marcus loew

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Loew’s Lincoln Square Theatre in New York , 1910.

Marcus Loew was born into a poor Polish Jewish family who had emigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York City just a year before. He was forced by circumstances to work at a very young age and had little formal education. Nevertheless, beginning with a small investment from money saved from menial jobs, he bought into the penny arcade business. Shortly after, in partnership with Adolph Zukor and others, Loew acquired a nickelodeon and over time he turned Loew’s Theatres into a leading chain of vaudeville and movie theaters in the United States. He later went on to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).