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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 28.04.2004

Monterey Cafe Moree

John Androncus Monterey Cafe premises to gether with the adjoining facade of the theatre still stand in Alice Street East Moree NSW

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 28.04.2004

Zantis Bros Cafe Warialda NSW

This cup was included in the Museums and Galleries of NSW "Milkshakes,Sundaes and Cafe Culture" display at Inverell April 2004.Zantis Bros were in Warialda NSW 1920's and 1930's

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submitted by Peter Makarthis on 28.04.2004

S.Peter & Co Inverell 2004

2004 photo of S.Peter & Co premises as seen in Life in Australia 1916.Included on photo is Deanna McCarthy(neePsaros)daughter of Theo Psaros a later partner of S. Peter & Co.
Nicholas Trefelis and Vasilios Gengos were the original lessees in 1914

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submitted by George Poulos on 30.12.2005

Cafe Niagara - Katoomba, NSW, Australia - Maya Rio-Pigeonneau's History

Cafe Niagara, ground floor, looking back to Main Street, from the Bar. Note the impeccable restoration work of the Art Deco interior. All parts of the Cafe Niagara have been maintained to this very high standard.

Maya Rio-Pigeonneau's
Kytherian History Lesson

The text that follows is a school assignment undertaken by Maya Rio-Pigeonneau, a (then) 15 year old French-Australian girl, of Katoomba, NSW, Australia.

Her mother, a delighful Frenchwoman, with a very strong accent, currently (2004)-manages the Cafe Niagara.

The current owners are Neil Aveydissian, and Phillip Marler.

I would like to thank them all for giving permission to publish the text, and to take photographs of Cafe Niagara.

The original assignment included an extensive photographic record which has not been utilised in the "posting" of this entry.

Adolescent errors of prosaic style and syntax have not been edited out.

Cafe Niagara

Maya Rio-Pigeonneau

Cafe Niagara, that place we've all walked past and looked at, with it's delicious gourmet burgers and great 1930's style, it has become one of the most loved restaurants in Katoomba; but how did it all start you may ask?

Well back in 1925, just before the great depression started, James Poulos [Dimitri Panayoti Tzortzopoulos - Karavas], a businessman from Greece opened a small shop consisting of two storeys.

The first storey a small shop, serving up delicious sundaes, candies and sodas. The second storey was a larger kitchen connecting to a big ballroom and three bedrooms, the premises also has a garden, which backs on to the Carrington. [A very large and famous Hotel, in Australia. Cafe Niagara faces North, and the Carrington faces East.]

In 1929, the Niagara was to undergo some drastic changes, such as moving out the building, to the back of the garden to give more space for a toilet block, installed for customers, an extra kitchen downstairs to bake cakes in, an office upstairs and upgrading the ballroom to a more modern style.

All these changes meant that the already crammed in family of four had to downsize to only two bedrooms.

If you look at the hardships of running the Niagara, not much has changed. The waitresses still have to run up and down those very steep stairs, but they are quite lucky, when you hear what Jame's waiters and waitresses had to endure. James employed what he called a 'dumb waiter', whose objective was to run up and down the stairs all day and sometimes night, to get the food.

Now the Niagara has upgraded to computers to communicate orders with the chefs upstairs, but back then, they had a speaking tube, so while you were eating you would hear these bellows of chefs not comprehending the waiter/waitresses order.

Peter, James's son, once remarked about the great depression, 'We were quite fortunate during the depression years, as we had plenty to eat, and because of the coal fire stove, we had plenty of heat in winter!'

The Niagara hit a peak in the 1940's 'boom time', with business flowing quite smoothly.

They were opened from early morning to late night, seven days a week.

But this all changed in 1942, when the family awoke to the smell of smoke. The chimney boiler, which supplied hot water, had become red hot during the night, and set fire to the floor between the storeys. The fire brigade put out the fire, but they left a lot of water damage, which meant that James had to replace some of the ceiling and floor, this also meant that cafe Niagara was out of business for some time.

