Junius Myer Schine

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Junius Myer Schine
Junius Myer Schine.jpg
Junius Schine and Hildegarde Feldman circa 1940-1950
Born(1890-02-20)February 20, 1890[1]
DiedMay 8, 1971(1971-05-08) (aged 81)
NationalityUnited States
Known forHotels and theaters
Spouse(s)Hildegarde Feldman
ChildrenGerard David Schine
Renee Schine Crown
Doris June Schine Maxwell
Charles Richard Schine
Parent(s)Anna Tzivia Schine[2] Louis Schine
RelativesLester Crown (son-in-law)
Frederick Berndt Schine (grandson)
James Crown (grandson)
Susan Crown (granddaughter)

Junius Myer Schine (February 20, 1890[1] – May 9, 1971) was a New York theater and hotel magnate.[3][4]


He was born on February 20 or February 28, 1890[1] to a Jewish family[5] in Latvia. In 1902, as an eleven-year-old, he, his brother Louis Schine (1892–1977), age nine, and their mother, Anne, emigrated from what is now Latvia to join their father in Gloversville, New York.[6]

He married Hildegarde Feldman (1903–1994).[7] They had two daughters, Doris June Schine Maxwell and Renee Helene Schine Crown (wife of Lester Crown), and two sons, Gerard David Schine (usually known as G. David or David)[3][6] and Charles Richard Schine.

In 1957, Junius chose his son David, a central figure in the Army-McCarthy Hearings of 1954, to head Schine Enterprises, but in 1963, Junius resumed his position as head of the company.[citation needed] In 1965, Schine's holdings were bought by Lawrence Wien and Harry B. Helmsley.[8] Junius died on May 9, 1971, in Manhattan, New York City.[4][9][10]


Renee Helene Schine Crown made a $2,500,000 contribution to Syracuse University in 1984 for the Schine Student Center, which opened in October 1985.[11]


In 1965, Schine received Patent GB1002524 for a golf training apparatus that evaluated whether a stroke was a slice or a hook and calculated the distance the golf ball would have gone. The patent is no longer active.


  1. ^ a b c The Social Security Death Index uses February 20, 1890, however he used February 28, 1890 when he registered for the draft in 1918.
  2. ^ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/91755541
  3. ^ a b "J. M. Schine, Hotel Chain Founder, Dies". Los Angeles Times. May 10, 1971. J. Myer Schine, 79, founder and chairman of Schine Enterprises, owners of the Los Angeles Ambassador and other hostelries throughout the nation, died Saturday at New York City Neurological ...
  4. ^ a b "J. Myer Schine, 81, Hotel Magnate, Father of Figure in McCarthy Probe". Washington Post. May 10, 1971. J. Myer Schine who started with a nickelodeon in Gloversville, New York and built a $150 million hotel, theater and broadcasting empire, died yesterday.
  5. ^ "History Project 1891–2011" (PDF). Knesseth Israel Synagogue. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Welcome to the J. Myer & Hildegarde Schine Memorial Website". Retrieved March 15, 2008. In 1902, eleven-year-old Junius Myer Schine and his brother Louis, nine, joined their father in America, coming from their native Latvia with their mother, Anne.
  7. ^ "Arts Pioneer Hildegarde Schine, 91". The Palm Beach Post. September 8, 1994. Retrieved October 19, 2012. Hildegarde F. Schine, known as the matriarch of Boca Raton in the arts and society, has died. She was 91. Mrs. Schine was married to J. Myer Schine, who bought the Boca Raton Resort and Club in 1944. Mr. Schine died in 1971. He was 82. The couple also bought hotels in Miami and eventually owned 185 movie theaters in several states. They sold the resort and club in 1956. Mrs. Schine has been credited with culturally enriching what was an arts-barren village when she moved to
  8. ^ "A Towering Empire". Time. July 30, 1965. Retrieved March 15, 2008. The Schine holdings, worth an estimated $150 million, brought the value of Wien and Helmsley's coast-to-coast collection up close to $900 million, three times that of the spread controlled by William Zeckendorf at his apogee six years ago.
  9. ^ "J. Myer Schine, 78, Hotel Man, Dead. Sale of His $150-Million Holdings Set Off Legal Row". New York Times. May 10, 1971. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
  10. ^ "J. Myer Schine Dies. Headed Hotel Chain". United Press International in Hartford Courant. May 10, 1971. Funeral services will be held today for J. Myer Schine, who built a smalltown movie house into a $150 million hotel and land empire.
  11. ^ "Schine Student Center". Syracuse University. Retrieved February 9, 2010. A $2,500,000 gift from Reneé Schine Crown, daughter of Hildegarde and J. Myer Schine, helped begin the process for construction of the Student Center. The concept of the building was described as a "reflection of the diverse intellectual, cultural, and social interests of the Syracuse University community. It will provide the space for students to gather, along with faculty and staff, in an atmosphere conducive to social, leisure, and educational purposes."