Marcus Loew bronze plaque for sale

posted by michaelkaplan on August 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I’ve decided to list a vintage Marcus Loew bronze plaque on eBay with a start price of $1200. 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).

eBay item number 290335631653

Comments (12)

michaelkaplan on August 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

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 …

BobFurmanek on August 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

The plaque that was in the outer lobby at Loew’s Jersey was found at a local flea market sometime after the theater was sold to Hartz Mountain. It was bought and returned to Friends of the Loews about 15 years ago. To this day, they have yet to put it back on display where it belongs!

michaelkaplan on August 4, 2009 at 8:29 pm

That’s interesting, because I contacted Friends of the Loew’s last week to ask whether the original plaque was still in place! Haven’t yet heard from them …

BobFurmanek on August 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I guess they’re using it as a paper weight…

michaelkaplan on August 4, 2009 at 9:26 pm

That’s a big piece of paper .. a stack of movie posters, perhaps?

BobFurmanek on August 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Newspapers. The last time I looked in the office, it looked like a storage area for old newspapers.

michaelkaplan on August 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

The item didn’t sell on eBay but is still available. Anyone interested can contact me at

michaelkaplan on August 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm

This item has been relisted at a lower price.

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michaelkaplan on October 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

This item has been sold.

TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 8:48 pm

I have found a photo of one of these plaques I have it posted on my facebook page.

DMSahlberg on December 28, 2010 at 12:18 am

I have come across a plaque that I am considering selling. It came from the Loews Oriental 1832 86th Street Bensonhurst Brooklyn, NY. It was taken in the 70’s. If anyone is interested or has any questions about the plaque you may contact me at

TLSLOEWS on March 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

One of these plaques was in the Loews Vendome Nashville, Tennessee,this theatre burned in August 1967,did not know what happened to this one, I knew of one from the Loews Richmond that the current owner wanted $500.00 for.

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