Soon after they re-opened, their son, George, died of Meningitis.

Both parents were devastated and decided it was time for them to take some time out. They leased out the building for some time, until they sold it to new owners, Neil and Phillip.

The upbeat new owners bought a new energy to the restaurant, and a new sense of moderness. Soon after starting at the Niagara, the new owners employed a show involving a drag queen. This was a hit, and after 3 years of ownership, the fabulous Miss Pastie De Klyne, is still going strong. They've even had impersonators of Elvis Presley, MArilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rod Stuart.

All these factors plus much more make cafe Niagara one of the most enjoyable cafe's in Katoomba.

I chose this site because I believe Niagara has one of the most amazing histories and a story that needed to be told.

Some may say that I only chose this site because my mum is the Manager, but this is not true at all.

When I walk into the Niagara I feel like I have time warped back to the 1930's and I can actually picture a couple sitting in the booth with a beautiful colourful sundae sitting in front of them.

I believe the Niagara should be preserved for future generations so they can acknowledge its background, and the way people used to live in the 20's and 30's.

Not many people today know the story of the Niagra. I just hope my assignment opens your eyes to how important the Niagara is, and next time you walk past, you don't just look at it as just another cafe, but you acknowledge the hardship of how it got there.

Bibliography:

Books

Old Leura, and Katoomba. The Rotary Club of Katoomba. [Publishers.]

Oral

Neil Aveydissian
Phillip Marler

Other Sources

Peter Poulos, Letter.

Pictures

Old Leura, and Katoomba. The Rotary Club of Katoomba. [Publishers.]

The Historical Society. (Leura).

Map

Katoomba Information Centre

Cafe Niagara
92 Main Street
Katoomba NSW 2780

Phone: 02 4782 4001

Fax: 02 4782 4944


The Niagara Cafe, Katoomba. A History. By Peter James Poulos - Tzortzopoulos

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.01.2006

The Roxy Theatre, Bingara, NSW, Australia - the exterior landscaped area

The Roxy Theatre, the magnificent art deco Cinema at Bingara, in north western New South Wales, Australia, was established by three Kytherians.

Peter John Feros, Katsehamos, (Mitata)
George Ernest (Proto)Psaltis, Katsavias, (Frilingianika), and
Emanuel Theodoropoulos Aronis, known as Emmanuel Aroney, (Aroniadika)

The three of them together were known as Peters and Co. Peters and Co signs are still displayed on the shop fronts of numerous former Kytherian cafes throughout NSW.

The Roxy Theatre opened on Saturday evening 28 March, 1936.

At great expense, this magnificent Art Deco Theatre, has been restored to its former pristine elegance.

When you exit the South facing door, from within the theatre, you enter a landscaped recreation area.

The design of the pavers is very clever.
It is in the form of a film-reel - celebrating the establishment of the theatre in the year 1936 - and the name of the theatre - Roxy.

This photgraph depicts the right-hand-side of the walkway - 1936.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.01.2006

Roxy Theatre, Bingara, NSW, Australia - one of the Art Deco Wall Panels

The magnificent art deco Cinema at Bingara in north western New South Wales was established by three Kytherians.

Peter John Feros, Katsehamos, (Mitata)
George Ernest (Proto)Psaltis, Katsavias, (Frilingianika), and
Emanuel Theodoropoulos Aronis, known as Emmanuel Aroney, (Aroniadika)

The three of them together were known as Peters and Co. Peters and Co signs are still displayed on the shop fronts of numerous former Kytherian cafes throughout NSW.

The Roxy Theatre opened on Saturday evening 28 March, 1936.


At great expense, this magnificent Art Deco Theatre, has been restored to its former pristine elegance.

This photograph depicts one of the many Art Deco panels of the theatre, looking upwards from floor-level.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.01.2006

Roxy Theatre, Bingara, NSW, Australia - Original Movie Projector

The Roxy Theatre, the magnificent art deco Cinema at Bingara, in north western New South Wales, Australia, was established by three Kytherians.

