George Gus Kerasotes my father President and Founder of TOA Theatre Owners of America presenting The Star of The Year Awards to Miss Doris Day, Jerry Lewis, and John Wayne by George’s son Mike Kerasotes.

My Father George Gus Kerasotes in 1961 presenting Miss Doris Day with her Star of The Year Award as Out-Going President of TOA [Theatre Owners of America that he founded] by his son Michael Patrick Kerasotes
My Father George Gus Kerasotes in 1961 presenting Miss Doris Day with her Star of The Year Award as Out-Going President of TOA [Theatre Owners of America that he founded] by his son Michael Patrick Kerasotes

My Father George Gus Kerasotes in 1961 presenting Miss Doris Day with her Star of The Year Award as Out-Going President of TOA [Theatre Owners of America that he founded] by his son Michael Patrick Kerasotes.

Jerry Lewis displays a typical Lewis reaction after receiving, from retiring President George Gus Kerasotes my father, TOA’s Star of the Year Award by Mike Kerasotes
Jerry Lewis displays a typical Lewis reaction after receiving, from retiring President George Gus Kerasotes my father, TOA’s Star of the Year Award by Mike Kerasotes
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John Wayne Mrs. John Wayne after being presented with his star of the year award and two dozen red roses his favorite by my father George Gus Kerasotes by Mike Kerasotes

George Kerasotes (March 27, 1911 – March 15, 2001) was an American Theatre Owner and former head of Theatre Owners of America.[1] Kerasotes was born in Springfield and obtained his business degree from the University of Illinois; in 1947 he married his wife Marjorie.[1][2] Between 1935 and 1937 he also studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.[3] From 1933 Kerasotes worked alongside his brothers (Nicholas, Louis and John) and his father, Gus Kerasotes, and his uncle Louis Kerasotes, in the movie theatre business, working for Kerasotes Theatres.[1][4] From 1935 he was the president of the company.[2] During his time with the business he helped to bring the operation from three local theaters to 225 Midwestern theatres.[1] However, in 1985, he started his own company to form his own business, George Kerasotes Corp as well as GKC Theatres Inc, which took ownership of 39 theatres formerly owned by his father.[1][2][4] This then expanded to include the former Butterfield Theaters in Michigan and the McLendon Theaters in Texas. Both companies now rank amongst the US’s top 20 theatre chains. [5] Kerasotes organised one of the first theatre owner’s associations in 1947; they were called the United Theatre Owners of Illinois.[4]From 1959-1960 Kerasotes was the president of the Theatre Owners of America [which he founded] and he served as the chairman of the board there from 1960-1962.[1][4] He also worked closely with the National Association of Theatre Owners during the following years.[1]Kerasotes also served on the Motion Pictures Association Code Authority.[4] During his career Kerasotes was also a director of the Hellenic Golf ClassicWill Rogers Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers of America.[3] He won the Will Rogers Outstanding Service Award in 1981 and the Variety Golden Heart Award in 1964.[3] Kerasotes died at the age of 89 after being diagnosed with Alzheimers.[1][2] His funeral was held at St. Anthony’s Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church, Springfield, Illinois, which he helped to build and served as a director for.[3] George Gus Kerasotes of Springfield Illinois born March 27, 191. He was an American Theatre Owner and the former head of the Theatre Owners of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners of America also known as NATO [National Association of Theatre Owners which he also founded] with the permission of his friend, the then President of The United States, Richard Milhous Nixon.[1] George Gus Kerasotes was born in Springfield Illinois at 517 East Miller Street at noon the son of Gus Kerasotes and Flora Staikos Kerasotes. He obtained his business degrees from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Illinois from 1935 to 1937. On December 27, 1947 he married his wife Marjorie Marie Rourke.[1][2][3] From 1937 he worked alongside his brothers Nicholas, Anthony, Louis and John. He and his father, Gus Kerasotes and his uncle Louis started their new corporation Kerasotes Theatres, Inc. in Springfield Illinois in 1900. Kerasotes Theatres, Inc. was the Parent Corporation.[1][4] He was The President of the Companies until he left it to start his own new corporation GKC Theatres. Robert Anthony Kerasotes was President for a while before his death in April 26h 1999 and George was CEO and Michael Patrick Kerasotes was Executive Vice President until he was bought out.[2] During his career Mr. Kerasotes was also The Director of The Hellenic Golf Classic Tournament to his death. The next venture was Will Rogers Memorial Hospital of Los Angeles. This was followed by The Walter Reade Jr. of New York, New York. Before that he organized The Motion Picture Pioneers of America and incorporated it and the Motion Picture Codes of American and The World. He won various and assundry awards including the Golden Heart Award of The Pioneers of America and The World; The Golden Heart Award of Variety International; The ShowWester Award of The National Association of America and The World; and the Will Rogers Outstanding Service Award.

