, Suite 4-5,

No. H3S 1R8.

Ottawa: Garfield "WUlle" Wilson, 758 Ralnsford Ave.,

KJK 2K1. Tele. 746-6660.

Toronto: J. W. Agnew, 274 St. John's Rd., MOP 1V5.

Vancouver: Jimmy Davie, 3345 W. 12. V6K 2R8.

Winnipeg: Robert Hucal, 600-232 Portage Ave., K3C

OBI.

IF

FEAST TO FAMINE AND BACK AGAIN

THE PROFUSION of product reel

footage previewed at Show-A-Rama

22 is a true indication, the quantity as

well as the quality of films scheduled for

release the remainder of the year and

into next indeed looks bright.

Production again appears to be on the

upswing after several comparitively lean

years in terms of product availability and

resulting business at the boxoffice.

In recent years exhibitors have found

themselves caught between the proverbial

rock and a hard spot what with a

dearth of sufficient product, staggering

film rentals and all the little nuances associated

with distribution agreements.

Although official figures are not immediately

available, an examination of more

than 30 of the larger film studios and

distributors reveals over 130 full-length

features at the moment either in a postproduction

phase or ready for release

sometime in the next 12 months.

The same companies also report an

equivalent number of attractions planned

for the near future. To say the least, this

is a healthy outlook.

But exhibition has been party before

to such talk and similar boom periods in

the industry.

Due in large part to the cyclical nature

of our business, we have mixed feelings

about the long-range state of affairs concerning

production and exhibition.

Though we are pleased with what we

see at present being done by the studios

in the way of film production, our optimism

is somewhat guarded. Perhaps the

oft-quoted expression "You can't see the

forest for the trees" best describes our

concern.

Granted, the outlook for exhibition

may look encouraging in the short

scheme of things, but what we are concerned

about is what lies beyond that vision.

The continued success of exhibition is

undeniably predicated on its ability to

engage quality films that will attract

moviegoers to the theatre in consistent

numbers. By simple deductive reasoning,

it becomes increasingly clear that such

an ideal state can be sustained only if

the flow of product is in sufficient supply

to give the exhibitor a workable choice.

Contrary to what some would like;

believe, inflation's ubiquitous swath i

also reached the filmmaking busin;

As production costs continue to soar e;

upward, film companies, as we see it,

faced with two basic alternatives: 1

lower the production budget on some:

all film projects, or 2) cut back proci

tion schedules. It is likely, in fact higl

probable, that we will see the latter

fore the former. After all, history spe

for itself.

In an effort to head off some of

problems faced by exhibition during

predictable down cycles in the Indus

EXPRODICO was conceived. EXPRO

GO'S prime objective was simple: exh

tion should be able to control its (

destiny by subsidizing and directing

own program of film product. Sevi

years in the making, EXPRODICO :

its chief spokesman, Tom Moyer, v

forced into premature demise when

hibitor pledges fell short of the ne

sary funding requirement. There are

eral reasons given for EXPRODIC

short-lived experience, the most noti

of which is exhibitors questioning

bonafide need and value of such a

;

gram.

Now Tom Patterson, president of

National Independent Theatre Exhibi

(NITE) ,

erate membership support for ano

exhibitors' cooperative, TOFCO, wl

not surprisingly stands for Theatre C

ers Film Cooperative. Like Moyer's

]

for EXPRODICO, TOFCO's objectiv

to end distribution abuses by allo\

exhibitors more of a say in crea

product and establishing fair boo;

terms.

Whether or not exhibitor organizat

or the like can work out the inhe

problems associated with such an

deavor and still deliver quality filn

subject to the test of time and the £

tiny of the industry.

Regardless, such efforts should be

couraged and not go unrecognized i

hibition expects to fortify its positic

the industry. Final judgment rests ii

most critical hands of all: movie{

themselves.


fOR TH£

RECORD

Hunter Murtaugh has been appointed

viee-president/music for Paramount. Murtaugh

is mow headquartered for both motion

picture and television production.

Tom Campanella has been appointed

vice-president/ national advertising for the

motion picture division of Paramount.

Frank Bodo has been appointed director

ol production finance for the motion picttne

di\ision of Paramount.

Julia Kaminski has been appointed director

of legal information services for United

Artists.

Andrew Grucnberg, Cincinnati branch

manager for Warner Bros., has been named

the company's acting branch manager in

Boston, replacing Roger Hill who is on an

extended leave while recuperating from serious

injuries.

Victor SaJant has been appointed audiloi

of Variety International Pictures.

prank Mancuso has been named executive Vivian Cooper has been named director

management Lorimar Productions.

services for of

vice-president of distribution and marketing

for the motion picture division of

Paramount Pictures. In this newly created

Mancuso

George Justin has joined Orion Pictures

position, effective immediately, executive production manager.

as

will continue to be responsible for the domestic

Lawrence D. Foldes has been appointed

distribution of Paramount films and

chairman of the Academy of Science Fiction.

will also assume overall responsibility for

Fantasy and Horror Films.

the company's motion picture marketing

group, which includes advertising, publicity Roger Brooke was appointed group managing

and promotion.

director and member of the board of

EMI.

Louis S. Arkoff, vice-president of American

Nanette Leonard has been named marketing

International, is leaving his executive

coordinator for United Artists' "Moonraker"

post with the company to enter the field of

independent film production, which he will

pursue on a mon-exclusive basis. Arkoff has J. Anthony Young has joined Lorimar as

been a production vice-president at the company

for the past six years and has functioned

as executive in charge of production

vice-president of finance.

Bonnie Rothbart has been named manager

of the MGM motion picture research

on a number of AI productions.

library.

Lonnie Halouska has joined the legal department

of Warner Bros.

John P. Vinnedge has been named administrations

and operations manager for American

Cinema. Glenn R. Zinser has taken

over the position of comptroller.

Titles & Takes

"Hair" has drawn .$502,523 at the Ziegfeld

Iheaire in five weeks and $229,388 at

six theatres in one week in New York. The

Milos Forman film pulled in $237,922 at

the Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles in five

weeks and $245,1 IS in four weeks in Boston.

"Coming Home" (UA) grossed $2,526,-

000 in national post-Oscar engagements in

one week.

"Blazing Saddles" (WB), in rerelease,

grossed $1,164,612 in 333 theatres in four

branches, bringing the total take to date to

$5,192,884. In 17 theatres in Metropolitan

New York the film took in $510,030 in its

second week. In the Atlanta exchange, playing

in 110 theatres, the gross was $325,610,

while the New Orleans exchange gross was

$198,481 in 88 theatres and the Memphis

gross in 64 theatres was $130,501.

COMING

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Warner Bros.' "Boulevard Nights" has

pulled in $2.2 million in roughly 100 theatres

during its first 17 days of release.

American International's "Love at First

Bite" grossed a total of $8,322,193 in its

first 24 days of release on 702 screens. Biggest

week so far of the release was the

fourth, which saw grosses of $3,254,008.

Picture was on over 900 screens May 4.

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Pool Shark Cast of 'Bullet'

Learns

To Hustle on Camera as Well as Off

By RALPH KAMINSKY

West Coast Editor

HOLLYWOOD—Next winter, when director

Robert Ellis Miller comes to town to

then, if Coburn invites you for a friendly

game, stay clear of him, too. And the same

goes for Omar Sharif, Ronee Blakely and

Bruce Boxleitner. They've all become pool

sharks. So be warned.

All this came out April 19 on Stage 25

MGM where Miller was winding up his

at

Hollywood shooting on "The Baltimore Bullet."

Miller invited the press to chat with

the cast and have a few drinks in the completely

equipped and utterly realistic barroom

used in the picture.

In the next two days he would complete

his Hollywood shooting on the movie about

a couple of pool sharks before moving to

New Orleans for two weeks of filming.

Ten Great Professionals

The windup at MGM was a pool tournament

in which the competitors were ten of

the world's greatest professionals. Competing

were Lou "Machine Gun" Butera,

technical

advisor on the film and teacher to the

with Ray Martin, Steve Mizerak, Pete

stars,

Margo. Alan Hopkins, Jim Rempe, Mike

Segal, Irving Crane, Jim Mataya and Richie

Florence.

The tournament was described in the film

by Willie Mosconi, who has a role as the

narrator.

During the long days of shooting, with

everyone on the set for 12 or more hours

daily, there had developed the kind of warm

friendships that made life easy for Miller

and added a quality to the film that "you

just can't get any other way," according to

Miller.

One of the highlights

that tipped him off

to the rapport came when the professional

pool sharks burst into a spontaneous ovation

for Coburn when, as part of the filming,

he sank a four-cushion shot, a difficult

feat for anyone.

"They just stood up and cheered." Miller

said.

Coburn and Boxleitner developed a

friendly relationship that "shows through on

ballyhoo his new movie, don't let him talk the screen," Miller reported. "They're supposed

you into an innocent little game of pool.

to be buddies in the picture, a couple

Take it from James Coburn: "He'll murder

of hustlers who are out to challenge Omar

you. Don't play pool with him." Bui Sharif, the big time gambler who knows

how

to psyche out his opponents."

'Better at Bridge'

Under Butera's tutelage Coburn and Boxleitner

became experts with the cue stick.

Sharif hardly needed any lessons, it turned

out. "He's modest about it, but he's one of

the world's top rankers in billiards," Miller

confided. "He underestimates himself, but if

he really tried he'd be better at it than he

is at bridge."

"We didn't need actors to cover for the

pro sharks," said Miller. "They're fearless.

I gave them lines and they carried off their

scenes without fear. They give the picture a

lot of reality. They're wonderful," the director

said.

The FilmFair production is "a big, broad

comedy that also is an action picture.

There's a tongue-in-cheek feel to it, and yet

underneath the comedy there's a sense of

reality—and without that feeling of reality

you just can't get good comedy," Miller

said.

Adding the essential touch of authenticity

to

the realistic ballroom were dozens of pictures

lining the walls. The pictures were not

mere props. Miller assured, "Everyone of

them belong to the pool professionals. They

brought them here out of their homes.

They're wonderful people for doing that."

305 Student Films Enter

65th Annual Competition

BEVERLY HILLS. CALIF.—A total

305 films were submitted by student filmmakers

from colleges and universities

throughout the country in the sixth annual

student film awards competition, according

to Howard W, Koch, president of the Academy

of Motion PiclLire Arts and .Sciences,

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Photo Highlights

Scenes From Show-A-Rama

(Left) Director of the Year Tcrrence Malick and Sylvia Slcnie,

wife of Martin Stone, president of Mid-America Cinema;

(Above) Producer of the Year Allan Carr and Miss Show-A-

Rama, Christine LaBruzzo.

(Above) Singer-actress Susan Anton signs autographs; (Left)

Ageless George Bums, Entertainer of the Century, and part of

his surprise gift from Columbia Pictures.

Honored Showman winners (from right) Ed Meyers, Chip Rouse (right), editor of Boxoffice, and Mark

Lima, Ohio, radio-TV promotion; Tony Bruguiere Tenser, president of Crown Int'l.; Arnold Simmons,

(center*. Mary Esther, Fla., off-site promotion, with Pontiac, Mich., winner of best print promotion.

Photos hy

Fred Siihahi

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Cil I'iiilar

Dick O'Rear, chairman of the board of Coninionwealth Theares,

honors the Man of Steel. Christopher Reeve, as Int'l Star

of the Yi

MC Fred Broski. left, and Peter Fonda

at Casino Supper following screening

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Roger Corman Honored in New York; VCI Awards to NBA,

His Low-Budgefers Lead to Success

By JOHN COCCHI

East Coast Editor

NEW YORK—Roger Corman, president

of New World Pictures, was honored with

a two-week retrospective of his films at

Joseph Papp's Public Theatre here March

6-18. Corman appeared at the theatre to

cial hatred which has been called his best

work at a director. In addition, Corman

was promoting Papp's efforts in presenting

the art of the cinema at the theatre.

Handling Corman's publicity was the

Ruth Pologe Levinson Group. For many

years, Levinson was assistant national director

of advertising, publicity and exploitation

for American International Pictures,

which had released many of Corman's earlier—and

some of his best—features.

On Thursday night, Corman made his

entrance directly after a showing of "The

Intruder." in which William Shatner stars

as a bigot who stirs up a small Southern

town which is being forced to integrate the

high school.

Many Locals Cast

One member of the audience was enthusiastic

in proclaiming that the film had been

shot in her home town, Charleston, Mo.,

while Corman pointed out that Sykeston

and East Prairie were other locales used in

the state.

Many local people were cast in supporting

parts and some trouble was encountered

because of the theme, which was antibigotry.

The Shatner character was patterned

after that of a segregationist named

John Kasper. who made headlines in 1957.

Although admitting the film was flawed,

Corman said that he thought a great deal

of "The Intruder." which he co-produced

with brother Gene (latter has a featured

role as one of the rednecks), from a novel

and screenplay by Charles Beaumont. The

initial reviews were favorable and the Venice

Film Festival showing was quite enthusiastic,

yet the film constituted his first

failure.

Corman knew a man named Mike Ritz,

who had taken the film "Bayou," which

had been a 1957 United Artists release,

and retitled it "Poor White Trash." With a

new campaign, this film grossed around $5

participate in a question-and-answer session

with his fans on the evenings of March 14 million, while it had been unsuccessful before.

Ritz then took "The Intruder," orig-

and 15.

Shown were a documentary, "Roger Corman:

Hollywood's Wild Angel" (1977) and pany called Pathe America, and rechristeninally

distributed through a shortlived com-

"The Intruder" (1962), a feature about raed

it "I Hate Your Guts," with similar sensational

selling. However, it still didn't do

anything at the boxoffice.

Praise for Assistants

Corman revealed a warm personality as

he answered all the questions, many put

forth from a fan's point of view. He had

for those who had toiled on his early

praise

low-budget films, made in two to seven

days for $50,000 or less.

He once shot three films back-to-back in

Puerto Rico in a month's time, although the

classic example of the Corman method

would seem to be "The Terror" (1963), a

horror pic starring Boris Karloff and a yet

unappreciated Jack Nicholson. Filmed in

two days with generous footage from other

pictures, leftover sets and a cast of five, the

picture managed to be effective for all its

shortcomings. The Poe-Vincent Price films

were also discussed and praised.

New World Pictures was formed, said

Corman. so that he could retain control

over the films he produced. The pressures

of running the company are such that he

has not directed a film since "Von Richthofen

and Brown" (UA 1971), although he

hopes to be able to direct again within the

next year or two and leave some of the

business details to his staff.

New World will release the new Francois

Truffaut film. "Love On the Run,"

fifth of the series dealing with Antoine

Doinel and starring Jean-Pierre Leaud in

the role he originated as a boy in "The 400

Blows" (1958). This film had its American

premiere .April 6 at the Coronet here.

Gmeiner at Conclave

NEW YORK.—Variety Clubs International

will present a special award to commissioner

Lawrence O'Brien of the National

Basketball Assn. in recognition of the

NBA's cooperation with Variety's work in

behalf of handicapped and underprivileged

children.

The NBA selected VCI for public service

announcements on the CBS telecasts of its

1978-79 basketball games in which appeals

are made by the commissioner. Julius ("Dr.

J.") Erving, Jack Lemmon. Walter Matthau

and Monty Hall, western hemisphere

co-chairman of VCI.

The award will be presented to O'Brien

at the 52nd annual VCI convention, which

will be held from May 19 to May 24 at

the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans.

The 1978 International Humanitarian

Award will be presented to Hermann

Gmeiner for his dedicated service in helping

neglected and homeless children throughout

the world, announced Eric D. Morley.

president of the show business organization.

This award will also be presented to

Gmeiner at the concluding banquet at the

convention of VCI May 23.

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on receiving the Anti-Defamation League award at their semiannual

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13 Feature Premieres

Part of Seattle Fesl

SEATTLE—The Moore Egyptian's fourth

innual international film festival begins

May 10 and v/ill run through June 6. It will

,ave a blockbuster schedule of 81 feature

ilms and 33 shorts, representing 26 counties

and including 13 American premieres.

Its three festival directors arc Rajeeve Gup-

!a, Dan Ireland and Darryl MacDonald.

Opening the event will be George Roy

Hill's "A Little Romance" at 8 p.m., May

10. with a $5 ticket fee including a party

aftei wards.

Initial festival regular attraction on May

I I will be "Fedora" at 7 p.m., followed by

ihe American debut of Anthony Harvey's

new western, "Eagle's Wing."

The world premiere of the year's most

[eagerly awaited new science-fiction film,

Ridley Scott's "Alien" is scheduled for midnight

May 24. Because "Alien" will be

shown in 70mm and six-track Dolby stereo,

ithat screening will be held at the UA cine-

'raa 150, about six blocks away from the

because it will open in that theatre

25.

for the "Alien" world premiere

will be sold separately for $4. Admission for

regular evening performances for the festival

is $3.50 per film. Admission to matinees

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and midnight shows is $2.50, except for the

documentary marathon, which will cost

$3.50.

Full series tickets, admitting the holder to

all films except "Alien," are $65, or $55

for students and Seattle Film Society members.

Partial series tickets, good for any six

films except "Alien," are $15. or $13.50 for

students and S.F.S. members.

Universal's 'Walk Proud'

Still Slated for June Release

NEW YORK — Universal's "Walk

Proud," a contemporary love story set

against the background of a Los Angeles

street gang, will be released in New York,

as scheduled, in- June. The film, starring

Robby Benson, centers on a young man's

growing up and his successful efforts to

break away from the gang to which he had

belonged.

A Turman-Foster production, produced

by Lawrence Turman and directed by Robert

Collins from an original screenplay by

Evan Hunter, "Walk Proud" co-stars Henry

Darrow, Pepe Serna, Ji-Tu Combuka and

Lawience Pressman. Elmer Bernstein wrote

the

score.

'Star Wars' Toy Products

Still Hot After Two Years

HOLLYWOOD—Two years after its release,

"Star Wars" continues to be a hot

item in the merchandising field.

20th Century-Fox reports that the Kenner

'79 toy catalogue set aside 45 pages to boost

ihe "Star Wars" toy line, including eight

new action figures added to the list of chairacters

up for sale.

BOXOFFICE :: May 7, 1979

Laurel Group, a Mini-Conglomerate,

Offers Romeros 'Dawn of tfie Dead

By JOHN COCCHI

East Coast Editor

NEW YORK—Between April 20 and

Muy 11, 90 percent of the major markets

in the country will have been saturated by

"Dawn of the Dead."

Touted as the long-awaited sequel to the

low budgeted black-and-white horror classic

"Night of the Living Dead" (1968), the

new film is in color and employs all the

current advances in special effects to make

the monsters real.

The film is also the latest in the line of

offerings from the New York-based The

Laurel Group, headed by producer Richard

P. Rubinstein and director-writer

George A. Romero, creator of the original

•Dead."

Six Years Old

The Laurel Group, in operation for six

years, is a mini-conglomerate. Apart from

producing films (its recent vampire pic

"Martin" is in release through Ben Barenholtz'

Libra Films), it has made sports profiles

for ABC Television (including the first

outside sports special purchased by the network,

"Juice on the Loose," on O. J. Simpson);

operates a publishing division which

runs the gamut of authors from Dick Gregory

to J. B. Priestley, and it imports foreign

films, such as "I^ Secret," "Where There's

Smoke" and "Ten Little Indians."

While Laurel and Libra share office

space,

the companies collaborate on various

films but work independently of each other.

Rubinstein says that Laurel has operated

outside

the mainstream and has made "better

films." He terms his producer-director

relationship with Romero more in the European

style and points out that Romero has

a rare total creative control as an independent.

X Ratings Condemned

Both men support the ratings but condemn

the X as not having the "dignity" of

a designation for non-explicit yet adult

material. "Dawn" is unrated but a disclaimer

prohibits anyone under 17 from seeing

the film because of the violence. Any unrated

film would automatically qualify as

an X, the only rating which can be selfapplied.

Romero and Rubinstein both applaud

the chains that booked their "Dawn."

At a press luncheon for "Dawn," Romero

retaliated against those who accused

him of making "trash disguised as art" by

saying that his film "isn't disguised." He

feels that "Dawn" is both allegory and

satire on our consumer society while being

a traditional horror film.

He deliberately adopted a comic book

look to the film, even to the extent of making

the 3M "blood" appear to be unrealistic.

Romero considers "Dawn" more of a

pop culture feature, whereas "Night" was

tongue-in-cheek. In both, he felt any explanation

of the dead returning to life would

be irrelevant.

A few years ago, Romero met socially

with a group of investors from Oxford

Development, owners of the Monroeville

Mall near Pittsburgh. In touring the shopping

complex, Romero, true to his Pennsylvania

heritage, decided that the site would

be ideal for "Dawn."

He wrote an outline, completing the

script two years later in Rome and getting

together with Italian horror filmmaker

Dario Argento, who co-financed "Dawn."

Argento. credited as script consultant, also

helped with the creation of the music (played

by The Goblins) and worked on the effects.

Tom Savini, also in the film as an

actor, contributed makeup and cosmetic

special effects.

