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George Gus Kerasotes
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1911
Death: Mar. 15, 2001
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA

George Kerasotes, who along with his three younger brothers built their father's Springfield movie theater business into a regional force, died Thursday.

Kerasotes, 89, died at Oak Terrace Nursing Home, where he had lived for several months following his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease.

Along with brothers Nicholas, Louis and John Kerasotes, George Kerasotes helped build the business founded in 1909 by his Greek immigrant father, Gus Kerasotes, from a three-theater local operation in 1935 to a 225-theater Midwestern chain 50 years later.

In 1985, George Kerasotes split from the family-owned Kerasotes Theatres Inc. and formed George Kerasotes Corp. and GKC Theatres Inc. Those companies operate 39 theaters with 310 movie screens in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Arizona.

Kerasotes Theatres Inc., which is run by George Kerasotes' nephews, operates 82 theaters with 525 screens, including all of Springfield's movie theaters. Kerasotes joined his father's company in 1933 after earning a business degree from the University of Illinois. He became president of the company in 1935.

Kerasotes' involvement in the theater business spanned virtually very important phase in the relatively young history of the movie business, from the advent of "talkies" to the modern multiplex and digital technology era. Though best known locally for his family's involvement in theaters here, Kerasotes was well known and respected in the theater business nationally.

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 with its successor, the National Association of Theatre Owners. 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.

Kerasotes was instrumental in the construction of St. Anthony's Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church where his funeral will be held.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his son, Michael, of Seattle; daughter Beth of Springfield; and his brother John Kerasotes of Springfield.

State Journal-Register(Springfield, IL) - March 17, 2001
Family links: 
  Gus Kerasotes (1873 - 1960)
  Flora Staikos Kerasotes (1891 - 1976)
  Marjorie Marie Rourke Kerasotes (1922 - 2007)*
  Robert Anthony Kerasotes (1951 - 1999)*
  George Gus Kerasotes (1911 - 2001)
  Anthony Gus Kerasotes (1912 - 1943)*
  Anthony Gus Kerasotes (1912 - 1943)*
  Louis Gus Kerasotes (1920 - 1988)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Sangamon County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 31
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Record added: Feb 23, 2009
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George Gus Kerasotes
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