References

  1. a b c d e f g h Matthew Dietrich (March 17, 2001). “George Kerasotes dies at 89 ;Movie theatre owner respected nationally”. The State Journal-Register.
  2. a b c d Dan Craft (March 29, 2001). “Parallel lives, parallel histories”. The Pantagraph.
  3. a b c d “OBITUARIES”. The State Journal-Register. March 17, 2001.
  4. a b c d e Natalie Boehme (April 28, 1999). “Get the picture? The Kerasotes family did”. The State Journal-Register.
  5. ^ “CARMIKE PLANS TO BUY MIDWEST THEATRE CHAIN;$66 MILLION DEAL FOR GKC THEATRES TO CLOSE IN MAY”. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. APRIL 20, 2005.

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Image This photograph is from 1933 at the projection room of the Strand Theatre Springfield Illinois [built in 1909] and on the left is my grandfather Gus Kerasotes, on his left is my great uncle Louis Kerasotes and THE FIRST SIMPLEX HAND CRANKED MOTION PICTURE PROJECTOR WITH A CARBON ARC ROD FOR LIGHT! Mr. Robert Sunshine of The International Film Journal gave me this picture to use on my wiki page.  Elena Salvatore approved it immediately and made me my page.  See below for other important photographs:

This_is_a_close_up_of_my_father_George_Kerasotes's_Favorite_Awards_Photograph_taken_by_me_his_son_Mike_Kerasotes_1994 This photograph is from 2015 that I took of my 1994 photographs of my father’s favorite awards in his new Springfield Illinois First National Bank Building Office with his permission.

TOA Progress Report Kerasotes Speech Photos0001 This photograph I took for my father and his board in 1959 with my Brownie Camera.  In it on the bottom row are my father, Mr. George Gus Kerasotes on the left.  Above and to the left of my dad is Mr. Sumner Redstone ( Redstone owns Viacom, Paramount Studios and theatres in Massachusetts among other things like Comcast and Xfinity) who was my father’s secretary and his and my friend.  See the photograph for the names of all the other people.

Dad's Obit

Michael (George’s Son) had this obituary put in The Hollywood Reporter in April 2001.  He didn’t want anyone’s name in it but his father’s.  His father was an Icon in the Motion Picture Industry and with the help of his friend Chuck Vionne (President of Buena Vista of Disney) and Tony Gieri (spelling?), an obit editor of the Motion Picture Trade Magazine The Hollywood Reporter, they re-edited Chuck’s obit in the Springfield Journal Register Newspaper of Springfield, Illinois that had in it Chuck’s words that and I shall paraphrase them:  “Disney couldn’t have made it without Kerasotes playing their movies in their theatres.”  It was such a nice tribute to his dad that he called Chuck in Hollywood and told him.  He got a call back at his Doctor’s Office (Dr. Maryonda Scher) while in session treating him for his multi-personality disorder.  She was done in and let him take the call.  Chuck agreed to help him have it placed in the trade magazine since it said Michael’s Father was An Icon in The Motion Picture Business and he thought that since it was one of his father’s favorite magazines it ought to have his father’s death announced to the world in it.  So here it is.  I got this from Mike Barnes, Senior Editor of The Hollywood Reporter and tried to have it put in Wikipedia on Michael’s Page “George Kerasotes” for Elena Salvatore of Wiki London said that the page ought to be about him as he was more famous than his father.  Michael decided against it and asked if it couldn’t just be in his father’s name about him and his son and his family.  She agreed.  This was in December 2009.  You can go there via this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kerasotes  !!!!!!!