Peter John Feros, Katsehamos, (Mitata)
George Ernest (Proto)Psaltis, Katsavias, (Frilingianika), and
Emanuel Theodoropoulos Aronis, known as Emmanuel Aroney, (Aroniadika)

The three of them together were known as Peters and Co. Peters and Co signs are still displayed on the shop fronts of numerous former Kytherian cafes throughout NSW.

The Roxy Theatre opened on Saturday evening 28 March, 1936.

At great expense, this magnificent Art Deco Theatre, has been restored to its former pristine elegance.

On the left hand side of the frontage, one of the original, huge, movie projection cameras, is permanently housed/on display.

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submitted by George Poulos on 21.06.2010

Roxy Theatre, Bingara, NSW, Australia - the frontage.

THIS IS THE Roxy THEATRE- MAIN PAGE

Roxy CAFE Main Page

Roxy MUSEUM Main Page. Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

Katsehamos and the Great Idea, the BOOK, Main Page

Additional links, can be found at the end of this article.


The Roxy Theatre, the magnificent art deco Cinema at Bingara, in north western New South Wales, Australia, was established by three Kytherians.

Peter John Feros, Katsehamos, (Mitata)
George Ernest (Proto)Psaltis, Katsavias, (Frilingianika), and
Emanuel Theodoropoulos Aronis, known as Emmanuel Aroney, (Aroniadika)

They traded under the name Peters and Co. Peters and Co signs are still displayed on the shop fronts of numerous former Kytherian cafes throughout NSW.

The Roxy Theatre opened on Saturday evening 28 March, 1936.

At great expense, this magnificent Art Deco Theatre, has been restored to its former pristine elegance.

This is a view of the Roxy's frontage.

To the right of the building, a Chinese takeway now operates.

Originally this takeaway was a Kytherian Cafe, called

In 2010, the Roxy Cafe, and will now operate a a Greek-Australian cafe.


Building the Theatre: from Chapter 5 [Part A] of KEVIN CORK's Ph.D Thesis, Parthenons Down Under.

Roxy Theatre, Bingara,

Located in n Maitland Street, Bingara, near the corner of Cunningham Street, stands the 480-seat Art Deco -style Roxy. It was not built without difficulties and it was never the success its originators hoped. George Psaltis, Emanuel Aroney and Peter Feros
...purchased a block of buildings in Maitland Street, Bingara, consisting of premises occupied by them as Refreshment rooms, and three other shops adjoining.

It is the firms[sic] intention of demolishing the existing buildings, and to replace them by modern and up to date premises. The work of demolishing that part of the buildings occupied by them as refreshment rooms is now in hand, and the building of modern premises will be proceeded with, the rebuilding of the shops will follow later.

Mr Psaltis informed me that he intends to erect a modern and up to date Picture Theatre...

The development was announced in June 1934 in the local Bingara newspaper. Plans for the shops and theatre received favourable comment. "When completed it will have an equal frontage to both streets, a symmetrical and well-balanced building, a splendid addition to the town's business houses." The architect for the cinema was W V E Woodforde of Sydney and construction of the cinema commenced in early 1935. It was subject to a number of alterations (believed to have been instigated by Psaltis) that resulted in extra time and expense. One of the alterations was to heighten the auditorium walls by 4 feet 6 inches to allow for the possible later inclusion of a dress circle. This brought about changes in decorative treatments of the main ceiling and proscenium.

It was not until the following year that the theatre opened.
Probably no event in the history of Bingara has caused more interest and excitement than the opening of the new Roxy Theatre, which took place on Saturday night last. The crowds which stormed the streets in the vicinity of the theatre...and long before the opening time, it was impossible to wend one's way through the crowd in front of the main entrance.

