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Marcus, Louis, 1880-1936



  • Existence: 1880 - 1936

Biographical History

Louis Marcus (1880-1936) was a Salt Lake City mayor and businessman in the motion picture industry.

Louis Marcus was born on January 9, 1880 in Brooklyn, New York to Eleazor Albert and Diana Gumpel Marcus. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1907, where he married Gertrude Levin on January 16, 1912. Together they had one child, Louis Howard Marcus in 1919.

In Salt Lake City, Marcus became involveed in the motion picture business as an operator, exchange manager, and owner of film exchange and theatres. He established a theatre chain in Utah, as well as other mountain states. The companies he was involved in include Louis Marcus Enterprises, Publix-Marcus, Inc., Gem State Theatres, Victory Amusement Company, Notable Feature Films Company and others. In 1927 he purchased the Orpheum Theatre, to which he increased the seating capacity, added a Wurlitzer organ, changed its name to Capitol Theatre Building, and in 1929 showed the first talking picture in Salt Lake City.

Marcus's business ventures extended into real estate and was the president of the United Realty Co., and served as the director of Tracy Loan & Trust Co., as well as Walker Bank & Trust Co. He was also very active in his community and civic service. He was a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, was a York and Scottish Rite Mason, and member of the B'nai B'rith.

In 1931 he ran for and was elected as mayor of Salt Lake City, and served from 1932-1935. He was the first Jew to be elected to this position. Louis was also a member of several clubs, including Alta, Rotary, Ft. Douglas, and the country clubs in both Salt Lake City and Ogden, Utah.

Marcus died on July 27, 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

UPB files, July 3, 2013 (born January 9, 1880 in Brooklyn, New York; father Eleazor Albert Marcus; mother Diana Gumpel Marcuas; moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1907; married Gertrude Levin on January 16, 1912; one child, Louis Howard Marcus born in 1919; involved in the motion picture business; motion picture operator, exchange manager, and owner of film exchange and theaters; established a theatre chain in Utah and other mountain states; Louis Marcus Enterprises; Publix-Marcus, Inc.; Gem State Theatres; Victory Amusement Company; Notable Feature Films Company; purchased Orpheum Theatre in 1927 and increased seating capacity; added a Wurlitzer organ to theatre; changed theatre name to Capitol Theatre Building; showed first talking picture in Salt Lake City in 1929; extended ventures into real estate; president of United Realty Co.; director of Tracy Loan and Trust Co.; director of Walker Bank and Trust Co.; active in community and civic service; member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce; York and Scottish Rite Mason; member of B'nai B'rith; ran for and was elected Salt Lake City mayor in 1931 and served from 1932-1935; first Jew to be elected mayor; member of several clubs such as Alta, Rotary, Ft. Douglas, and Salt Lake City and Ogden Country clubs; died July 27, 1936 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Found in 31 Collections and/or Records:

Marcus family papers

Identifier: MSS 3775
Scope and Contents Note This collection contains letters, financial papers, receipts, newspaper clippings, theatre and opera pamphlets and clippings, school papers, brochures, travel papers, photographs, and books created and collected by Louis Marcus, his wife Gertrude L. Marcus, and their son L. Howard Marcus, starting with family photographs in 1848 ending with the death of L. Howard Marcus in 1984. However, the bulk of the material is from 1911-1955, beginning with the engagement of Louis Marcus and Gertrude...
Dates: 1848-1984

Marcus family photographs, approximately 1908-1955

 Sub-Series — Box 13: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197232501202]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains the photographs taken by the Marcus family, including several photographs of early 20th century Utah and surrounding states, postcards from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, photographs from European travel, and a set of photographs of the inside of a house from circa 1920-1950. There are several photographs of Howard Marucs from when he was a newborn to about 5 years old. Also included are a series of sporting photographs, mostly of a polo tournament, and still shots of...
Dates: approximately 1908-1955

Marcus family photographs

Identifier: MSS P 362
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 65 photographs of the Marcus family, including images of sports activities, taken between the 1920s and the 1930s.