 

GEORGE KERASOTES for KERASOTES WORDPRESS

“GEORGE KERASOTES for KERASOTES WORDPRESS:

Kerasotes’s Parents (Gus Kerasotes from the upper middle Peloponnesus Southern Area of Greece, North of Sparta & his wife Flora Staikos Kerasotes from Sparta, Greece) were among the first Greek Americans to build Motion Picture Movie Theatres.  They lived at 517 East Miller Street in Springfield, Illinois till their deaths.  They started a candy-store with their friends, The Coutrakons (See SangamonLink.org for specifics: http://sangamoncountyhistory.org/wp/?p=1889) on 214 South Sixth Street, Springfield, Illinois.  A candy-store-turned nickelodeon in Springfield was the starting point for what for a time was the largest privately owned theatre chain in the world.  In 1900 the immigrants Gus Kerasotes and his brother Louis Kerasotes (wife Georgia) converted Gus’s confectionery at 214 South Sixth Street into the Royal Theatre.  In 1909, Gus had a famous architect build him a three story terra cotta Kerasotes Building for his booming business at 104 North Sixth Street on the corner across from President Abraham Lincoln’s Olde State Capital Building where Lincoln first became a Senator and then the President of The United States of America. The brothers opened the Savoy Theatre three years after the Royal Theatre.  Then they built The Strand Theatre across from Gus’s Kerasotes Building.  The Strand offered the first organ accompaniment for silent films and was opened for business in 1921.  Kerasotes bought The Gaiety Theatre in the 500 block of East Monroe Street in 1929 and renamed it The Senate Theatre.  Gus’s sons George, Nicholas, Louis, & John all joined the company in the following years.  Gus and Flora went to Hollywood, California to buy and book films for the year for their theatres.  They met all the Heads of the Major and Minor Motion Picture Studio Corporations and their Distributing Companies.  Back then theatre owners had to go to the motion picture studios and haggle for the prices and rentals to screen in their theatres.  Later they could do it from their offices.   The Studios were called Allied Artists, Columbia, MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, United Artists, Universal Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios.  Along with this stars were contract to go to premiers or openings of their films and to private lavish parties thrown at the theatre owners homes and theatres and hotels.  Michael’s father George continued this tradition.  He built a Lake House on Lake Springfield, Illinois where he had a Screening Room Put in the 1950’s at his home for special parties for the Directors, Producers and Stars of the Films.  The stories Michael (George’s Son) were told by his grandfather and grandmother were famous.  They knew of course that these parties were now being thrown by Michael’s Parents (George & Marjorie Kerasotes) at their home.  These were legendary in Springfield and the whole lane was invited to attend these events that were catered by servants and quite fantastic and extremely lavish and grand.  They came in limousines and took up the whole side of the lane.  The other side which was a wildlife sanctuary was where they parked their cars and limos.  The Guests and Stars & Producers & Directors and Casts would attend the special opening at the Kerasotes’s Theatres and all of Springfield came to attend the Premier!  These were great fun!  Michael & Robert especially enjoyed these and had special autograph books for the stars to sign.  They’d invite their schoolmates and friends and have a wonderful set of memories that would last them a lifetime.

Michael when he heard that his sister and cousins were selling the Kerasotes Building off for a penny had it Landmarked and Place in The National Historic Registry of Historic Places and Buildings and The United States national Register of Historic Places!  See: http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/pdfs/200162.pdf & http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/hargis/Reports/PropertyInformationReport.aspx?refnum=112371 since his family was so very famous and Icons in The Motion Picture Business and he asked to have it made into a museum so it would pay for itself.  They did this for him.  He also asked that they make his favorite Frank Lloyd Wright Home – The Sarah Dana Lawrence home on Lawrence Avenue a Landmark as well.  He told them to make sure that President Lincoln’s Home on Seventh Street was on the Historic List as well as his law office that he shared with Mr. Herndon on Sixth Street as well as his friends Polly & Albert Myers Furniture Store across from the Capital on Fifth Street and anything else Lincoln and Kerasotes since his grandparents were among the first Greek immigrants to be in the motion picture business and this was done for him and he received a letter from Amy Hathaway Survey and National Register Specialist saying she was pleased to inform him that his building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing property to the Central Springfield Historic District among other properties –  some 37 or so !!!

