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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • 15

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"1 1 OFFICIAL OPENING EA RIDEAU ST. nor NELSON a- Telephone 3-8803 at 8 p.m. Monday February 10th. TRE NELSON 1' Is FIRST TIME IN OTTAWA 4TH WEEK AT INTERNATIONAL CINEMA, TORONTO For Our Opening Offering We Are Proud To Present laS Our Policy Continuous performance daily from 1.00 to 11.30 p.m. Smoking permitted in Loges OUR POPULAR PRICES Johnny Frenchman' ilofy Youna.

Toronto Gloot and Mail: Paul Dupuia has everything to put him richt up among tht top stars of the screen. Helen Allen, Toronto Teleoram: Something rather special in the way 6f entertainment. Jack Karr, Toronto Star: You will go into testacies over this picture. Herbert Whittaker. Montreal Gazette: Beautifully told with richness of humor and variety of mood.

Syd Johnion, Montreal Star: It la the kind of thin that English film-makers do beet. MATINEE Orchestra 25c Smoking Loges 35c Children 12c EVENING Orchestra Smoking Loges Children Sic 41c PUJA All prica include Tax Advance 8 ale Opens 1.00 p.m. Monday for Grand Opening Perform nc 'X? romance as Tv alluring as the ii- they both love I ri If tx-- ia I iJlJ I 1 When the new Nelson Theatre, at Rideau and Nelson streets, opens its doors to the public on Monday evening, the most modern theatre in Canada will be made available to residents of Ottawa. Every post-war development in the design and equipment of theatres has been incorporated into the new Nelson Theatre. The auditorium is completely air-conditioned, and air being constantly circulated.

The water is obtained from 500 foot well dug immediately under the theatre. The system is capable of a complete change of air every five minutes. Speed of the fans is hydraulically controlled, which can be adjusted for every season of the year. All air circulated passes through filters for purification. Smoking loges have been provided for the comfort and convenience Of those who prefer a smoke with their, entertainment.

The "smoking" Section of the auditorium has an independent exhaust system for the removal of smoke and to prevent discomfort to non-smokers in the orchestra seats. Seats are the finest and most comfortable procurable, are of modern artistic design, and are constructed with non-tire cushions and roomy backs. There are 1000 seats in the new Nelson, 720 designated as orchestra seats, and the remaining 280 in the smoking loges. All seats are so placed as to give an excellent and unimpaired view of the screen. In the orchestra a sharp slope assures that no neck-craning will be necessary in order to see over the head of the person in front.

In the loges, seats are stepped, once again assuring complete, clear and uninterrupted vision. Safety, comfort and convenience have been the keynote hv the design of the new theatre, while these factors have not distracted from artistic features. The floors are a triumph in design, done in Terrazo, and executed by Mel Duri. This will be particularly noticeable in the lobby where a pleasing effect has been obtained. Special attention has been paid to lighting, and is modern and very effective in every respect.

Neon indirect lighting suffuses the auditorium, foyer and lobby with a soft glow. To ensure the best in sound, the theatre has been treated accoustically to provide clarity and complete freedom from echo. An innovation is Jhe candy bar, conveniently' placed in the lobby for the convenience of patrons where they may obtain their favorite sweets, cigarettes, popcorn and other needs. The Grand Opening will take place at 8 o'clock on Monday evening. Commencing Tuesday, a continuous policy will be inaugurated with doors opening at 1 o'clock, continuing until 11.30 p.m.

A feature of the opening ceremonies will be the presentation bv Mayor Stanley Lewis of the $100.00 cash prize in the "Theatre Name Selection Contest" to Mrs. J. H. Ooyette of Henderson avenue. More than 4.000 sufffcested names No better choice of a screen attraction for the opening of the new Nelson Theatre could have been selected than "Johnny Frenchman" which will have its first Ot'a presentation on Monday evening, bringing together, as it does, the two great peoples of Canada.

"Johnny Frenchman" is the story of the age-old rivalry between the Cornish and the Breton fisherfolk, and the action is laid on the south coast of England and the Breton coast of France. Twelve weeks were spent at Mevagissey during the shooting of the exteriors of the film. French refugees were used For many important sequences, and they speak in their native tongue." With this exception, all of the dialogue is in English. The famous French actress, Francoise Rosay, plays the leading role in the production, the character of the leader of the Breton fisherfolk who have an inconvenient habit of poaching on the Cornish fishing grounds. Francoise Rosay is considered one of the greatest French actresses of all times, and of recent years has become an international star.

