Showmen's Trade Review (Apr-Jun 1945)

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26 SHOWMEN'S TR'ADE REVIEW June 30, 1945 REGIONAL Continued Dakota to see her parents and introduce her fiance. MGM offices are looking forward to working with nice cool temperatures. An air conditioning unit has just been installed. Charles Demma, manager of the K-B Apex, has tripled his bond quota for the Seventh War Loan, with a total of $201,775 in War Bond sales. Frank Sabotka, manager of Warners' Avalon, has tripled his quota, with a sale of $54,350 against¬Ľa quota of $15,000. Fred Kogod, of K-B Theatres, held a special screeniiag of "Valley of Decision" for B'nai Brith. It netted $26,000 in E Bonds, or $1000 for every seat. Close to one million dollars in war bonds have been sold by Warners' Earle and Metropolitan. Credit goes to John Marcon, manager of the Metropolitan, and Fred McMillan, manager of the Earle. Kitty McGlynn, Warner booking dept., was sole attendant at the wedding of her sister, Eleanor, on June 30. CHICAGO J. Arthur Rank, British film magnate, told Chicago's film trade that England would not flood this country with films but would try to make friendly cooperation the keynote, with American filmgoers learning facts about England from British pictures rather than Hollywood product. Rank said he would build a New York show-window but no other American theatres and he will expand his Canadian circuit in the postwar. There are 21 British films waiting distribution or shooting which will be shown here averaging $22 million in cost. Rank's next stop was Minneapolis and then the coast. Attending the party for him here at the Blackstone were Eddie Silverman, Essaness Circuit ; Ben Eisenberg, Monogram manager; Jack Kirsch, Allied head; Ted Levy, PRC, and Ben Katz, Universal. Jack Barry, PRC; Louis H. Miller, Grand; Sol H. Ehrenberg, Globe Poster Corp., are new members of the Chicago Variety Club. The Chicago reported its film advertising exceeded all other Chicago papers for the first five months of the year, with total lines being 295,139 or 22 per cent more than the total of all other five Chicago papers. Samuel J. Gordon, 63, veteran Chicago actor, has died. Dr. Luther Gable, electronic engineer, spoke on adventures in black light at a Chicago Rotary Club lunch at the Sherman Hotel, recently. Seaman 1/C John Louis Schmidt, son of the Admiral Theatre executive, has won a personal citation from Admiral W. F. Halsey for bravery in action in the South Pacific. Marcus Deweberry, formerly of the Regal, is back in Chicago recuperating from wounds received in battle in Italy. Herbert Wolf and Charles Burke of the Tower have joined the Navy. Kurt Manig has been discharged from the Navy and is back at the B&K general offices. The Rex will have a new front and improvements in its interior, according to Van Nomikos, of the Van Nomikos Circuit. Joseph Gerl, Sonora Television Corp. president, has stated his company will have two new models in the postwar costing from $100 to $300. Charles Harold has returned as manager of the Harvard after receiving a Navy discharge. D. A. Ross, Ross Federal Service general manager, is in Chicago on business. B&K executives played host at the Palmer House this week to representatives of the buying departments of Paramount affiliates. Postwar plans for buying merchandise for theatres and new trade outlets were discussed. The National Business Machines Corp. are interested in providing television on a common carrier basis for business concerns throughout the nation. The company plans to finance the network which is being developed under GE supervision. Herman Robbins, George Dembow, William Brenner, J. R. McPherson, M. L. Kaufman and J. A. Wolfe of National Screen have returned to New York after a Chicago meeting. Peoria theatres are backing a move for community sports with 50 prominent citizens having organized a committee to form a program. Ben Bartelstin, theatre circuit operator, is ill at the Mt. Sinai Hospital. Helen Hill of the 20th-Fox exchange, has married W. R. Livingston, U. S. Navy. Vince Avery, formerly of the Esquire Theatre, now in the South Pacific, has been promoted to sergeant. A. G. Nichols, manager of the Windsor, sold $100,000 in bonds, using 120 pairs of women's hosiery as bait. John Flynn, MGM Western manager, has appointed Henderson M. Richey, exhibitor relations head, director for the Levy Memorial Hospital. Tom Kennedy will direct the Chicago campaign, starting July 1. Doc Bamford, MGM exchange manager, is under a doctor's care. Allen Usher, Paramount district manager, has returned from a Western trip. Andy Russell, Paramount star, is also here. MEMPHIS AI Rothschild Al Rothschild, who, following his discharge from the Army early in 1943, decided to give up his law practice and enter show business as a salesman for National Screen Service Corp., has been promoted to district manager