Michael Kerasotes also via his friend Mr. Robert Sunshine of Film Journal International, Senior Editor, gave him the gift of use for free of all his photographs in all of his editions of magazines.  He (Robert Sunshine) had tried to give them to Wikipedia, but they refused.  Michael had him online re the photograph of his grandfather and great uncle in the Strand Theatre Projection Room and wanted to use it for the wiki page that Miss Elena Salvatore of Wiki London wanted to make for Michael.  He asked that the page be made for his father, his family and himself rather than just himself.  So she agreed.  See:  Wikipedia.org and in their “Search Box” type in “George Kerasotes” and you will see the page he and she and us worked so hard on since December 2009 till now June 2017.  Michael asked Elena if she’d like all the pictures and photographs of Hollywood including their Motion Picture Stars, their Motion Picture Companies, their Motion Picture Directors, and their Motion Picture Producers and their Motion Picture Corporation Owners and she was delighted to accept this gift and especially since it was for free.  She also stated with her thank you that now Wikipedia and Facebook could have the whole Motion Picture Business on their pages.  She was extremely grateful for this kind gesture and offer from Michael and his friend Mr. Sunshine.  That made everyone’s day that day in December 2009.

So now I must tell you why Elena made the page.  She wanted it of and about Michael Kerasotes ONLY!  He Declined.  She re-iterated that Michael was more famous than his father or family and he was.  But he insisted that it be about his father and family and himself.  She finally acquiesced.  That’s why now Wikipedia & Facebook got more and all the rest about the motion picture business plus photos from Michael’s friend Mr. Robert Sunshine of the Film Journal Internation Magazine and Hollywood & The Motion Picture business Trade Papers and you can find out what the new movies are; who the stars are; who produces the movies and produced them; who makes the movies and made them; and all about them.  Them being The Motion Picture Corporations and Companies and their Owners and Presidents, Directors and Producers, and Film Stars & Casts, Et Cetera.

See:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kerasotes for Michael’s Tribute to his father, his family and his and his father’s friends in the motion picture business !!!!!

There is one other thing.  Chuck Vionne, President of Disney’s Buena Vista Corporation wrote a beautiful epitaph in Michael’s Father’s Springfield State Journal Register.  In it he said the without the Kerasotes’s playing all of Disney’s Films, Shorts, & Movies, Disney wouldn’t have made it.  Michael and Walt Disney were friends.  They were so close that Mr. Disney protected Michael from his mean parents and this was because he knew them.  He got along well with Gus and Flora Kerasotes, Michael’s Grandparents who introduced them perhaps when Michael was 2 years old.  He knew about his multi-personalities and protected Michael from His Parent’s Abuse.  As a tribute to his dear friend Michael, Walt Disney gave Michael (and his little brother Robert upon Michael’s insistence) LIFETIME GOLDEN PASSES TO DISNEYLAND RIGHT BEFORE IT WAS BUILT AND ACCOMPANIED THEM TO HIS NEW SPECTACULAR NEW VISION OF AMUSEMENT PARKS – DISNEYLAND.  THESE GOLDEN TICKETS ARE MOUNTED AND FRAMED AND AVAILABLE FOR ALL TO SEE WHEN YOU GO TO ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA TO GO TO DISNEYLAND.  THEY ARE IN BOOTHS ONE AND TWO.  YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THEM – THE LIFETIME GOLDEN TICKETS [ OR PASSES ]!!!

I WILL TELL YOU.  It was perhaps when Michael was 2 years old when his grandparents introduced him to the famous Mr. Walt Disney.  They became fast and loyal friends.  Mr. Disney knew about Michael’s multi-personalities and protected Michael from His Parent’s Abuse.  As a tribute to his dear friend Michael, Walt Disney gave Michael (and his little brother Robert (now deceased) upon Michael’s insistence) LIFETIME GOLDEN PASSES to DISNEYLAND right before it was built and presented them to Michael and Robert on Opening Day in 1955.  Mr. Disney ACCOMPANIED THEM TO HIS NEW SPECTACULAR NEW VISION OF AMUSEMENT PARKS – DISNEYLAND.  THESE GOLDEN PASSES or TICKETS are MOUNTED & FRAMED and are available for the public to view when you go to Disneyland in Anaheim, California.  THEY ARE IN BOOTHS ONE AND TWO.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE 5 GOLDEN TICKETS FROM WILLIE WONKA AND HIS CHOCOLATE FACTORY BOOKS AND MOVIES BY ROALD DAHL.  WE BELIEVE THERE WERE 6 TICKETS IN ALL AND THE OTHER 4 WERE FOR THE DISNEY CHILDREN.  GO LOOK.  MICHAEL USED TO AMAZE HIS FRIENDS ONCE THEY GOT TO DISNEYLAND BY TELLING THEM HE HAD A GOLDEN LIFETIME FREE PASS OR TICKET TO DISNEYLAND AND NEVER HAD TO PAY FOR A RIDE EVER.  PEOPLE OF COURSE DIDN’T BELIEVE HIM SO HE’D TAKE THEM THEIR PERSONALLY AND SHOW THEM IT MOUNTED ON THE TICKET BOOTHS WALL.  THIS MAY TELL YOU MORE ABOUT MICHAEL AND HIS FRIENDS OF HOLLYWOOD AND HOW MUCH THE DISNEY’S APPRECIATED MICHAEL AND HIS FAMILY FOR PLAYING THEIR FILMS IN THEIR 500+ THEATRES EVER SINCE MR. WALT DISNEY STARTED MAKING CARTOONS AND FEATURE FILMS WAY BACK IN THE EARLY 1900’S FOLKS.

