FORM 10-Q

                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

                             Washington, D.C.  20549

   (Mark One)

   [X]  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
        EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                 For the quarterly period ended August 22, 1996

   []   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
        EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

   For the transition period from ______________to_______________

   Commission file number 1-12604

                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION          
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

              WISCONSIN                                      39-1139844    
      (State or other jurisdiction of                   (I.R.S. Employer  
       incorporation or organization)                  Identification No.)

       250 EAST WISCONSIN AVENUE, SUITE 1700 - MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN  53202
           (Address of principal executive offices)         (Zip code)

        Registrant's telephone number, including area code (414) 272-6020

   Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports
   required to be filed by Sections 12, 13 or 15(d) of the Securities
   Exchange Act of 1934, during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter
   period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has
   been subject to filing requirements for the past 90 days.

                          Yes     X        No         

                      APPLICABLE ONLY TO CORPORATE ISSUERS:

   Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes
   of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

   COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING AT SEPTEMBER 24, 1996 - 10,818,671
   CLASS B COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING AT SEPTEMBER 24, 1996 - 8,856,405

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION

                                      INDEX
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                                                                  No. 

    PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION


    Item 1.  Consolidated Financial Statements:

             Balance Sheets
             (August 22, 1996 and May 30, 1996) . . . . . . . .    3

             Statements of Earnings
             (Twelve weeks ended August 22, 1996 
             and August 17, 1995) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    5

             Statements of Cash Flows
             (Twelve weeks ended August 22, 1996 
             and August 17, 1995) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    6

             Condensed Notes to Financial Statements  . . . . .    7


    Item 2.  Management's Discussion and Analysis 
             of Financial Condition and Results 
             of Operations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    8



    PART II - OTHER INFORMATION


    Item 6.  Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K . . . . . . . . .   11

             Signatures   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   12

   
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                         PART I - FINANCIAL INFORMATION


   Item 1.  Financial Statements

                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                          Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                                          (in thousands)
                                                   (Unaudited)    (Audited)
                                                    August 22,      May 30,
                                                       1996           1996 
    ASSETS
    Current Assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                       $  1,917    $  15,466
      Accounts and notes receivable                      9,817        8,780
      Receivables from joint ventures                    4,428        4,890
      Other current assets                               2,384        2,463
                                                       -------      -------
        Total current assets                            18,546       31,599

    Property and equipment: 
      Land and improvements                             66,156       60,177
      Buildings and improvements                       356,975      329,458
      Leasehold improvements                             5,410        5,688
      Furniture, fixtures and equipment                142,766      137,305
      Construction in progress                          19,195       22,336
                                                       -------      -------
        Total property and equipment                   590,502      554,964
      Less accumulated depreciation and
        amortization                                   147,927      143,401
                                                       -------      -------
        Net property and equipment                     442,575      411,563

    Other assets:
      Investments in joint ventures                      1,303        1,295
      Other                                             12,866       10,858
                                                       -------      -------
        Total other assets                              14,169       12,153
                                                       -------      -------
    TOTAL ASSETS                                      $475,290     $455,315
                                                      ========     ========

   See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                           Consolidated Balance Sheets
                                                         (in thousands)
                                                   (Unaudited)     (Audited)
                                                    August 22,       May 30,
                                                        1996           1996  
    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Current liabilities:
      Notes payable                                     $4,521        $5,555
      Accounts payable                                  11,352        15,646
      Income taxes                                       7,796         1,393
      Taxes other than income taxes                     10,323         8,323
      Accrued compensation                               2,122         1,380
      Other accrued liabilities                          8,694         9,352
      Current maturities on long-term debt               9,069         9,069
                                                       -------       -------
        Total current liabilities                       53,877        50,718

    Long-term debt                                     133,354       127,135

    Deferred income taxes                               20,052        20,027

    Deferred compensation and other                      6,486         6,187

    Shareholders' equity
      Preferred Stock, $1 par; authorized
      1,000,000 shares;
        none issued
      Common Stock, $1 par; authorized
      30,000,000 shares;
        issued 11,530,162 shares at August 22,
        1996, 11,529,962 shares at May 30, 1996         11,530        11,530
      Class B Common Stock, $1 par; authorized
      20,000,000
        shares; issued and outstanding 8,856,405
        shares at August 22, 1996, 8,856,605 at
        May 30, 1996                                     8,857         8,857
      Capital in excess of par                          38,872        38,832
      Retained earnings                                205,856       195,643
                                                       -------       -------
                                                       265,115       254,862
      Less cost of Common Stock in treasury
        (714,467 shares at August 22, 1996 and
        718,352 shares at May 30, 1996)                  3,594         3,614
                                                       -------       -------
        Total shareholders' equity                     261,521       251,248
                                                       -------       -------
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        $475,290      $455,315
                                                      ========      ========

