Loew's Theatres, Inc.
Beautifully engraved stock certificate from Loew's Theatres, Inc., dating back to the 1960's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company Chairman of the Board and Treasurer, was printed by the Security-Columbian Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate's intricate vignette features a pair of allegorical female figures flanking a Loew's Theatre. The framing around the theatre shows the comedy and tragedy theatre masks.
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This company, which is the oldest theatre circuit in North America, was founded in 1904 by Marcus Loew, whose first "nickelodeon" in a rented store evolved into the Loews Theatres circuit. By the start of World War I, the young chain of theatres had locations throughout the U.S. In order to supply his theatres with new film product, Loew purchased a failing silent movie production studio named Metro Company. In 1924, Loew joined forces with the legendary Louis B. Mayer and Samuel Goldwyn to form the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.
With the supply of film secured and the public’s love for Hollywood entertainment established, Loews Theatres continued to grow from coast to coast throughout the 1930’s and ‘40’s. In 1954, the Department of Justice ruled that theatre circuits such as Loews, Paramount and Warner Brothers, which engaged in film production and distribution as well as the operation of theatres, must divest their studio facilities from their theatre chains. Thus, Loews Theatres and MGM became separate entities, and the theatre circuit continued on its own.
In the years that followed, Loews Theatres expanded and was the genesis of what became the Loews Corporation. In 1985, the Loews Corporation sold its 350 screen circuit to a privately held company. Soon after, the theatre chain was purchased by Tri-Star Pictures which in turn merged with the Entertainment Business Sector of Coca Cola, forming Columbia Pictures Entertainment. It was during this time that Loews Theatres experienced its greatest growth, acquiring four regional theatre circuits and building many new multiplexes, more than doubling in size to almost 1000 screens. In 1989, Coca Cola sold Columbia Pictures Entertainment to the Sony Corporation of America.