Spyros Skouras

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Spyros Panagiotis Skouras (March 28, 1893 – August 16, 1971) was a Greek-American motion picture pioneer and movie executive who was the president of the 20th Century Fox from 1942 to 1962.wikipedia
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20th Century Fox

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Spyros Panagiotis Skouras (March 28, 1893 – August 16, 1971) was a Greek-American motion picture pioneer and movie executive who was the president of the 20th Century Fox from 1942 to 1962.
Spyros Skouras, then manager of the Fox West Coast Theaters, helped make it happen (and later became president of the new company).

Charles Skouras

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Together with his brothers Charles and George Skouras, he emigrated to the United States in 1910.
He and his two brothers, George Skouras and Spyros Skouras, came from Greece as poor sons of a sheep herder who rose to become top movie executives.

Century City

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Skouras oversaw the production of such epics as Cleopatra (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the development of Century City.
In 1956, Spyros Skouras (1893-1971), who served as the President of 20th Century Fox from 1942–62, and his nephew-in-law Edmond Herrscher (died 1983), an attorney sometimes known as "the father of Century City", decided to repurpose the land for real estate development.

George Skouras

Together with his brothers Charles and George Skouras, he emigrated to the United States in 1910.
The Skouras brothers, George and his older brothers Charles and Spyros, arrived in St. Louis in 1908-11.

Ambassador Theatre (St. Louis)

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The biggest moment for the Skouras empire came when their dream of building a world-class movie palace in downtown St. Louis was realized in 1926 when they opened the $5.5 million Ambassador Theatre Building.
The Skouras Brothers Co, Spyros Skouras, George Skouras and Charles Skouras, whose dream of building a world-class movie palace in downtown St. Louis was grandly realized in 1926 when the $5.5 million Ambassador Theatre Building opened on prime real estate at the northwest corner of Locust and Seventh streets.

Warner Bros.

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In 1929, following the Stock Market Crash, the triumvirate sold out their interest to Warner Brothers and moved east, gaining executive places in the industry, which was then based in the New York area.
Following this takeover, Spyros Skouras, the driving force of the chain, became general manager of the Warner Brothers Theater Circuit in America.

United Artists

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In the 1950s he, together with his brothers, controlled 20th Century Fox, National Theaters, Fox West Coast Theaters, United Artists Theaters, Skouras Theaters, Magna Corp, and Todd AO.
Fox Film Corporation president Spyros Skouras extended United Artists a $3 million loan through Krim and Benjamin's efforts.

CinemaScope

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20th Century Fox's advertising slogan, Movies are Better than Ever, gained credibility in 1953 when Spyros introduced CinemaScope in the studio's groundbreaking feature film The Robe. The wide screen CinemaScope increased the appeal of movies, helping them maintain audiences against television.
Its creation in 1953 by Spyros P. Skouras, the president of 20th Century Fox, marked the beginning of the modern anamorphic format in both principal photography and movie projection.

Darryl F. Zanuck

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Darryl F. Zanuck was elected president of the company while Skouras served as chairman of the company for several years.
He attempted to conspire with Zanuck to oust the New York-based president of Fox since 1942, Greek-American Spyros Skouras.

Sierra Baron

His son Plato A. Skouras (1930–2004) produced five films, including Francis of Assisi (1961) and Sierra Baron (1958).
In May 1956 the novel was optioned by the sons of Spyros Skouras, Plato and Spyros Jnr, who had formed a production company, Artys Co, with their cousin Charles Spyros Jnr, son of Charles Skouras.

Skouras Brothers Enterprises

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By then more than thirty local theaters belonged to the Skouras Brothers Co. of St. Louis.
Spyros Skouras became in 1942 president of 20th Century Fox.

Bob Hope

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Skouras and two brothers came to the United States as immigrants in 1910; Spyros kept such a pronounced Greek accent in English that comedian Bob Hope would joke "Spyros has been here twenty years but he still sounds as if he's coming next week."

Cleopatra (1963 film)

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Skouras oversaw the production of such epics as Cleopatra (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the development of Century City.

Elizabeth Taylor

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Skouras oversaw the production of such epics as Cleopatra (1963) with Elizabeth Taylor, as well as the development of Century City.

Greece

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Spyros Panagiotis Skouras was born in 1893 in Skourohorion, Greece to a family whose father was a sheepherder.

St. Louis

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The brothers settled in St. Louis, Missouri, at that time the fourth-largest city in America and a booming industrial city.

List of most populous cities in the United States by decade

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The brothers settled in St. Louis, Missouri, at that time the fourth-largest city in America and a booming industrial city.

Greeks

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In partnership with two other Greeks, the Skourases constructed a modest nickelodeon at 1420 Market Street; today's Kiel Opera House now occupies this site.

Nickelodeon (movie theater)

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In partnership with two other Greeks, the Skourases constructed a modest nickelodeon at 1420 Market Street; today's Kiel Opera House now occupies this site.

Stifel Theatre

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In partnership with two other Greeks, the Skourases constructed a modest nickelodeon at 1420 Market Street; today's Kiel Opera House now occupies this site.

Great Depression

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From 1929 to 1931 during the Great Depression, Spyros Skouras worked as a general manager of the Warner Brothers Theater Circuit in the United States.

Fox Film

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In 1932, the Skouras Brothers (Charles, Spyros and George) took over the management of the Fox West Coast Theater chain, with more than 500 theaters.

Panhellenic Union of Fighting Youths

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Athanasios Skouras, member of the Greek Resistant Organisation PEAN during the Axis Occupation of Greece in the Second World War, was a relative of his.

Twentieth Century Pictures

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In May 1935 Spyros Skouras took the initiative for the merger of Fox Studios with Twentieth Century Pictures.