The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, January 16, 1921, SECTION FOUR, Page 4, Image 54

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    THE SUNDAY OREGONTAX, PORTLAND, JANUARY 1C, 1921
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TODAY'S FILM FEATIRF.S.
IJberty William S. Hart. "The
Testing Block."
Columbia 'Heliotrope Harry."
Kivoli Justin Johnstone,
"Blackbirds.'"
Peoples Mahlon Hamilton,
"Half a Chance."
Majestic Tom Terriss' '.'Dead
Men Tell Xo Tales."
Star Louise Huff, "What Wom
en Want."
Circle Dorothy rhillips, "Once
to Every Woman."
Hippodrome Viola Dana, "Cin
derella's Twin."
Globe Alma Rubens, "Humor--esque."
Today's Music Features.
Eivoli Orchestra concert un
der direction of Salvatore
Santaella at 12:30 o'clock. j
Liberty Organ concert by Henri t
Keates at 12:30 o'clock. I
Majestic Organ concert by Ce-
cil league at 1:30 o'clock.
BT DON SKEXE.
THE PAST WEEK brought two
announcements of Important
changes along film row. In the
words of some poet, "as this old world
goes round and round, some go up and
6ome go down." The upward move
ment In local motion picture news
yas supplied by the Universal ex
change here, and the downward mo
tion, if it may be called that, by the
J'itagraph organization in Portland.
. David Brill, manager of Universalis
3rahch exchange in Portland, has an
Bounced that his organization will
move into larger quarters in the near
future. Final arrangements are be
Ing made to occupy a building to be
erected by Dr. J. A. Pettit at Tenth
ind Couch streets.. Work on the new
structure will be started about Feb
ruary 1, and if negotiations now be
ing carried on are completed satis
lactorily, the Universal staff, haded
By Brill and h-s first lieutenant,
iiarry Quinn. will move In early in
Strll. Ed Armstrong, western dis-
XritA manager ror Universal, arrived
In Portland Friday from Los Angeles
to discuss details of the deal and out
line future plans for the office.
jl feature of the new Universal
jiome will be a spacious projection
joom, which will be a miniature the
iter for the entertainment of visit
Inff exhibitors. Preview showings of
X'tiversal pictures will be held for
xhrfater managers and owners fre
quently. Increase in business is the
reason given for the proposed trek
4o more roomy quarters, and the ex
Pnsion is no doubt a form of offi
cial recognition of the record made by
Jirm ana bis hustling sales force in
tfte few months the new manager has
been at the helm of the exchange
A portion of the floor space in the
Jiw building will be taken by Gus A.
Wetzgar. owner and manager of the
IMvoli theater, who is also interested
In the Equity film exchange.
" By order of Vitagraph headauarters
K New York city, the local Vitagraph
Tcnange closed yesterday and Port
land will no longer Be a distribution
point for pictures of this brand. G. E.
Jackson, manager of the exchange,
will remain in Portland as a repre
sentative of the company, but the ter
ritory formerly supplied by the local
exchange will hereafter be taken care
if from Seattle. The local office han
dled the distribution of films for
"Portland, all cities of the state and
parts of Idaho.
- The closing of' the exchange here
tame as a compiete surprise, for the
record of the office during the past
year under 3Ir. Jackson is said to
-tiave been entirely satisfactory. The
-reason given by the Xew York office
vai that centralization of distribution
Jn Jhe Seattle office was bel'eved ad
visable. It is known that strenuous
fforts have been made by the Port
land Chamber of Commerce and the
.Wot ion Picture League of Oregon to
have the Vitagraph head office re
consider its decision.
Bradley H. Fish, Vitagraph western
district manager, and L. M. Cobbs, Se
attle branch manager, left Portland
early in the week after negotiations
relative to the closing of the local
office.
"I wish to thank the exhibitors of
Portland and the state heartily for
their support," said Air. Jackson In
discussing the change. "In the year
we have iuaintained an office here we
have had the most encouraging co
operation from motion picture men.
