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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethbridge Herald Kr VOL. 1 NO. 7 TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 1972 16 PAGES Lack of public support could cause closure Lack "of public support may force the owner of the Suniand Thentre in Milk Pviver to close The theatre business in small towns has been going downhill siuce television came In, said Stan Uenbcrger, owner of Sunland. "The movie busi- ness is a thine of the past for small towns." "flic availability of shows we are not ashamed of present- ing is al most said Mr. Schwartzenberger, "In Lethbridge, restricted rated sbows can make money because the population in the age category is available. In Milk River there isn't a largo population and on lop'of that, the surrounding rural popula- tion is dwindling annually." The only shows he considers family-type are the odd Walt Disney shows he can get or re- issued shows that have been circulated before or have been on television two or t h r e a times. But with these typos of shows, very few adults attend and the children who do go to the the- atre only pay an admission of 50 cents. "If you do manage to get a good drawing movie, like The Love Story, the movie company takes a larger percentage of the gross take at the ticket window. Family or restricted, you lose both he said. "Either the movie company gets it (money) or tlie public keeps it." Mr. Schwarlzenberger said the teen group aged 18 to 21 years, which is a heavy movie- going sector of the public, is very limited in Milk River. There is nothing for them to do in Hie small town so they leave. "Since the government low- ered the drinking age, there have been very few teenagers attend the theatre he said. The actual reason for the lack of public support for many theatres may be justified but in the case of the Sunland, it is the only theatre between the U.S.-Canadn border and Leth- bridgc. There are 3-10 seals in the Milk River theatre and 75 per cent of the time there arc only 15 to 20 patrons in the building. "I don't even make back the price of the film in many he said. In tlio period of 1930 to 1037 he had three movie changes a week with one showing each night and a matinee and two [light showings Saturdays. "In those days, you had to be at the theatre early lo get a bo said. Now he has one showing Fri- day and Saturday. The rest of the week, the theatre is closed. Many claim that a bowling alley in the same building de- tracts from the movie-goers but Ihis is flatly denied by Mr. Schwartzenbcrger. "Those who bowl don't go to movies he said. Alberta Pool takeover normal By KIC SWIIIART Herald Staff Writer The controversial take-over by the Alberta Wheat Pool of the provincial grain handling facilities of Federal Grain Ltd. is having liltle affect ui Clares- holm. One of the 425 active Federal elevators in the province in- volved in the take-over is sit- uated in Claresholm and eleva- tor manager Wayne Carl re- pork all aspects of the opera- tion are running smoothly. Mr. Carl, who worked nine years previously for Federal Grain and Alberta Pacific be- fore moving to The Pool, said the take-over at Claresholm happened March 22. He said there was a 100 per cent retention of customers at the Federal elevator after the opening under the ownership of Tiie Pool. Grain shipments said good Elevator agents at the Alber- ta Wheat Pool company sites in Claresholm are going strong now with the new wheat sales and the boxcar movement out of tliis mixed agricultural cen- tre is termed excellent. Tank hopper-type grain cars leased from the U.S. are being pressed inlo service along with CP Hail tank cars and regular boxcars in order lo handle the orders from the export posi- tions on the west coast. Wayne Carl, manager of No. 2 Alberta Wheat Pool elevator in Claresholm, said the move- ment of grain cars is good with a steady rate of loading. He said he is still running behind in orders but added that he could catch up with more cars. The federal government an- nouncement of a purchase of tank cars for grain movement was readily welcomed by Mr. Carl. He said he shipped more than six tank cars in one week from the elevator and added that there was lots of room for storage in his facility. "The quit a for wheat and barley could be higher and the elevator would still hold the he said. The current 40 bushels of barley and nine bushels of wheat per assigned acre. Tractor purchase warning Buying a tractor isn't as easy as some might think, especial- ly if it is to be a used one. A good rule for bujing a used tractor is: don't buy more tractor Ihnn you need, or less than you need. When buying a used tractor the Grain Grower's Agricultur- al Engineering section suggests the following precautions. Check the tires for cuts, spUls, bulges and depth of tread. Start the engine and listen for knocks, rattles or otber noises that suggest all is not well inside the engine. Uneven cranking may mean bad valves. Make note of the elec- trlcal system that it has enough power to crank the engine rapidJy, Ho said Federal closed the elevator March 15, suggesting that if any permit books (in- dication o f farmers hauling grain to a given elevator) had been removed, it was prior to the opening under direction of The Pool. Apparently m any of Fed- eral's customers who hauled to Hie Claresbolni elevator were already members of The Pool. "Out of the former Federal business, I have signed four new members for the Alberta Wheat said Mr. Carl. "The reason is likt'ly that if they are going to haul to a wheat pool elevator, they may as well be members in order to share in the dividends and benefits." Brian Sommerville, public re- lations offi cc r for The Pool, said this i.1, a good indication of the acceptance of the change. The first take-over occurred March 17 in High Level and that very day a farmer hauled a load to the elevator, The former Federal agent at the Claresholm elevator is now assistant agent at the No. I Pool elevator in the town. This was part of the agree- ment of the sale that Alber- ta Wheat Pool would retain at least 50 per cent of Federal's employees. Mr. Sommcrville said his company has actually retained more than 70 per cent of the employees. 'The o-o ve r li as gone smoothly and everybody is happy, especially the lie said. The total elevator stock taken in the move totals 464 but about 35 of these were cleaned and vacant at the time of the change. Also Included in the change was a seed plant in Grande Prairie' and Pacific Terminals No. 1 and 2 at Vancouver. Wayne Carl seals a loaded hopper car ;