The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS) is a publicly held company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company operates two principal divisions: Marcus Theatres and Marcus Hotels and Resorts. One of the company's principal assets, Baymont Motels, was sold to La Quinta Corporation in 2003. They also previously operated Marcus Cable; that was sold off in 1998 and merged with Charter Communications shortly afterwards.
Marcus Corporation was founded on November 1, 1935 by Ben Marcus with the purchase of a single movie theatre screen in Ripon, Wisconsin. It was also a restaurant franchiser, as it was affiliated with the Big Boy Restaurants chain as Marc's Big Boy and served as the Milwaukee area franchiser for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Marcus exited the restaurant business after closing Marc's and selling of the KFC franchises by 1992.
Marcus Theatres is a motion picture circuit in the U.S. and owns or manages screens in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Ohio.
Marcus Hotels and Resorts, currently owns or manages 19 hotels and resorts in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin, and one vacation club in Wisconsin.