The change merely follows a cen
tralization policy advocated by the
home office. I will rema'n In Port
land as a personal representative of
the company and will strive to render
every service to the exhibitors of this
territory."
The closing of the Vitagraph ex
change here with consequent shifting
of its business to Seattle will have a
marked effect on small exhibitors.
They will have to bear the expense of
Increased express rates on films
shipped from Seatle to Oregon points.
This added cost wilil be a consider
able item in the monthly expense ac
count of out-of-town theater owners.
'
Another Portlander is winning hon
ors in the screen world, according to
word received recently from Los An
geles. Robert Hopkins, for many
years a resident here, hasn't become
a movie hero, but is making a name
for himself In the writing end of the
game. He is drawing down a big sal
ary as a title writer for the Special
Pictures corporation. On Christmas
eve he played Santa Claus in all the
time-honored makeup for a Sunday
school celebration.
"We like Los Angeles, but call
Portland home," writes his mother,
Mrs. Xellie Hopkins, who Is with her
son in the south.
The Rivoli orchestra, under the
watchful eye of Director Santaella,
will play the following selections at
the regular Sunday concert today:
Overture, "The Calif of Bagdad" (A. Bd
ieldleu); "Romanza," by request (A Rubin
stein) ; selection from "Chin Chin" (I
Caryll); cello solo, "Longing'' (C. Pool),
played by C. Pool; waltz, "Jolly Fellows"
1 K. Vollstedt): march and orocession of
, Bacchus, from the ballet "Sylvia" (Leo
Delibesj.
Cecil Teague, who keeps the pipes
of the Majestic organ busy, has chosen
the following programme for his usual Thursday and made an address on the
ounaay concert louay; sunuay. closing suDject. sunaay
closing is not a religious issue, as evi
denced by the fact that the Portland
Ministerial association at a recent
meeting took no aggressive stand, on
the proposed action," said Mr. Strand
borg. "It is a political issue which
may be raised by cheap politicians
seeking publicity that will give them
campaign jotos."
T. Cohn of the Burnside theater fol:
lowed Mr. Strandborg with a short
talk on the sume subject. W. A. Grae
per of the Union avenue theater spoke
on the need of helping war-sfrioken
children through the Hoover-Euro
pean relief club. Special benefit mat
inees for this cause will be given in
many CBon motion 'picture thea
ters. Films will be donated by ex
Changs men.
J. J. Parker, chairman of the com
mittee for the- proposed motion pic
tur ball to be held In February, sent
"Coronation March" (Meyerbeer): a
group of' Oregon composers: "Come Back
and Drive the Clouds Away" (Catherine
Bernard), "Egyptian Impressions" (Bain
bridge Crist), "Kong of Jly Dreams" (Vir
ginia Nash); a revue of 1920; "Kamme
nol Ostrow' (Rubinstein).
Preparations against possible Sun
day closing laws which would affect
theaters were discussed, at the regu
lar meeting of the notion Picture
league of Oregon Thursday noon at
the Benson hotel. Although the move
ment has not been pushed in this
state as energetically as in some of
the eastern states, picture theater
owners are making ready to fight any
strenuous campaign in this direction
and will be on their guard against
opposition to Sunday amusements.
William P. Strandborg of the Port
land Railway, Light & Power com
pany was the guest of the film men
COSTUMES' OF SCREEN HEROINES ARE EXPENSIVE ITE tl.
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work to the meeting that J. G. Von
Hcrberg, now in Xew York on a busi
ness trip, is arranging for personal
appearances of screen celebrities for
the event.
A plea was made at the meeting for
theater advertising, of the highest
quality and the league voted hearty
indorsement. Advertising that is not
absolutely clean, only hurts Jhe mo
tion picture exhibitors, and, unfortu
nately, the innocent suffer with the
guilty in public disapproval when ad
vertising matter, of shady character
Is used.