Once the Mall was obtained as a shootirig

site in which all but the opening sequences

take place, the army of technicians

and actors used the premises on an 11

p.m. to 7 a.m. schedule, after store hours.

The logistics for moving equipment and

zombies in and out were staggering.

Four Main Actors

Four main actors appear throughout:

Gaylen Ross as a TV technician, David

Emge as her lover and a TV helicopter pilot.

Ken Force and Scott Reiniger as Philadelphia

SWAT policemen. The Zombies

were recruited from the production crew,

local residents and visiting writers, executives,

and so on.

Among the undead are Chris Steinbrunner,

author of "The Films of Sherlock

Holmes" and other books in the horrorfantasy-mystery

vein; David Bartholomew,

writer for Cinefantastique and the Film

Bulletin; Ed Perchaluk, Independent Film

Journal; Tom Pasavant, Playboy; Evelyn

Reynolds, Newsday, and Chet Flippo,

Rolling Stone.

"Dawn" is a presentation of Herbert R.

Steinmann and Billy Baxter, in association

with Alfredo Cuomo and Claudio Argento

and is being released in the U. S. by United

Film Distributing Co.. a subsidiary of

United Artists Theatre Circuit. Plitt, Mann,

Loews, RKO and AMC theatres are involved

in the playdates.

Woody Allen's 'Manhattan'

On 420 Screens by May 16

NEW YORK—Woody Allen's "Manhattan,"

which opened at seven theatres in New

York and 20 in the Los Angeles area on

April 25, will be shown in approximately

420 theatres coast-to-coast by May 16. The

national booking schedule calls for an additional

264 during the week of May 2; 110

during the week of the 9th and another 19

starting the week of May 16.

"Manhattan," which was directed by

Allen who also co-authored the film with

Marshall Brickman, stars Allen, Diane Keaton,

Michael Murphy. Mariel Hemingway

and Meryl Streep.


International Harmony Plans Films

That Appeal to FM Radio Listeners

Bv JOHN COCCHI

NEW

East Coast Editor

YORK—International Harmony

here is a distribution company of recent

vintage (tounded in 1974, distiibuting films

since 1976) which is geared to youth-onented

product in the comedy vein.

According to president Stuart S. Shapiro,

it caters to the market which prefers FM

radio, that is, the audience that made "National

Lampoon's Animal House" and "Up

in Smoke" major hits.

An example is International Harmony s

double billing of "Tunnel Vision" and

"Shame of the Jungle" for an R-rated comedy

program. Both films (the latter is an animated

feature) use the talents of members

of the "Saturday Night Live" TV show.

Shapiro, who is aided in his company by

of marketing Steven Menkin, a

director

former actor (he starred in "Hair" off-

Broadway and appeared on the soap opera

"AH My Children") and office manager

Dawn Hanrahan. began the company in

partnership with Gary Legon. who now

produces such films as "Chalk."

Organized Rock Comcerls

I H. started out by organizing rock concerts

and albums (as Rock 'n' Road) until

acquiring "Tunnel Vision." a satire of television

featuring Chevy Chase, and "Tarzoon.

Shame of the Jungle," made in Belgium

by Michel Gast. Latter film was

dubbed into English with the voices of John

Belushi and Johnny Weis&muller Jr. and

was first booked under that title. The similarity

to Tarzan was challenged by Edgar

Rice Burroughs' widow and the soundtrack

had to be redone. Four minutes were cut

to earn an R from the original X version.

As "Tarzoon." the animated feature played

St Louis. Las Vegas. Tucson and Kansas

City, while as "Shame." it did great

business in such territories as San Francisco

and Minneapolis. "Tunnel Vision" was first

released successfully by World Wide Enter-

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..>inment. from which International Harmony

acquired it. Now. Shapiro feels, the

combo is ready for the drive-in and summer

markets.

For June-July, the company will have a

Neil Young concert film, "Rust Never

Sleeps," with Dolby stereo, in fifteen major

markets beginning with Washington, D. C.

A soundtrack album will be released on the

Reprise/Warner Bros, label.

Firesign Theatre.

Formerly a partner in Douglas Records,

Shaprio produced a posthumous Jimi Hendrix

album. He considers himself an expert

in FM radio promotion and uses this outlet

to a great extent. Handling his radio promos

are Peter Shanaberg and Morrie Eisenman

of Selluloid Promotions in California. They

have worked on campaigns for "The Fantastics

Animated Film Festival," "National

Lampoon's Animal House" and "Love At

First Bite." Also on the West Coast is Norman

Smith, national sales coordinator for

International Harmony.

Business For Independents

There is a big future in rock films, says

Shapiro, who also thinks that it will be a

business for the Independent rather than the

major distributor. The majors tend not to

promote these films as well as the indies.

'Goldengirr lo Bring

Gold to U.S. Olympics

HOLLYWOOD—Avco Embassy Pictures

will premiere "Goldengirl" June 18 in

Washington. D. C. as a special fund raising

event for the benefit of the U. S. Olympic

Committee.

The screening at the John F. Kennedy

Center for the Performing Arts will be attended

by top Olympic athletes and major

stars as well as Washington officials, according

to Bob Rehme, executive vice-president

and chief operating officer.

Men Forever'

"Goldengirl" stars Susan Anton in her

debut a beautiful and mysterious

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film as

Upcoming are "Cocaine Cowboys," a Olympic triple gold medal contender. James

spoof directed by Ulli Lommel (of "Tenderness

of the Wolves") with the unlikely combination

Coburn also stars as a sports star merchandising

whiz.

of Jack Palance and Andy Warhol,

and "J Men Forever," a black and white

camp presentation of old Republic serials

with new dialogue and a rock score, as revised

by Phil Proctor and Andy Bergman of

EMI Now Directs, Manages

Spacevision 3-D Process

HOLLYWOOD—EMI Films has taken

over management and direction of Spacevision,

a subsidiary of Capitol Records

which is developing a "breakthrough" in

three-dimensional motion pictures, according

to Lord Delfont, chairman and chief executive

of EMI Film and Theatre Corp.

The process is applicable to all film and

video projects, according to Spacevision

president Alan Weber, and it will be used

to develop future 3-D feature presentations.

It also will be used for special attractions at

theme parks and leisure centers as well as

theatre in Marineland, Fla.

presentations in the commercial and indus-

world.

trial

WMI's Spacevision presentation, "Sea

Dream," will be screened at the Cannes

Film Festival. The feature is on permanent

exhibition at a large screen quadrophonic

EMI's Central Research Laboratories in

Ideally. Shapiro would like to have three

the United Kingdom will direct the research

or four concert films a year for his company.

He credits I.H.'s unbroken string of

and development. Derek Leithead. a director

of EMI Film and Theatre Corp. will supervise

Spacevision in the UK and Europe froni

successes to their promotions. The increasingly

popular midnight movie concept is a

his London office. Weber will work out of

long shot in his estimation.

the EMI Films offices in Beverly Hills.

Diversifying. International Harmony is

now in pre-production on "Film Festival."

a satire by Tony Hendra, Ted Mann and

Sean Kelly of National Lampoon, to be coprodu:ed

in Alberta, Canada and New York

Distributed by Laurel

as a co-production with Second City of

Toronto. It has an option on "White Man PITTSBURGH—The Laurel Group of

Meets Big Foot," a film project by R. New York City has completed negotiations

Crumb and is working on a show/ film/ recckagj

of the musical "Robin Hood." program book for distribution with

with MW Communications to produce a

"Dawn

'Dawn of the Dead' Book

'Moments' at Cannes Fest

NEW YORK— Moshe Mizrahi's "Moments"

was selected as an entry in the "uncertain

regard" official category of the

theatres and selected book store

Cannes Festival 1979. Written and directed

by Michal Bat Adam, the Israeli-French coproduction

was produced by the Academy doing blockbuster business in

Award director Mizrahi ("Madame Rosa")

of the Dead."

MW principals William Wilson and Robert

Michelucci plan initial distribution to

all United .Artists theatres, with additiona

distributior

scheduled.

George Romero's "Dawn of the Dead,'

a sequel to "Night of the Living Dead," i!

Europe unde

the title "Zombie" and was released nation

,llv April 20 bv United Film Distributioi

BOXOFFICE 7. 197


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Director Romero Asks Avco to Release The Onion Field';

^^l^^^^^"^^^ SCOITSDALE. ARIZ.—A $2 Million Advertising Campaign Set

re-evaluation

ol the Motion Picture Assn. of Ameiica's

i.iting system is long overdue, according to

lirector-producer George A. Romero, who

spoke before a group of motion picture

exhibitors at the mid-winter NATO meeting.

"Times change," stated Romero, "and it

would have been foolish to believe that

movies could remain unaffected by the

change and torment in our society over the

last

12 years—the time span of our self-imposed

code."

Romero said that the MPAA rating system

is and has been a model program to

some extent: "We (the industry) can be

proud to be self-regulated. However, if it

was working that well, we wouldn't have

the problems we are now having."

Romero's main complaint is that there

are no defined guidelines that determine

whether a film should be PG or R. The

guidefKists between ratings have constantly

been blurred—relaxed, tightened or appealed.

He asked that in order to achieve

genuine public acceptance, guidelines must

be set so that there is understanding and

acceptance on the part of the public.

Romero has asked the entire industry

both exhibition and distribution—to establish

"a truly effective system that can be

defended philosophically, morally, and legally;

to take a hard look at the system

mechanism and to be sure that it is as

close to 100 percent effective as it can be

made."

He asked, most importantly, that the

films be so designated that the public may

know what it is going to see, thereby affording

freedom to the filmmaker and

avoiding any threat of government intervention.

Romero advocated a category for adult

films which would not have the stigma

which the present X category implies. He

maintained that present connotation of the

X category diverted adult films, which are

not pornographic, into the R category.

In summation, Romero called for a

realistic restructuring of the entire rating

system and a redefining of the code.

Cinema Radio Contracted

For 23 More Drive-Ins

Twenty-three new Cinema Radio Sound

System installations have been constracted

by drive-in operators across the country, it

was announced by Fred Schwartz, president

of Cinema Radio Corp.

Topping the list will be additional installations

for the United Artists Theatre Circuit

at three of the chain's East Coast theatres.

Portland, Ore., exhibitor Tom Moyer,

who already has five Cinema Radio installations,

has contracted for two additional

units.

As many as 50 additional Cinema Radio

installations are now in final contractual

stages, according to Schwartz.

By

RALPH KAMINSKY

West Coasi Editor

HOLLYWOOD—Avco Embassy Pictures

is gearing itself for an initial .$2,000,000

launch of its newest acquisition, Joseph

Waumbaugh's "The Onion Field." The true

story concerns the kidnapping of two Los

Angeles police officers, the murder of one

of them and the longest criminal trial in the

history of California to convict the killers.

"The Onion Field" will be released October

3, opening in Los Angeles and New

York in a carefully planned campaign that

will lead gradually into spreading it into

major cities. "It's a serious film and we're

going to handle it in a serious way," declared

Bob Rehme, executive vice president

and chief operating officer of Avco.

'No BUnd Bids'

"We're so e.xcited about the picture we

decided to call a press conference to announce

we got it," Rehme said during a

press luncheon at a swank restaurant.

Rehme assured exhibitors that "there will

be no blind bids on this picture. We want

to show it to exhibitors and let them see

what they're getting. That's how proud we

are of it."

With the release scheduled for the fall,

Rehme pointed out that, "We have a lot of

time for a proper campaign. We have a lot

of ideas to work on."

Working from its worldwide distribution

agreement with Waumbaugh's Black Marble

Productions, Avco will show the film at the

Cannes Film Festival May 17 and 20. looking

for foreign sales and deals with foreign

distributors.

'Better Than Book'

"The script is better than the book, and

Joe wrote both of them," Rehme declared.

Waumbaugh's well-publicized disillusionment

at Hollywood's treatment of his books

had driven him to regain rights to "The

Onion Field" from Columbia Pictures which

had held the book until the ex-cop filed a

$.3,200,000 suit in February 1978. The

company agreed to sell him the rights and

the suit was dropped last May.

"I'm very happy," Waumbaugh said of the

Avco deal. "We showed the picture yesterday

to the tough guys at Avco and it made

them cry," he said. Added Rehme: "They

were real upbeat tears."

"Nothing has been changed from the

book," Waumbaugh declared. "All the

names are the same—the killers, the lawyers,

even the judges." Even the casting was done

with an effort to find faces to fit those of

the paiticipants in the sensational event. "I

wanted the public to live 'The Onion Field'

experience the way I did." he declared.

"The Onion Field" was written after

Waumbaugh, a policeman, became concerned

over the effect the kidnapping and killing

had over Officer Karl Hettinger. The

young officer saw his buddy murdered, escaped

the killers in a harrowing chase, and

then had to cope with the aftermath of peer

judgements over his conduct, plus the trauma

of recalling the experience in the numerous

trials that followed apprehension of the

killers.

Waumbaugh and his wife, Dee, raised the

financing for the film from 30 investors

mostly friends—even getting $25,000 from

one of his former police buddies. When the

production went $200,000 over budget,

Waumbaugh sold an apartment house he

owned. "After all, who wants to own an

apartment house," he said in an aside.

'Bare-Bones Budget'

The $2,400,000 budget was a "bare-bones

budget," according to Walter Coblenz who

produced the film. He pointed out that

Waumbaugh had not taken any payment for

film rights to the book, nor for his work

in writing the screenplay. If those costs had

been added to the film and if the production

had been made by a major studio with

its usual 10 percent overhead charges, the

budget easily could have been upwards of

$4,500,000 as a "rock bottom," Coblenz

pointed out.

Now Waumbaugh's main concern is to

see that every investor—many of them his

friends— "gets his money back before I get

a

penny."

Starring in the Karl Hettinger role will

be rising star John Savage, who has made

his mark in "Hair" and especially "The

Deer Hunter." "We got him for wholesale,"

Waumbaugh commented, since the young

actor was signed before either of his other

pictures propelled him into the upper brackets.

Ronnie Cox will play the role of Detective

Pierce Brooks who was the chief investigator

in the case and now is police

chief in Eugene, Ore.

Others in the cast are James Woods, portraying

the convicted murderer Gregory

Powell and Franklyn Scales as convicted

murderer Jimmy Smith. Each actor has an

uncanny resemblance to the actual characters

they portray, and Waumbaugh demonstrates

that with side-by-side photographs of

the people.

Other roles are handled by Richard Herd,

who starred as chairman of the board of

the company operating a nuclear plant in

"The China Syndrome," Ted Danson, Diane

Hull, Priscilla Pointer, Beege Barkett.

plus 45 other performers who are relatively

unknown and thus add to the realism that

Waumbaugh, Coblenz and director Harold

Becker sought.

'Scared Straight!' Honor

TEMPE, ARIZ.—The National Press

Photographers Assn. and the Department of

Mass Communications at Arizona State University

bestowed a Best Documentary award

on "Scared Straight!", touted as the first

television documentary' ever to win an

Academy Award.

BOXOFFICE :: May 7, 1979

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MGM has entered into a long-term agreei

ment with Franco Zeffirelli and Dyson Loj

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Bruce Dern has been signed to star in

Middle Age Crazy, comedy-drama about the

problems faced by American man after his

40th birthday. Picture will go before the

cameras in July.

FILM PROJECTS

Writer-producer Andrew J. Fenady plans

to begin filming May 14 on The Man with

Bogart's Face. Script is from Fenady's own

novel about a man who hero-worships Humphrey

Bogart to the point of having plastic

surgery to look like him. He then legally

changes his name and opens an office in

Hollywood as a private eye. Robert Day

will direct on. locations in Hollywood and

Catalina Island.

Universal Productions Canada will make

its first feature film. The Silence of the

North, starring Ellen Burstyn. Filming is

scheduled to begin in September on location

in Alberta and Ontario. Secomd unit photography

began late in April. Allan King

will direct. Robert Baylis and Allan King

and In Pursuit of Historical Jesus.

Howard Rothberg is developing four feature

projects for Lorimar Films under a

multi-picture deal he signed with the company.

Some Kind of Lizard is an intennational

sleuth spoof. The Murder League is

a comedy. With or Without Roller Skates

is also a comedy, and an original screenplay,

still untitled, is being developed by

Henry Olek.

Filming has begun on Key West Crossing,

with Chuck Workman directing from his

own script. In the cast are Stuart Whitman,

Robert Vaughn and Albert Salmi.

Rehearsals on UniversaLs The Return of

Maxwell Smart began April 23. Producer

Jennings Lang has scheduled a May 7 starting

date on the $8,000,000 feature. Clive

Donner is directing. Script is by Arne Sultan,

Bill Dana and Leonard B. Stern. Don

Adams will star.

Filming began April 23 on Universal's

Esther, Ruth and Jennifer. Andrew McLaglen

is directing with Roger Moore and

James Mason starring. Jack Davies wrote

the script. Elliot Kastncr is producing.

EMI films has signed Mitchell Cannold

and Andrew Meyer to produce The Wonful

Adventures of Paul Bunyan with their

recently formed Noah's Ark production

company. Dennis Lynton Clark has written

the screenplay, based on the book by Louis

Untermeyer. Special effects designer John

Dykstra has been signed to serve as consultant.

FEATURE

CASTING

Michael Ontkean has replaced John

Heard in 20th-Fox's Willie & Phil, set to

roll May 17 in New York. Ray Sharkey and

Margot Kidder are also starring.

Allan Rich will portray a crusty New

York actor's agent and Robin Sherwood

has signed for a feature role in MGM's Captain

Avenger.

John Friedrich and Gary Springer have

signed to play college students in United

Artists' A Small Circle of Friends. Picture

produce with Murray Shostak set as

will

executive producer.

being directed by Rob Cohen on location

is

Quinn Martin Film Productions has in Boston.

scheduled Six Against the Rock as its first Jane Seymour has been signed to star

feature film. Glenn Ford, Joe Don Baker, with Christopher Reeve in Universal's

Stacy Keach

true story about

and Sam Elliott

Alcatraz. Cliff

star

Gould

in the

will

Somewhere in Time. The Rastar Films production

is slated to begin photography this

month. Seymour will portray Elise, a beautiful

write the script from the novel by Clark

and talented actress. Screenplay is by

Howard. Richard Lang will direct.

Richard Matheson.

Unionport Road Productions, formed by

Tim Mclntire. whose last association with

Lecmora Thuna, plans to begin shooting

Robert Redford was as composer for "Jeremiah

screenplay.

next spring on her original

Blackout on Rodeo Drive.

Johnson," rejoins Redford for a

straight acting assignment in Brubaker. Mclntire

Sunn Classic Pictures will complete four

will be ringleader of a group of har-

features for theatrical release during 1979.

Beyond Death's Door

dened criminals working against the reforms

First to lense will be

attempted by Redford, cast as the warden.

directing.

Angela Punch has been signed by producers

Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown

to make her American film debut in The

Island. Michael Cainc also stars.

Gary Springer has been signed to co-star

with Brad Davis, Karen Allen and Jameson-

Parker in UA's A Small Circle of Friends.

Picture is currently before the cameras in

Boston.

Michael and Patrick Roman, identical

twin actors, have completed llicir roles in

Fatso. Both actors arc

lour months old.

TECHNICAL

ASSIGNMENTS

vel for the development of motion picture I

properties. Their first project will be Africa

Run, based on an original screenplay by

Willis

Hall.

Stuart Rosenberg has replaced Bob Rafelson

as director of Brubaker. The 20th-Fox

feature stars Robert Redford.

I

Alex North will write the score for John

1

Huston's Fire Blood. Picture is a co-production

of Ithaca Productions and Anthea

Films of Munich.

Marvin Paige has been signed as casting,

director on The Man with Bogart's Face.

Shooting is set to begin May 14 with Robert

Day directing.

Fred Mintz has been named associate

producer on Quinn Martin Film Productions'

Six Against the Rock. :

Valley Hoffman has been named post

i

production supervisor on Guyana, Crime of

the Century. Principal photography has

|

been completed on the Rene Cardona Jr./

Alfonso Lopez Negrete feature.

,

ACQUISITIONS

Libra Films Corporation: U.S. distribution

of The Consequence. American premiere

will be in San Francisco in June.

Universal City Studios Inc.: From Summa

Corp., eight Howard Hughes films: including

The Conqueror, Hell's Angels, Jet

Pilot and others.

Fiilm Ventures International: Five Films

Stuart Rosenberg is directing.

Richard Mulligan has signed for a starring

role in Scavenger Hunt. The Melvin

Simon production is now shooting on loca-

for release in fall: The Shape of Things to

tion in Pasadena. Michael Schultz is directing.

Come, Survival Run, Cardiac Arrest, Fifth

Anthony Perkins will portray the leader Floor and Klondike Fever.

of an international band of extorters in

Universal's Esther, Ruth and Jennifer. Andrew

McLaglen is directing on location in

DISTRIBUTION

Galaway, Eire.

Bob E. Hannah will play Patsy Cline's

husband in Universal's Coal Miner's Daugh-

American International: worldwide distribution

for Something Short of Paradise.

ter.

Michael Lombard will play a sanitation Avco Embassy Pictures: Foreign distribution

rights to kiss in Attack of the Phan-

department foreman in Fatso. The 20th-Fox

comedy is now filming with Anne Bancroft toms. Picture is a $2,000,000 TV movie

featuring the rock group in their acting

debut.

