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Dickinson Theaters exec Paul Edward Kelly died March 30 of Alzheimer’s disease at the home of his son in Kansas City, Kan. He was 83.

A native of Ogden, Kan., Kelly was one of the first employees of Dickinson Theaters, joining the then-small circuit in 1933 as a theater manager. He was VP and treasurer at the time of his retirement in 1982.

His entire business career was with the circuit, and in later years he supervised refurbishing, remodeling and new building as the circuit expanded into more than 125 screens in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

He was president of the United Motion Picture Assn. and co-sponsor of the Intl. Show-A-Rama convention in 1974. During the 26 years in which Show-A-Rama was held, Kelly was an inveterate worker behind the scenes and was highly regarded within the industry for his expertise in handling the nuts and bolts of staging the event.

Kelly’s late wife Virginia also had a long career with Dickinson as a film booker. He is survived by a brother, sister, son, daughter and three grandchildren.