Show Me Missouri Speakers Bureau Lecture Online: Michael Tsichlis

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Skouras Brothers in St. Louis: Early Cinema and the Making of the Immigrant American Dream

Driven from their native Greece by family impoverishment in 1910, three young brothers – Charles, Spyros, and George Skouras – immigrated to America seeking dreams of a new life and prosperity. The brothers settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where they initially found work waiting tables and bar tending at St. Louis hotels. As they sought out opportunities to start a business, they turned to the new and booming movie theater industry. This presentation explores the origins of American cinema, corporate rivalry, family loyalty, and the pursuit of the immigrant American dream.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited.

Host Organizations

Missouri Humanities Council
State Historical Society of Missouri

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Event Contact Information

Dr. Monique Johnston
Missouri Humanities Council