NMD Film Distributing Co.: How to

Score With Girls, for worldwide distribution.

Bauer International: U.S. and Canadian

rights to Coming of Age, Far From Home

and Diary of a Lover. Aldo signed for

American distribution by Bauer: The Thiid

Walker, starring Coleon Dewhurst and William

^^i

Shatner.

The Cannon Group: National distribution

American Nitro and Incoming Freshman.

12

BOXOFFICE :: May 7, 1979


THB PROMOTION AND MERCHANDISING

Send news of adyertising campaigns and publicUy to STU GOLDSTEIN, MERCHANDISING EDITOR

Plitt Stages Xhamp'

Of a Contest in LA

Plitt Theaters, MGM and Chrysler-Plymouth

pulled off a champ of a contest.

Throughout March, Chrysler-Plymouth dealers

throughout Los Angeles and Orange

GUIDE

Count Dracula at a Dallas Disco

One of Transylvania's most renowned cilizens

was in Dallas April 19 for a unique

appearance at a local discotheque.

George Hamilton, who plays the suave,

sophisticated Count Vladamir Dracula in

American International's "Love at First

Counties distributed entry blanks in their

showrooms for the double-barreled give-

Bite," appeared in full Transylvania gaib

da 'Vinci International in Dallas.

away. prize was a natural: a 1979 Plymouth

First at

Champ.

On Saturday morning, April 7, hundreds

of contestaints assembled at the Century Plaza

Theatre in the ABC Entertainment Center

for a private screening of "The Champ,"

His appearance was part of a promotion

sponsored by KNUS-FM 99 that included a

dinner date and dancing with Hamilton.

Most Unusual Encounter

courtesy of Plitt and MGM. They were also

drawing and

KNUS gave tickets away to female listeners

over the age of 18 who called and

there to witness the first prize

announcement by "Champ" co-star Arthur

executive secretary of

described their most unusual romantic encounter.

Hill. Lewis J. Jabro,

The calls were taped and later

the Chrysler-Plymouth Dealers Assn.. was

played over the air.

also on hand, as were MGM project director On the morning of April 19, disc jockey

Tony Hoffman and Plitt advertising director

Jack Schell selected at random a name from

Bob Artz.

the women who called as the contest winner.

The name was announced in a unique

simulcast with KNUS and The Charlie Rose

Show on KXAS-TV in Fort Worth, where

Hamilton was appearing as guest host.

The winner, Lauri Pulliam of Dallas, was

picked up by limousine at her home and

taken to the Loews Anatole Hotel, where she

had dinner with Hamilton at L'Entrecote.

After dinner, the couple—with Hamilton in

costume—was whisked away to dance and

meet newspaper photographers at da Vinci,

then returned to the hotel before Ms. Pulliam

was taken home by the limousine.

Glenn, Bozell & Jacobs Public Relations

Count Didciila {George Hamilton) with

American Multi Cinema's Sandy

Franklin. Hamilton appeared in full

Transylvanian garb at a Dallas club to

promote his film.

assisted American International with the

promotion and publicity in Dallas and Fort

Worth.

'Champ' co-star Arthur Hill awards a

1979 Plymouth Champ to the winner

of putt's promotional give-a-way.

The Plitt Century Plaza Theatre had promoted

the opening of the film several weeks

in advance. With the cooperation of MGM,

the theatre displayed posters throughout the

ABC Entertainment Center and the Century

City Shopping Center. Thirty thousand "I'll

be the Champ" buttons were distributed

throughout the center and during the Los

Angeles International Film Exposition. The

audience the campaign reached at the exposition

alone was estimated at some 105,000.

Auburn, Ala.: How to Stage a World Premiere

Publicizing a film without distributor support

can be tough. A national premiere for

a picture without such support is even

tougher. But the "Village Theatre in Auburn,

Ala^, did it, and the results were outstanding.

Twentieth-Fox's "Norma Rae" was

filmed last summer in Opelika, Ala., just

seven miles from Auburn. Early attempts

were made to secure a major national premiere

in Auburn but technicalities prevented

the appearance of any of the major

stars. Manager Donnie Stone decided to

stage his own premiere regardless. With the

assistance of the local Chamber of Commerce,

the premiere was held, utilizing the

local folk who had parts in the film.

Opening night was a fanfare of activity

with the local stars arriving at the theatre

in chauffeur-driven Lincoln Continentals.

Radio station WFRI-FM was on hand for

live interviews amd Columbus TV station

Channel 9 sent their news team to cover

the event.

The grosses were proof of the premiere's

success. Auburn outgrossed ever)" situation

in the South on the first weekend, giving

ain excellent example of the power of local

initiative.

BOXOFFICE Showmandiser ;; May 7, 1979

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BOXOFFICE

BAROMETEF

425

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

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

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

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

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

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NEW YORK WASHINGTON

UNITED ARTISTS has two current winners

with Woody Allen's "Manhattan" manager. unreeled for exhibitors

^^illiani ZoetLs, 20th Century-Fox branch

and Billy Wilder's "Fedora" packing them "Breaking Away," at the MPAA May 2.

Slairing Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid,

in at various theatres. While the Allen film

was designed to be laughed at and touched

by, the same is not necessarily true for "Fedora,"

a sardonic and often bitter look at

the old and the new Hollywood. Film buff

Robert Kent reports that the audience at

Cinema Studio 1 for the Wilder film was

laughing in all the wrong places prompting

the thought that this could be a camp attraction.

Far from being perfect. "Fedora" is

'

not a total flop dramatically and should be

viewed as a serious work, at least by those

who are still able to take their movies seriously.

Of course, no one can argue with

success,

or can one

Governor Hugh L.


Carey has aniioitiiccd

ihc appointment of Francis T. Vincent Jr.

i/.v (I member of the New York State Motion

Pid lire anil Television Advisory Board for

a term expiring March 8. 1980. Vincent, of

New York City, is president and chief e.xeciiiive

officer of Columbia Pictures Indiistncs.

Inc.

The board has been created by the Gov-

Executive Order and operates within

the New York State Department of Com-

to encourage and promote the development

of the film and television industry

in the state.


"Walk Proud," set against the

of a Los Angeles street gang,

open here as scheduled in June. Robby

\

Benson and Sarah Holcomb star in the story

[

of a youth's romantic involvement and his

f efforts to break away from the gang to

he had belonged. After the problems

in the wake of Paramount's "The Warriors"

and Warner Bros.' "Boulevard Nights," also

about street gangs, it was feared that similar

events could occur with the new film's debut.


The revival scene: Last of the series of

f

Garbo bills in the Carnegie Hall Cinema

series will be on May 13 with her

last two films and only comedies, "Ninotch-

(1939) and "Two Faced Woman'

1 1 94 1), both also starring Melvyn Douglas.

Regency Murder Mystery Mayhem

series continues through next week, ending

with a May 17-19 booking of Hitchcock's

"Psycho" (I960} and Brian De Palmas Sisters"

(1973). A 20th Century-Fox tribute

begins on May 20 through Mav 22 with "In

Old Chicago" (1939) and '-Roxie Hart"

(1942) and continues until July 7.

"Loudspeaker," a play by the late John

Howard Lawson, ended its

run on May 6 at

The Van Dam Theatre. A political playwright

and screenwriter (1938's "Blockade"),

Lawson was one of the Hollywood

Ten who was blacklisted in 1948. Starring in

the play, originally presented in 1927, was

John Baird, brother of reviewer Lewis Archibald.

Jackie Earl Haley and Dan Stern, the film's

commercial area playdalcs begin Aug. 3,

according to head booker LaVerne Boswell.

Jennifer O'Neill stopped off here to promote

"The Innocent." Produced in Rome

by the late Italian director Luchino Visconti,

the film opened at the Pedas Outer Circle

Sept. 27. O'Neill's portrayal in the movie

was described by the Post's Henry Allen as

"a lively performance amid the art-film

sluggishness, like the smell of a cup of col-

Ice amid the frangipani."

Woody Allen's "Manhattan," a United

Artists release, had a four-theatre unveiling

May 2, and seemed to be very well received.

After 37 weeks of continuous showings

in the Pedas Circle Theatres, Franco Brusati's

"Bread and Chocolate" has been rebooked.

Handled locally by independent distributor

Herbert Schwartz, the film is now

playing in the KB circuit's Cerberus and

Baronet theatres. The Post's Gary Arnold

has called it a "wit*y, compassionate social

comedy ."

. .

Schwartz's New World Pictures of Washington

has set "Star Crash" to open in the

entire Washington exchange (approximately

100 situations) May 25 with "tremendous

media coverage," according to Schwartz.

"French Detective," a

French police story

starring Lino Ventura, began an exclusive

engagement (unrated) at the KB Janus April

27.

Oscar-winner Christopher Walken opened

in UA's release "Last Embrace," which also

stars Roy Scheider and Janet Margolin, in

an area multiple booking May 2.

Doug Potash, United Artists branch chief,

in his invitation to exhibitors for a screening

of "Fiddler on the Roof," pointed out that

the picture, "(which is) one of the most

successful films in UA history, is returning

to the screen in Dolby stereo." Potash had

the tradescrcening in Dolby stereo at MPAA

on the evening of May 1.

Mollis Alpert, editor of the American

Film Institute's magazine, American Film,

will be teaching during May and June a sixsession

course on "Creativity in Film:

Screenwriting." Also in API's lecture/seminar

series is Albert Ihde, president of the

Washington Film Group, who will teach a

two-part "Intro to Film." And the API

Theatre has scheduled a film series of Hollywood's

courtroom dramas and a Vincenio

Minnelli retrospective.

George Romero, director of "Dawn of the

Dead." while here April 26 and 27. attended

a critic's luncheon hosted by Ted and Jim

Pedas, owner/operators of the Circle Theatres.

Romero also attended a midnight sneak

of his creation at the Embassy Circle.

"Dawn of the Dead." distributed locally by

Wheeler Film Co.. opened commercially at

two Circle theatres May 4. Among other

scheduled playdates for Wheeler Film product

are: Cal-Am's "Racquet," summer opening,

and Film Ventures International's

"Hometown U.S.A.." a May opening in the

Richmond area.

Charles T. Jordan, Warner Bros, branch

manager, invited exhibitors to bring a guest

to his recent tradescrcening of "A Little Romance"

at the Motion Picture Assn. of

American theatre. The film will unreel here

commercially May 9.

'Breaking Away' Welcomed

By Bloomington Audience

BLOOMINGTON, IND. — "Breaking

Away," a 20th Century-Fox film shot entirely

in Bloomington, received enthusiastic

praise from the audience of more than 3,000

who attended the premiere April 21. Present

at the premiere were Steve Tesich. who

v/rote the screenplay, and Peter Yates, the

director.

In gratitude for their perseverence in

seeing

the movie through from idea to feature

film, the Indiana University Foundation

honored both Tesich and Yates in pre-movie

ceremonies. Yates is the third recipient of

the foundation's distinguished service award.

Tesich and Yates also received lU watches.

Release of the film was set for Aug. 3,

but has been moved up after audience reaction

tests in New Orleans, Phoenix, Denver

and Bloomington. Yates said the Hoosier

audiences may be able to see the movie as

early as July 11.

3-Screen Addition Planned

For Mid States' Continent

COLUMBUS—The present four-screen

Continent Cinema complex on Busch Boulevard,

operated by Mid States Theatres of

Cincinnati, plans to expand to seven screens.

Don Wirts, general manager, said negotiations

have been completed with the owners,

and the architectural plans would be finalized

about May I. A construction completion

target of late summer has been set.

When the expansion is completed, this will

be the largest theatre complex in Columbus.

Twin Cinema Part of Plan

SOUTH HADLEY. MASS.— Plans for a

$3,000,000 shopping/ recreation/office complex

off Rte. 202, to include a twin cinema,

have been announced by Andre P. Theroux

of H. Theroux & Sons Construction Inc.

The 18-acre site, across from the Flaming

Pit Restaurant and adjacent to the Had-

Icy Village Apartments, is to include the

cinema twin, a restaurant, a supermarket, a

14-court racketball facility, 15 to 20 specialty

shops and professional offices.

Theroux indicated that the 200,000-

square-foot development is to be in a parklike

setting, with clusterlike buildings.

BOXOFHCE May 7, 1979 E-1


i

New York

(Average weekly grosses lollovv

FIRST RUN REPORT

theatre)

All About Gloria Leonard (Evart).

World ($8,000), 15th wk 8.460

An Almost Perfect Affair (Para).

Trans-Lux East (8.500). 1st wk. . .17.900

Fedora (UA). Cinema Studio I (5.000).

2nd wk 14.000

The French Detective (Quartet),

68th Street Playhouse (5,000),

7th wk 8.100

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs

(New Line). Paris (9,000),

19th wk 14,.^45

.lust Like at Home (New Yorker),

Cinema Studio II (4,000),

2nd wk 4.200

A Little Romance (Orion-WB). Sutton

(9.000), 1st wk 23,000

Love on the Run (New World), Coronet

(9.650). 3rd wk 15,800

Manhattan (UA), 7 theatres,

1st wk 400,()()()

A Portrait of the Artist as a

Young Man (Mahler), 1st wk.

Guild (6.700) 10.565

Embassy (6.100) 12,700

Saint Jack (New World), Cinema I

(10,400), 1st wk 35,000

Cleveland

Ashanti (WB), 1 theatre, 2nd wk 70

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Univ),

5 theatres, 3rd wk 235

The Champ (UA), 5 theatres, 2nd wk. 355

The China Syndrome (Col). 6 theatres,

5th wk 235

The Deer Hunter (Univ). 5 theatres.

1st wk 560

Disco 9000 (SR), 2 theatres, 1st wk. . . 185

Firepower (SR). 3 theatres, 1st wk 165

Get Oat Your Handkerchiefs (SR),

Cedar Lee Theatre, 5th wk 95

Hair (UA), 6 theatres, 3rd wk 115

Halloween (SR), 6 theatres, 6th wk. . . .275

Hurricane (Para), 6 theatres, 1st wk. . . 90

The Promise (Univ), 3 theatres, 1st wk. 265

Superman (WB). 3 theatres. 18th wk. . .360

Cincinnaf'i

Ashanti (WB). Showcase. 3rd wk 200

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ), 3 theatres. 4th wk 350

The Champ (UA), 3 theatres, 3rd wk. . .600

The China Syndrome (Col), 3 theatres.

6th wk 400

Dawn of the Dead (SR), Showcase,

1st wk 450

The Deer Hunter (Univ), 3 theatres,

9th wk 750

Fa.st Break (Col), 3 theatres, 6th wk. . .275

Hair (UA), Showcase, 4th wk 225

Hurricane (Para), Showcase, 2nd wk. . .200

The Innocent (SR), 2 theatres, Isl wk. 250

Love at First Bite (AI), Showcase,

2nd wk 500

.Murder hy Decree lA\\.ol. I'liULCto

5lh wk^

Showcase,

Norma Rae (20th-Fox),

6th wk

.200

The Promise (Univ), 4 theatres.

2nd wk 500

Richard Pryor—Live in Concert (SEE).

Skywalk. 10th wk 200

Same Time, Next Year (Univ),

Showcase, 1 1 th wk 200

Superman (WB), 2 theatres, 19th wk. . .400

Hartford

Buck Rogers in the 2Sth Century

(Univ). 3 theatres, 4th wk 165

The Champ (MGM-UA), Showcase

V. 3rd wk 140

The China Syndrome (Col). 3 theatres,

6th wk 235

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Showcase

n, 7th wk 250

Hair (UA), Showcase III, 4th wk 300

Halloween (Compass Infl), Showcase

VL 6th wk 200

Hurricane (Para). Showcase L

2nd wk 185

Little Blue Box (SR), Art Cinema.

2nd wk 225

Love at First Bite (AI), Showcase IV,

2nd wk 200

Norma Rae (20th-Fox), Cinema City

IV. Elm II. 5th wk 175

Picnic at Hanging Rock (Atlantic

Releasing). Atheneum Cimema.

3rd wk.^ 100

The Psychic (Group I), 3 theatres,

2nd wk 235

Buffalo

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ). 2 theatres. 3rd wk 100

The Champ (UA). 3 theatres. 2nd wk. . .250

The China Syndrome (Col).

3 theatres, 5th wk 175

The Deer Hunter (Univ), 1 theatre,

8th wk 250

Hair (UA), 3 theaters, 4th wk 100

Halloween (Compass), 1 theatre,

nth wk 125

Hurricane (Para), 2 theatres, 1st wk. ... 150

Norma Rae (20th-Fox), 1 theatre,

6th wk 100

Richard Pryor—Live in Concert

(SEE), 1 theatre, 7th wk 90

Superman (WB), 2 theatres, 18th wk. . . 90

The Warriors (Para). 1 theatre,

10th wk 80

Columbus

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Univ),

Cinema North, 4th wk 200

The Champ (UA), 2 theatres, 3rd wk. . .290

The China Syndrome (Col), 4 theatres,

6th wk 150

Dawn of the Dead (SR). Raintree.

1st wk 500

The Deer Hunter (Univ), 2 theatres.

9th wk 315

Fast Break (Col). 2 theatres, 5th wk. .

I he Great American Chase (WB),

. 90

3 theatres. 2nd wk 165

Hair (UA). 2 theatres. 4th wk 190

Hurricane (Para), Raintree, 2nd wk. ..300

Norma Rae (20th-Fox), 3 theatres,

2nd wk 175

The Promi.se (Univ), 2 theatres,

3rd wk 250

Richard Pryor—Live in Concert (SEE),

Continent, 9th wk 300

Silent Partner (SR), Raintree, 4th wk. . .500

Superman (WB). 2 theatres, 19th wk. . .140

New Haven

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ), Milford II, 4th wk 135

The Champ (MGM-UA), Showcase V,

3rd wk .125

The China Syndrome (Col), Cinemart

11, Milford I, 6th wk 200

The Deer Hunter (Univ). Showcase

II, 7th wk 250

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (New

Line Cinema), Lincoln, 1st wk 300

Hair (UA), Showcase III, 4th wk 225

Halloween (Compass Int'l), Showcase

IV, 6th wk 185

Hurricane (Para), Showcase I,

2nd wk 200

Love at First Bite (AI), Cinemart I,

1st wk 250

Norma Rae (20th-Fox), York Square

Cinema, 2nd wk 225

Take All of Me (Group I), Milford

Twin Drive-In I, 1st wk 225

PHILADELPHIA

tentative plans are under way to bring a

major film festival to Philadelphia next

year. Dr. Stuart Samuels, one of the principal

organizers, said that the preliminary

ideas for the festival called for a concentration

on the films of one particular country,

probably France, with major French

actors and directors coming to Philadelphia

to discuss their work.

City officials of Chester, stung by constant

complaints that

in

the only movie theatre

the community shows only X-rated films,

are negotiating to purchase the center-city

theatre. City councilman Michael MacNeilly.

at the council meeting last week, said

that they are trying to "work out a pro

gram" imder which purchase of the Boyd

Art Theatre, the city's only operating movie

house, will lead to changing its "adult film

policy to

family-type fare."

Jerry Frebowitz has established Video

House Entertainment Co. in suburban Bala

Cynwyd, Pa., for the distribution of motion

pictures and video cassettes.

Douglas J. Keating of the Philadelphia

Inquirer sees "Ashanti" as a "second-rate

Western, set in Africa." For Joe Adcock of

the Bulletin, the film is "one of total idiocy."

The locally based chain of Silo stereo,

sound and appliance stores has lease dthe!

Centurv Twin Thealies in the nearby

Moorcstown (N.J.) Shopping Mall. The*

E-2 BOXOFFICE May 7. 197^


I

houses

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In

,

decline,

'

, relli

;

until

I Max

1 United

[screens have been dark and Silo, with a

'ten-year lease, will convert the movie

to another unit in the Silo chain.

another retail transaction here, the onetime

movie theatre building at 917-25 N.

Second St. has been purchased by a cyclonr

fencing operation.

The coniniunity effort to help save and

restore the Warner Theatre in West Chester.

Pa., an art deco palace that has fallen into

recently received a boost with a

benefit concert featuring the Duke Ellington

Orchestra conducted by Mercer Ellington.

Lawrence Toppman of the Atlantic City

Press reviewed "Hair" and said Milos Forman

produced "a barbed, ironic view of the

IMdOs that few other directors would have

hud the insight, imagination or inclination

to make."

Ernest Schier of the Philadelphia Bulletin

thinks it's "outrageous" for Franco Zeffito

remake the 1931 tearjerker "The

Champ." "Outrageous, because it tampers

with the long memories of filmgoers, and

outr.igeous, because ours is not exactly an

,igj of innocence." Schier called "A Perfect

Couple" an "essentially trivial film ... an

amiable, well-made minor film that suggests

! (director Robert) Altman is only vamping

he's ready for his next film."

Miller, regional promotion chief for

Artists, had the Philadelphia Daily

News give out T-shirts promoting "Hair,"

which opened at the SamEric Theatre. In

a random drawing of coupons mailed in by

readers, 50 multi-colored "Hair" shirts were

sent to the winners.