   See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Unaudited)
                                      (in thousands, except per share data)
                                                       12 Weeks Ended 
                                                  August 22,     August 17,
                                                      1996           1995  
    Revenues:
      Rooms and telephone                           $40,553        $37,012 
      Food and beverage                              11,295         11,866 
      Theatre operations                             20,486         18,857 
      Other income                                    5,490          5,833 
                                                    -------        -------
    Total revenues                                   77,824         73,568 

    Costs and expenses:
      Rooms and telephone                            13,300         12,014 
      Food and beverage                               7,922          8,306 
      Theatre operations                             12,425         11,247 
      Advertising and marketing                       3,894          3,324 
      Administrative                                  6,608          7,359 
      Depreciation and amortization                   6,340          5,875 
      Rent                                              806          1,019 
      Property taxes                                  2,596          2,203 
      Other operating expenses                        2,515          2,794 
                                                    -------        -------
    Total costs and expenses                         56,406         54,141
                                                    -------        -------
    Operating income                                 21,418         19,427 

    Other income (loss):
      Investment income                                 143            364 
      Interest expense                               (2,179)        (2,111)
      Gain on disposition of property and
        equipment                                         4         24,607
                                                    -------        -------
                                                     (2,032)        22,860 
                                                    -------        -------
    Earnings before income taxes                     19,386         42,287 
    Income taxes                                      7,758         16,977 
                                                    -------        -------
    Net earnings                                    $11,628        $25,310 
                                                    =======        =======
    Net earnings per share:*
      Earnings excluding gain on restaurant sale      $0.59          $0.53 
      After-tax gain on restaurant sale                               0.75 
                                                                   -------
      Net earnings per share                          $0.59          $1.28 
                                                    -------        -------
    Weighted Average Shares Outstanding*             19,841         19,743 

   * All per share and weighted average shares outstanding data has been
     adjusted to reflect the 50% stock dividend distributed on November 14,
     1995.

   See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
                                                         (in thousands)
                                                         12 Weeks Ended
                                                     August 22,   August 17,
                                                        1996         1995

    OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
    Net earnings                                       $11,628      $25,310
    Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to
      net cash provided by operating
      activities:
      Earnings on investments in joint
      ventures, net of distributions                        (8)         (80)
      Gain on disposition of property and
      equipment                                             (4)     (24,607)
      Depreciation and amortization                      6,340        5,875
      Deferred income taxes                                 25          646
      Deferred compensation and other                      299          194
      Changes in assets and liabilities:
        Accounts and notes receivable                   (1,037)      (4,411)
        Other current assets                                79          516
        Accounts payable                                (4,294)     (10,000)
        Income taxes                                     6,403       14,081
        Taxes other than income taxes                    2,000          808
        Accrued compensation                               742          930
        Other accrued liabilities                         (658)       1,595
                                                       -------      -------
    Total adjustments                                    9,887      (14,453)
                                                       -------      -------
    Net cash provided by operating activities           21,515       10,857

    INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
    Capital expenditures                               (37,680)     (19,306)
    Net proceeds from disposals of property,
    equipment and other assets                             332       49,080
    Purchase of interest in joint ventures, net
    of cash acquired                                        --         (222)
    (Increase) decrease in other assets                 (2,008)       3,483
    Cash received from joint ventures                      462          255
                                                       -------      -------
    Net cash [used in] provided by investing
    activities                                         (38,894)      33,290

    FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
    Debt transactions:
      Net proceeds from issuance of notes
      payable and long-term debt                        11,500            -
      Principal payments on notes payable and
      long-term debt                                    (6,315)     (20,539)
    Equity transactions:
      Treasury stock transactions, except for
      stock options                                          3         (109)
      Exercise of stock options                             57          183
      Dividends paid                                    (1,415)      (5,010)
                                                       -------      -------
    Net cash provided by [used in] financing
    activities                                           3,830      (25,475)
                                                       -------      -------
    Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
    equivalents                                        (13,549)      18,672
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of
    year                                                15,466        8,798
                                                       -------      -------
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $ 1,917      $27,470
                                                       =======      =======

   See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                 CONDENSED NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE
                               TWELVE WEEKS ENDED
                                 AUGUST 22, 1996
                                   (Unaudited)

   A. Refer to the Company's audited financial statements (including
      footnotes) for the fiscal year ended May 30, 1996, contained in the
      Company's Form 10-K Annual Report for such fiscal year, for a
      description of the Company's accounting policies.