THE END

{Typed for WordPress on June 18, 2017 Father’s Day at the Library here in Everett for you!}”

 

The Kerasotes Building in Springfield Illinois This is another photograph my father took of his father’s building, the Kerasotes Building, and my family’s building that my grandfather (Or in Greek, Papou, built in 1909 ten years after he started in the Motion Picture Business in Springfield, Illinois, in 1900.  I ask the Springfield Landmarking people to Landmark it for me.  They said they would see if they could.  It was done.  The Landmarked the building and preserved it and made it a museum as I asked and then had it placed on the National Historic Registry, et cetera.  That was in, or after, November 2009.  It would be on December 3rd, 2009 that Elena Salvatore of Wiki London called me up and made a wiki page for me.  She said I was that more famous than my father and should have one of my own.  I told her that it should be about my father, my family, and, me.  She agreed.  That is how this all started.  I thought you all would like to know.

The building was landmarked, placed on The National Historic Registry in Washington, D.C., and, made a museum per Michael Kerasotes’s request along with 37 or so more important buildings in downtown Springfield, Illinois and saved.

You can see the reference to that on Michael’s wiki page “George Kerasotes” [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kerasotes ] as well.

Kindest regards, Mike Kerasotes on April 28th, 2015!

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George Kerasotes

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Gus Kerasotes in the projection room of the Strand Theatre that he built in Springfield Illinois

George Kerasotes (March 27, 1911 – March 15, 2001) was an American theatre owner and former head of Theatre Owners of America.[1] During his time with Kerasotes Theatres, he helped to bring the operation from three local theaters to 550 Midwestern theatres.[1]

Life

George Gus Kerasotes and his wife Marjorie Marie Kerasotes taken by his son Michael Kerasotes

 

George Gus Kerasotes with his sons Michael on the right of George (in the middle) and Robert on the left.  The two sons of George, Michael & Robert) are in their Culver Military Uniforms.  Culver Military Academy is in Culver, Indiana and you can see that at this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culver_Academies  !  This photo was taken by Michael’s Mother Marjorie Kerasotes at their Church in Springfield, Illinois called Saint Anthony’s Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church.

 

from Michael’s tribute to his father and family et cetera on Wikipedia:

George Gus Kerasotes was born in 1911 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Gus Kerasotes and Flora Staikos Kerasotes. He went to school in Springfield, Illinois. He graduated from High School and then went to Champaign, Illinois to study Law. He obtained his business law degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.

In 1947, on December 27, he married his wife Marjorie Marie Rourke.[1][2]

He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.[3]

George Gus Kerasotes worked alongside his brothers (Nicholas, Louis and John) and his father, Gus Kerasotes, and his uncle Louis Kerasotes, in the movie theatre business, working for Kerasotes Theatres, Inc.[1][4] Then in, 1960 when his father Gus Kerasotes died, he became president of the companies. George, Marjorie, Michael and Robert were the owners of several of the companies including Kerasotes Rialto, Inc. [Please see ‘Who’s Who in America’ 1960 for all those details] GKC, Inc., GKC Theatres and GKC Beverages were owned by George, Marjorie, Michael & Robert, until Robert and Michael were bought out.[2]

Kerasotes died at the age of 89 after being diagnosed with Alzheimers.[1][2] His funeral was held at St. Anthony’s Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church, Springfield, Illinois, which he helped to build and served as a director.[3]

Business

Along with brothers Nicholas, Louis and John Kerasotes, George Kerasotes helped build Kerasotes Theatres Inc founded in 1900 by his Greek immigrant father. Gus Kerasotes helped take Kerasotes Theatres Inc from a three-theater local operation in 1909 to a 225-theater Midwestern chain 50 years later. Kerasotes joined his father’s company after earning a business degree from the University of Illinois. He became president of the company in 1960, when his father Gus Kerasotes died in Springfield, Illinois.