BALTIMORE

! (Continued on following page)

"Qonsidering all the talent that went into

the remake of 'Hurricane,' one marvels

at the fact that it has turned out so badly."

writes Lou Cedrone, movie critic for the

Evening Sun. "It moves like a leaky boat,

leaving a wake of dialogue that brings

laughter . .

."

The Tenth Annual Baltimore International

Film Festival has been announced for

May 9-22. The sponsor is the Baltimore

Film Forum, 516 N. Charles St., and the

theatre used will be The Playhouse, 25 ih

and Charles streets. It is a Schwaber World

Fare Cinemas house.

"Dawn of the Dead" opened April 20 at

The Hippodrome (along with "Ashanti").

Joppatowne Cinema, The Movies, Randallstown

and Ritchie Cinema.

Cable television companies are taking a

sudden interest in Anne Arundel County

after years of allowing cable franchises to

gather dust. The county council April 16

granted a franchise to Rau Broadcasting to

provide services to a broad swath in the

center of the county which includes the

Crofton, Millersville, Severna Park and

Cape St. Claire areas. The president of

the company, Lloyd S,

Smith, said he could

be ready to offer cable service to some customers

within a year.

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SPRINGFIELD

f^ichard Frcednian, Newhonse News Serv

ice, was not impres,sed with "Huriicane."

His dispatch to The Morning Union

lamented; "For a reported $20,000,000

Dino DeLaurentiis has brewed himself the

proverbial tempest in

a teapot."

The same tritic quoted veteran tliespiaii

Burgess Meredith on the merits of upcoming

"The Great Bank Hoax," which also

stars Richard Basehart, Ned Beatty and

Michael Murphy: "It isn't easy to get a major

studio to pay attention to a small-budget

picture. The French used to make movies

like this, and so did the English in the great

Ealing Studios days. There's no reason wc

can't."

VERMONT

The Mallclts Bay Drive-In, suburban Burlington,

resumed full-time operations

for 1979, scheduling a double-bill. X-rated.

from the statesrights field ("Little Girls

Blue" and "Erotic Adventures of Candy").

The Sunset Drivc-Iii, suburban Burlington,

had the first four-feature underskyer

bill in northern Vermont for 1979— Paramount's

"Up in Smoke" and "American Hot

Wax," plus "Speed Trap" and 'Satan's

Cheer Leaders," with a "special price" of

$5 per carload in effect.

NEW HAVEN

^ave Brown continues to demonstrate how

a small-town exhibitor indeed can be

all things to all people. In addition to running

a regular program of Hollywood output

at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre,

Newtown, Brown also schedules topical programs.

As witness, a Newtown Animal Welfare

Society-sponsored evening on a recent

Thursday (8 p.m.); a motion picture, "Endangered

Predatois," was shown. Admission

was $2.

Bob Einiicke, New Haven Register, called

Universal's "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

a "shrewd and palatable adventure, a

gaudy and lowdown B picture to occupy a

rainy afternoon for children and adults. A

respectful tribute to the Buster Crabbe

serial . .

."

HARTFORD

fwentieth-Fox's "Norma Rae" drew a rave

from Janice Trecker in the West Hartford

News; " 'Norma Rae' is an unusual picture,

tough without being brutal and dramatic

without slipping into melodrama. For

Sally Field, it has provided a magnificent

opportunity: she has used it to reveal an

actress at the height of her powers."

Anemic Cinema Corp., 25 Powers Court.

Westport 06880. filed a certificate of dissolution

(going out of business) with the office

of the Connecticut Secretary of Stale.

nORCESTER

n nicrican International slotted mid-Massachusetts

premiere of "Love at First

Bite" into the Redstone White City Cinemas

2 . . . Mid-Massachusetts undenskyers opened

for the warmer weather with $5 per

carload (regardless of number of passengers)

very much evident in on-going policy.

NEW BRITAIN

phe DeSantis Kensington Cinema, which

has been on a 99 cents admission

policy, increased the charge to $1.50 for

showings of Warner Bros.' "Every Which

Way But Loose."

BOSTON

gack Theatres is expanding again by twinning

theatres, with 45 screens in the

offing. The latest is the twinning of the two

larger houses in the Natick complex. Cinemas

I and II, now underway. The recently

opened Natick Cinemas III and IV remain

in operation during the renovation period.

The six cinemas reopen June 15 with

"Prophecy." "Butch and Sundance: The

Early Days," "In Laws" and "Rocky II."

Francis E. Charles, 49, retired vice-president

of General Cinema Theatre Corp.,

Chestnut Hill, Boston, died April 24 in Peter

Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston. Surviving

arc his wife, a son, a daughter and a

brother.

Sack Theatres still wants to continue in

the Icgil field triggered by the success of

"Man of La Mancha" last summer, and has

booked the company of "Grease" for the

4.400-seat house for May 1-13. The film

chain, which is expanding to 45 screens in

Massachusetts, also seeks to book legit productions

into the Savoy Theatre, which it

once owned, and sold to Sarah Caldwell's

Opera Company.

Under teims of the sale to the Opera

Company. Sack has the right to present

stage shows when the theatre is not being

used. A. Alan Friedberg. president of Sack.

said part of the sales agreement was that

Sack could book the house with shows when

it was dark, but he now says he fears Caldwell

will keep the theatre dark from May

25. final day of her opera season, until

sometime next March when the new season

begins.

Joan Collins will star in "The Bitch" as a

wealthy woman who "keeps" the manager of

a night club.

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CINCINNATI

gpringfield-based Chakeres Theatres reopened

its 21 Ohio and Kentucky outdoor

screens with a first-run engagement of

•Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" and

•The Great Train Robbery." Good weather

brought •sunshine"" to the boxoffice. according

to spokesman Jack Oberleitner. Meanwhile,

same company has initiated a giant

Pepsi and popcorn campaign using "The

Bigger, the Better'" as their slogan. Top

managers and concessionists

uses for increased sales.

cash bon-

Showcase Cinemas recently held a midnight

prevuc of "'Dawn of the Dead," the

sequel to the cult favorite "•Night of the

Living Dead." In conjunction with WEBN-

FM. the promotion included nurses on duty

in the lobby and ambulances stationed in

front of the complex . . . just in case a

patron became overcome by the gory goiings-on.

New additions to the Chakeres Theatre

family are Mike Glass, Bill Canton, Raymond

Barrett, Noah Penix, Gregg Scott,

and Tim Ahern. Sally Morgan is the new

co-op advertising secretary in the Springfield

main office.

AI's "Love at First Bite" opened to "near

blockbuster"' business at Cincy's two Showcase

houses.

1978's Best Foreign Film, "Get Out Your

Handkerchiefs." debuted recently at 20th

Century, while Visconti"s "The Innocent"

was on tap at Carousel and Studio.

Regent and State Theatres, Springfield.

Ohio, have now completed the installation

of new heating and air conditioning systems.

The Enquirer's Tom McEl fresh labeled

••Dawn of the Dead" "an obscenity of violence

designed in rank greed to prey for

profit on the most flaccid of televisionlobotomized

minds." The plot' "Just rancid,

relentless, repulsive killings." Performances

"You have to have actors before you can

have performances."

Screenings: UA's new Woody Allen comedy,

"Manhattan."

A new trial date has been set for the landmurk

challenge to Ohio's anti-blind bidding

law, The case is now set to open July 2.

Mid America Theatre Service moved to

new quarters, effective April 30. Their new

address is: P.O. Box 11047. 6020 Harrison

Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. Telephone

513-574-1550. Bennett Goldstein asks that

the correct box number be used on mail in

order to insuic delivery.

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Writer Alleges Abuse

Of Children at 'Davra'

LEXINGTON, KY. — Wood Simpson

writing m the Lexington Herald discussed

••Dawn of the Dead," a movie sans rating

which is being enforced as an R. Critic

Simpson's complaint with management of

the Crossroads Cinema is that parents are

being allowed to bring their children to see

"Dawn of the Dead."

••Sitting in the audience the other night

at

the Crossroads Cinema was a serious test

of my faith in the First Amendment to the

U.S. Constitution and the film rating code,

which jointly confer the privilege of exhibiting

a film like 'Dawn of the Dead' in the

presence of young children," Simpson said.

" -Dawn of the Dead' features gross,

hardcore, repetitive acts of cannibalism. It

is easily the sickest film I have ever seen.

But hearing the horrified screams of small

children in the audience, mixed in with the

nervous laughter of their parents sent a chill

up my spine. These parents, to put it bluntly,

are abusing their children, abusing their

mimds in ways that may, years from now,

have awful consequences for them.

"Well, I protest. I protest on behalf of

these youngsters. And I call on the management

of this theatre to—at the very leastwarm

parents at the door of the unsuitability

of this film for childron or—^better

still

prohibit their attendance."

voluntarity

Concluding. Simpson asked for theatre

owners to "accept the responsibility for ensuring

that children are not exposed to

harml'ul films," adding that "parents should

be very careful about taking their children

to R-rated films and should inquire of the

theatre management before doing so.

'•The sad truth is that too may children

are being given the impression too soon that

violence is the way to solve problems,"

Simpson said.

Akron Vice Squad Starts

Crackdown on Porn Films

AKRON, OHIO—Akron vice detectives

have launched a new crackdown on allegedly

pornographic films, after a recent Ohio

Supreme Court decisions overturned an earlier

one that held the city's pandering obscenity

ordinance unconstitutional. Until the

high court ruled on this measure, there had

been no enforcement for the past several

months.

On April 9, detectives confiscated a film,

"Debbie Does Dallas," at the Art Theatre.

Lee Kramer, manager, said the house closed

down that evening after the film was seized.

The next night six films were confiscated

from two theatres, the Astor on 131 S. Main

and the Main at 278 S. Main. Six employees

at the three theatres were issued summonses

and charged with

pandering obscenity.

Woman Vents Anger on D-I

FALL RIVER, MASS.—A Somerset.

Wilbur Eckard Dies at 73

ASHLAND, OHIO- Wilbur S. Eckard.

73. owner and operatoi- of the Ashland Mass., woman who has been opposing ihc

Bernice. X-ratcd policy at the Family Drive-In 1 he

died April 8. His wife,

Drive-In,

two sons and a daughter survive.

was charged with attempted arson, nia

aire,

licious mischief and breaking and entering

at the underskyer. She was due to appear

in

Fall River Disrtict Court. Police reported

that an employee of the drive-in (whose lij

cense Frances Robidoux, 38, was petitioning

the selectmen to revoke) found a door

damaged and a flammable liquid splashed

on a building.

Attacks in Theatre Areas

Cause Film Cancellations

PHILADELPHIA—After watching an;

all-night

ti-establishment and martial arts films at the

midtown Milgram Theatre, some of

^

the'

movie patrons went on a crime spree resulting

in

the cancellation of a repeat of the allnight

program on a second night. Not only

were five persons injured early Saturday

morning (April 21) in four beatings and robberies

following the all-night film festival,

but the Milgram Theatre itself was reportedly

left in shambles.

Starting at midnight and continuing until

6 a.m., four features were offered, including

Richard Pryor's "Which Way Is Up". "Exit

the Dragon. Enter the Dragon," "The

Human Tornado" and Fred Williamson in

"Boss Nigger."

The next day a man standing in line to

attend the screening of "Phantasm" at Budco's

Golman Theatre, just a few blocks away

in center city, was attacked and robbed byj

four youths.

PHILADELPHIA

(Continued from previous page)

Philadelphia premiere for "The Opium

War," the first film out of Red China, was

the weekend viewing at the Walnut Street

Theatre Film Center.

Desmond Ryan of the Philadelphia Inquirer

finds •Love at First Bite" as being

"neither funny nor frightening. It is merely

frightful."

City representative and director of commerce

Joseph A. LaSala has announced thai

the world premiere of "•Rocky 11"' here or

June 8 will be followed by a sparkling gak

at the Philadelphia Art Museum for th(

picture's stars and the select audience. Pro

ceeds of the gala will benefit the Polia

Athletic League (PAL). Mayor Frank S

Rizzo expressed his pleasure with thi

planned premiere for which arrangement

were made by Carl Ferrazza, executive di

rector of promotion for United Artists

Robert Arnold, advertising director of Bud

CO Theatres; Lewis Klein, chairman of PAL

and the staff of the city representative'

office and the Art Museum.

The J. I. Rodale Theatre in Allentowr

which features a repertory company fc

Broadway stage productions throughout th

year, will convert the playhouse to a movi

house for a spring film series at the end c

the month.

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Jerry Collins, 67. died April 23. He had

been active in the film industry for the

past 40 years as a buyer at UATC, Scro

Amusement, Fox West Coast, Syufy Bmtcririses

and independently. Survivors include

his wife Dorothy, who is the branch manager's

secretary of United Artists, three

sons and two daughters.

Branch manager Jim Mooney and salesmen

Tony Grabowy and Tom Muller of the

Universal branch were in New Orleans

April 30-May 4 for a sales meeting.

Daria Martinez, who has been head cashier

at Paramount for five years, is the new

booker at Warner Bros., replacing Celia Velasco

who has returned to Los Angeles.

1979-80 WOMPI officers will be Tillie

president; Liana Figane, first vice-

president; Maureen Devine, second vicepresident:

Ramona Wascher, secretary, and

Marji Rykowski, treasurer. The installation

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will be at Orontes June 20.

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show programs with separate

are reaching the saturation stage

with nine theatres (Balboa, Market Street

Cinema, Coliseum, Egyptian, Ghirardelli.

,

Presidio, Roxie, Serra and Strand theatres

[

in San Francisco) having them on the weekend

of April 27-28.

Funeral services for Roy Cooper were

April 30 at Sinai Memorial Chapel.

Metro 2 (2,700) 3.366

Goneva Drive-In 3 (5,400) 2.593

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Plaza 1 (6.200). Norma Rae (20th-Fox), rngM

6th wk 4.271 ,^^

Phantasm (Avco), Balboa 1 (4,200). wm'-^---^.

4th wk 2.1^-1 ;

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Lumiere (3,850), 1st wk 9.7 V)

The Promise (Univ), UA Stonestown II

(4,050), 3rd wk 5,799

Same Time, Next Year (Univ), Cinema

21 (8,600), 11th wk 6,275

Superman (WB), Northpoint (11.800).

19th wk 16.35S

Tourist Trap (Compass). St. Francis 1

(5,200). 1st wk 2.913

Wifemistress (Quartet). Stage Door HEAR! HEAR!—George Hamilton

(4.600), 5th wk 8.523

(right), who stars in the role of Dracula

in American International's comedy

Hollywood

^onny Saland and Elliot

Happenings

Geisinger of Professional

Films Inc. will produce a

television featurette dealing with behindthe-scenes

highligjhts in the making of Blake

Edwards' "10" for Orion Pictures. Also included

will be interviews with stars Dudley

Moore and Julie Andrews.

Buddy Rogers will introduce a 90-minute

film salute "1929: An All Talking, All Singing,

All Dancing Year," to be shown May 9

at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

Sciences as this year's first in a series of

retrospective screenings at the Academy.

Free admission for Academy members and

the public.

pMt%^T

Vincent Price, his wife, actress Coral

Diikt

r/nJM KUN Biowne, Edith Head, James Galanos and

Betsy Bloomingdale will be among trend-

DCDftDT

setters taking part in the "Ultimate Chic

J nCtWn i West" course in fashion and style to be

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m\m, presented for two months beginning June

. 4 by the College of Continuing Education

San Francisco .„ ,p,^. University of Southern California.

(Average weekly grosses follow theatre) jhe session will be held at Hershenson Hall

Boulevard Nights (WB), Geneva at the Temple Stephen S. Wise in Los Ange-

Drive-In (5.400), 5th wk 1,961

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Univ),

les.

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4th wk. Woody Allen's "Interiors." a United

Coliseum (7.400) 3.580 Artists release, has been awarded Spain's

UA Stonestown 1 (4,040) 5,204 "Sant Jordi" prize as best picture of the

St. Francis 2 (5,200) 3,753

The Champ (MGM/UA). Metro

wk (10.200). 3rd 6.799

The China Syndrome (Col). Coronet

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film "Love At First Bite," toasts the

memory of the greatest Dracula of

them all, Bela Lugosi, in ceremonies

held on the site of Lugosi's Walk of

Fame star on Hollywood Boulevard.

Joining in the toast (left) is William F.

Hertz, president of the Hollywood

Chamber of Commerce and director of

theatre operations for Mann Theatres.

year by Radio Nacional de Espagna. Top

film critics in Barcelona serve as the awards

jury.


Henry Fonda went home April 20 from

Cedars Sinai Medical Center after minor

surgery on an arthritic hip. A hospital

spokesman said a few malignant cells were

detected in the actor's prostate gland during

surgery to clear a urinaiy block but

that further treatment would not be necessary.

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declared

April 27 "A Little Romance" Day in Los

Angeles in a citation that pointed out the

film was "the first motion picture to be

produced by the Orion Pictures Co." The

film, the mayor declared, is "a return to the

type of movies which made Hollywood and

Los Angeles the entertainment capital of the

world." "A Little Romance" premiered thai

day at the Plaza Theatre in Westwood.

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2nd wk 10.132

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TUCSON

"Qalifornia Dreaming" premiered April 28

at Tucson Drive-In. Showcase and Oracle

View quad . Silent Partner" was

sneak previewed April 28 at Showcase . . .

"Love at First Bite" began April 28 at Cineworld

and Oracle View 4.

KWFM Radio special midnight show

April 27 and 28 was "The Last Waltz," with

all seats $3 . . . "Buck Rogers in the 25th

Century" was held over for its fifth and

final week at Cineworld . . . "The Champ"

was still in there at Oracle View quad for

holdover fourth smash week.

First Tucson showing of "Inframan" and

"Superman" took place April 1 1 at DeAnza

Drive-In . . . "Halloween" came early this

year to the Coronado . at the

Tucson 5 Drive-In, Cineworld and Oracle

View quad April I 1 was "Bedknobs and

Broomsticks" . . . Held over at DeAnza

Drive-In was "Phantasm."

Reviewer Tully Tossed Out

Of TM Theatres' Showcase

TUCSON—The lid was clamped tight

on The Airzona Daily Star's movie critic

Jacqi Tully"s effort to review "The Bell Jar"

April 27 at TM Theatres of Tucson's Showcase

on Speedway Boulevard.

Tully had settled comfortably in her seat

for the 5:15 p.m. show when the manager

approached and quietly requested her to

leave. The Star earlier had been forewarned

that Tully would not be tolerated at any

TM theatre.

In lieu of TM owner Merton and son

Jeffrey Weiner's unavailability for official

comment, Ernie Hoffman, TM's ad manager,

explained, emphasizing he did not express

TM's official position; "I think her

opinions are biased." said Hoffman. "They

are Jacqi Tully's opinions; they are not to

me a reviewer's opinions—someone who

should be stating a quality of a film good

or bad on the basis of an impartial review."

Specifically, Hoffman continued: "Jacqi

goes far more into detail than most reviewers."

Asked to mention a specific review.

Hoffman answered "I'd have to do some

research on it to pick out specific points."

Ruffled over the incident, Frank John-

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son. Stai managing editor, said, "banning a

critic from a public place of entertainment

is reprehensible. In this case it appears that

Ms. Tully is being punished for being a

throughtful and truthful reporter. Movie

criticism and movie industry reporting are

major portions of her responsibilities to the

Star and its readers. She will continue to

fulfill that role despite such overt attempts

at censorship as instigated by TM Theatres

management."

Tully's picture hung in the Showcase boxoffice

adjacent to a notation ordering employees

to refuse her admission. luily said

apparently the Showcase manager failed to

recognize her at first. She said he said he

was only following orders; according to

Tully he further explained that management

has the right to refuse admission to anyone,

the standard notation on many theatre ticket

stubs.

Arizona's Mystery Gunman

Shoots Drive-In Cashier

CASA GRANDE. ARIZ. — Considered

Ihe ciyhth

^hooting victim of Casa Grande's

iinsicrioiis yiinman is 22-year-old Lily C.

G.ucia. .1 cashier at the Desert Drive-In

Jheatre. Watching a movie during a lull,

April 26, Mrs. Garcia responded to a knock

at the booth door only to be shot without

warning, bullets entering her head behind

her right ear and her right shoulder. She

collapsed after running from the booth for

20 feet.

A witness chased the suspect, described

as a medium build. Mexican-American with

dark wavy hair, across the street where the

assailant escaped in an older-model, white

pickup, avoiding a police roadblock.

At last report Mrs. Garcia was in good

condition at Hoemako Hospital.

SEATTLE

C F. Burns and Raylah Holleman ol the

S.F. Burns Co. here were able to attend

the Show-A-Rama 22 convention in Kansas

City. They have returned to town, along

with Sterling Recreation Organization's Bob

Bond, lb Johanson and Fun magazine's Stu

Goldman.

Niinierous executives from Paramount

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Pictures were on hand for the sneak preview

of "Prophecy" at the Cinerama Theatre

April 21. The theatre closed after matinee

showings of the regular film. "Murder by

Decree," reopening at 7:30 p.m. for the

8:00 sneak preview followed by a showing

of "Murder by Decree." The theatre was

completely sold out long before the sneak

hit

the screen.

