Marcus Loew Bronze Plaque for sale

posted by DMSahlberg on January 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

I have a vintage Marcus Loew bronze plaque that I am considering selling. Before I post it on ebay, I thought I would list it on this site. This plaque came from the Loew’s Oriental. It was taken in the 70’s. This is one of 144+ plaques installed in every Loew movie palace in the US in 1929. It’s in excellent condition and has an estimated replacement value of $1350 (if it were recreated today).I should mention that there is no signature or other identification of the artist of the bust.

Thanks to Warren Harris for the 1929 article from the New York Times.

At the time of Loew’s death in 1927, 144 theaters had been completed and 24 more were in construction. It is likely (though unconfirmed) that each of those 168 theaters had a memorial plaque installed in 1929. I wonder how many of the original plaques are still in place …
If you are interested or have any questions you may .

Theaters in this post

Comments (4)

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on January 6, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Here’s hoping someone will find and please DONATE one of these plaques to the non-profit THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Elmhurst, Illinois.

TLSLOEWS on January 26, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I knew someone who had one,they wanted $500.00 plus shipping and handling.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Tisloews.You never grabbed one?

michaelkaplan on June 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

The Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, IL, already has one of these.

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