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 Miss Addie Lee Pickus took for me of my father and his board in 1959 with my Brownie Camera.  In it on the bottom row are my father, Mr. Albert Pickus and Mr. Edgar Hoover’s son.  Above and to the left of my dad is Mr. Sumner Redstone who was my father’s secretary and friend.  See the photograph for other people.

The Kerasotes Building in Springfield Illinois This photograph my Uncle Nick Kerasotes took in 1958 of my family’s building that my grandfather or papou built in 1909 ten years after he started in the Motion Picture Business in Springfield Illinois.  I ask the Springfield Landmarking people to Landmark it for me.  They said they would see if they could.  I told them to contact my Uncle Johnny Kerasotes and they said they would.  That was in 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 famous and should have one.  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.  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

George Gus Kerasotes with his sons

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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