   B. The consolidated financial statements for the twelve weeks ended
      August 22, 1996 and August 17, 1995, have been prepared by the Company
      without audit.  In the opinion of management, all adjustments
      consisting only of normal recurring accruals necessary to present
      fairly the unaudited interim financial information at August 22, 1996,
      and for all periods presented have been made.

   C. Pursuant to an asset purchase agreement dated April 12, 1995, the
      Company completed the sale of its 18 existing Applebee's Neighborhood
      Grill & Bar restaurants (Applebee's), two Applebee's under
      construction, five Applebee's under development and its development
      rights for Applebee's to Apple South, Inc. (the Purchaser).  On June 5,
      1995, the Company entered into a management agreement with the
      Purchaser, whereby the Purchaser commenced to immediately manage,
      operate and assume all of the Company's existing operating and
      development responsibilities related to the Company's Applebee's
      restaurant operations.  The Purchaser received all profits of the
      restaurants between June 5, 1995 and June 30, 1995, as reimbursement
      for its management service.  On June 30, 1995, proceeds from the sale
      of approximately $48.3 million were received by the Company in cash.

   D. The Company's Board of Directors declared a three-for-two stock split,
      effected in the form of a 50% stock dividend, distributed on November
      14, 1995, to all holders of Common Stock and Class B Common Stock.  All
      per share and weighted average shares outstanding data prior to
      November 14, 1995 have been adjusted to reflect this dividend.

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION


   Item 2.   Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations
             and Financial Condition

                Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

             Certain matters discussed in this Management's Discussion and
   Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition are "forward-
   looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from
   liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
   1995.  These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as
   such because the context of the statement will include words such as the
   company "believes," "anticipates," "expects" or words of similar import. 
   Similarly, statements that describe the Company's future plans, objectives
   or goals are also forward-looking statements.  Such forward looking
   statements are subject to certain risks, assumptions and uncertainties
   which are described in close proximity to such statements and which could
   cause actual results to differ materially from those currently
   anticipated.  Shareholders, potential investors and other readers are
   urged to consider these risks, assumptions and uncertainties carefully in
   evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place
   undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.  The forward-looking
   statements made herein are only made as of the date of this Form 10-Q and
   the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-
   looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

   RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

   General

             The Company reports its results of operations on a 52-or 53-week
   fiscal year which ends on the last Thursday in May.  Each fiscal year is
   divided into three 12-week quarters and a final quarter consisting of 16
   or 17 weeks.  The final quarter of fiscal 1997 will consist of 17 weeks
   for each of the Company's motel and hotels/resorts divisions, while the
   Company and its other remaining divisions will report a 16-week fourth
   quarter.  Fiscal 1996 was a 53-week fiscal year for the Company and its
   theatre division, while the Company's remaining divisions reported a 52-
   week year in fiscal 1996.

             Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 1997 ended August 22,
   1996, totaled $77.8 million dollars, an increase of $4.3 million, or 5.8%,
   from revenues reported for the first quarter of fiscal 1996.  Excluding
   $973,000 of revenues recognized in the first quarter of fiscal 1996 from
   restaurant locations which were subsequently disposed of or closed,
   revenues increased 7.2% between quarters.  Net earnings for the first
   quarter of fiscal 1997 were $11.6 million, or $0.59 per share, up 10.5%
   and 11.3%, respectively, from comparable earnings of $10.5 million, or
   $0.53 per share, for the same quarter in the prior year.  Including the
   after-tax gain of $14.8 million, or $0.75 per share, resulting from the
   Company's sale of its Applebee's restaurants and related rights in June
   1995, net earnings for fiscal 1996's first quarter were $25.3 million, or
   $1.28 per share.

   Motels

             Total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 1997 for the
   motel division were $33.9 million, an increase of $3.4 million, or 11.2%,
   compared to the first quarter of fiscal 1996.  The motel division's
   operating income for the fiscal 1997 first quarter totaled $13.0 million,
   an increase of $1.3 million, or 10.8%, over the division's fiscal 1996
   first quarter operating income.