While its exterior is a basic rectangular interpretation of the Art Deco style, with pilasters and entablature and simple panelling to break up its cement-rendered wall surface, the interior is something different. Entry to the auditorium is through a long, narrow vestibule, the ticket box being situated in the middle at street entry (typical of USA cinemas). A short flight of steps leads up to the auditorium entry doors. The rear section of the auditorium is stepped and seating is fixed, whereas the front section is flat (for dances) and seating is moveable.

The auditorium decoration repeats the stepped motif of the facade, the ceiling stepping down to meet the walls at an entablature seemingly supported by pilasters. A wavy Art Deco frieze on the entablature and the perforated panels between the pilasters contrast with the angular theme. The wall panels comprise two elements, a central vertical row of five perforated, fan-like elements on each side of which are a vertical row of six rectangles containing diagonal strapping. The light fittings on the pilasters and proscenium splays are designed as angular vase elements. For Bingara, the Roxy is truly the "Theatre Moderne" (its advertised sub-title).

Reporting the opening performance on Saturday, 28 March 1936, the local newspaper said,
Great admiration was expressed at the beauty of the interior features of the theatre, and the wonderful coloured atmospheric lighting is certainly an innovation to Bingara. Changing from a soft white light to the effect of a rosy sunrise, the theatre gradually faded into soft blue lighting and the show was on.

And, the local mayor
...congratulated the management on their enterprise, saying that the theatre was a monument to the town and one of the finest buildings of its kind outside the city...Mr George Psaltis...received a flattering reception. He said it was the proudest moment of his life...He expressed...his appreciation of the support of the people of Bingara and district, whose friendship and encouragement had given them the inspiration to carry on in the face of all the obstacles that had beset them. They were but the servants of the people and they were out to give them the utmost value for their money, both in entertainment and service.

Links:

Overview of the history of the Roxy, published in the Royal Historical Society magazine

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.01.2006

Roxy Theatre, Bingara, NSW - OFFICIAL OPENING

The Roxy Theatre, the magnificent art deco Cinema at Bingara, in north western New South Wales, Australia, was established by three Kytherians.

Peter John Feros, Katsehamos, (Mitata)
George Ernest (Proto)Psaltis, Katsavias, (Frilingianika), and
Emanuel Theodoropoulos Aronis, known as Emmanuel Aroney, (Aroniadika)

The three of them together were known as Peters and Co. Peters and Co signs are still displayed on the shop fronts of numerous former Kytherian cafes throughout NSW.

The Roxy Theatre opened on Saturday evening 28 March, 1936.

At great expense, this magnificent Art Deco Theatre, has been restored to its former pristine elegance.

This picture of the interior, looking West to the temporary screen (a huge rear-projection monitor, using digital technology) - cannot convey the beauty of this civic space.

Only a visit to the Roxy could ever do that. You just "have to be there" - You just "have to go there."

GRAND OPENING

Cinema: Community Cinema Forum at the restored Roxy

On the weekend of 28-30 May 2004, the newly restored Roxy Theatre in Bingara (150 kms north of Tamworth) will be officially opened for film screenings, live theatre and a range of other community activities, after several years of refurbishment and redevelopment. The theatre will be officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday 29, followed by a showcase of live theatre from around the region.

As part of this special weekend of celebrations, the FTO is coordinating a mini-Regional Cinema forum, in the spirit of their highly successful Flicks in the Sticks workshop series. The forum, running from 3.00pm on Friday 28 May, will include presentations from representatives of four very different community cinema projects in the North West region - Gunnedah, Narrabri, Tenterfield and Nundle.

The event will conclude with drinks and a BBQ dinner for participants and a special community screening of the multi-award winning Australian film, Lantana.

The classic art deco Roxy has been restored to its former glory by the local Council, the Friends of the Roxy, Bingara Arts Council and the North West Theatre group, with assistance from the NSW Ministry for the Arts and Commonwealth government funding. Its re-opening as a cinema, as well as a venue for live theatre, forms part of an ongoing program in NSW to improve access to cinema and film for regional and rural communities. The Roxy is one of many cinemas around NSW that has been restored and reopened as a community cultural facility.