American Interiiational's Love at First

Bite" was featured in vivid colors on the

cover of Fun magazine's April 18 edition.

It opened two days later to fine grosses

at Sterling's Lewis & Clark. John Danz.

Lake City and Lynn Four theatres as well

as at Tom Moyer's downtown Everett Tri-

Cinema.

Openings: "Firepower," the first Ironi

Associated Film Distributors, April 27 at

the .Seattle Aurora. Bellevue Oveilake, Renton

Village and Everett Mall cinemas, the

SeaTac 6 Cinema and in the Sno-King and

Duwamish drive-ins; "The Children of Sanchez"

at the Uptown April 27, and in

70mm and six-track stereo, "The Exorcist"

at the Cinerama Theatre for the first lime

in

Seattle.

The original "The Thief of Bagdad" weni

into the Guild 45th April 25.

Tom Moyer's Bellevue Crossroads Quail

was open showing "Buck Rogers in the 25lli

Century," "Good Guys Wear Black," "Com

ing Home" and "Invasion of the Bod\

Snatchers." Meanwhile in Everett. Moyer's

new Tri-Cinema was going full blast with

"Love at First Bite," "The Deer Hunter"

and "Good Guys Wear Black "

Bravura Films hosted a "10th Anniversary

Extravaganza" at the JWA screening

room April 12. with cocktails, lavish hors

d'oeuvres and the screening of 80 minutes

of its films, including a brief retrospective

of "landmark" productions, a short animated

film "Once Upon a Fishook" which is a

work in progress and Part I of "Secrets of

an Alien World" which will be shown on

national television later this year. The company,

with offices in The Cannery, has ambitious

plans for the production and distribution

of features and shorts.

Dina Bachelor Resigns

As Head of Film Office

PHOENIX—April 20 was Dina Bache-.

lor's last day as motion picture coordinator

for the city of Phoenix.

Ms. Bachelor will be relocating to Newport

Beach, Calif., to manage a division of'

Center Industries, a professional rccruitingj

firm with corporate offices in Phoenix.

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"The last four years and a resulting $14J

million dollars of filming activity in 1978i

in the city of Phoenix has to be one of thei

most rewarding projects of my career," said

Dina. "This industry is growing at an evenj

faster pace than anticipated, with $.^ million;

dollars accoimted lor in the first quarter of,

1979 from commercials and documentaries;

alone."

Luci Alvarado has been assigned to coordinate

shooting iictivity in Phoenix under

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the direction of Frank Fairbanks, assistant

to city manager.

"Phoenix is looking at the reahty of becoming

the third-largest filming center in

U.S., according to the Producers Assn.

Hthe

of America," says Dina. "And I feel very

privileged to have played a part in that

,

F' growth."

Matai Chiefs Protest

'Hurricane' Portrayal

HONOLULU—A week after Dino Lauren

li is" production of "Hurricane" from

Paramount opened at the Royal Theatre in

Waikiki, a group of Samoan chiefs (Matai)

.iiiircd in their native lava lavas and chanting

as they marched held a peaceful protest

in front of the theatre for two hours.

Two television stations, reporters from

newspapers and radio covered the picketing.

just after the first-night performance had

begun.

The protest was sponsored by the Samo-

;in Council of Chiefs and Orators in Hawaii

and the Service for Hawaii (Tautua Mo

Samoa) organization. The council sponsors

the annual celebration of Samoan Flag Day

in Hawaii and advocates the preservation

of Samoan culture.

The group is headed by High Chief Fialaugaluia

K. Salanoa. Tautua Mo Samoa's

president is Gus Hannemann and his was

the first organization to be cited by the

.American Samoa Legislature for their efforts

in behalf of the Samoan people.

Hannemann stated that the Samoan culture

was being misrepresented and distorted

to the fullest in the movie version of Laurentiis'

"Hurricane." "As depicted on the

screen, the image of the Samoan and especially

the Matai was full of mockery and

deceit," said Hannemann. "We are against

the showing of the movie around the

world."

HONOLULU

J^ovietiine Films' •Death Dimension. "

cmrcntly

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is Royal Sunset Drive-ins, a production by

Oscar L. Nichols, with Harold "Oddjob"

Sakata and Myron Biiice Lee, all of Honolulu.

Lippert Personnel Shifts

In California Announced

SAN FRANCl.SCO -Robert L. lippert

Jr., presidont of the theatre chain bearing

his name, has announced several changes

in field and main office personnel.

The company is in the final stages of

complete reorganization. In keeping with

policy of promotions from within. Gene

O'Neill, former manager of the circuit's

Arden Fair 4 in Sacramento, has been elevated

to district manager for the Sacramento

area.

O'Neill will oversee operation of the Arden

Fair and Village Cinemas in Sacramento,

the Yuba City Drivc-In (formerly Autoseel

and the Marysville Drive-ln (formerly

Sierra).

In Southern California, Naomi Vcnablc,

manager of the Indio Twin, has been made

city manager and will oversee the Aladdin

and Deserf theatres and the Indio Twin.

Also in Southern California, Bob Maness,

recently manager of the Colorado 4 in Denver,

has taken over the Americana 6 cinemas

in Panorama City.

In a field-to-main office move, Donald

Crawford, who has served the circuit as

manager in Denver, Oakland and Hayward

has been promoted to director of advertis

ing.

If it's

Tom Peterson, former manager of Gen

eral Cinema's Sun Valley in Concord, re

places Crawford at the Hayward .5 cinemas

just anyone,

anyplace will do.

If it's

someone important,

say "Meet me

at the Derby

Ricky Schroder ("The Champ") was

scheduled to arrive to begin his role in

Walt Disney's "The Last Flight of Noah's

Ark" on Kauai Island.

The storm over Dino De Laiiientiis'

"Hurricane" continues. Following wide coverage

by the media and the press, the Samoan

protesters headed by Gus Hanneman

of Service for Samoa and the Samoan Chiefs

met with Frank Miller, president and general

manager of Royal Theatres Ltd. The

peaceful picketing was held in front of the

Royal Theatre in Waikiki.

The Samoan group requested that the piclure

not be shown anymore, and Miller explained

that contractual obligations with

Paramount, have to be met.

mmi^^

"Meet me at the Derby."

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_^vco set a Friday night sneak screening

of "Phantasm" at the Buckingham 5

and Thornton 3 theatres. The new Gary

Busey picture "Fooling Around" was sneaked

at the Cherry Creek Cinema.

Visiting the exchanges were Jack McGce.

Judith Theatre. Lewistown. Montana, and

Neal Lloyd. Westland Theatres. Colorado

Springs.

John Burton of the Nile Theatre in Mitchell.

Nebiaska has been hospitalized. John's

v/ife Margarite is handling the theatre during

his absence.

Ken Newbert, branch manager for Columbia

Pictures, has resigned. Newbert had

managed the local branch office for just

about a year prior to his resigning and is

expected to announce a connection within

the industry shortly.

Fun magazine devoted their April 18

cover to the opening of American International's

"Love at First Bite" which started

April 20 in the Lynn Four, Lake City. John

Danz and Lewis & Clark theatres.

FIRST RUN

REPORT

Denver

Agatha (WB), Cooper Cameo,

8th wk 65

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ). 6 theatres, 3rd wk 110

The Champ (UA), 2 theatres, 3rd wk. .280

The China Syndrome (Col).

Continental. 6th wk

l-'^O

The Deer Hunter (Univ).

Colorado 4, 9th wk 300

Hair (UA). Colorado 4, 4th wk 280

Hurricane (Para). 3 theatres,

2nd wk 90

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Norma Rae (20th-Fox). 2 theatres,

5th wk 70

The Promise (Univ), 4 theatres,

3rd wk 110

Same Time, Next Year (Univ),

Cooper, 11th wk 100

Superman (VVB), Century 21.

18th wk

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Stigwood Is Awarded

Showmanship Prize

HOLLYWOOD—Robert Stigwood, whose

motion picture hits include the boxoffice

smashes "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever,"

was awarded the Showmanship Award

of the Publicists Guild of America at its annual

luncheon April 6 at the Beverly Wilshire

Hotel.

The award was accepted by Robert Frost,

substituting for Stigwood who was in England.

Tony Habeeb, publicity director for

Irwin Allen Productions, received the Bob

Yeager Award, given to a guild member

for his outstanding coimtributions to the organization.

Regina Gruss, publicity director of Marble

Arch Productions, was presented with the

Les Mason Award, given annually to a

guild member whose "high professional

standards rebound to the credit of the guild

and publicists." British actor Anthony Hopkins

made the presentation.

Cecil Smith, Los Angeles Times and

Times-Mirror Synidate TV columnist, was

honored with the annual Press Award, with

actress Penelope Milford making the presentation.

Montana Theatre Owners

Assemble in Missoula

MISSOULA. MONT. — The Montana

Assn. of Theatre Owners recently held its

annual meeting at the Village Inn here. Attending

were exhibitors from throughout

Montana as well as the neighboring states

Poison.

Also re-elected were Rich Snyder, Wolf

Point, president; Patsy Skogen, Ronan, secretary

and Larry Flesch, Shelby, vice-president

and treasurer.

Others serving on the board are Norman

Costen, Harvre; Tom Mines. Kalispell; Dave

Wiesbeck, Libby; Peyton Terry, Glasgow;

Myron Bean, Choteau and Dean Osteraner,

Great Falls.

John Roberts Elected

President of RMMPA

DENVER—John Roberts, general manager

Wolfberg Theatres here, has been

elected president of the Rocky Mountain

Motion Picture Assn. (RMMPA) effective

July 1, 1979.

President-elect Roberts has long been

chairman of RMMPA's legislature commit-

,

ice. This year Biruce Young, Commoni

wealth Theatres, was selected to serve with

Roberts on the committee.

,

RMMPA Luncheon to Hear

Successful News/Adman

DENVER—A kmcheon meeting of the

Rocky Mountain Motion Picture Assn. to,

Sam Lusky

be held May 22 willj

feature Sam Lusky, a

man who has packed

two successful careers

into one lifetime. His

topic will be "What

Makes Sammy Run"

He was a prize winning

reporter and featured

columnist on

the Rocky Mountain:

News before becoming

its city editor.

Since 1961 he has been a major force in

the Rocky Mountain area with his own advertising

and public relations agency. The

luncheon will be held at the Continental

Broker. 235 Fillmore St.

Children's Programs Part

Of Denver Int'l Film Fest

DENVER— Eight children's programs

will be included in the second Denver International

Film Festival, May 4-17. More

than 150 events are scheduled at the Ogden,

Esquire and Flick theatres during the

festival.

The children's program is sponsored by

of Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Several distributors

from the Denver and Salt Lake will be shown on two weekends at the

the Pepsi Cola Co. of Denver. The films

City exchanges were also in attendance. Ogden and Esquire. Each program consists

Elected to a three-year term on the board of a feature length film and a short subject

and will begin at 11:30 a.m.

of directors of MATO were Dion Smith of

Laurel, Mont., and Lanny Wagner of Billings.

Re-elected was Howard Pickerell of scribed the children's films as

Terry Thoren, festival co-director, de-

"personal,

entertaining, warm and human. The films

reflect the best qualities inherent in theii

audience," he said.

The May schedule at the Ogden will feature

the Denver revival premiere of Alexander

Korda's 1942 production of "Th<

Jungle Book," directed by Zoltan Korda

The film remains unsurpassed for its fan'

tasy, adventure and appeal to the children

according to Thoran.

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to J. P. Davis of Southgate-High

Point theatres. High Point. N. C. Several

weeks ago wc told you about him anci

his

successful operation of his theatres with-

OLii resorting to sex; now he's working with

a local church and is allowing them to use

ihc

theatre on Sunday mornings for the next

3 months while the church is remodeled.

Robbie McClure, son of Bob and Tena

(Variety Films), spent a week with them.

.11x1 returned to the Universal Studio to start

proJuction on a new film.

"C.H.O.IVI.P.S." (American International)

was screened this week and will be Southern

Booking's first family film of the summer.

It's the story of a computerized crime-fighting

robot in the body of a cuddly shaggy

dog. and has numerous possibilities

for special

gimmicks that will help to enhance the

boxoffice grosses.

Steve Smith (Independent Theatres) took

J

I a swing through Winston-Salem, Greens-

I boro and Raleigh. N. C. while Nancy, his

wife, tended shop.

Screenings at Car-Mel: "Boulevard

Nights" and "Over the Edge" (Warner

Bros.); "Patrick" (Tar Heel Films); "The

Glove" (New World Pictures, Walter Powell.

Atlanta, Ga.): "Americathon" (United

Artists Corp., product reel), and "Game of

Death" (Columbia Pictures).

A tradescreening of "Last Embrace"

(United Artists) took place at the Richland

Mall. Columbia, S.C.

New pictures on the marquees: "Tilt"

(Capri Theatre), "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

(Capri). "Serena" (Cinema Blue).

Mr. & Mrs. Percy Osteen of Osteen Theatres.

Anderson, S. C. are in town setting

up bookings and discussing future product

with his booker and buyer R. T. Belcher

(Twin States Booking) and also attended

Warner Bros.' new picture "Beyond the

Poseidon Adventure" at Car-Mel screening

room.

Top grosses of the week: "The Champ"

(Charlottetown Mall II), "The Deer Hunter"

(Eastland Mall 3), "China Syndrome" (Charlottetown

Mall I and Eastland Mall 1),

"Coming Home" (Park Terrace II) and

"The Promise" (Eastland Mall II and Park

Terrace

I).

Sneak preview at Tryon Mall II. Meatballs"

(Para.).

It'll be sorriclhing like old home week

when director Martin Ritt visits Raleigh,

N.C. Ritt has always been fascinated by the

South. His Southern-flavored films include

"Conrak," "Sounder" and "Norma Rae."

That film, which stars Sally Field, is based

on the experiences of Crystal Lee Sutton,

who helped organize the J. P. Steven textile

mill in Roanoke Rapids. N. C. But it wasn't

a chance to promote "Norma Rae" (showing

at Tryon Mall, Charlotte, N.C.) that

convinced Ritt to come south to speak at

the North Carolina Film Festival, to be held

May 4-5 in Raleigh.

It turns out Ritt went to Elon College

near Burlington and Raleigh, and a few of

his old class mates talked him into attending

the festival.

PALM BEACH

J^n invitational local premiere of "The

Innocent" April 12 at the West Palm

Beach Mall was arranged by the promoters

of Luchino Visconti's R-rated motion picture

and attracted a stellar crowd of Palm

Beachers. Ancky Johnson, referring to Jennifer

O'Neill, said, "I came to see my sons

ex-girlfriend" and following the film Mrs.

Johnson added, "I certainly got to see a lot

of Jennifer." Terry Garrity. author of "The

Sensuous Woman." was on hand for the

opening. Robert J. Kaplan, American distributor

of the film also attended the special

screening. Ralph Bluemke. entertainment

critic for Palm Beach Entertainment,

wrote. "Visconti has surely made this his

most visually beautiful film. The sheer opulence

of the locations, settings and costumes

are alone worthy of the price of admission.

This is probably his most effective outcry

against moral and social decay."

Eartha Kitt, international star of theatre,

films. TV and recording, has been in the

area for the shooting of the motion pictuie

"The Last Resort." While here. Ms. Kitt.

whose cat-like communication has made her

famous, found her film schedule permitted

her time to repeat her Tony-award nominated

role as Sahleem-La-Lume in a threeweek

run of "Timbuktu" at the Parker Pla>house,

which began April 17.

De l.aurenliis "blew it" and that "Paramount

has a niultimillion dollar Titanic on

its hands. 'Hurricane' cuts a swath that's

more washout than wipcout. It couldn't

have been a more laughable love story if

he put King Kong in a string bikini and had

him surl into a .Samoan sunset," the critic

wrote.

Philip Kenny, 1 8, West Palm Beach, managed

to correctly predict almost all the right

Oscar winners in the Palm Beach Post's

Academy-Av/ard contest. Kenny correctly

selected six winners in the seven-category

contest and has seen only two of the major

movie contenders. A senior at Forest Hill

High School, Kenny usually sees about 30

movies a year. Of the citrrent crop of

contenders he'd seen only "Midnight Express"

and "California Suite" — "because of

the rising cost of tickets. I wanted to see

a lot more, birt I couldn't afford it. Most of

the time I wait until they come to the dollar

houses—$3.50, that's a pretty hefty

price." This year Kenny can afford to see

as many movies as he chooses as he won a

pass for a year of free movie admissions.

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Screenings this week at Car-Mel:

"C.H.O.M.P.S." (American International).

"Nocturna" (Charlotte Film Co.) and "Encounter

With Disaster" (Sunn Classic).

"Hurricane," from Pai amount, opened at

Cinema 70. Budco Twin City and Cross

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Beach Post Times film critic, said that Dino

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"pietch," the story of a reporter who uncovers

a drug ring, will shoot in Florida

but not in South Florida. The producers

have said they will work in the Fort Myers

area, and not in Miami as previously

planned. Production of another big-budget

film seems headed towards Miami, at least

for a week or two. It is called "The Last

Countdown." and will star Kirk Douglas

and Suzanne Somers. The Douglas family,

including son Peter who will produce, wants

to shoot scenes at Homestead Air Force

Gary Chason, Universal Studios casting

director, put out a call for local actors "with

something strange about them." such as

scars, missing teeth and features that were

out of balance. He needed such people to

play $100-a-week pirates in a movie called

"The Island," to be filmed on Antigua in

May. "The Island" concerns a race of demented

people, about 300 strong, who live

on an isolated secret island in the Caribbean.

Because of centuries of inbreeding,

these strange people, descended from 18th

century pirates, are a dying clan. Their only

business is plunder and murder; for they

remain pirates, attacking any ship or pleasure

boat that comes within range of their

boats.

Womefco Theatres, according to their

publication "On Target," is conducting a

summer concession contest. The 12-weeklong

contest runs from June 12 through

September 3. The three first prizes are a

weekend for two to Disneyworld, including

hotel and tickets to the park; the three second

prizes are $100 cash; and the three

third prizes are $50 cash.

A bonus for the manager with the best

sales promotion contest idea is also offered.

Each manager is to send in his ideas for

promotions that will increase sales at the

concession units. The three ideas selected by

the committee to be used will get the three

managers a weekend off, plus a dinner for

two. These entries are to be in no later

than May 25 and sent to the attention of

Jack Mitchell, Wometco official.

Film producer Ivan Tors, whose Ivan

Tors Studios were located in North Miami

until he left the area about seven years ago,

v/as back recently to scout sites for two

films, parts of which will be shot here. One,

for MGM. is titled "The .Sea Dragon of

Lock Ness"; the other is called "Bates Island,"

and is being done for ABC-TV. Tors

left Miami and closed his studio here in

1971, when, he says, interest in family films

began to lag. Since then he has spent his

time on lecture tours, filming specials on

animals and making science fiction films.

Most of the underwater scenes of "The Sea

Dragon of Loch Ness" will be shot in

Miami's surrounding waters, the rest in Scotland.

Tors expects a June starting date.

"The China Sydrorae," currently playing

in the area, has attracted 120.000 Floridians

since it opened about three weeks ago. According

to John Huddy. entertainment editor

of the Miami Herald, it has become a

focal point for a bitter dispute between

those who favor the use of nuclear power

and those who oppose it. Huddy says the

film also provokes deeper questions about

the role of film, the accountability of art, the

responsibility of fiction to truth, and the

role movies sometimes play in influencing

public opinion during heated social and

political debates. He says that "such is the

power of a movie that some scientists wonder

whether ten years from now, people will

confuse the film scenario and the Harrisburg

near-accident. Which will represent

reality in the public mind"

The Rex Theatre in Little River, a northeast

section of Greater Miami, has undergone

a change. Formerly an adult-movie

house at 7974 N.E. Second Avenue, it has

changed its name and ownership. Instead

of skin flicks, the New Rex Theatre is showing

French language films to audiences composed

of Haitians, Canadians and other

French-speaking groups. George Daniel, a

broker for Royal Caribbean Realty in Miami,

is subleasing and managing the house.

Daniel has said that he h'a.s had the idea of

opening a French movie theatre ever since

the French and Haitians started coming to

Miami. Daniel himself is a native of Haiti.

Chairman of the Haitian American Community

Assn. of Dade County, Daniel says

that more than 25,000 Haitians live in Dade

County, with the largest portion in Little

River. More than 200 persons attended the

theatre's opening in March to see the film

"Mains d'Acier Furie Chinose" (Hand of

Q.eorge Ellis' Film Forum and the Atlanta

Goethe Institute are preparing another

treat for Atlanta foreign film buffs. They

will see a selection of six recent German

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films, four of which were screened at the

Berlin Film Festival. The twn-week event

from April 30 through May 1 1 marks the

third time the forum and the institute have

cosponsored a German Film Festival.

Two special previews were held here recently.

They were 20th-Fox's "A Perfect

Couple," screened at AMC Tower Place 6,

Arrowhead and North DeKalb Twin, and

MGM's "The Champ," shown at Cobb Center,

Lenox Square, National Four and Perimeter

Mall.

