Boxoffice (Jul-Sep 1939)

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JJERBERT McNARY, former Boston city censor, again has silver screen interests. McNary is commentator on “Movie Spotlights,” local quiz broadcasts. Jack Goodwin, Metropolitan Theatre manager, and Paul Levi, house publicist, award passes to the contestants who come out with right answers. Alex Lercari and William Riseman, local theatre decorators, gave the State Theatre, new Quittner and Perakos Connecticut house in Jewett City, a modern motif, using red and gold tasseled damask at the 100-seat location. Fred Geisler, formerly of the Showboat in Auburn, has his equipment at the new drive-in on the Daniel Webster Highway outside of Nashua, N. H. Harry McDonald and Ben Domingo have been negotiating with Eddie Cantor for a personal appearance at the RKO Boston early in October. Cantor holds existing attendance and boxoffice records at the downtown house, made during a six-day engagement in 1936 . . . Tentatively scheduled to appear in the new show are Cobina Wright and the Mad Russian. Harry Browning, M&P Publicist, plans to put up his boat, “Skippy,” about the middle of October. Joseph Ehrlick, assistant RKO publicist who held the helm here last week during Jack Granara’s sojourn at Maplewood, has been fighting off a cold . . . Fred Greenway, Loew’s State managing director, has been bogged under with a cold . . . Ditto for Sal DiManno, Loew’s State assistant . . . Camille Carpentier of Keith’s Memorial was out last week with a cold. Charles Brent had “Wages of Sin” at the Globe Theatre last week for a return engagement. The roadshow recently established a Boston precedent when it dayand-dated the Modern and the Globe, Ben Wilansky houses. Murray Aaronson of Chelsea made the film district magic conscious last week when he canvassed Church Street and environs and sold some dollars’ worth of ledgerdemain. William Powell, manager of the Paramount in Springfield for Nathan and Samuel Goldstein, has been capitalizing on the local Knothole Gang made up of juvenile baseball enthusiasts, by forming a Paramount Club aroimd it. Saturday morning shows, given added impetus by the fact that paid attendance at four shows will net a pass to the fifth, are on Powell’s schedule. George Kraska, operator of the Fine Arts Theatre, has signed with Oliver Unger for the J. H. Hoffberg Company’s new lineup .. . Kraska is at present giving the Hub its first International Film Festival which opened the theatre August 23 and will extend into October. Martin J. Mullin and Sam Pinanski, M&P partners, were in New York last week . . . Harry McDonald, RKO divisional manager, was also in the metropolis on business . . . Phil Pox, Buffalo manager for Columbia, was in town for the holidays. William Purcell plans to reopen the Strand in Beverly, under a new operating partnership, in a few days. The house has been undergoing renovations. Kenneth Forkey whose theatre interests include the Town Hall in Orange is being contested at that site. Henry Steinberg, building a new New England circuit, had new sound, a P. A. system, special speakers, radio, and a phonograph installed at the Greendale Theatre which he recently opened in Worcester. James O’Donnell, manager of the Haines Theatre in Waterville, Me., has been planting a quantity of stills, ballyhooing future productions, in the local paper. Al Cormier, former manager of the Plaza in Northampton, is now managing the Strand Theatre in Westfield for Western Massachusetts Theatres, Inc. . . . Louis Marks has been named Strand manager by the Goldstein Bros. The mother of Phil Berler, E. M. Loew booker, has returned to his home after a prolonged hospital stay . . . The Berlers now have a new apartment at 150 Amory Street in Brookline. H. C. Elwes, local Photophone sales representative, has contracted with Amherst College in Amherst, Mass., for the installation of RCA sound equipment for the institution’s Kirby Memorial Theatre. A. K. Dame of the managerial staff of the Palace in Penacook, N. H., and Miss V. F. Shaw have married. Irma Montague, formerly of the Metropolitan, has joined the company of “Take It From Me” . . . Tom Hill, with Harry Asher for years, has been subbing at UA during vacation leaves. Al Pickus has dubbed the former Annex, recent Stratford, Conn., acquisition, the Fairmount Theatre. Arthur Sharby was in town from Groveton, N. H., last week . . . Ted Harris of the State in Hartford was up from Connecticut . . . Henry Neveaux, Saco, Me., exhibitor, was a film district visitor. Paul Kumzi, district manager for Interstate Theatres, has put a new dish deal into the State Tlieatre in Stoughton. Mary Malloy, secretary to Newell Kurson since the Graphic Theatre circuit executive established a Boston branch for the chain, now is also secretary to Field Manager Kenneth Kurson who is here from Bangor. Joseph DiPesa, Joe Longo, and Al Longo had three people “picketing” the Loew’s Orpheum last week. The first boy carried a sign which clarioned the epithet, “Unfair!” The second sign read, “135 Women in ‘THE WOMEN’ and no Men.” The third challenged, “Go see for yourself.” DiPesa and cohorts pulled the publicity pip of last week when the Boston Globe carried a special eight-page supplement in all editions on Wednesday, ballyhooing (Continued on page 84) White, Silver and Shatter-Proof Beaded i Edward Ansin « Sti < Edward E. Harold "oneman realize that DULL SCREEN p DULL ENTERTAINMENT li • INTERSTATE has ^CAPITOLIZED’ DA-LITE SCREENS at the Revere Theatre Revere, Mass. and the Scenic Theatre Rochester, N. H. CAPITOL THEATRE SUPPLY COMPANY ^ NEW ENGLAND ORGANIZATION FOR NEW ENGLAND EXHIBITORS 28-30 PIEDMONT STREET • BOSTON. MASS. BOXOFnCE September 23, 1939 79