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YIANNIAS, James N.

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YIANNIAS, James N. (Tegea, Greece--Dubuque, IA, Mar., 1967). Since coming to Dubuque in 1916, Yiannias was associated with the ownership and operation of theaters. In 1953 as the general manager of Maclay and Yiannias theaters, he was instrumental in bringing CinemaScope to the GRAND THEATRE. James Yiannias was the owner of the ORPHEUM and the Super 20 Drive-In.

His business was succeeded by the Dubuque Theater Corporation operated by his son, Nickas J. YIANNIAS.

In the community, Yiannias served as the district leader of the September (1942) War Bond Campaign, an effort sponsored by the movie industry to sell one billion dollars of war stamps and bonds. He was an district governor of the AMERICAN HELLENIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION (AHEPA), an organization composed of members of the Greek community in Dubuque, and was installed as the president of the Key City Chapter No. 261 in 1948. He was a member of the Dubuque Lions Club which rewarded him in 1936 as a "key" member for member recruitment and the Civic Music Association.

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