The, fountain head of talk on the
closing of Sunday amusements comes
from Xew York headquarters of the
Lord's Day alliance. According to
officials of the local .'federation of
churches the alliance- has no organ
ization in Oregon.
There have been indications that
some action will be taken by Port
land citizens against the present cen
sorship plan. This action is- said to
be prowoked entirely by the desire to
have nothing on local screens but the
cleanest type of pictures. Thre has
been no definite move on the part of
any organization- to stop the opera
tion of 'motion picture theaters on
Sunday.
F. W. Teufel, who arrived in Port
land from Butte recently to become
manager of the Peoples theater, has
apparently recovered from Illness
which kept him away from the thea
ter for a while. Now that he has fully
recovered his old-time agility, he is
planning to fix up the Peoples theater
lobby so that its own mother wouldn't
know It.
. L. A. Samuelson, inspector-booker
of the Pathe western division, is in
Portland checking up bookings at the
local Pathe exchange. O. W. Helwig,
western auditor for the organization,
is also looking over the local office.
O. M, Whittington. who owns the
Liberty theater at Bend, was a vis
itor on film row during the week.
J-Mrs. Lyman Ward, whose husband
runs the Star theater at Goldendale
Wash., also called on local exchanges
last week.
C. H. Bender, who recently sold the
Rex theater of Tillamook, has bought
the Powell Valley theater, Twenty
first and Powell streets.
E. Marsden, owner of the Tivoii
theater of Portland, has purchased
the Nob Hill theater here.
David Brill, manager of Universal
exchange, spent the week happily
signing contracts with out-of-town
exhibitors for rights on "Outside the
Law," a new release featuring Lor.
Chaney, Priscilla Dean and Wheeler
Oakman. Among .the theater owners
who signed on the- dotted line last
week were Si Danz of Astoria. George
Burk of Baker, Charles Schram of
Oregon City, H. W. Poole of Klamath
Falls and Mayor Kiggins of Vancou
ver, Wash.
- ' Photos by Gllllams Service.
1M Dixie Le, la fcer drraalna; room, surrounded by gonna, wrp and hnta hundreds of dollars' worth of clothing, moat of which ahe will never
wear again. Right Gladya Brockwell, In an evening gown which ahe discarded after It had arrved Its purpoae In only one picture.
In the making of many motion-picture features a small fortune is expended In costumes for the stars.
After Rose LaRose, starring In a drama of society life, has charmed her feminine admirers with a display of beautiful gowns, she must plan
an entirely new wardrobe for her next picture or disappoint her followers. 'The idea that a producer of motion pictures could save money in the,
long run by having leading characters appear In cast-off clothes was proven a fallacy In the Infancy of the Industry. These days when many screen
heroines are making trips to Europe and stocking up with Paris creations the expense of clothing leading ladies of fllmdom is high.
What becomes of the old go wm and hats? Many stars turn over their costumes to proteges among -the "extra" girls, who by making changes
in the clothes are helped along on their Journey to stardom.. Other stars donate used wardrobes to relations. Another popular way of disposing
of movie garb la through tht special salvage department, where Bkilled dressmakers use the material to make new clothes for players in minor rolea..
Henri Keates, who' makes the big
Liberty organ do everything in the
musical book, is scheduled for a novel
concert at noon today. Mr. Keates
Is sajd to have the gift of perfect
Pitch and will demonstrate this talent
through tests offered by members of
th audience. Patrons are invited to
bring to the concert any Instrument
or device on which a note may be
sounded. After hearing a note sound
ed on anything from a violin to an
old bottle, Mr. Keates promises to
name the note, tell in what key it is
placed and reproduce the same tone
on the piano or organ.
An advance tip that spring is com
ing soon is given by the presence of
pussy willows in the oral decorations
of Jensen & von HcrDerg tneaters.