at Memphis. Rothschild succeeds Robert Conway, who resigned recently to enter the poultry business at Atlanta. Jimmy Gillespie, 20th Century Fox exploiteer, who was assigned to the Seventh War Loan Drive in Memphis, has returned to his home in Atlanta after five weeks in Memphis. After a few days at home, he will go to Columbus, Ohio, to handle the world premiere of the Eddie Rickenbacker picture. M. A. Lightman, president of Malco Theatres, has been enjoying a rest and periodic checkup at Battle Creek. "Call of the Wild," the reissue with Clark Gable, opened at Loew's State here, $130 better for the day than the original opening at the same theatre in September, 1935, and did a $4000 better business for the week than it did on its first run, 20th Century-Fox officials report. It was followed at the State by "Diamond Horseshoe," which opened so heavily on a Wednesday, that the Tjalcony had to be used. Most Memphis balconies have remained dark for matinees except on Saturday and Sunday since the war started. "Without Love," recently opened the Loew's Palace balcony on opening day also. The Memphis Variety Club held its annual picnic June 23 at Ellendale, near Memphis, with -about 350 attending the barbecue. Elliott Johnson, advertising manager for Malco Theatres, is on vacation. Arthur Groom, former manager of Loew's State here and now manager of Loew's Victory, Evansville, Ind., is spending his vacation in Memphis. "The Southerner," UA picture, has been given the ukase by the Memphis Censor Board, the opinion being that it improperly presents southerners and is a sort of another "Tobacco Road." Col. Cecil Vogel, back from the Kentucky Derby, is drinking cold drinks from his own home town of Owensboro. His father, a bottler of soft drinks, loaded him up with the local product en route home. Elmo Cullins, outdoor advertising for theatres, has returned from a business trip to Chicago. Cullins also has purchased himself a $3000 site for a postwar home in the Walnut Grove sector. Another who is planning a postwar home and has purchased the land, is Elliott Johnson of Malco. Gus Haase, well known Memphis real estate man, has joined the Malco organization to handle its real estate, and the personal real estate of M. A. Lightman. MONTREAL Consolidated Theatres have four pictures in town. They are : "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," at the Palace; "Thunderhead," at the Capitol; "A Song to Remember," with two weeks behind it at Loew's, and "Brewster's Millions" at the Princess. Ike Sourks, of Monogram, states, "Zoya" did well in its four day run at His Majesty's. The picture was run in connection with Canadian Soviet Friendship Week, the film being a Russian production. The French version of "Sahara" was reported to have packed the Orpheum at every performance last week. Use of cartoons in the field of educational films to a greater extent than ever before has been announced by the National Film Board. It has developed two separate systems, both meeting with equal success technically. Expected difficulty in getting "Dillinger" through the board of censors in Quebec failed to materialize. It was thought that after two youths shot and killed a city detective, admitting later they had been to a gangster picture, the film might not be favorably received by authorities. They, however, took the broader view. J. Arthur Hirsch, president and general manager of Consolidated Theatres, is said to be doing as well as can be expected at the Jewish General Hospital where he underwent one operation and will undergo another s'nortly. Johnny Ganetakus, who supervises the operation of Confederation Theatres for United Amusements Corp., is expected to enter a hospital for observation. His health has been failing of late. George Heiber, newly appointed Montreal manager of United Artists, returned to Saint John, N. B., last week to wind up his affairs before starting here in earnest. Exchange of prints between the governments of Canada, the U. S., Russia and other United Nations is carried out extensively through the Washington office of the N.F.B. Most U. S. exchanges are made with the OWL In British countries more new arrangements have been made. An agreement has been concluded with the Newfoundland Film Board whereby the N.F.B. will set up its first national film service. FORT WORTH John Le Roy Johnston, International's publicity head, was here recently to visit friends and relatives. "Along Came Jones," premiered here June 22 with Gary Cooper making a personal appearance. "On To Tokyo" played the Hollywood, Palace and Worth here day and date. MILWAUKEE Don Woods and Harold Wirthwein, Warner exchange branch manager and Paramount manager, respectively, attended the Parham-Richardson fight. Capt. Joe Baisch of the Air Corps, former Warner Circuit, State theatre rnanager, is spending his leave here. Jack Lenehan, Paramount booker, is vacation