submitted by George Poulos on 03.11.2004
This, and a number of photographs that have been posted in sequence, are photo's that were given to Professor Ross Thorne, Department of Architecture, Sydney University, by Peter Laurantus, son of George Laurantus; and to Kevin Campion, a former owner of the theatre, (the 1950's).
All the photographs pertain to the Junee Athenium Theatre.
I would like to thank Professor Ross Thorne for providing the photographs to me in digitalised format.
Ross Thorne's contribution to the preservation of "Kytherian" and Hellenic Cinema's in NSW, has been discusssed in other entries. [Search under Thorne]. Particularly influential was a report he co-authored with Les Tod and Kevin Cork, to the Australian Heritage Office (NSW), in 1996.
Thorne, Ross, Les Tod & Kevin Cork (1996) Movie Theatre Heritage Register for New South Wales 18,96-1996, Sydney: Department of Architecture, University of Sydney. A National Estate Project for the Heritage Office (NSW) and the Australian Heritage Commission.
Peters father Yeoryios - George - was born 10.6.1894, in Kalisperianika, Kythera.
He died on 3.6.1980, in Sydney, NSW.
He arrived in Australia on 1.11.1908.
From 1923 he was engaged in businesses - including cinemas. He either co-owned or leased numerous cinemas, including, the Cootamundra Arcadia, Junee Lyceum, Junee Atheneum, Tumut Montreal (not run by him - leased to P Stathis), and the Liverpool Regal.
More details can be obtained on George Laurantus, by referring to Kevin Cork's Ph.D thesis, posted to kythera-family in this section, or by searching under Laurantus with the internal search engine.
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