By the way, the ushers at the Peo
Dies theater have new uniforms. The
seat guides of the west "arK nouse
are now decked out In uniforms of
red serge and gold braid.
.
Good music is the prime essential
In a photoplay entertainment, says
Gus A. Metzger, owner of the Rivoli
in answer to the recant query of what
kind of picture is the best.
"Whether a picture depends for suc
cess on the plot itself or some indi
vidual star, I believe good musical ac
companiment deserves a generous
portion of the credit for the appeal of
a feature production," says the Rivoli
bos.
.
A piano costing about $3500 and
equipped with silver strings has been
installed at the Rivoli. The mstru-
Eleventh and
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GLOBE
HUM0RESQUE
ALMA RUBENS
HELIOTROPE" AT COLUMBIA
Father Solves Problem to Prevent
Mother Blackmailing Daughter.
What would you do to Insure your
daughter's happiness?
Would you sacrifice your life?
. That is the question confronting
the chief character in "Heliotrope."
the motion picture attraction at the
Columbia theater this week. He is
a convict, serving a life sentence In
the penitentiary. His daughter, who
has not seen or heard from either
parent since babyhood, is engaged
to be married to a very rich young
man. Her mother, a thoroughly dis
reputable woman who scents an op
portunity for money, is planning to
blackmail the girl. When the con
vict learns of her plans through a
Utter from a former pal he is half
crazed because he is behind bars and
cannot prevent his daughter's life
from being ruined.
Then through .an understanding
with, the warden and a kind governor,
he is allowed his freedom, but only
on condition that he will not harm
his wife.
What is he to do? Seemingly tho
only way to save his daughter is to
do away with his wife. But his
pledge prevents t!uit.
It is kill or bo killed, reasons the
convict. And so h brings it about
that a bullet through his heart sends
his wife to prison for life and allows
his daughter, innocent of the fate
that threatened her and of his sacri
fice, to marry the man of her choice.
"Heliotrope" is a strikingly dra
matic !,tory by Richard Washburn
Child and is enacted by an excellent
cast that includes Frederick Burton.
Diana Allen and Julia Swayne Gor
don. George D. Baker directed the
picture.
The music of the Columbia pro
gramme is capably handled by the
Columbia picture players.
'CIXDEHELL.VS TWIV IS HEME
Picture Being Shown at Hippo
drome Has Unusual Twist.
Cinderella is with us again or
rather her new twin sister. She will
be seen at the Hippodrome theater
for four days beginning today, when
Cinderella's Twin," with Viola Dana
as the star, will be featured as the
photoplay attraction of the bill.
It has twists aplenty. Ono of them
is the situation where Connie McGill,
the little maid, suddenly has to flee
the splendor of a ballroom, and in the
art drops her slipper, which contained
the key to a safety vault holding tho
jewels sought by thieves. Her Prince
Charming gets the slipper, and ar
rested into the bargain lor the theft.
In the old story, a fairy godmother
docs the trick; in the modern version,
a gang of unsc rupulous thieves assist
the little maid to see the brilliant
life. It tells of Connie, who is given
to dreaming, and has for her hero a
social light she saw photographed in
a' magazine. Her dreams conic true,
but only through a band of thieves,
who make her a tool and are later
frustrated by her action.
"Cinderella's Twin" is from tliu
original story by the well-known
writer, Luther Reed, as seenarioized
by himself. It is directed by Dallas
M. Fitzgerald, under personal super
vision of Metro's production director,
Bayard Veiller. The motion photog
raphy is by John Arnold, and the art
interiors are designed and executed
by A. E. Mantz.
The supporting cast includes Wal
lace XlacDonald as the leading man.
(Continued From l.ti:e
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COME!
TODAY and MONDAY
DOROTHY PHILLIPS
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Once to Every Woman
And every woman will find out for here is a picture
of such realism and beauty of sentiment and honesty of
drama that she will find in it the answer.
Also
Alack Sennett Comedy
"YOUTHFUL FANCY
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