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AN ELVIS-LIKE PERSONAGE WILL APPEAR EACH NIGHT AFTER `TENDER’ SHOWINGS

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Elvis Presley is performing live on the stage of the Avalon Theater nightly after showings of Presley's first movie, the 1956 Western "Love Me Tender."

OK, it's really Elvis impersonator "Gerald." (But it is the real Elvis up there on the movie screen!)As Elvis, Gerald sings more than a dozen Elvis hits and talks about The King in between sets.

"Love Me Tender" is a black-and-white drama set in Texas after the Civil War, about three brothers fighting over loot they've managed to obtain during their service. They also do their share of scrapping over the affections of Debra Paget.

The film affords audiences an opportunity to see Presley's early screen charisma and his natural acting ability - something he wasn't called upon to provide for very many of the films that followed.

"Love Me Tender" shows at 7 p.m. nightly (except Sunday), with Gerald performing after the film.

On Saturday, world-famous hypnotist Vandermeide will perform his hypnotism and comedy show - in its 21st week at the Avalon - at 9:30 p.m. Billed as "Europe's Fastest Hypnotist," the Dutch-born Vandermeide (now a Salt Lake resident) puts a stage full of participants under his spell within 15 minutes for his weekly show.

For further information, phone the Avalon, 266-0258.