Vasilis Dimitriou, Keeper of a Fading Movie Art, Dies at 84

Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times

ATHENS — Vasilis Dimitriou, an artist who sought to keep the venerable art of the painted Hollywood billboard from fading away, creating more than 8,000 works for Greek theaters that virtually chronicled the history of movies since World War II, died on Sept. 6 in Athens. He was 84 and one of the last surviving movie billboard painters in Europe.

The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said Konstantinos Giannopoulos, a family spokesman and a third-generation owner of the Athinaion Cinemas , which displayed Mr. Dimitriou’s billboards, reaching more than 40 feet long, for 40 years.Mr. […]


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