Motion Picture News (Mar-Apr 1923)

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1960 Motion Picture News Washington Exhibitor and^Exchange Items HARRY BERNSTEIN of Richmond was a visitor at the Washington him exchanges the past week. Manager Anderson, of Keene's Crown and Dixie theatres, Baltimore, paid a visit to the W ashington exchange of Metro, the past week. Harry S. Brown, manager at the new ofhces of Universal on New Jersey avenue was in Baltimore, Friday .and Saturday, to see Jules Levy, new assistant general manager, in charge of sales at the home office of Universal. Mr. Levy was formerly district manager, with ofhces at tne Philadelphia and W ashington. Paramount, Vox, Vitagraph and Goldwyn exchanges are talking of forming a him exchange basebail league. Paramount will have a team no matter what the others do. The Vitagraph boys were warming up Saturday. Special representatives of the New York office of Will Hays were in the city over the week end. Federal, Arrow and Seaboard Film products, whose physical distribution in the territory was handled by the Seaboard exchange, have separated. Mr. Taylor, now with S. B. Lust of Super-Films, is still handling one of these concern's lines, while Seaboard is still handled in the Coleman office, although H. I. Coleman is not actively engaged in the firm, in which he retains an interest. Carriers of the Washington Star, were the guests of Sidney Lust, owner of the Leader theatre, at 9 o'clock Saturday morning and at 2 p. m., Sunday afternoon. The Selig serial "The Jungle Goddess" was the attraction, in its local premiere; "All the Brothers Were Valiant,'' was also on the program. The jungle serial will run fifteen weeks at the Leader. The outlying theatres of the Crandall chain possess seats for 3,927 patrons at a performance being made up as follows: — Apollo, 1,000; Savoy, 1,093 ; York, 935 ; and the Avenue Grand 899. These residential theatres alone can thus accommodate nearly 8,000 patrons each week night. The gifted young Washington artistes who are appearing in the thematic prologue of the "Mighty Lak a Rose" picture at Crandall's Metropolitan theatre this week are Miss Ruth Peter, soprano and Miss Helen Ware, violinist. The prologue utilizes both of the Metropolitan's proscenium side-stages and is enhanced in beauty by some new and novel lighting effects, originated by John J. Payette, assistant general manager of the Crandall theatres. "Poor Men's Wives," has been booked for premier Washington presentation at Crandall's Central theatre the full week of April 15th. A. N. Waters, manager of Crandall's theatre, last week was also appointed to the managership of Crandall's Central theatre in the same block on Ninth street, vice William V. Broylen, resigned. Miss Gladys Enola Mills, manager of the Capital Athletic Club basketball team, that .recently won the championship for the girls of the District of Columbia, has been appointed private secretary to Mrs. Harriet Hawley Locher, directing the Public service and educational activities of the Crandall theatres. The Crandall patrons' ball team league got under way early last week. Harry E. Lohmey er's Avenue Grand Team from the southeast, defeated John Upperman's Apollo team from the Northeast sections of the city. The game was played at Union Station Plaza. The first four innings were hotly contested, but the filth inning on the superiority of the Southeast boys demonstrated itself, the outstanding star of the argument being Linger, demon twirler of the Avenue Grand, who smashed out the only home run of the game. The frame of Crandall's new Ambassador theatre, at Eighteenth street and Columbia road, Northwest, was completed last week. The steel skeleton of the building is entirely independent of walls or masonry. The upright columns are raised from cement footings imbedded in the earth and the weight of the roof structure thus is carried straight down to the ground. The roof slab will be of gypsum instead of cement. The work on the Ambassador is being carried on under the supervision of Thomas B. Lamb, famous theatre architect and engineer. The first issue of the Capital Legion, official organ of the District of Columbia members of the American Legion, carries the announcement that the Committee on Motion Pictures, representing the 20 posts in the city of Washington, is headed by Jacob R. Emeigh, as chairman, Charles B. Hanford, veteran Shakespearean actor contemporary of Booth and Irving, now engaged in compiling the official history of the U. S. Navy in the World War, Frank L. Peckham, William Wolfe Smith, past commander of Press Club Post, and chief counsel of the legal division, Veteran's Bureau, and Mrs. Kenneth MacRae, department vice-commander. Buffalo Briefs and Western New York News F. Ray Powers. HERE he is, folks. The Hon. F. Ray Powers, office manager at the Faramount exchange, Buffalo, nephew of the famous " Pat " Powers and himself a veteran of some ten years' service in the " fillum " business. Ray started