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“Katsehamos & the Great Idea” Book Release by Peter Prineas

Bangara is a small village in the North-West of N. S. Wales, seven hours away from Sydney. In 1936, three Greek-Australians from Kythira, Peter Feros, George Psaltis and Emmanouil Aronis decided to build a splendid cinema, called Roxy Theatre. Next to it they added a luxurious restaurant, Roxy Café, and behind these two buildings, an impressive hotel. Peter Feros’ grandson, Peter Prineas, explains in detail how the above complex was built, in his book “Katsehamos and the Great Idea”. Those who have read the book know that the three partners finally declared bankruptcy, due to the large amounts of money spent for the facilities and over the competition with the owner of Regent Theatre. After being used for several purposes, Roxy Theatre and Roxy Café belong now to the municipality of the village. Receiving a great fund from the government, Roxy Theatre is nowadays one of the most magnificent cinemas of Australia. After the cinema’s opening in 2004, Roxy Café was also renovated, while other buildings were  also added, such as a museum about immigrants and the tourism office of the area. Magoffin and Deakin is the architecture company that successfully constructed the renovation of those facilities. At the moment, Roxy attracts more than 12,000 visitors per year, which contributes to the financial development of the area.

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