Marcus Loew bronze plaque for sale

posted by michaelkaplan on February 23, 2009 at 7:50 am

I’ve acquired one of those 144+ bronze plaques with a brass relief bust of Marcus Loew. These plaques were mounted in the lobbies of most, if not all, Loews movie palaces. The plaque was designed by sculptor Louis Keila and produced in 1924. One of these is in the collection of the Jewish Museum in New York, and has been catalogued by the Smithsonian Institute.

Anyone wishing more information, including a digital image, is invited to contact me offline.

I am also wondering how many of these plaques still exist in what were the Loews theaters.

Comments (14)

jnjeisen on February 23, 2009 at 9:09 am

How shall we contact you?

kerryrichards on February 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

I have one of these plaques as well, mine came from a closed up Loews theatre.

Any idea of what it is worth?

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on February 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

Speaking of “collectables”…
A late dear lady friend of mine gave me a cherub from the demolished San Francisco Fox. She actually went to jail after twice breaking in to the site to retrieve quite a few goodies. Bless her heart!!!
The male cherub is in fine condition (never been cleaned!) along with the original gold leaf applique.
Also owning a mint-print of Preston Kaufmann’s fabulous publication of “FOX, the last word”, I researched the countless photographs and found the actual item over the quaint candy counter (page 137).

I now share this little wonder with my great friend Joseph Musil at his fascinating American Museum of Theatrical Design in southern California… for all fans to see and enjoy.

michaelkaplan on February 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I can be contacted at

Kerry, which Loew’s theater did yours come from? I assume mine came from one of the 3 Loew’s movie palaces in the DC area.


michaelkaplan on February 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Warren, I’m sure you’re correct. The 1924 date was mistakenly taken from a bust of Loew designed by Keila in the collection of the Jewish Museum, New York. I don’t know the artist or date for the plaque, which is exactly as shown in your photo. I would assume that, after Loew’s death in 1927, a plaque was installed in each of the Loew theaters. I saw several in the New York City area.

michaelkaplan on February 26, 2009 at 12:29 pm

In addition to the 144, I read that 24 theaters were in planning or construction at the time of Loew’s death. I don’t know how many of those 24 were completed. So the outside number for the plaques was 168, but, as you say, not every theater might have installed one.

michaelkaplan on February 26, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I forgot to mention that I saw one of these plaques in the collection of the Theatre Historical Society in Chicago. I assume this came with the collection donated by Loew’s Inc. that includes thousands of photographs and other artifacts related to its theaters.

michaelkaplan on February 27, 2009 at 10:32 am

Very interesting. It means there were a minimum of 144 installed, likely 168 or more.

michaelkaplan on March 4, 2009 at 11:37 am

I inquired from United States Bronze, New Hyde Park NY, what a similar plaque would cost to produce today. Here’s the reply:

“The plaque shown in 18” x 12" would cost you $1,350 delivered."

So, I think my estimated value of between $1000-$5000 for the 1929 Marcus Loew would be correct, assuming there’s someone (or some group) interested.

JMonsport on April 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

The 68th and Broadway AMC in NYC (formerly Loews) has a reproduction of the relief Bronze. Installed in 1994.

michaelkaplan on April 13, 2009 at 11:04 am

Is it a photographic repro or done in real bronze?

michaelkaplan on August 2, 2009 at 10:59 am

I’ve now listed this on eBay
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TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

Cannot seem to find a picture of this plaque,anyone got one???

tomforbes on June 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I have one of these rare plaques also and would love to know more about it. I am thinking of selling it but not sure what price to entertain. Please post here or email with any information.

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