Of more interest to Canadians, however, is the fact that "Johnny Frenchman" is the vehicle in which Canadian-born Paul Dupuis made his screen debut, and was his stepping stone to stardom. Presentation of "Johnny Frenchman" in Ottawa has current interest, inasmuch as only this week announcement was made that Paul Dupuis was again leaving Canada for England, there to make at least two more pictures for the J. Arthur Rank organization. Paul Dupuis was the young Canadian, overseas during the war with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, who was chosen by Michael Balcon, producer of "Johnny Frenchman," to play the part of the son of the leader of the French fishermen. His success was Immediate, and since release of the film both in Canada and other countries there been a steadily increasing demand for more pictures with this attractive young French-Canadian.

Lovely Patricia Roc is cast as the daughter of the leader of English fisherman, played by Tom Walls, famed London comedian. Patricia Roc has steadily gained ground in fopularity with Canadian audiences, and her performance "Johnny Frenchman" has brought forth exceedingly high praise. A highlight is the wrestling match between the sons of the two leaders, which had been arranged on the French coast. During the tussle one of the combatants breaks a leg, and the old rivalry is on again. "Johnny Frenchman" will prove a delight to both English-speaking and French-speaking Canadians, who prefer wholesome comedy mixed with their romance and action.

There is a generous portion of each in this production. "Johnny Frenchman" is the first of a series of outstanding Eroductions from the studios of J. Arthur Rank which will ave their first run engagement at the new Nelson Theatre. On the same program with "Johnny Frenchman," an added attraction will be "Farewell Britain," a timely topic in view of the recent announcement that the last Canadian troops are leaving England for their homeland. "Farewell Britain" shows the old land during the Canadian troops' enforced sojourn there and familiar scenes since their departure for home.

Total receipts from the rental of "Farewell Britain" are blng donated by the J. Arthur Rank organitation to the War Amputations Association in Canada. Other attractions on a sterling opening program are "Colour in Clay," a descriptive picturization of the pottery industry, and a coloured cartoon "Cagey Birds." NOTE: Passes given to contestants of "Same Contest" cannot be accepted on opening night. tJW' ft it a it 5 "Nelson" was were entered in the contest from which chosen. e'ia chui imno AN lAHNS STUOlOt riOOUCTlON tll HON OlSTRItUTIOM The Nelson Theatre will be under the management of Berlin, assisted by Marcel Chattrand.

Added Hi .11 Farewell Britain" 'Colour In Clay1 Stanley G. Brookes Colour Cartoon "Cagey Birds" Fascinating description of the pottery industry. (In Technicolor) Timely, as the last Canadian troops leave Britain. General Theatre Supply Co. 9 Theatrical Equipment Bond St.

Toronto Electrical Contractor ONTARIO 318 Rideau St. QUEBEC The Building, Decorating and Installations of the Nelson Theatre were completed by these advertisers: DeSpirt Mosaic Marble Co. Marble, Mosaic, Terrazzo, Tile, Glass 18 Pretoria Ave. 2-0620 Independent Coal Lumber Co. Ltd.

Coal Coke Fuel Oil Builders Supplies St Home Insulation Office 2-1785 88 Bank St. Yard 8-0495 Hobb's Glass Ltd. "We build modern store fronts" 300 LisgarSt. Harry Hayley Cinder Block and Cement Products Hurdman's Road 3-7769 H. G.

Francis Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors 506 Gladstone Ave. 4-9088 B. D. Construction Brick and Masonry Contractors PHONE 3-8503 Kaplan Sprachman Architects 305 Dundas St. W.

Toronto Ottawa Iron Works Ltd. Ornamental Iron, Aluminum and Chrome Work Fabricated and Erected 96 Nelson St. 3-7240 Dominion Structural Steel LIMITED Head Office: Montreal Branches: Toronto 316 Somerset St. OTTAWA 5-7237 BELLFOY PERIARD Concrete Contractors 65 BAIRD ST. 3-6840 AIR CONDITIONING ENGINEERING CO.

Air Conditioning Equipment 1104 BAY ST. TORONTO RAINBOW NEON SIGNS Indirect Lighting Neon Signs and Marquee 206 Murray St. 3-8688 W. A. RANKIN Hardware 410 BANK ST.

2-4241 James Davidson's Sons "Everything In Lumber" Wellington St. Cor. Rochester 8-0214 Another TtSS OIL BURNER InjUlled. Serviced nd Fueled by PARFIELD OILS LTD. 64 McArthur Road, Eastview 3-4025 A.

LASCELLES, Jr. Metal Lathing Hurdman's Bridge NAP FAUTEUX Painting and Decorating 8-3185 3 Fairmont 8-1356 L. BERTHELOTTE Plastering and Stucco 76 Bourque Hull 4-6509 THE OTTAWA CITIZEN 15.

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