Bleary-eyed from 3-D and other new projection systems, and suffering from the collywobbles of TV competition, some 1,000 movie theater owners met in Chicago's Conrad Hilton Hotel last week to look into a fourth dimension: the future. What they saw depended on who was in the projection booth.

Twentieth Century-Fox President Spyros P. Skouras, there to boost Cinema-Scope, flashed a gloomy picture on the screen. Said he: "Over 6.000 theaters have been closed since 1946. Don't be misled. What happened to those people can happen to you . . . Television is the...

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