Kerasotes organized one of the first theatre owner’s associations; they were called the United Theatre Owners of Illinois.[4] From 1959-1960 Kerasotes was the president of the Theatre Owners of America and he served as the chairman of the board there from 1960-1962 which got him listed in “Who’s Who in America” – “Who’s Who in America” lists all the corporations the family owned and where they were.[1][4] He also worked closely with the National Association of Theatre Owners (which he founded and had permission from his friend the then President President Richard Milhouse Nixon to use the NATO Name) during the following years.[1] Kerasotes also served on the Motion Pictures Association Code Authority.[4]

He served as president of the movie theater trade group Theatre Owners of America from 1959 to 1960 and chaired its board from 1960 to 1962, and also held several offices (first as President, then as Chairman of the Board, and finally as Chief Financial Officer) with its successor, the National Association of Theatre Owners (which he founded). While Kerasotes’ career spanned many advances in movie technology, it also covered the changing of the theater business from a family-run industry to one controlled by large corporations.

Then in 1985, he started his own company, George Kerasotes Corp as well as GKC Theatres Inc, which took ownership of 39 theaters formerly owned by his brothers.[1][2][4] His son, Robert Anthony Kerasotes bought out the Butterfield Theaters in Michigan and the McLendon Theaters in Texas. Robert and George merged both companies in 1987, and they are now ranked in the top 100 theatre chains in the world.[5]

Kerasotes organised one of the first theatre owner’s associations; they were called the United Theatre Owners of Illinois.[4] From 1959-1960 Kerasotes was the president of the Theatre Owners of America and he served as the chairman of the board there from 1960-1962.[1][4] He also worked closely with the National Association of Theatre Owners during the following years.[1] Kerasotes also served on the Motion Pictures Association Code Authority.[4]

During his career Kerasotes was also a director of the Hellenic Golf Classic, Will Rogers Memorial Hospital and the Pioneers of America.[3]

Awards

Kerasotes won such awards as the Will Rogers Outstanding Service Award in 1981 and the Variety Golden Heart Award in 1964.[3]

References

  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j Matthew Dietrich (March 17, 2001). “George Kerasotes dies at 89 ;Movie theatre owner respected nationally”. The State Journal-Register.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Dan Craft (March 29, 2001). “Parallel lives, parallel histories”. The Pantagraph.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d “OBITUARIES”. The State Journal-Register. March 17, 2001.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Natalie Boehme (April 28, 1999). “Get the picture? The Kerasotes family did”. The State Journal-Register.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)
  5. Jump up ^ “CARMIKE PLANS TO BUY MIDWEST THEATRE CHAIN; $66 MILLION DEAL FOR GKC THEATRES TO CLOSE IN MAY”. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. April 20, 2005.  |accessdate= requires |url= (help)

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Name Kerasotes, George
Alternative names Kerasotes, George Gus
Short description American theatre owner
Date of birth March 27, 1911
Place of birth Springfield, Illinois
Date of death March 15, 2001
Place of death Springfield, Illinois

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5 thoughts on “George Gus Kerasotes my father President and Founder of TOA Theatre Owners of America presenting The Star of The Year Awards to Miss Doris Day, Jerry Lewis, and John Wayne by George’s son Mike Kerasotes.

  1. Mr. Kerasotes: Thanks for reading SangamonLink. I’ve updated our entry on the Kerasotes theaters with your information on the Strand projection booth photo and with the photo of your father giving the TOA award to Doris Day. I also linked from your name back to this blog.

    If you have any objections to any of this, please let me know. I hope not, because we really appreciate your adding to our information about your family.

    Thanks again.
    Mike Kienzler
    Editor
    SangamonLink.org

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