Motion Picture News (Mar-Apr 1923)

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1462 Motion Picture News Exchange and Exhibitor Items from Butte NEWS reached the Butte office this week that C. W. Koerner, manager of the Associated First National exchange in this city, has been promoted to the head of the Portland office. While Butte's loss is distinctly Portland's gain the mam friends who are felicitating him on the event nevertheless regret that they are to part with such a congenial co-worker. Tuesday evening Mr. Koerner was the guest of honor at a banquet in the Francis at ten o'clock covers being placed for 35. Those present represented the moving picture interests of the city. McGinlev of Famous Players gave a paraphrase of 'Marc Anthony. Billy Sullivan, manager of the Rialto, graced the floor en costume in a Swedish folk dance. Jack Rue, manager ot the Universal and Jack Sullivan, manager of the Fox exchanges, won laurels in their masterly interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. Others sang songs and the whole assembly joined in the chorus of the popular numbers. Harry Sigmund of Seattle is here to succeed Mr Ko'erner in the local office. Sponsoring the banquet were Jack Rue, Garry Shields, James Griffin H. J. Binney, Chris. L. Dahle, M. J. Dunne, William Lloyd, W. J. Sullivan Harry Sigmund, Ted Hacklev, Victor Grandpre, R. J. Monohan, F. H. Smith, O. E. Bourck, W. M. Breen, Clavton H. Parker, C. C. Pratt, E. T. Cale. C. Joseph DeMaio, Don C. Isham, O. K. Whipple, John J. Harrington, Jack Sullivan and Lou Marcus. . The committee in charge of the affair included Lawrence McGinlev. chairman; Jack Sullivan T. W. Sullivan and Jack Rue. During A sporting goods store in Los Angeles used this window display of cameras and action stills from " The Hottentot " when it played the Kinema the evening's festivities the honor guest was presented with a silver humidor as a token of their appreciation. E. T. Cale, with the First National at Butte, has just returned from a trip over western Montana. His itinerary included Missoula, Hamilton, Kalispell, Troy and various small towns. He reports exhibitors very optimistic over business conditions. The lumber industries in the northwestern section of the state are operating to good trade and the lumber mills going with the full quota of employees. George Brewerton, the live wire exhibitor of Shelby, Mont, the new oil city, is wearing a broad smile these days as some big oil wells are being spudded, and numerous developments are under progress. O. W. Helwig of New York City, auditor for this division, is in Butte at the Pathe office in his official capacity. C. R. Wade of Eastern Montana and C. R. Parker of Western Montana representing the Pathe sales force are registered in the city this week. C. W. Pugh. Pathe salesman, is expected in on Saturday. Monday evening after the close of the theatres the employees of the American and Rialto autoed to Gregson Springs. There were some fifty in the party. The hot springs are always luring but a swimming party of fifty was one of the most delightful events of the social year. After enjoying the big plunge for an hour or so, the crowd took possession of the spacious ballroom and tripped the light fantastic until five in the morning. During the hours a splendid menu was served in the dining room of the hotel. Trade Happenings In and About Washington EASTERN District Manager Hussey ot the Educational exchanges of New York has been visiting J. A. Bachman of the Washington office and spent part of the week at the Baltimore sub-office. It is learned that Educational s home office is highly pleased with the wide showing and favorable criticism of the popular comedies released by them in this territory. When exhibitors like Harry Crandall, Guy \\ onders, Tom Moore, and the local Loew houses give first runs of the leading Educational comedies the same week as " the spice of the program " there is reason for the pride expressed by E. W. Hammons and aides. 'The Film Board and the Capital Film Review arc now located in the new suite at 702 Mather Building, sub-let from the F. B. O. Striking street sign used for "The Masquerader" by the Orpheum theatre, Ogden. Utah, of which Joe Goss is manager First National reports a special screening at Col. Thompson's residence "by royal command" of Princess Anastasia (Leeds) of Chaplin's " The Pilgrim." . Col. Thompson, of the Navy League, has been host to the Greek royalties with his daughter Mrs. Pell. A select list of forty social notables dined at the Thompson home prior to the screening. Arrangements for the exchange were in the hands of George N. Payette, Jr., E. A. Sherwood, R. deF. Edmounds, and the projection was handled by City Sales Manager Drawbaugh of The Southern Motion Picture corporation. The famous horse, " Dandy Dude," familiar to all news-reel fans as the dashing mount of General J. J. Pershing, is now starred in a Department of Agriculture . film, just released, "The Horse in Action." The purpose of this film is to show an analysis of the movements of horses in the different gaits. Joe Young, formerly of Select and later with Federated, is now acting manager of Oletsky's Federated, in charge of the Washington office, relieving W. F. Ballenger, former manager, now resigned. The Plaza theatre has re-opened and the intended repairs will be made at some other time. Plans of the W. S. Hecht company, for an enlarged seventh story department at Seventh and F. contemplate the forthcoming destruction of the historic Shubert-Garrick, Washington's cameo ahd intimate playhouse, locally known as the Garrick. Stage, screen and stock classics all have received local and national premieres in this delightful playhouse. The spring season of executive peregrination has overtaken the Crandall organization. Harry M. Crandall, owner of the theatres bearing his name in Washington and vicinity, left the Capital last Wednesday on a hurried business trip to New York. Mr. Crandall was followed on Thursday by Nelson B. Bell, in charge of advertising and publicity for the Crandall enterprises, bent on an entirely different mission connected with the conduct of the theatres. On last Tuesday evening the Citizens Civic Committee of the Apollo theatre, the first committee of its kind to be formed in the District of Columbia, met in the studio of Mrs. Harriett Hawley Locher. director of the Public Service and Educational Department of the Crandall theatres, to consider suitable subjects for the Neighborhood Community Gatherings to be held in Crandall's Apollo theatre as a regular part of the Public Service work. Trade N ews rom Milwauk ee DUSTIN FARXUM, motion picture star, will race in Milwaukee at the annual speed and motorboat regatta during the Neptune Frolic the first week in September, according to an announcement of the Milwaukee Civic council, which sponsors this yearly event, and will be part of the G. A. R. convention. The frolic committee has received Mr. Farnum's assurance that he will be here to participate. He is a great racing fan and has driven in both automobile and speed boat races on the coast for several years. He owns a powerful hydroplane which he will ship here and drive. A motion-picture star popularity contest, totally without prizes or remuneration of any kind, for the purpose of ascertaining Milwaukee's most popular masculine and feminine stars, has been conducted by the Milwaukee Sentinel for the past month. Readers were asked merely to send in the names of their favorite and' a brief line of explanation. The three leaders among the men and women were as follows: Harold Llovd. 202; Rodolph Valentino, 155; Douglas Fairbanks. 109; Pnscilla Dean. 196: Norma Talmadge. 172, and Kath(rine MacDonald, 134. Fifty-seven male stars received votes, and 44 women. Barbara La Marr's picture, Quincy Adams Sawyer, being shown at the Alhambra the week c f March 3, has had a beauty tie-up with Terraderma-lax, an English beauty clay. Several local downtown drug stores had displays of their goods topped by huge stills of the star, and announcing that a motion picture showins Miss La Marr demonstrating the beauty clay will shortly be shown. The " heart-throbs " of *' Mighty Lak a Rose were capitalized by the Strand theatre in its showing of the week of March 3, by a huge double page tie-up with local advertisers. The title of the picture was in itself a big drawing card, but such extensive advertising helped the picture greatly.