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submitted by George Poulos on 18.10.2004

Cinema Research 6: Appendix 6: Greek-Australian Cinema Exhibitors - Their degree of (social) involvement within their towns.

During the 1990's KEVIN CORK undertook extensive research into cinema's in Australia.

Tragically, he died before completing his work, but most of the chapters of his Thesis, were completed.

His wife and children have kindly given permission for his work to be reproduced.

Most Australian's would be unaware of the degree to which Greeks, and particularly Kytherian Greeks dominated cinema ownership in Australia - especially in New South Wales.

This is Appendix 6 of Kevin Cork's previously unpublished Ph.D thesis.

In Appendix 6, Kevin Cork attempted to determine the degree of involvement in the towns of their adoptiion, that each of the 66 Greek, and Greek-Kytherian cinema owners, he chose to be the subject of his study.

He managed, whilst writing his Ph.D to follow most until their demise, or their return to Greece.

The importance of the Hellenic and Kytherian contribution to Australian cinema ownership and history is clearly demonstrated in Appendix 6.

It is difficult to know how to pass on to Kytherians the results of Kevin Cork's important research's.

In the end, I felt that the results should be passed on in the most extensive way - i.e. in full re-publication of all Chapter's and Appendices.

Eventually all Chapters and Appendices will appear on the kythera-family web-site.

Other entries can be sourced by searching under "Cork" on the internal search engine.

I have also placed him under People, subsection, High Achievers, for reasons that become obvious once you have read the contents of his thesis.

You will notice that information for some entries is incomplete. If you can provide information that will complete such entries please post to the kythera-family web-site.



APPENDIX 6

GREEK-AUSTRALIAN CINEMA EXHIBITORS -
INVOLVEMENT WITHIN THEIR TOWNS, etc


1. LODGES & SERVICE CLUBS.

CALLIGEROS - Mason

E CONOMOS - Oddfellow

L CONOMOS - Mason

KATSOOLIS - Oddfellow

LOURAN - Mason

G MOTTEE - Mason

PIZIMOLAS - Mason; Rotary
P HATSATOURIS - Rotary

JOHNSON - Rotary

G LAURANTUS - Rotary

SOTIROS - Rotary

J CONOMOS - Rotary

2. SPORT.

BOWLS -
BYLOS; CALLIGEROS;
COMINO; G LAURANTUS; N LAURANTUS;
G MOTTEE; PIZIMOLAS;
SOTIROS; STATHIS
[LEEDS - bowling club trophy shield]

JAMES - donated bowling shield; oranges for football matches
CONSON - football
KATSOOLIS - football sponsor, Club Treasurer
N LAURANTUS - Patron (Football - Grenfell 1919)
TZANNES - football club secretary

HLENTZOS, P - boxing

KALLIGERIS, P - snooker / billiards

SHOOTING -
A KOOVOUSIS;
P HLENTZOS

E CONOMOS - Bookmaker
+ 3 SP Bookies

3a. BALLS/ DANCES AT THEIR THEATRES.

ANDRONICOS, J & N
CONOMOS BROS
T & B CONOMOS
HLENTZOS
KALLIGERIS, P & C
KOUVELIS (Plaza Wagga Wagga)
N LAURANTUS
LUCAS (Civic and Walcha Theatres, Walcha)
PSALTIS - Movie Ball
SOTIROS


MUSICIANS:
E CONOMOS - sax - played in local dance band

G LAURANTUS - violin

G MOTTEE - played cornet in Kempsey Silver Band

3b. SCHOOL INVOLVMENT CONCERTS/SPEECH DAYS.

COMINO BROS - concerts and speech days

COMONOS BROS - concerts and speech days

T CORONEO - concerts and speech days; Dux Awads for primary and secondary schools.

4. WAR SERVICE, EFFORT, AND RECOGNITION.

T CORONEO - in Ambulance Corp WWII
TZANNES - in RAAF WWII
G STATHIS (son of Peter Stathis) - AIF WWII
JOHN KOUVELIS (son of Jack Kouvelis) - AIF WWII

WAR EFFORT:
CONOMOS BROS - fund-raising, Greek Day 1941
T & V CONOMOS - fund-raising, Greek Day 1941
HATSATOURIS BROS - Oxley Theatre for Voluntary Defence Corp
STATHIS - War rallies

OTHER:
JOHNSON - RSL Sec'y

ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN THEIR THEATRES:
COMINO BROS; P STATHIS;
T CORONEO

5. RELIGIOUS BI-PARTISANSHIP.

FREE FILM SHOWS FOR LOCAL NUNS:
BYLOS
CONOMOS BROS
KALLIGERIS
SOTIROS
TZANNES

JAMES - Free fish and chips on Fridays for nuns at local convent.

6. OTHER.

CHARITY/BENEFIT NIGHTS
P CALLIGEROS
CONOMOS BROS - last night in 1970
G LAURANTUS
N LAURANTUS (refer to p41 Michaelides' book)
G PSALTIS; A PASPAL;
P PETERS; N SPELLSON

T CONOMOS - Shire Councillor 1954-55
T CORONEO - Greek dialogue films; premiere of 'The Shiralee' - proceeds to swimming pool fund

PIZIMOLAS/PETERS - charity, Justice of the Peace, Lifesaving Certificate for saving person's life

KATSOOLIS - Just. of Peace

KOUVELIS, Z - Hellenic Club President 1955/56 - 1959

P HATSATOURIS - on local council for 18 years (incl Deputy Mayor for 1 year)
- arranged for newsreel film of are in 1948

DONATIONS AT OPENING NIGHTS:
Incl
J KOUVELIS - Tamworth 1927
MOTTEE BROS - Kempsey cafe 1925, dance hall 1929
CONOMOS BROS - Walgett 1937
T & B CONOMOS - Carinda 1937

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