             Compared to the first quarter of fiscal 1996, there were 11 new
   Company-owned or operated and five new franchised Budgetel Inns in
   operation during the fiscal 1997 first quarter.  The Company's newly
   opened motels contributed additional revenues of $2.4 million to the
   division's fiscal 1997 first quarter revenues.  Increased average daily
   room rates at the Company's continuing motels during the first quarter of
   fiscal 1997 compared to the prior year's first quarter offset lower
   comparative occupancy rates caused by increasing industry segment room
   availability.  The Company is beginning to notice overbuilding in certain
   areas of the limited service lodging segment which the Company believes
   may eventually negatively impact its operating income margins.  At the end
   of the fiscal 1997 first quarter, the Company operated 129 Budgetel Inns,
   of which 96 were Company-owned or operated and 33 were franchised.  In
   addition, the Company currently plans to open up to an additional 23 new
   Company-owned or operated or franchised Budgetel Inns during the remainder
   of fiscal 1997.  During the fiscal 1997 first quarter, the Company signed
   a franchise development agreement with a Houston, Texas-based developer to
   open up to 42 new franchised Budgetel Inns in Texas over the next ten
   years.  The Company also owns and operates three Woodfield Suites all-
   suite motels and plans to open two new Woodfield Suites in Cincinnati,
   Ohio and Madison, Wisconsin later in fiscal 1997.

   Theatres

             The theatre division's fiscal 1997 first quarter revenues were
   $20.6 million, an increase of $1.7 million, or 8.7%, over the first
   quarter of fiscal 1996.  The division's operating income for the fiscal
   1997 first quarter was $4.9 million, a decrease of $248,000, or 4.8%,
   under the same prior year period.

             Total box office receipts for the fiscal 1997 first quarter were
   $14.1 million, an increase of $781,000, or 5.9%, from the same period in
   the prior year.  During the first quarter of fiscal 1997, box office
   receipts increased due to the operation of 64 additional screens in the
   fiscal 1996 first quarter, together with a 4.8% increase in first-run
   theatre average ticket prices and a 5.8% increase in vending revenues per
   person.  A total of 47 new screens, including 27 acquired screens, were
   added during the fiscal 1997 first quarter, with another 39 screens under
   construction or development as of the end of the quarter.  The Company
   operated 266 total screens at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 1997
   compared to 202 at the end of last year's first quarter.  The additional
   screens in operation during the fiscal 1997 first quarter allowed over-all
   theatre attendance to increase 6.2% compared to the fiscal 1996 first
   quarter.  Without the additional screens, attendance would have decreased
   between quarters largely as a result of the 1996 Summer Olympics.  The
   Olympics adversely affected attendance at the Company's theatres and the
   industry in general.  Not only did the television coverage of the Olympics
   reduce movie theatre attendance, but many motion picture film distributors
   anticipated lower theatre attendance during the Olympics and featured
   their best films during the late spring and early summer to avoid
   competing with the Olympics.  This strategy meant that less attractive
   films were distributed later in the summer.  Because theatre attendance is
   largely dependent upon the audience appeal of available films, these less
   attractive film offerings further reduced attendance.  Also, fiscal 1997
   first quarter results for the division did not include the results of the
   1996 Memorial Day weekend, which was included in the Company's fiscal 1996
   fourth quarter results.  Fiscal 1996's first quarter included the results
   of the 1995 Memorial Day weekend.  The Memorial Day weekend is
   traditionally one of the year's busiest motion picture viewing weekends. 
   FunSet Boulevard, the division's new family entertainment center, opened
   in July 1996 and did not have a material effect on first quarter results.

   Hotels and Resorts

             Total revenues from the hotels and resorts division during the
   first quarter of fiscal 1997 increased by $88,000, or 0.5%, to $16.4
   million, over the previous year's first quarter.  Fiscal 1997 first
   quarter operating income increased by $255,000, or 7.3%, to $3.8 million,
   compared to the prior fiscal year's first quarter.  The division's
   improved results were achieved for the fiscal 1997 first quarter despite
   unseasonably cold weather in the early summer which impacted occupancy and
   delayed the opening of the newly designed Highland's golf course at the
   Grand Geneva Resort & Spa.  The division's fiscal 1997 first quarter
   results benefitted from increased revenues from, and reduced charges for
   pre-opening costs for, the Company's Milwaukee Hilton hotel (formerly the
   Marc Plaza).  The division acquired the Erawan Garden Springs Resort in
   Indian Wells, California in August 1996 and plans are underway for an
   extensive renovation of the property.