. . . "Boulevard Nights,"

Marquee Changes— "Murder By Decree,"

Loew's 12 Oaks Twin, National Four,

South DeKalb Mall Quad and Town &

Country Twin

Cinema 75. Suburban Plaza Twin, Arrowhead,

AMC Omni 6 and two drive-ins,

.

. . . "Wifemistress."

Northeast Expressway and North Starlight

of the Dead," Phipps Penthouse,

Stonemont and Town & Country

"Chinatown Kid." Rialto

Rhodes. North DeKalb

Akers Mill.

Twin and Southlake . . . "The Shout." The

Screening Room . at First Bite,"

Biiford Highway Twin, Cobb Center 4,

Greenbriar Mall Twin, Old Dixie Twin,

Parkaite Mamm Twin and South DeKalb

Mall Quad . AMC Omni 6,

National Four. AMC Tower Place 6. Mableton

Tiiple and North 85 Twin drive-in . . .

"California Suite" (99 cents). Toco Hill . . .

"Blazing Saddles." Buford Highway, Rosewell

Village. Douglasville and Lawrenceville.

JACKSONVILLE

"\X7e aim to accommodate—Not ALIENate"

is the creed for Kent Theatres'

circuit wide contest this summer. First, second

and third prizes total $750 and will be

awarded to the theatres exhibiting the best

teamwork in providing a superior operation.

According to J. Cleveland Kent, president

of the Kent circuit, the purpose of the contest

is ". . . to reaffirm and recognize the

importance of service to our patrons. Judg-

entertainment dollar, service and well run

theatres certainly will be the deciding factor

when pictures are on multiple runs," Kent

fiu-thor stated.

Ed Potash of United Artists Theatres,

Cherry Hill, N.J. was in town April 18 and

19 to consult with Wamen Teal, who has

just recently set up a new office for United

Artists.

The "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is a

common midnight occurrence in many

towns in Florida. The midnight cult, gen- t

erally credited with starting in New York,

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'ijaycd about nine months there before il

ipened in Jacksonville and now on April

'.Olh marked a celebration of year-long midlight

shows at Plitt's San Marco Theatre.

Perfect Couple" is the "best, most in-

'entive Robert Altman picture in a couple

years." says Stan Franklin, Florida Times

Jnion entertainment staff writer. "Thai's

101 10 it's say the to equal 'Nashville,' 'Mc-

:abe and Mrs. Miller' and •M*A*S*H,' but

liter such recent disappointments as the

nerpopulatcd 'A Wedding' and the disasrous

'Quintet,' 'A Perfect Couple' may not

le perfect, but it is a fresh, satirical poke at

he old boy-meets-girl-and-they-fall-in-love

novics. It has the spark of wit and satire

hai is the mark of Robert Altman."

Walter Powell of New World Pictures,

Atlanta, was in Jacksonville on April 18

.-ailing

on exhibitors and friends.

The first item of business at the WOMPl

iieeting held April 24th was the election

if officers for the 1979-80 year. Mary Ellen

IJoyd was elected as president for a second

crm. .Serving with her will be Nell Haack

IS first vice president, Sandy Easley as secind

vice president. Fay Weaver as recordng

secretary. Tanya Russel as correspondng

secretary and Edwina Johnston as treasjrer.

The new officers will be installed at a

jala installation banquet on June 16th.

DALLAS

ug Lightner Jr. has been appointed general

manager of Noret Theatres Inc.

After 15 years of experience with Common-

(Avco), Loews, 1st wk. .

Frank Gagnard reviewing "Hair": 'Hair'

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two movies—an hour-and-a-half of loosely

2nd wk.

of Iron

200

.250

is

connected musical numbers somewhat in Circle

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Robert E.

wealth Theatres and having held virtually

Broadway original,

the wobbly mold of the every position within operations, Lightner

wk 600

now takes on the task of overseeing 31 and half-an-hour of concluding tight narrative.

Towards the end, one tends to forget

screens. His last three positions with Commonwealth

Lee, 8th

The Fifth Musketeer (Col), Loews.

Plaza. wk

were as city manager in Carls-

that the film is a musical. It plays more

1st 200

bad. N.M., Sante Fe, N.M. and in Oklahoma

like 'A Tale of Two Cities.' But there's one Halloween (Compass), Loews,

5th wk 300

City, Okla.

thing that the film consistently is, and that's

Norma Rae (20lh-Fo.x). Plaza,

erratic."

Officers for the 1979-80 term were elected

April 19.

4th wk

(SEE),

200

at the WOMPI luncheon on Richard Pryor in Concert All Filmrow was saddened to hear of

The new slate is composed of president.

Orpheum. 7th wk 600

the passing of Mrs. A.E. Foster, a veteran

Mary Crump; first vice president. Suzanne

Same Time, Next Year (Univ).

of many years in the industry. Mrs. Foster

Cook; second vice president, Evelyn Bills; operated the Foster Theatre in Port Sulphur, Lakeside, 10th wk 100

lecording secretary. Lorena Sigler; corre-

La.

Superman (WB). Lakeside, .225

12th wk. . .

sponding secretary, Elvira Golden; treasurer,

Marjorie Stanfield; and the current president,

Claudia Patterson, will remain on the

board for another year as director.

Ramon Medrano has closed a deal

through Joe Joseph to take over the Kaufman

Pike Drive-ln, Dallas. Medrano also

the in Dallas, the bought Arcadia Meadowbrook

in Ft. Worth and a theatre in El Paso

and in Waco.

THEATRE—

Bob Boovy of Texas Cinema Corp. says

that TCC sold the Majestic Theatre and

Starlite Drive-In, both in Stephenville, to

Jack L. Hall. All previous bookings submitted

by TCC on those theatres arc still

in effect and TCC will reportedly continue

to represent Hall as a booking agent only.

NEW ORLEANS

Ladies of Variety Tent 45 will help at the

annual International Convention May

19-24 by working in the hospitality room,

helping with registration and by serving on

the telephone committee and as guides.

A! Shea, New Orleans Guide movie critic,

leviewed "Hair" and wrote, "Academy

Award director Milos Forman has not so

much opened up 'Hair' to the movie lens;

he has, through a tender and often touching

screenplay by Michael Weller, given 'Hair'

the substance, the humanity, the humility

and the vulnerability it so lacked onstage in

its original frisky, filthy and fake form."

In his review of "Buck Rogers in the 25th

Century" he writes, "Except for the special

effects which are indeed special and a great,

glowing tribute to George Lucas' 'Star

Wars.' 'Buck Rogers' is dull, sophomoric and

more than downright silly."

Marqitee changes: return engagement of

"Bonnie and Clyde," Lakeside and Westside

theatres; "The Last Wave" at the Lakeside

Cinema; and an early Bruce Lee fihn found

in the Chinese archives. "The Real Bruce

Lee.

New titles this week: "The Promise";

"Tilt"; "The Passage"; "A Perfect Couple";

"Hair," and "The Champ."

Richard Dodds, writer for Times-Picayune,

in his review of "The Champ" remarks,

"Despite updating, the story remains mawkish,

and the attempts to elicit tears are unabashed.

Early scenes move slowly, though

the pace quickens after Voight decides to

go back into the ring. There is an air of

competency surrounding all aspects of the

film, but little is outstanding. Voight works

hard at his role, but finally seems miscast.

His appearance is too patrician, and the

thick New York accent rings false. Young

Schroder is cute (too cute) and he indicates

an acting ability while demonstrating an

undeniable ability to cry on cue. There

are moments when Voight and .Schroder

overcome the limitations of script and roles,

and create a credible and moving bond

between father and son. It is the strength

and intensity of this relationship that generates

most of 'The Champ's' emotional

heat, and this is what could ultimately win

audiences over."

Congratulations to Dick Salkin. branch

manager of Buena Vista, who has announced

his engagement and plans to be wed

within the year.

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SAN ANTONIO

garen Sassnian, a housewife, was the grand

prize winner in the San Antonio Light's

annual Academy Awards contest. She didn't

see even one of the nominated movies. Her

prize was a season pass or its equivalent to

every major theatre chain in San Antonio.

The five second prize winners will receive

ten tickets each. A number of contes-tants

correctly guessed all winners and the grand

prize winner and runners-up were selected

in a drawing from the names of all those

who selected the right Oscar winners.

Groups participating in the contest were

Braha Theatres. General Cinema Theatres,

PJitt Southern Theatres, Santikos Theatres

and United Artist Theatres.

A "Tilt" contest is being conducted at the

three United Artist Theatres, the Movies-4,

Cine Cinco and Ingram-6, with a pinball

machine as the grand prize. Details and entry

forms are at each theatre boxoffice and

no purchase is required to enter the contest.

Bob Polunsky, film critic, said "Take

Down" was "a historical first. It's the first

PG-rate movie released by the Walt Disney

studios. The reasons for the rating are obscure,

however, because 'Take Down' is

still a good family film in every respect.

Unlike most Disney films there is one word

of profanity in it but the characterizations

are down-to-earth, realistic and warmly human."

Concerning "Tilt." Polunsky said it is

"off-center. It might have been a good picture

if it hadn't taken itself so seriously. As

it stands, it's funny in spite of itself.

"Tilt does have plenty of rock music and

and stock characters to appeal to those

young people who get a kick out of playing

pinball machines." About "Hurricane," Polunsky

said the storm scene is "one of the

best ever photographed. The plot, however,

isn't developed. The biggest flaw was in the

pairing of Dayton Ka'ne and Mia Farrow

in the" leads. The best part of the show is

the 25 minute hurricane sequence at the

end. It's

beautifully done, although the 'survival

epilogue' following it makes it look

somewhat silly in perspective. After all, isn't

it only logical to see some wreckage and a

few bodies after such a holocaust"

W. B. Carson, division manager for Plitt

Southern Theatres, with headquarters in

Dallas, was a visitor here to discuss matters

with Fred McClellan, city manager for the

circuit in San Antomio where they operate

the Wonder I and II and the Broadway.

Don Coscarelli, writer/ director, was in

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of "Phantasm" which opened at the

UA Movies-4.

New titles appearing on the marquees of.

indoor and outdoor theatres include "Murder

by Decree," "Once in Paris," "Dawn

of the Dead," "The Dark," "The Children

of Sanchez" plus "The Last Hard Man,"

and the double bill of "Los Caballos de

Aguilar" and "Las Noches de Paloma.

Teddy Castellano, branch manager of Azteca

Films Inc., the largest distributing com-i

pany of Mexican films in the United States,,

has announced 14 major film releases for

the summer, all produced in Mexico, which;

soon will be playing in theatres in Dallas.

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Santikos Theatre Inc. has instituted an

inflation special on Monday nights at thel

San Pedro Triple Screen Outdoor. Varsity

Outdoor Theatre and Mission Twin Outdoor

Theatres. It is called Dollar Night. Admission

is $1 per person and children under

12 get in free.

San Antonio Spotlighted

In U of T Film Series

SAN ANTONIO—Films ranging from

the first movie to win an Academy Award

to one recently made in San Antonio will

be studied in a special April film series at,

the University of Texas-San Antonio.

•'San Antonio in the Movies" featured as

its first film "The Alamo." starring John

Wayne, on April 5.

"Wings." filmed in this area and released

in 1926, was shown April 12. This was the

first movie to win an Oscar.

On April 19. the movie "Viva Max" starring

Peter Ustinov, was scheduled. "The

Adventures of Jody Shannon." recently produced

locally, will be screened April 26.

All the movies are free and open to the

public. Films will be screened in the UTSA

Humanities Business Building.

The film series highlights the UTSA

course, "San Antonio as Seen Through Its

Art and Film from 1850 to the Present."

HOUSTON

piitt Southern Theatres Inc., which oper

ates the Alabama, Briargrove 111. Clear

lake II. Noithshore. Parkview and Wood

lake HI in Houston, plans to build thre*

new triple screen movie theatres in Hous

ton in the next 18 months. With over 40(

screens nationwide. Plitt reportedly is th

largest independent theatre circuit in th

country.

New film titles include "Rock 'n' Rol

High School." "Hometown U.S.A.." "Le

Joy Reian Supreme," "Love at First Bite,

••Once in Paris," "The Best Way." "Harpe

Valley PTA." "The Innocent," "Midnigh

Express," "Phantasm," "Picnic at Hangin

Rock" and "Watership Down."

Previews screened March 30 were "Th

Champ," "A Perfect Couple" and •'Tilt."

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AslKiiiti (WB), Midland, 3rd wk 65

UiicU Rogers in the 25th Century

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I he Champ (UA), 3 theatres, 3rd wk. 170

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iMn Which Way but Loose (WB).

Metro North, Ranchmart. 18th wk. ..110

Firepower (Associated Film). Empire,

3rd wk 20

(;c» Out Your Handkerchiefs (SR).

. . 60

Fine Arts. 1st wk 23.5

Hair (UA), Midland, Oak Park,

4th wk ^^

Hurricane (Para), 6 theatres, 2nd wk.

Love at First Bite (Al). 6 theatres.

2nd wk.

Malibu High (SR). 6 theatres, 1st wk,

.245

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Murder by Decree (Avco), Embassy,

5th wk

60

Norma Rae (20th-Fox). Plaza,

Watts Mill, 6th wk 100

The North Avenue Irregulars (BV).

Ranchmart, 10th wk 9''

Phantasm (Avco). 9 theatres, 1st wk. .370

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The Promise (Univ), 4 theatres.

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The Real Bruce Lee (SR),

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Same Time, Next Year (Univ),

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Minneapolis

Agatha (WB), Park, 8th wk 45

Ashanti (WB), 7 theatres, 1st wk 40

The Bell Jar (Avco), Skyway III.

4th wk 45

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Univ).

4 theatres. 4th wk 85

The Champ (MGM), 3 theatres,

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3rd wk 155

The China Syndrome (Col). Cooper.

Southdale, 6th wk

200

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Mann,

9th wk '40

Every Which Way But Loose (WB).

Northtown. Southdale, 18th wk 60

The Great American Chase (WB). Movies

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Hair (UA). Skyway II. 4th wk

Halloween (Compass), Brookdale East.

Edina II. 12th wk

Hurricane (Para), 3 theatres, 2nd wk. .

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Love at First Bite (AIP), 4 theatres,

1st wk

Murder by Decree (Avco), Hopkins,

8th wk

Norma Rae (20th-Fox), Edina I.

6th wk

The Promise (Univ). Cooper Cameo.

Movies at Burnsville. 3rd wk.

Richard Pryor—Live in Concert (SEE).

Skyway I, 3rd wk

Superman (WB). Brookdale. Southtown

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Chicago

Agatha (WB), Water Tower. 8th wk. .

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Univ)

4 theatres, 4th wk

The Champ (UA). 8 theatres. 3rd wk. .

The China Syndrome (Col). 1 1

theatres.

6th wk

Circle of Iron (AE), 4 theatres,

3rd wk

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Esquire,

7th wk

Firepower (AFD), 16 theaties, 1st wk.

Hair (UA). 10 theatres. 5th wk

Hurricane (Para). 10 theatres. 2nd wk.

The Innocent (AN). Cinema. 3rd wk. .

Love at First Bite (AI). 10 theatres,

3rd wk

Love on the Run (SR). Carnegie.

2nd wk

The Real Bruce Lee (SR), 3 theatres.

2nd wk

Superman (WB), 4 theatres, 18th wk. .

Wifemistress (SR). Carnegie, 2nd wk. .

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J^ichele Rappaport, producer of "Old Boyfriends."

and director of the film Joan

Tewkesbury (who wrote "Nashville") were

iin' town for interviews prior to the April 25

opening of the Avco Embassy romantic

comedy at Crestwood. Village, Esquire,

Woods Mill and the Namcoki in Granite

City, III.

In iU reivew of "Hair" currently at

Westport

and Ronnie's 6, the Clayton Citizen

states that though the movie will not achieve

the notoriety of the stage play, "the cinematic

version of the '60s blockbuster is a

lot of fun. The songs and choreography carry

the same exuberance as those from the

play."

"Circus Daze" is the time of the Variety

Club Women's 19th annual Fun-for-Funds

Frolic May 5 in the Khorassan Room of the

Chase-Park Plaza Hotel. The ballroom will

be converted to

a "big top" and the Variety-

costumes :ontnbute

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ncnt loll owing the dinner.

Tickets at $20 each way may be ordered

by calling 576-6688. Funds from the annual

affair arc distributed among nine children's

charities. To date Variety Club women have

raised more than $250,000 lor local projects.

"Manhattan," Woody Allen's latest effort,

opened May 4 at the Varsity, Ronnie's 6,

Cypress Village and in Illinois at Fairview,

Fairview Heights and Eastgate, Alton.

Crown's action-drama revolving around

drag racing, "Burnout." began a multiple

showing May 2 . . . Also in wide multiple

in the areas is "Boulevard Nights." a contemporary

glimpse of the Chicano community

of Los Angeles with its cruising

youths and their conflicts.

Celebrating its anniversary is "Woodstock"

on the screen at the Brentwood in

an exclusive engagement. It should attrucl

an audience of those who have heard about

the forerunner of rock 'n toll concerns but

who were too young to see it as well as

those who want to enjoy again the performances

of the groups it brought to fame.

"Battlestar Galactica." which in its initial

Canadian release outgrossed "Star Wars," is

scheduled to open May 18 at Halls Ferry.

Des Peres, Ronnie's and Cinema 4. The

film is enhanced by Universal's Sensurround

sound system which places the audience

right in the middle of the holocaust.

Charles Vaden, Columbia branch manager

in Detroit, was in town on a brief visit.

He lunched with Jerry Banta of Thomas &

Shipp. Vaden was a member of the MGM

staff here for a number of years when Banta

was in

charge of sales.

"Autumn Sonata," with Ingrid Bergman

and Liv Ullmann. is back in town at the

Djs Psres and Hi Pointe.

Pictures opening here May 1 1 are "California

Dreaming" and "Blazing Saddles," a

reissue.

"Grease," which is in rerelease, will open

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Fven though the Gateway Theatre is undergoing

extensive remodeling work, the

new "owner, the Pohsh Alliance Assn., announced

the presentation of "Land of Promise.'"

The 15-day program. launched by the

Chicago International Film Festival in cooperation

with the Copernicus Foundation,

features films from Poland as a special tribute

to Andrzej Wajda. Director Wajda has

been described by Time magazine as one

of the world's foremost stage aind film directors.

Films to be shown include "Everythmg

for Sale." "Kanal," "Landscape After Battle"

and "Man of Marble." All films are

in 35mm and in Polish with English subtitles.

The proceeds will benefit the Copernicus

Cultural and Civic Center, which is

being established to serve the Polish-Americam

community and, in. fact, the entire Chicago

area.

L & S Theatre Corp. and the Tiffin Theatre

Corp. moved to new and larger headquarters

at 7106 N. Western Ave.. Chicago

60669. A new telephone number will be announced

shortly. Both companies are headed

by Leo Freedburg.

Barbara Gillespie, manager of the Tiffin

Theatre, says "Beyond the Door. Part 2"

rated especially good business,

it

even though

arrived without the usual advance publicity

during a week when attendance everywhere

dropped because the first days of

spring had people spending time outdoors.

Richard Stern booked two first run dramas

at his 3 Penny Cinema: "Mado" and

"A Woman at Her Window." Director is

Claude Sautet, who may be remembered for

"Jean, Francois, Paul and the Others," and

Michel Piccoli is the star.

The Francis Parker Cinema, which has

been quiet for the past months, is now back

in business with a program of Japanese

films. Featured are "Yellow Handkerchief"

and "Crimson Bat."

Plitt Theatres Inc. is using extensive newspaper

advertising to tell moviegoers about

the return of "The Exorcist" to the State

Lake Theatre in the Loop. This is on exclusive

engagement in 70mm and full stereo.

Facets Multimedia Inc. will present a new

children's film festival in May. The program,

which highlights animated musicals,

starts

off with "Make Mine Music." This is

a ten-part fantasy with such musical sequences

as "Martins and the Coys," "Casey

at the Bat." "Peter and the Wolf." "Gulliver's

Travels," Hoppity Goes to Town" and

Sinbad the Sailor."

About eight years ago, a group of Indians

took over an abandoned Nike missile

site in Chicago's Belmont Harbor in protest

to government disregard of their needs.

They were taking a stand in behalf of jobs,

housing and good schools for their children.

The settlers drew considerable attention, but

little or no results.

However, through the efforts of a young

local filmmaker by the name of Jerry Aronson.

the set of incidents was kept alive in

a 30-miinute film entitled "The Divided

Trail: A Native American Odyssey." This

was one of five films nominated for an

Academy Award in the documentary short

subject

category.

Facets Multimedia introduced what was

considered a most interesting film: Orson

Welles' 1976 film, "F for Fake." Welles

uses the story of two men called hoaxers

by many—Cliffort Irving (who wrote about

Howard Hughes) and Elmyr de Hory, Irving's

friend and recognized art forger.

The 12th annual Variety Club Celebrity

Ball was held April 20 at the Chicago Marriott

Hotel. Restauranteur Arnie Morton

was honored for his outstanding contributions

to Variety Club children's charities.