about a decade ago with WAarner Features for which company he acted as traveling auditor, visiting exchanges through United States and Canada installing systems. Then he became associated with the W. J. Eckert company, public accountants in the Iroquois building, Buffalo, handling accounts for a number of the big film concerns. Then he jumped to Universal, where he was assistant manager of the Buffalo exchange for two years. From " U " he went to RobertsonCole where he remained a year and a half as assistant manager and city sales manager. After R-C. he went with Realart as assistant manager until that company passed into history, when he was appointed office manager for Paramount. Just now Ray is up to his eyes in work planning to put over Moritz Week which is being held in honor of his chief, Allan S. Moritz, commencing April 15. Henry F. Thurston, who for the past ten years has operated the Terrtple theatre in Lockport, N. Y., is to retire from the business and has sold his house to J. Meyer Schine, owner of a chain of houses down state. Mr. Thurston's son will be retained as manager of the theatre. The Paramount manager and salesman will have Harry Buxbaum as their guest on Friday, the 13th, for a sales conference. Harry sure does pick a great date. The Buffalo theatre managers at a meeting in the Hotel Iroquois went on record as being opposed to exchanges serving churches, clubs, schools and private institutions with films, claiming that this practice hurts regular theatre business. Harry Lotz, who is guiding the Select exchange through, the storm, is now a regular Shriner. Harry " went through " at the Teck theatre ceremonial and with the use of adrenalin was brought back to life. At first it was' thought he would not survive the desert crossing. " Robin Hood " came to Buffalo last week and knocked all records at Shea's Hippodrome for a row of goose eggs. Never were such crowds seen in or around the big house. The picture is being held a second week. H. L. Beecroft is now doing exploitation for " Robin Hood " for Feiber & Shea in the Western New York and Pennsylvania territory. Harry Bernstein and the " Mrs." journeyed to New York last week to celebrate their wedding anniversary with Mrs. Bernstein's parents. Booker Bill Borke is now sporting a new coupe. Charles Goodwin is back on the job, fully recovered from an attack of ptomaine poisoning. Madge Bellamy is scheduled to appear in Buffalo soon for some personal appearances, according to an announcement by Henry W. Kahn, Metro manager. Rudolph Valentino and his wife were in town Wednesday night for a dance engagement in the Broadway Auditorium. The event, as expected, was well attended. Anthony Caruso, who had been holding down the Sunday elevator job in the Beyer Film Building, was arrested on the charge of having stolen goods in the Pathe exchange. It is alleged he took a ring valued at 100 berries from Frank Minor, shipping clerk ; some petty cash, $9 in stamps, cut-outs, window cards, etc. Probably planning to open his own exchange. Tony was arraigned in court where he confessed having started in the " business " six weeks previous. He appeared in court arrayed in Valentino pants, 20 buttons to the slit, which perhaps in fluenced the judge to soak him $25 and give him a year's probation. B. Smith, formerly with American Releasing, and H. Byers, have been engaged by Manager R. T. Murphy as members of the Renown sales force. Bob has set " The Drug Traffic " for a week at the Palace, beginning Sunday, April 15. Sol Myers and Len Sang, formerly manager and treasurer, respectively, of the Criterion during the Shubert vaudeville regime, have taken over the Circle theatre, formerly controlled by General Theatres' Corporation. Manager Charles N. Johnston has engaged Miss Margaret Henderson as biller at the Fox exchange, succeeding D. Glasstone. Miss Esther Morris and Miss Finkelstein are two new Fox stenographers. And now comes an exhibitor who also writes song hits. He's Bill Billon, manager of the Strand, Ithaca, and the name of his latest opus is " Old King Tut." Even Ithaca must have heard of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankh-amen. N. I. Filkins and his Merit exchange have moved from the Bond Photoplay Corporation building .to space in the Select office next door. N. Merrill, of Waverly, N. Y., owner of a chain of houses in the Southern Tier, has sold all his interests in several towns and has leased for a ten-year period the Amusu theatre in his home town to the Comerford Amusement Company of Scranton. Ill health compels Mr. Alerrill to retire from the business in which he started ten years ago. He plans to go to New Mexico to regain his health. County Judge Bell, of Herkimer, has sustained the decision of the village court of Frankfort, N. Y., in the case of Metro Pictures Corporation against George Loomis of the Loomis theatre in that town. The suit was brought over an alleged breach of contract. Mr. Loomis appealed the case to the county CO' 't.