   Restaurants

             Restaurant division revenues totaled $6.8 million for the fiscal
   1997 first quarter, a decrease of $590,000, or 8.0%, from the same period
   in fiscal 1996.  The decreased revenues were due to the absence of
   $973,000 of revenues from the disposition or closure of 21 restaurants
   since last year's first quarter, as well as decreased rental income. 
   Excluding the loss of revenues from the non-continuing restaurants, fiscal
   1997 first quarter revenues for the division increased 6.0% over the
   fiscal 1996 first quarter.  The division's operating income for the fiscal
   1997 period was $657,000, compared to operating income of $258,000 in the
   first quarter of the prior year.  This increase in operating income was
   primarily a result of new successful KFC product introductions and
   increased sales from KFC's home delivery program, combined with reduced
   administrative costs related to the disposition of certain restaurant
   properties last year.  Same store KFC revenues for the first quarter of
   fiscal 1997 compared to the prior year's first quarter were up 13.3%, 
   with guest counts at same store KFCs up 8.6% and average guest check 
   amounts up 4.6%.  The Company plans to open its first converted 2-in-1 
   KFC/Taco Bell restaurant during the third quarter.

   FINANCIAL CONDITION

             The Company's lodging, movie theatre and restaurant businesses
   each generate significant and consistent daily amounts of cash because
   each segment's revenue is derived predominantly from consumer cash
   purchases.  The Company believes that these consistent and predictable
   cash sources, together with the availability to the Company of in excess
   of $25 million of unused credit lines at the end of the first quarter,
   should be adequate to support the ongoing operational liquidity needs of
   the Company's businesses.

             Net cash provided by operating activities increased by $10.6
   million during the first quarter of fiscal 1997 to $21.5 million, compared
   to $10.9 million in the prior year's first quarter.  The increase between
   the fiscal first quarters was primarily the result of approximately $10
   million of income taxes incurred on the gain on the sale of restaurants in
   fiscal 1996.  Timing differences in receipts of accounts and notes
   receivable and payment of accounts payable were offset by a reduced
   increase in income taxes payable.

             Net cash used in investing activities during the fiscal 1997
   first quarter totaled $38.9 million, compared to the positive cash flow of
   $33.3 million in the fiscal 1996 first quarter which resulted from
   receiving $48.3 million in net cash proceeds from the June 1995 sale of
   its Applebee's restaurants and related rights.  Capital expenditures to
   support the Company's continuing expansion program totalled $37.7 million
   in the first quarter of fiscal 1997 compared to $19.3 million in the prior
   year's first quarter.

             Cash provided by financing activities in the fiscal 1997 first
   quarter totalled $3.8 million compared to a net use of $25.5 million in
   the first quarter of fiscal 1996.  During the fiscal 1997 first quarter,
   the Company received $11.5 million of net proceeds from the issuance of
   notes payable and long-term debt.  The Company did not issue new debt in
   the first quarter of fiscal 1996.  The Company paid $6.3 million of
   principal payments on long-term debt in the fiscal 1997 first quarter
   compared to $20.5 million in the prior year's first quarter.  The higher
   debt payments in the first quarter of fiscal 1996 were a result of the use
   of cash proceeds from its Applebee's sale.  As a result of the Company's
   change to quarterly rather than annual dividend payments, the Company made
   dividend payments of $1.4 million during the fiscal 1997 first quarter
   compared to $5.0 million during the prior year's first quarter.  The
   Company is planning a private placement of $200 millon in principal amount
   of senior unsecured long-term notes over the next 30 months, with an
   initial placement of approximately $85 million in principal amount of
   notes expected on or about October 25, 1996.  The Company expects to use
   these funds to pay off existing debt and help fund the Company's ongoing
   expansion plans.

             The actual timing and extent of the implementation of the
   Company's current expansion plans will depend in large part on continuing
   favorable industry and general economic conditions, the competitive
   environment, evolving customer needs and trends and the availability of
   attractive opportunities.  It is likely that the Company's current
   expansion goals will continue to evolve and change in response to these
   and other factors.

   
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  Item 6.   Exhibits and Reports on Form 8-K

             a.   Exhibits

                  Exhibit 27.  Financial Data Schedule 

             b.   Reports on Form 8-K

                  No Form 8-K was filed by the Company during the quarter to
                  which this Form 10-Q relates.

   
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                                   SIGNATURES

             Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of
   1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its
   behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION

                                  (Registrant)

   DATE:  October 7, 1996

                                 By:  \s\ Stephen H. Marcus                  
                                      Stephen H. Marcus,
                                      Chairman of the Board, President and
                                      Chief Executive Officer

   DATE:  October 7, 1996
                                 By:  \s\ Douglas A. Neis                    
                                      Douglas A. Neis
                                      Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

   
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                             THE MARCUS CORPORATION
                                    FORM 10-Q
                                       FOR
                         12 WEEKS ENDED AUGUST 22, 1996


                                  EXHIBIT INDEX


   Exhibit             Description

     27                Financial Data Schedule






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