Mr. Morton and Barbara Eden were

crowned as King and Queen of Hearts.

Both Governor Thompson and mewly elected

Mayor Jane Byrne issued proclamations

designating April 12-21 as Variety Club

Week in Illinois and Chicago.

"Firepower," an action thriller from Associated

Film Distribution, opened in Chicago

area theatres on April 20. This is a

fictional story of an illegal attempt by the

U.S. government to return to America for

trial a multi-millionaire industrialist who is

wanted on criminal charges. To accomplish

this effort, the government enlists the help

of an ex-syndicate hit man. Stars are Sophia

Loren, James Coburn, Jerry Fanon and

O. J. Simpson. Filming was done in the

Caribbean, Washington, Miami and New

York.

KANSAS CITY

Robert R. Jackson, 54. was killed in a

collision April 23 near Warsaw. Mo. Jackson

was a shipper with Universal Film Exchange

for the past ten years. Funeral services

were held in Liberty. Mo.. April 26.

Ralph J.

Webber, former secretary-trcas-

urer with Dickinson Operating Co., passed

away April 23. He had been with Dickinson

for 23 years until he retired in 1976. He

belonged to Variety Tent 8 and was former

treasurer of the now-defunct Motion Picture

Assn.

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had a special celebrity visitor recently when

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the mongrel star of American Intemationiil'si

"C.H.O.M.P.S." dropped by to entertain,

The visitor was Hank, a 22-pound siWer.i

black and beige mutt who plays the role oP

"Rascal." the world's first computerized

watchdog.

LINCOLN

^ith the arrival of spring in the frigid

winterized Midwest, the drive-in theates

are starting to cover from the snow

and freezing temperatures. Last weekend

Douglas Theatre's 84th & Drive-In played

a hit combination of "Up in Smoke" and

"Looking for Mr. Goodbar." while the Dubinsky

Bros.' Starview offered "Corvette

Summer" and "Convoy."

David Livington, vice-president of Douglas

Theatres, sees this summer as a good

year for the drive-ins. He feels the outlook

and product look very promising. His enthusiasm

is perhaps keyed by Kevin

Graham, the 84th & O's new manager,

Graham is a past assistant manager at the

downtown Douglas 3 Theatres. 84th & C

opened with a big promotion for "Foul

Play" which included Lincoln Radio Statior

KHAT.

This weekend Graham is taking advan

tage of the disco craze by bookimg "Sat

urday Night Fever" followed by a big discc

contest. The event is co-sponsored by radi<

KFRX and Team Electronics is installini

special speakers and sound equipment

Judges for the contest will be the FR>

Chicken and members of the Dance Empo

rium. a local dance studio, with trophic

being awarded to the best dancers ^com

and third show on the billing are "Goin

South" and "First Love."

With the popularity of Jon Voight afte

winning the best actor Academy Award fo

"Coming Home." Smith hopes for an ovei

flow on^Voight's new film "The Champ.

Radio station" KFMQ and Cinema Theatre

are giving away "Champ" posters to hel

promote the film. "Same Time. Next Year

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weeks. The picture is finally ending its ru

this week and will be replaced by "Hurr

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Doing better in Lincoln than up in Oma

ha for Douglas Theatres is Sally Fields

"Norma Rae." The popularity of the film

in a relatively non-union city such as Lincoln

is surprising, but Livingston feels that

much of the sophistication of the Lincoln

audiences is underrated. He feels that the

movie-viewing populace is a good deal more

intelligent and discriminating than they are

given credit for being.

Looking forward to a star-studded summer,

the Plaza 4 and Cooper/ Lincoln Theatres

are basking in the proposed line-up of

films they have booked. On tap are "Manhattan,"

"Beyond the Poseidon Adventure,"

•players," "Butch and Sundance; the Early

Years," "Moonraker," "In-laws," and

"Bloodline."

Currently "The Promise" has been doing

wings, in a holding pattern, for the Plaza is

Home," the other runaway from

the Academy Awards presentations. "The

China Syndrome" is still doing relatively

well at the Cooper, now playing four weeks.

Some Omaha-Lincoln Douglas Theatre

news finds ex-84th & O manager Doug

Kinney now managing Omaha-Bellevue's

South Cinema 4, and Tom Stackhouse, previously

manager at the South Cinema 4,

calling the shots for the Q-Cinema 4

in Omaha.

MINNEAPOLIS

Qne man's meat is another man's poison

and that applies to Iheatremen. Beautiful

spring weather with temperatures pushing

well into the 70s engulfed the region

and house-locked citizens fled into the

out-of-doors, both for their gardening and

golfing and for their moviegoing. Drive-in

business boomed while the hardtops wilted.

It's traditional—but it still hurts.

The new face on Filmrow is that of Kris

Cayou, secretary to American International

branch manager Tom Viste. Viste, meanwhile,

has a "green thumb" from ink that

•rubbed off all the bucks he's counted with

a dynamite combination. "Last Hou-se on

the Left," "The House that Vanished" and

"Don't Look in the Basement" were booked

at five drive-ins April 11-17 and hauled in

$35,000. That was followed by a threeday

move-over on three ozoner screens

which grossed $21,000. Viste now has five

sets of prints but warns: "Bookers better

call quickly because everyone wants this

lineup!"

"The Champ" continues to swing hard in

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Mary-Margaret Miller, wife ..f Bo Miller, one of the founders of Show-A-Rama,

awards money to two of the winners in the drawing held at Show-A-Rama and

sponsored by Variety Club Women Tent 8. The winners are Glen Dickinson (left),

owner of Dickinson Theatres. Kansas City. $50 and Richard Smith of Sniith Theatres

in Marysville. Mo.. $50. Tony Dipardo, Kansas City bandleader, who is not

pictured, won $50. The drawing benefitted the children's charity projects.

reasonably well at the Plaza while "A Perfect

Couple" has been a -big disappointment

for them. "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century"

has been doing excellent business and Walt Badger, United Artists branch boss.

the Twin Cities, much to the delight of

"The Deer Hunter" has been sold out every And it's performing proportionately stronger

evening since opening last week. Naturally in Si. Paul, where moppet star Ricky Schroder

has been generating quite a bit of copy.

five Academy Awards is bound to

help the picture even more. Also in the And since the Academy Awards, Badger here and two in St. Paul.

notes, "Coming Home" has been bringing

home the bacon, sizzling at each situation.

Carl Olson, United Artists division manager,

and Al Fitter, UA vice president and

general sales manager, were here from New

York City April 25-26. One of their purposes

was to weigh the possibility of a move

of the UA branch out of its current offices

in the Mann Theatre Building to the Plill

Theatre Building, right across the street on

Hennepin Avenue.

UA branch boss Badger announceil a

change in branch hours which he hopes will

be an added convenience to customers. The

branch has operated daily from 8 a.m. lo

4 p.m., but now it will be open from 8:.3()

10 4:30. Badger set a special screening of

"Voices" for May 18 at the Campus Theatre

The invitational showing will be al midnight.

Things aren't left till the last minute by

I'rank Zanotti, who heads the Universal

branch. "The Jerk," the forthcoming Steve

Martin comedy, has been booked for the

Skyway Theatre here and the Grandvicw

and The Movies at Maplewood in St. Paul

for a Dec. 21 bow. "Running." the next

Michael Douglas picture, also has been set.

It will open Nov. 2 at the Cooper Cameo,

Southdale, Northtown and The Movies al

Burnsville here and at the Har-Mar in St.

Paul.

A new twin theatre will open May 16 in

Pipestone, Minn., the Quarry 1 and 2. I. ail

die D. Kozak, Estherville, Iowa, is the owner

and will be doing his own buying anti

booking.

Randy Gentzkow has taken over the Scenic

Theatre. Lisbon, N.D., formerly run by

Phyllis Krchnavy.

Dean Lutz, Avco Embassy branch man

ager, set a 50-print territory wide break for

"Phantasm" May 11. Also set by Luiz:

"Winter Kills" for May 18 at three theatres

in Minneapolis and two in St. Paul, and

"Goldengirl" for July 27 al five houses

"Sunnyside," starring Joey Travolta, will

be screened May 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Plill

Scieening Room by Al branch manager

Tom Viste. Viste also announced "The

Amityville Horror" will blossom July 27.

"Meteor" will land Oct. 19.

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Three-.vear terms have been won by officers

and board members of Motion Picture

Projectionists Local 164 as a result of balloting

at a meeting in mid-April. Harold

Eifeit was elected to another term as business

manager. Other results: Carl Earner,

president; Randy Grass, vice-president;

Harvey Black, treasurer; Tom Pignegui, secretary.

Executive board members include

Robert Medower and William Breuchel.

Eifert urged all unions and organizations

in the Milwaukee area to contact his office

for highly trained projectionists for all film

showings, trade shows, and more. The oil ice

number is 463-4240.

Gimbels Stores in the Milwaukee urea

have a "Remember Mom" contest with a

choice of one of seven prizes for Mom to

the winners. The first 50 entrants at each

store receive two passes to Warner Bios."

new movie "A Little Romance." starring

.Sir Laurence Olivier.

Ruby Isle Theatre in Brookfield, Milwaukee

suburb, noted in its listing in the local

daily's movie guide: "Girls, bring your guy

free to the 7:15 or 9:15 show with the Monday

newspaper ad." The attraction was

"Every Which Way But Loose."

The Towne Theatre in Whitewater, Wis.,

had a tie-in with members of the Whitewater

Volunteer Fire Dept. which sponsored

a free movie for kiddies April 14. The film,

"Race For Your Life, Charlie Brown" was

given two showings at 1 and 3 p.m.

Sheldon Klinian, owner and operator of

the Palace Theatre in Spooner, Wis., again

donated the theatre for the use of the Assn.

for Mental Health in Washburn County as

it presented its spring variety show on stage

April 18. The show is presented twice a

The Council's annual spring kmcheon, to

be held May 9, will again feature the naming

of the winner in the Theatre Man of

the Year Award, as well as the winner of

a special scholarship presented annually to

an outstanding student in theatre arts at

Marquette University. The event is to be

held at the Wisconsin Club.

"The Opium War," first feature film to

be released from mainland China in 25

years, was shown at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

four times April 10-11.

The film was produced at the Shanghai

Film Studio in the People's Republic of

China and was directed by Chen Chun IL

A full length motion picture, "The Opium

War." tells the story behind the 1840s struggle

between the British and Chinese, how

the emperor eventually resisted British domination

and rallied the peasants to oust the

British and halt the drug trade. There are

scenes which take place in the Forbidden

City and Forbidden Palace, the only time

any filming has been allowed there. The

showings were open to the public; admission

was $L

Ford Theatre in Waterford. Wis., had

"Kiddie Matinee" at 2 p.m. on Saturday

and Sunday of the first weekend in April,

inviting kids to win a giant four-foot tall

bunny.

Vilas Theatre in Eagle River is being split

in half, and a photo in the local newspaper

"Vilas County News-Review" shows the

owner and operator Alma Conway studying

the ha If-completed remodeling plans. A

new screen and new seats had been installed

while the walls (seen in the photo background)

feature acoustical wall drapery accented

by cedar columns. The second half

year as a fundraiser, and Sheldon and his

of the theatre is expected to be finished

wife, Gertrude, assist with stage settings,

in the first week in May.

lights and the boxoffice.

A second photo in the newspaper shows

The 23 Outdoor near Ripon. Wis., had a Ms. Conway pointing to a sign (that she

"Special Friday the 13th" movie offer which and her husband, Steve, had painted) set

included the screening of three flicks: "Last above a VW Beetle as promotion for the

House on the Left," "Last House Part H," film, "The Love Bug." Herbie was on display

be

and "House on the Hill." The offer was:

in front of the theatre and could "Free driver's pass to all who remain seen driving around town to publicize the

thiough the entire program."

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Walt Blaney, manager of the Marc Twins

Cinema in Menomonee Falls, a Milwaukee

suburb, had a tie-in with Post M of Travelers

Protective Assn. for a special benefit

with the movie "Support Your Local Sheriff"

on March 23. This was a "no school"

day for the Falls primary schools, and two

showings were arranged, at 1 1 a.m. and 1

p.m. TV personality "Farmer Vic" Hellman

was on hand to greet the young moviegoers.

Tickets were $1, with the proceeds going to

TPA charities, which are centered on youth

activities and safety. One of the associa- '

tion's objectives is to help the newly re-

,

constructed Halloween parade.

'

Blaney is urging local townspeople to be

patient instead of traveling great distances I

to see the big films. "Wait a few weeks and

see all the finest movies at the beautiful i

Marc Twins Cinema, Main St., Menomonee

Falls," he states in a recent newspaper display

ad that is topped with the eye-catching

"Movies-Movies-Movies: Only $2, children

only $1.25. Why pay more"

Milwaukee area theatres showing George

C. Scott's "Hardcore" have added this warning

note in their newspaper listings: "The

subject matter of this movie may be considered

shocking and offensive." The R-

lated film is being screened at Capitol Court

Cinemas. Skyway Cinemas, Centre Twins,

Spring Mall and Movies Northridge.

The Isle Theatre in Cumberland, Wise,

had a tie-in with the Cumberland Chamber

of Commerce for a "Free Chamber Matinee"

on Saturday morning recently. A news

item appearing in the local weekly quoted

a chamber spokesman as stating: "Parents,

leave your children at the movies while you

shop in 'Wisconsin's Island City.' " The

theatre's newspaper display ad invited "all

area youngsters." Two feature films were

shown, but their titles were not revealed.

LL Supply Co. Sold

To Bayless, Toohey

KANSAS CITY—Bob Flemming. former

owner of L & L Supply and Equipment

Co.. recently announced the sale of that

firm to Alan (Skip) Bayless.

Bayless reportedly has moved the business

from its Southwest Boulevard location

here to 3160 Terrace in the Downtown

Industrial Park. He said the new location

"is more conducive to our operation anc

affords us the opportunity for growth anc

expansion."

Gregg Toohey, formerly of Omaha, Neb.

joined Bayless as a partner in the newlj

acquired firm last January. The two part

ners have a combined total of 20 years ex

pericnce in the concession supply business

the firm reports.

According to Bayless and Toohey, plan

call for the expansion of concession sup

plies into a "one-stop shop concept," includ

ing an expansion of services to include foo(

and fiozen products.

The firm is an authorized distributor fo

Crclors and Gold Medal and offers equip

mcnt, parts and supplies for most conccs

sion equipment.

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.Very

. .Very

.Very

Montreal

Ashanli (WB). Loews 2.

1st wk Very Good

The Champ (UA), Loews 1,

2nd wk Excellent

The China Syndrome (Astral),

Atwater, 4th wk Excellent

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Place du

Canada, 5th wk Excellent

Hair (UA). York, 2nd wk

Excellent

Halloween (Astral), Cinema de

Paris, 9th wk Very Good

Norma Rae (BVFD), The Cinema.

4th wk Very Good

The Passage (UA), Palace, 1st wk, . . .Good

The Promise (Univ), Bonaventure,

2nd wk Good

Superman (WB), Loews 3,

17th wk Very Good

The Warriors (Para), Loews 4,

9th wk

Very Good

French Language Films

Le Bonheur Renait (UA),

Champlain, 1st wk Good

La Cage Aux Folles (UA), Parisien

1, 3rd wk Very Good

Le Ciel Pent Attendre (Para),

Parisien 4, 9th wk Very Good

Doux, Dur et Dingue (WB), Berri,

1st wk Very Good

Drole d'Em Brouille (Para).

Parisien 2, 1st wk Good

LaFuitea 4 Partes (PR),

Parisien 3, 1st wk Very Good

Moeurs Cachees de la Bourgeoisie

(Para), Parisien 5, 2nd wk. . Good

Va Voir Maman, Papa Travail (PR),

Le Dauphin, 1st wk. Very Good

Vancouver

Agatha (WB), Capitol, 7th wk Good

Ashanti (WB), Downtown,

1st wk E.vcellent

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ), Coronet, 5th wk

Excellent

The Champ (UA), Vancouver

Centre, 2nd wk Very Good

The China Syndrome (Astral),

4th wk

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Vogue,

n

•*^siet. 2nd wk. .

Good

The Champ (UA), Elgin,

1st wk E.xcellent

The China Syndrome (Astral),

St. Lauient, 3rd wk Excellent

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Elmdale,

4th wk

Excellent

The Great Train Robbery (UA), Little

Elgin, Cinema 6, 8th wk Good

Hair (UA), Nelson,

1st wk. Very Good

Murder by Decree (AFD). Capitol

Square. 9th wk Good

Norma Rae (BVFD). Place de Villc,

4th wk Very Good

The North Avenue Irregulars (BV),

Rideau, 4th wk

Good

Same Time, Next Year (Univ),

St. Laurent, 7lh wk Very Good

Winnipeg

Black and White in Color (PR).

Festival. 1st wk Average

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

(Univ). 3 theatres. 2nd wk. . Good

The Champ (MGM-UA),

Metropolitan, 2nd wk ..Excellent

The China Syndrome (Astral), Odeon,

1st wk Excellent

The Deer Hunter (Univ), Garrick II,

5th wk

Excellent

Every Which Way But Loose (WB),

Northstar II, 17th wk Good

Fast Break (Astral), Convention Centre,

9th wk Very Good

Hair (UA). Colony, 2nd wk Excellent

Hardcore (Astral), 6th wk. Good

Hurricane (Para). Northstar I.

1 St wk Very Good

The North Avenue Irregulars (PR).

Garden City. 5th wk Very Good

Same Time, Next Year (Univ),

Grant Park, 9th wk

Very Good

Servants & Mistresses (PR),

Downtown, 1st wk Average

Wild Pleasures (PR), Downtown,

1st wk Average

Canadian Film Corp.

Seeks Big Productions

MONTREAL—The Canadian Film Development

Corp. is deliberately setting its

sights on helping multi-million-dollar mov!e

productions that will attract private investment

and foreign sales, says an official of

the federal agency.

Richard Woods, the agency's new deputy

director, said recently that the corporation

wasn't cutting off support to small-time filmmakers

catering primarily to Canadian

tastes. But the agency will be investing only

in films that are likely to make a profit, he

said.

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CALGARY

^ri-Media Studios Ltd. piesident Alan

Waldie has announced the expansion

of the company's shareholder base and the

possibility of going public in the fall. The

company's number of shareholders has increased

from eleven to 18. Late in October

Tri-Media purchased 312 acres of land

about one mile west of Calgary. The company

plans to build a multi-million dollar

residential, industrial and commercial complex

on the site. Since then the company

has also purchased an additional 320 acres

of land, including a recreation area, a golf

course and trailer park. The first part of the

project involves the construction of a movie

and television studio valued at $8 million.

Completed plans for the complex will include

a major hotel-entertainment project,

a shopping center and an exclusive residential

housing development. It was expected

that the company would look for funding

for the movie studio from the Alberta

Opportunity Company. Waldie now says

that plans call for any capital investments

for such construction to be raised by remortgaging

the company's land holdings.

Negotiations are under way with the Municipal

District of Rockyview and other

provincial regulatory bodies before the presentation

for approval of a detailed plan for

the Tri-Media project. "Right now we are

trying to get a clarification with respect to

having the land re-zoned for residential,

commercial and industrial purposes at the

same time and if all goes well we could get

under way by June or July," Waldie said.

That is a somewhat later start than had been

planned.

The Film Classification Services of the

province of Saskatchewan viewed and classified

a total of 31 features during March.

There were no films in the General category,

13 in the Adult classification, seven

in the Restricted Adult group and the remaining

eleven were given a Special X tag.

Of those, 14 must carry warnings: "scenes

& violence warning" for "Naked Over the

Fence"; "language warning" on "Richard

Piyor—Live in Concert"; "not suitable for

children" goes with "Marquis of O" and

"Norma Rae"; "violence warning" is for

"Beyond the Law," "Of Flesh and Blood,"

"Legacy" and "Zoltan—Hound of Dracula";

"scenes warning" goes with "Can You

Keep It Up for a Week," "Emmanuelle &

Francoise," "Fruit Is Ripe," "Runaway

Hormones," "Summer Camp" and "Taste

of Hot Lead." Two of the Special X-rated

features were also banned from exhibition

in any drive-in theatres: "Can You Keep

It Up for a Week" and "Taste of Hot

Lead".

Ken McBean, Landmark Cinemas of

Canada, flew to the interior of neighboring

British Columbia for i few day's business

with theatres along the Okanogan Valley.

A large number of theatres in both Edmonton

and Calgary took advantage of the

Easter weekend to offer special shows. In

Canada Easter Monday is a holiday for all

government offices and a number of businesses

follow suit. This gives a lot of people

a four-day weekend and the drive-in theatres

took the opportunity to have a Thursday

and a Sunday dusk-to-dawn program.

The Twin One and Two in Edmonton ran

five features for both events, as did Calgary's

Stampede and 17 Avenue. The Towne

Cinema in Calgary screened "The Rocky

Horror Picture Show" as a midnight special

on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and

played to sell-out crowds each night. Studio

82 in Calgary ran "Jesus Christ Superstar"

and "Ben Hur" on Friday, Saturday and

Sunday evenings and matinees on Friday

and Sunday. Alberta Culture in Edmonton

.showed a special Good Friday film at the

Provincial Museum theatre, and a matinee

and evening screening of "The Ten Commandments."