Representatives of regional cinema projects, film societies and community screenings from around NSW are encouraged to attend the afternoon forum and evening screening, to find out more about the NSW regional cinema revival and meet others involved in this movement. To obtain further information or a program for the event (RSVPs are encouraged for planning and catering purposes), please contact Brendan Smith, Regional Cinema Officer at the FTO on 1300 556 386 (toll free) or 02 9264 6400 or via email

From,

http://www.screamingtheatre.com/scream/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=281

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submitted by George Poulos on 20.04.2012

Andronicus brothers store, Sydney.

"Kytherians, Minas, Emmanual, Kosmas, and John Andronicus were some of the earliest immigrants, and like their fellow countrymen, would entertain some of the newer Kytherian settlers."

The picture depicts a store they owned in Sydney.

Photograph circa 1916.



No history of this Cafe has been provided.

Can anyone help fill in the history of this Cafe?



To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.04.2004

Ballina, 1916. Harry Krithari outside his store.

A store owned by Kytherian Harry Krithari, NSW, 1916.

Harry Krithari came to Australia in 1907.
Here he is pictured at his store in Ballina, NSW.

He bought the store in 1909.


No history of this Cafe has been provided.

Can anyone help fill in the history of this Cafe?



To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.04.2004

Bellingen, NSW - Store owned by Kytherian Michael Katsoulas, 1916.

A store owned by Kytherian Michael Katsoulas in Bellingen, NSW, 1916.


No history of this Cafe has been provided.

Can anyone help fill in the history of this Cafe?



To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

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submitted by George Poulos on 27.11.2004

Taree, 1912, Cassimaty Brothers Shop

Shop started by John and George Cassimaty in Taree, NSW, circa 1912.

The brothers came to Australia in 1908.

No history of this Cafe has been provided.

Can anyone help fill in the history of this Cafe?



To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

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submitted by George Poulos on 06.04.2009

Bega - Greek Cafe.

No history of this Cafe has been provided.

Can anyone help fill in the history of this Cafe?



To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

See also:

http://www.mariahill.com.au

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submitted by George Poulos on 28.04.2004

Store owned by the Cordato Brothers, who arrived in Australia from Kythera in 1901

Photograph taken in Casino, NSW, circa 1916.


To view a larger collection of photo's, including many Kytherian-Australian photo's go to

http://www.cybernaut.com.au/greeksinoz/photographs/photos.htm


Thanks to Maria Hill, for allowing us to reproduce Kytherian photographs at kythera-island.

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submitted by James Gavriles on 17.04.2004

Ted's Famous Grille-- Coffeyville, Kansas

My Uncle Ted D. Gavrilys's restaurant in Coffeyville, Kansas. In the 1950's
Having moved from Detroit to Coffeyville, Kansas ,during the depression, where his Father-In Law , Gus Coukoulis had settled at the turn of the century, he opened this restaurant up and was very successful.

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submitted by George Poulos on 13.05.2004

Crystal Palace Cafe

Crystal Palace Cafe

Which Comino Brothers owned this cafe?

Where is it?

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submitted by James Gavriles on 08.04.2004

Inside the Atlas Cafe, Highland Park, Mich

Inside my Father's,Nicholas Gavriles, cafe, one of the cooks and one of the waitress's pose for the picture in the 20's

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submitted by James Gavriles on 08.04.2004

Ford ,Higland Park Model T factory

The first mass production assembly plant in the world, where Ford started the mass production of the Model T. 15 million Model T cars were produced here. Highland Park, Michigan

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submitted by James Gavriles on 08.04.2004

My Father and several friends,Atlas Cafe, Highland Park, Michigan

My Father , Nicholas Gavriles ,in the middle with several of his friends in front of the Atlas Cafe, in Highland Park, Michigan 1925