Music Hall, Rockettes
given one-year reprieve
NEW YORK (AP) — Il was Just after midnight
— 36 Rockettes had turned in their sequined
slippers and were preparing to move from chorus
line to unemployment line.
But there were no pumpkins. "We're in
business," announced ballet captain Rosemary
Novellino. "Radio City Music Hall has been
saved." -'-- .■'.-.
In eleventh-hour bargaining between Rockefeller Center Inc., owners of the 6,000-seat show-
place, and the state's Urban Development Corp.,
New York state agreed to foot the bill for one year
The art deco palace, which had been scheduled
to Close after its final Easter show Wednesday
night, has lost millions of dollars in recent years
because of declining attendance. Rockefeller Center predicted the theater will be $3.5 million in tbe
red this year.
Under the agreement, Radio City Music Hall
will be open today. The Easter show, featuring the
high-kicking Rockettes, and tbe film "Crossed
Swords," will run until a new stage show is readied.
"It's a relief of tension," said Kita Bouroff, a
music hall singer for six years. She stood quietly
weeping after the agreement was announced at a
party held for the Rockettes one floor below the
famed Rainbow Room in the adjacent RCA Building.
"We've been since January fighting against all
odds. We stood out In the cold getting signatures
on petitions. Everybody did everything together
— cashiers, ushers, projectionists, they all pulled
The terms of the agreement provide for Rockefeller Center to manage the facility during the
next year. The state has allocated $500,000 to help
cover operating costs during the interim period,
and another $2 million in standby money.
The state put up an additional $200,000 to fund a
non-profit UDC subsidiary, to be headed by Lt.
Gov. Mary Anne Krupsak, which will'study ways
to provide revenue for the music hall. One proposal calls for a 20-story office tower to be built over
the six-story theater.
The interior of the
world's largest stage.
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Radio City Music Hall Rocbette Phyllis Wnjko
yells with delight after announcement that a way
had been found to keep Radio City Music Hall-
Karen Quinlan aliv
after 3 years in co
Movie rights bought
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS has paid
$35 million for; the rights to show
the Civil War saga "Gone With the
Wind" 20 times in the next 20 years, -
the largest fee ever paid for the
television rights to a movie.
'Bedpan watch' fails
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A
Portsmouth man who has been
unable to cough up or otherwise
produce a stolen diamond ring he
swallowed last week has been
charged with grand larceny.
A detective who had assumed
that a "bedpan watch" would produce the ring in a few days grew
weary of waiting for the evidence
and served" the warrant Wednesday on David Abbott, 24.
The ring was taken from a
Churchland area apartment ear
ly last week.
Detective Jim Widdifield said
tbat when he approached Abbott
to question him last Wednesday,
Abbott swallowed the $1,500 ring.
X-rays taken at Chesapeake
General Hospital disclosed the
ring had lodged in Abbott's intes
tinal tract, Widdifield said. Al
bott has agreed to have add:
tlonal X-rays made of his abdomen, and even undergo surgery
if necessary, to remove the ring,
KAREN ANN QUINLAN
... still living
Lena Home says It's "a matter of
geneology," that at age 80 she has
been named one ef America's II
most beautiful women. "My nether
was a gnat beauty."
Latest figures from the Bureau of tahor
Statistics, show that among the 10 largest
states in population Texas has the smallest percentage of unemployment. 4.7 percent of the total work force in March. New
York had the highest unemployment rate,
ERA proponents zero in on Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, III. (AP) — Time
is running out on the Equal Rights
Amendment. With less than a year
until the March 22, 1979. deadline
for ratification, its supporters have
zeroed in on Illinois with money,
lobbyists ana volunteers to try tc
win over the only major Northern
holdout state — heeding signs that
the proposed constitutional amendment to ban sex discrimination is
Grate on Bette
HOLLYWOOD (AP) — "Nuts to growing old,"
says actress Bette Davis, who turned 70 on
"Don't you ever believe that life begins at 40 or
that it's wonderful to be 70. I'd give anything to be
30 again. Every so often somebody asks me if I've
„ had my face lifted. I always tell them, 'Would I
look like this if I did?'"
Miss Davis, who has spent 47 years in films,
appeared In three films during the past year:
Disney's "Return Prom Witch Mountain," the television film "Harvest Home" and the all-star Agatha Christie mystery "Death on the Nile," her 85th
About her everpresent cigarettes: "The only
thing I worry about Is dying without a cigarette in
my mouth. People have suggested that I give up
smoking, to which I answer, 'Whatever for?'"
Betie Davis, shown In a 1977 photo, celebrated
her 70th birthday Wednesday. 'It's just another
birthday. A big one, I'll admit, but I don't believe in
birthdays,' she said.
Rob Reiner free of family
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rob Reiner, who recently
left "All m the Family," stars in "Free Country," a
comedy series for ABC.
Reiner will play a dual role, as a young immigrant
at the turn of the century and as the immigrant in his
80s. As the elderly immigrant he sets the stage and
concludes each episode.
Mayor cancels TV appearance
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Mayor Dennis J. Kucinich
canceled a televised state-of-the-city address scheduled
lor Thursday, saying he did not want to appear to be
trying to influence a recall petition drive against him.
The recall drive was set off by his dismisal of Police
Chief Richard D. Hongisto and subsequent allegations of
abuse of power. The mayor has apparently gotten into
futhur trouble by calling the 33 City Council members "a
bunch of buffoons."