During late April the National Film Theatre/Edmonton

screened several films at the

Citadel Theatre, including "Isadora" (Great

Britain, 1968), directed by Karel Reisz with

Vanessa Redgrave and Jason Robards:

"Zorba the Greek" (Greece/ USA, 1964),

starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas

and directed by M. Cacoyannis; "Sounder"

(USA, 1972), directed by Martin Ritt and

starring Cicely Tyson and Paul Winfield;

"The Bingo Long Travelling All-Stars and

Motor Kings" (USA, 1976). starring Billy

Dee Williams and directed by John Badham;

"Mon Oncle Antoine" (Canada,

1971), starring Jean Duceppe and Jacques

Gagnon under the direction of Claude

Jutra; "Ti-Cul Tougas" (Canada, 1976), directed

by Jean-Guy Noel and starring

Claude Maher and Micheline Lanctot; "Una

Giornata Particolare/One Special Day"

(Italy/Canada, 1978), starring Sophia Loren.

and John Vernon under the direction of

Ettore Scola: "II Generale Delia Rovere/

General della Rovere" (Italy, 1959) by Roberto

Roselini with Vittorio de Sica; and

"Umberto D" (Italy, 1952), directed by

Vittorio de Sica and starring Carlo Battisti

and Maria Pia Casilio.

The Canadian Film Editors Guild has

elected the following members to the executive

committee for 1979: president, Vince

Hatherly, cfe; first vice president, John

Fryd, cfe; second vice president, Al Streeter,

cfe; treasurer, Donald Ginsberg, cfe;

secretary, Havelock Gradige, cfe; directors.

Jim Hopkins, cfe, Bryan Ravok, cfe. Mike

MacLaverty, asso, Steve Fanfara. affil.

George Ritter resigned as executive director

of the Motion Picture Institute of Canada

on April 30. At that time, Ritter's twoyear

contract with the MPIC expired. Ritter

said he thought the MPIC had gained

strength in the two years since it was

founded. One of great achievements of the

MPIC, Ritter said, is the dialogue initiated

and maintained among the members.

"There's no question but that heightened

understanding among the members of each

other's problems and points of view has

been a major factor in the success of the

MPIC." he said.

Hopping into the Easter spirit. Famous

Players advertised their books of gift

certificates

as the ideal gift for Easter for persons

of any age group. Window cards in theatres

and ads in both local papers (Calgary and

Edmonton) were used to get the campaign

VANCOUVER

Vancouver celebrated the 85th anniversary;

of the first public showing of motion

pictures with fitting boxoffice tributes from

each phase of the industry. The Ridge Theatre

had its regular monthly midnight extravaganza

devoted to "The Rocky Horror

Picture Show" cult and the drive-ins were

packed from dusk to dawn with marathon

movie patrons.

On Granville Street crowds flocked to the

15 first-run screens racking up six "e.\cellents,"

one "very good" and eight "goods"

during the day. Academy Award winner!

"The Deer Hunter" set a new record in its'

fifth week at the Vogue. "Superman" also

;

bounced up in its 17th week at the Capitol'

6 while newcomers "Coming Home"


(brought back to the Capitol 6 after nine;

big weeks last year) and "Ashanti" at the

Downtown were also doing "excellent."

;

The industry lost yet another from the

dwindling band of veterans whose experience

goes back to the silent movies recently

when George Hislop died at age 75. He

started in the shipping room of the old

Universal Films in the early '20s and later

moved to Fox. After 40 years with them he

managed Victoria Film Services for several

years until he retired.

Lloyd Pritchard, manager of Victoria

Film Services, reports that the company

survived a hectic pre-holiday week without

losing its cool. Shipments were at a maximum

because the drive-ins were running

additional shows and there was a large

number of prints arriving from the East

lequiring mounting and servicing before

going to their destinations.

Although this territory has never gone in

for special campaigns during the Academy

Awards nomination period, radio CHQM

did run a contest this in year tying awards

of a year's passes to theatres of the Odeon

circuit. Film critic Les Wedman gave detailed

information on the various nominees

and their accomplishments and the campaign

had a good response. The Ridge,

which has a large number of dedicated film

buffs as regular patrons, clo.sed

for the night

of the awards.

A total of 170 films will be unreeled during

the National Film Board's three monthlong

Anniversary Festival, which ends June

29. The anniversary is for the board, whose

work has achieved worldwide recognition

during the past 40 years. The festival's remaining

schedule will be:

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One of the key films to be suppressed and

then laundered was a significant NFB docu-

Program 6. May 7-11: I.ATTITUDES The new category would be placed between

mentary containing the first film of Mao's

the present "Restricted" category, struggles in China.

This group of films presents a broader understanding

which bans attendance by any parton under

the ordinary

of the world for

viewer who may have been outside Canada.

Rare Footage

18, and the "Adult Entertainment" "category,

Program 7, May 14-18: FRAGILE

which is intended as a guide to parents Rare footage of the Red scare eta and

EARTH

aind others concerned with content. The new interviews with the survivors was a taut and

Program 8, May 22-25: OLD MOVIES grading would allow attendance of young dramatic segment of "Has Anybody Here

The documentary in Canada may be said to people only if accompanied by an adult. Seen Canada," an often humorous 90-minute

have had its official beginning in 1939 with No decision has yet been made as to the

Board

yet unnamed

NFB documentary about

on CBC

Canadian

television

the formation of the National Film age margins applying to the as movie-making broadcast

under John Grierson. This program is devoted

NFB

category, and opinions were sought from April 3.

the managers because it was agreed that the The show covered the period from 1939

to the work of the during its

early days, 1939-53.

Piogram 9, May 28-June 1: ODDITIES,

IRONIES, SATIRES & SUBJECTS OF

DEEPER SIGNIFICANCE

Program 10. June 4-8: QUEBEC, QUE-

BEC

Program 11, June 11-15: KIDS ARE

PEOPLE TOO

Program 12, June 18-22: THE GOLD

Program 13.

SEEKERS

June 25-29: THE GOLD

S1:EKERS of films profiling the athletes

and athletic events of the 1976 summer

Olympics,

TORONTO

Ctarting with summer "79 product, Walt

Disney films will be distributed by

Paramoumt Films in Canada, as announced

jointly by Charles Good, vice president and

general sales manager for Buena Vista Distribution

Company and Robert Lightstone,

President of Paramount Films Distribution

Ltd.

Frank Mancuso has been named executive

vice president, distribution and marketing,

for the motion picture division of

Paramount Pictures.

In this newly-created position, Mancuso

will continue to be responsible for the domestic

distribution of Paramount films and

will also assume overall responsibility for

the marketing group, which includes advertising,

publicity and promotion. The appointment

is effective immediately.

"Meatballs," the Canadian feature filmed

last summer in northern Ontario, is to be

released in this country and the United

States by Paramount for an estimated $3

million. This somewhat follows the pattern

set by "Running." with the North American

theatre rights for the film being picked up

by Universal. Canadian distributors are up

in arms over both transactions and the fact

that better deals have been offered by Paramount

and Universal for this basically Canadian

product coupled with the fact that

both films were at least partially financed

by the Canadian Film Development Corporation.

The Metro Toronto Theatre Managers'

Association believes in going directly to the

source. For their regular April luncheon

meeting they invited Don Sims, chief of the

Ontario Film Censor Board. The main item

of discussion was the proposed new legislation

setting up a third designated film category.

policing of the new legislation would largely

fall on them.

Movie admissions now cost less in this

province. The latest Ontario budget has lowered

its amusement tax on theatre tickets

priced at $3.50 or less, and rather than raising

prices or continuing to pay the tax, both

Famous Players and Canadian Odeon have

lowered prices to $3.50 from the $.75

which had been in effect for the past two

years.

The new Cineplex opened here with eight

films instead of the ten originally planned.

Rather thain the usual ribbon, a length of

film was cut in three places by Nat Taylor.

Garth Drabinsky and Harry Mandell, coowners

of the $2'/2 million mini-cinema

complex, to mark their official opening. Nat

Taylor spoke confidently of extendimg this

new theatre concept to Kitchener and other

Canadian cities.

Judith Ann Carson has been appointed

director of publicity for Paramount Films

Distribution Ltd.

Ms. Carson comes to Paramount with a

wide background in media and marketing

publicity, having held publicist responsibilities

for the Young People's Theatre in this

city, associate editorship for Showbill magazine,

and being assistant to the Minister of

Government Services (Ontario).

This year, -the Ontario Variety Club's seventh

annual Bike-A-Thon had royal commendation.

On his recent visit to this city.

Prince Charles, himself a barker of Tent

1026 (the Variety Club of Great Britain,

largest in the world) wished success to the

local club in its efforts to raise $500,000

for the several children's charities which it

supports.

Canada Film Industry

Felt Red Scare Impact

MONTREAL—Not having either a

thriving

Hollywood or a Senator Joe McCarthy,

it would seem unlikely that Canada's tiny

post-war fihn community was ever subjected

to the Red scare. Not so.

In those years lists of alleged communist

sympathizers, secret tribunals, and guilt by

association rocked the fledgling National

Film Board. Casualties included film commissioner

John Grierson, movie-makers and

their films.

to 1953—at first glance not a particularly

glorious time for Canadian movies. For example,

in 1946 the United States produced

422 feature films. Burma made 46 and English

Canada came up with "Bush Pilot."

At 32, John Kramer has edited a dozen

major films for the NFB including he Oscarnominated

"Volcano: An Inquiry Into the

Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry" which

he co-directed with Donald Brittain.

Their latest documentary traces the evolution

of the NFB from a wartime propaganda

agency to a creative force, the beginnings of

Quebec's feature film industry and the

steady domination of Canadian movie

screens by Hollywood.

'Politics

of Filmmaking'

Kramer admits he wanted the film to

show "something of the politics of filmmaking."

And with carefully-selected film clips and

Brittain's irreverent wit. the show does little

to enhance the reputation of MacKenzie

King, Lxster Pearson, CD. Howe and other

big-shot Ottawa Liberals of the period.

For instance, at a time when every other

developed nation had enacted legislation to

stop Hollywood movies from totally dominating

their theatres, Canadian cabinet ministers

accepted invitations to Hollywood

where they looked like awe-struck schoolboys.

Persistent

Voice

One of the few peisistent nationalist

voices who tried in vain to get a break

for Canadian movies was Quebec filmmaker

Paul L'Anglais who made popular movies

in French and English.

L'Anglais wistfully reflects on his failure

to get a hearing in Ottawa: "I'm afraid I

was a Franco voice in the desert, a Waspish

English desert at that."

As for Kramer, he says he sees an obvious

parallel between the situation his film

depicts and the current state of Canadian

culture.

"To say a laissez-faire attitude is possible

is ridiculous when you're dealing with an

unequal partner," he commented after a

screening of the documentary.

"So you look to the politicians for an

understanding of the situation and the history

of the country shows it isn't there."

Four More Screens in Texas

From South Edition

ARLINGTON. TEX.— .\ movie theatre

will be developed on a two-and-a-half-acre

site adjoining the Forum 303 Shopping Mall

here by Alpert Corp.. developer of Forum

Mall, and American Multi Cinema, the

Kansas City-based multi-cinema operations.

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Toronto Bypassed by Foreign Film

Distribs;

By J. W. AGNEW

Toronto Correspondent

TORONTO—With the opening of the

new Cineplex here, this city certainly becomes

the leading Canadian marketplace

for foreign films. And yet, until now at

least—according to a weekend Star item

by Dorothy Mikos—Toronto has failed to

attract

Cineplex May Alfer Trend

top-rated films from other countries.

'"We certainly don't get anything like the

cream of the crop here anymore." stated

Gerald Pratley of the Ontario Film Theatre,

the busiest outlet for foreign films locally.

"Seventy-five per cent of the films shown

at the festivals are interesting and wellmade,

but not one-Jtenth of them will be

shown here. Truffaut's "The Green Room"

has been available for ages, for instance, as

has been an excellent Finnish movie, 'The

Year of the Hare.' We see nothing from

India, despite the success of Satyajit Ray's

"The Chess Players' at the Festival of Festivals.

We see nothing from Germany.

Greece, Hungary, Finland, Japain."

Four Showings

The Ontario Film Theatre, in the Ontario

Science Centre, has four showings weekly,

changing nightly. Last year, Pratley presented

a series of new films from Germany,

Greece, Finland and Bulgaria, in addition

EVERY

to special screenings of films briefly available

in Canada, such as Japan's "Where

Spring Comes Late."

One opinion is that foreign distributors

are their own worst enemies, as many of

them look upon- the lucrative North American

market as the fatted calf.

""There's no doubt that many producers

have unrealistic financial expectations,"

stated Linda Beath of New Cinema. "They

think they're going to make millions, and

they price themselves right out of the market."

Unique Position

Ms. Beath is in a unique position, as she

owns her own theatres, the Festival and the

Fine Arts—both having healthy balance

sheets. "Happiness is owning your own theatre,"

she confirms. "In a lot of ways, the

situation here is better than it has been for

a long time."

Another important factor is that many

foreign films are not booked here until, or

unless, they receive favorable New York

reviews. A prime example is "Diablo

Menthe," which was shown with good reviews

at last year's Festival of Festivals.

However Beath is holding back its commercial

showing here until it opens in New

York.

"Recent successes such as 'Bread and

Chocolate.' 'Handkerchiefs' or 'Cousin.

WEEK

Opportunity

in

Knocks

Cousine' would not have done as well without

New York reviews," Linda Beath stated.

" 'Pourquoi Pas' is a good case in point. It

had a modest three-week run here. I'll rerelease

it after it plays New York and it'll

do much better."

Sharon Singer of Dabara Films agrees

with this, but says that it's partly a self-fulfilling

prophecy. "A film opens but because

it's unknown the exhibitor doesn't want to

spend a lot of money on it. It isn't promoted,

and its closes. People don't go, because

they don't know what to expect.

"Most foreign films are general audience

films these days anyway. Nobody is making

experimental films anymore. American films

dictate the standards of films that other

countries produce. These are not daring

times."

'Syndrome' Writer No!

Surprised by Accident

From Midwest Edition

CHICAGO — "Everyone seemed astonished

at the coincidence that the accident at

Three Mile Island happened eleven days

after the movie was released. But we were

not."

So declared Michael Grey, who wrote the

screenplay for "The China Syndrome."

Grey spoke to a group at the Oak Park-

River Forest High School. Grey told his

audience, "We knew the accident was going

to happen. We knew it because of the meticulous

research we had done over the

years."

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interpretive analysis oi lay and tradepress reviews. Running time is in parenth

The plus and

te degree of merit. Listings cover current reviews regularly. Symbol

BOXOFFICE Blue Ribbon Award. All iilms are color except those indicated by (h&v,

white or (© and b&w) ior color and black & v le. Motion Picture Ass'n (MPAA) ratings: m —general

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17 not admitted unless accompanied by parent dult guardian; (X^—persons under 17 not admitted.

Reviews assigned "N" poge numbers will be found in the National (front) section of BOXOFFICE.

^EVIiW DIGEST

AND ALPHABETICAL INDEX

H Very Good; + Good; ± Fair; - Poor; = Very Poor.

roted 2 pluses, — os 2 minuses.

the Great Divide (103)

OD-Ad PIE 2- 5-79 B|

Agatha (104) D WB 2-19-79 PG

!Ashanti (117) Ac-Ad WB 4-23-79 (H

Attack of the

Killer Tomatoes (86) Ho-C

M ..Four Square Productions 11- 6-78 PG

(97) World 10- 9-78 PG

World 9-11-78 PG

I Battlestar Gallactica (125)

SF-Ac

Univ

Caddie (107)

D ....Australian Fil

8-79

5107 California Dreaming

(92) C-D Al 4.23-79 S

5086 California Suite (103) C ... Col 1- 8-79 PG

5074 Caravans (123) Ad-D Univ 11-13-78 PG

5108 Champ. The (la) D MGM-UA 4-23-79 PG

5088 Children of Sancliez, Tlie (lU)

D Lone Star 1-15-79 IS

5100 China Syndrome, Tlie

(122) Sus-D Col 3-18-79 PG

5092 Circle of Iron

(102) F-Ac-Ad Av

5093 Class of Miss MacMichael, The

(92) C

5070 Comes a Horseman

5-79 m

.Brut 2-12-79 H

(118) W-D UA 10-30-78 PG

5069 Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride

(87) Ho Dynamite 10-30-78 El

5097 Dark, The

(92) SF Film Ventures 3- 5-79 IS

5109 Dawn of the Dead

(127) Ho-D ,

5061 U Death on the Nile

Film 4-30-79

(140) My Para 9-25-78 PG

5080 Deer Hunter, The (183) D . . Univ 12-11-78 IB


REVIEW DIGEST

AND ALPHABETICAL INDEX W Very Good; ^ Good; ± Fair; - Poor; = Very Poor. the summary ff is rated 2 pluses, - as 2 minuses.

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Little Mermaid (71)

Legenil of tlie Nortliwest

(S3)

(96) ..

HOLLYWOOD INT'L

Come Under My Spell

(84) Se

Lusty Princess (82)

Pel.

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NEW YORKER FILMS

Peppermint Soda May 79

Newsfront (UO) . . .June 79

Bill Hunter, Gerard Kenneily

The Tree of Wooden Clojs

(175) Hi-D.. June 79

Woyzeck July 79

Orchestra Rehearsal

(70) DM.. Aug 79

Against the Grain Sept 79

Don Giovanni Nov 79

BACKSTREET-BEEHIVE-

HOLLYWOOD INT'L

Lust Flioht 2000

(78) Sex C-D..Nov78

Vltkt Ullck. Pat Manning

FRED BAKER FILMS, LTD.

Jusl Crazy About Horses

(93) Doc. Dec 78

The Black Goddess Jan 79

INDEPENDENT ARTISTS

When the Screaming Stops

(94) He-F..No»78

The Black Six (90) .Ac-D. . . 79

Mean" Joe Greene, Carl Eller

INT'L HARMONY, INC.

NMD FILM DISTRIBUTING CO.

The Carhops (88) June 78

The New Adventures of Snow White

(76) July 78

BEEHIVE PRODUCTIONS

Carnal's Cuties

(76) Sex C. Apr 79

Pat Manning, Janet Sands,

Frisco King. U'illlam Margold

Curves Ahead!

(78) Sex C.Jui

The Lady Wants I

TramB Sex C. July 79

Dirty Deadlines

(74) Sex C. Oct 79

CAPRICAN THREE, INC.

Hookers

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Carrarflne. Bnife Falrbalm

CARIBBEAN FILMS WEST

(Sail Palmer's Candy Goes to

Hollywood Sex CI

Carol Connors. John Leslie

CINEMA 5

Viva Itallal (87) C. July 78

Vlftorlo Oassman. Ugo TognazzI

CINEMA SHARES

Jacob Two-Two Meets the

Hooded Fang

(80) F-CD..Sept7S

Alex Karras, Stephen Rnsenhprt

Point the Finger of

Death Ac . 79

Shaolin Death Squad ...Ac Feb 79

Fists of Bruce Lee

(99) Ac. Mar 79

Bruce U

COUGAR RELEASING, LTD

loe Panther (93) A*. Sept 78

Brian Keith, Itlcariln Montaltian

Lejend of Sea Wolf

(90)

Ad.. Sept 78

(TllJCk Cnnnore. Darhi

Astral Fartor (93) . . . Sus. . No» 78

Elke Sommer, UoIitI Koxworlh

Poonsle (95) C..Det78

Sophia lx>ren. Marrello Ma-iti


Opinions on Current Productions

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FEATURE REVIEWS Story Synopsis; Exploitips; Adiines for Newspapers and Program

THE STORY: "Aii Almost Perfect Affau" (Para)

Keith Carradine arrives at Cannes hoping to show his

fii-st film at the festival. The film is confiscated by the ^^o

Customs Office untU a censor can see it. He rmis into I...

Monica Vitti. the wife of an international fihrmiaker

iRaf Vallonei who knows the ropes, and she persuades

her husband to cut the red tape. Soon Carradine and

Vitti are in the thi-oes of an affair while all around them

the colorful atmosphere of Cannes holds sway. Vallone

watches the affair develop and does nothing to stop it.

After Customs releases Can-adine's film, he screens it for

Vitti and their affair takes a tm-n for the worse. She

tells him his movie is no good. He doubts her love and

they part in a huff. He decides to win her back and "kidnaps"

her in a motorboat, which runs out of gas far from

port. They come close to a reconciliation by the next

morning when her stepson Chi'istian De Sica rescues

them. Can-adine is ready to give up his self-centered

attitude. Vitti wavers in her affectioirs, but finally opts

to stick with her husband.

EXPLOITIPS:

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background for the romance of Carradine and European

star Monica Vitti.

CATCHLINES:

He's Younger. She's Richer. He Has a Girlfriend. She

Has a Husband ... At the World's Most Glamomous Film

Festival—That's an Almost Perfect Beginning.


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