Dates: approximately 1920-1939

Marcus family scrapbooks, approximately 1905-1948

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Materials include scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings, and photo albums. Most of the photographs are portraits of Gertrude L. Marcus, L. Howard Marcus, and Wilma Marcus. Dated approximately 1905-1948.

Dates: approximately 1905-1948

Negatives of the Marcus family photographs, approximately 1885-1935

 Series — Box 20: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197233622460]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Series 6
Scope and Contents

These are the negatives that correspond with the photographs taken by the Marcus family.

Dates: approximately 1885-1935

Newspaper clippings, 1912-1984

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Materials include newspaper clippings, including news about the family weddings, and articles on Louis, Gertrude, and L. Howard Marcus. Contains materials in Danish. Dated 1912-1984.

Dates: 1912-1984

Paintings and sketches, approximately 1920-1950

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains amateur paintings found admist the Marcus family papers.

Dates: approximately 1920-1950

Pamphlets and programs, 1914-1949

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Materials include theatre programs, pamphlets, schedules, and magazines collected by various family members. Dated 1914-1949.

Dates: 1914-1949

Photographs and paintings, approximately 1848-1984

Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5
Scope and Contents Photographs and paintings belonging to the Marcus family. Includes studio portraits, professionally taken photographs, as well as family snap shots and scrapbooks. There are several group photographs pertaining to Louis Marcus' business and mayoral activities, and include people such as Cecil B. DeMille, Harold B. Lee, Amelia Earhart, and other prominant figures of the day. Travel photographs are also included, and contain several of Utah and surrounding states during the early 1900s. Dated...
Dates: approximately 1848-1984

Portraits and photographs of the Marcus family and others, approximately 1848-1982

 Sub-Series — Box 12: Series 5 [Barcode: 31197232501194]
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains the portraits done either at a studio or by a professional photographer of the Marcus and Levin families. Also group photographs taken of Louis Marcus' political and business activities. Included in these are photographs with Amelia Earhart, Harold B. Lee, several Hollywood actors and actresses, and other prominent people of the day. Dated approximately 1848-1982.

Dates: approximately 1848-1982

Additional filters:

Archival Object 29
Collection 2
Mayors -- Utah 24
Aeronautics -- Utah -- History 23
Jews -- Utah -- History 23
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Politics and government -- 20th century 23
Women -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Societies and clubs -- History 23
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World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- Utah 23
World War, 1939-1945 -- Utah 23
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- History -- 20th century 15
Letters 11
Home and Family 9
Images 9
Motion picture actors and actresses 9
Motion picture studios 9
Photographs 9
Social Life and Customs 9
Family life 8
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 5
Books 4
Pamphlets 4
Daybooks 3
Family records 3
Paintings 3
Programs 3
Business records 2
Certificates 2
Opera 2
Postcards 2
Stock certificates 2
Theater 2
Aeronautics 1
Aeronautics -- Photographs 1
American drama 1
Audits 1
Autobiographies 1
Business enterprises -- Utah 1
Businessmen -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Correspondence 1
Catalogs 1
Christian leadership -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Christmas cards 1
Comic books, strips, etc. 1
Correspondence 1
Education, Higher 1
Essays 1
Europe -- Description and travel 1
Film posters 1
Finance, Personal -- Utah 1
Financial records 1
Flags 1
Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History 1
History -- Aeronautics 1
Insurance -- Utah 1
Negatives 1
Papers (Documents) 1
Personal papers 1
Posters 1
Publications 1
Receipts (Financial records) 1
Resolutions, Legislative 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Business 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Photographs 1
Schedules (Time plans) 1
Scrapbooks 1
Scrapbooks -- United States 1
Sketches 1
South America -- Description and travel 1
Souvenirs (Keepsakes) 1
Sports 1
Sports -- Photographs 1
Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island) -- Description and travel 1
Tax records 1
Tax returns 1
Telegrams 1
Theater programs 1
Theater programs -- History -- Sources 1
Theaters -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- Finance 1
Theatrical companies -- Utah -- History 1
Travel 1
Travelers -- Photographs 1
Wills 1
Wills -- Utah -- History -- Sources 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence 1
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women 1
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