Original Movie Posters

Printed by a film studio in limited quantity, for display in movie theaters to promote the film. These posters can become highly valued, prized art and collector items.

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Printed by a film studio in limited quantity, for display in movie theaters to promote the film. These posters can become highly valued, prized art and collector items.

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Become a collector

If you have a passion for a film, an actor, actress, director, or graphic arist. you can savor the passion by having the original movie poster on your wall. In some cases, a movie poster will strike such a chord among movie-goers that the original movie poster becomes highly valued by collectors.

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A great investment

Original movie posters can become highly valued, prized collector items.
This can take years or sometimes days. Movies are universal, and the entire world loves classic movies like The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Jaws, and many others will continue to grow in value. Qualities of a good investment include: great artwork, a notable star or director, and a movie you can watch over and over again.

Approximate Appreciation Values per Year

$10 Per Year

$10 Per Year

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$25 Per Year

$25 Per Year

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$15 Per Year

$15 Per Year

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$25 Per Year

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$15 Per Year

$15 Per Year

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State of the art

Many movie posters have been designed by famous graphic artists and illustrators.

Framing & Storage

Framing & Storage

We recommend using high grade plexi-glass and a frame to protect your poster. It’s best to hang your poster in a dry, cool environment not in direct sunlight. For storage, we recommend rolling your poster in an acid free tube and/or plastics sleeve.

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Common Formats

There have been many kinds of print materials used to promote the film in the theaters.

  • 3 Sheet

    3 Sheet

  • One sheet – before 1985

    One sheet – before 1985

    Half Sheet

    Half Sheet

  • One Sheet

    One Sheet

  • Stills

    Stills

  • Insert

    Insert

Original Sizes

  • One Sheet

    27 × 40in

    The standard movie poster, rolled

  • One Sheet
    (before 1985)

    27 × 41in

    The standard movie poster, folded

  • Still

    10 × 8in

    Glossy photographs of film scenes
    Usually in sets of 8

  • Insert

    14 × 36in

    Posters printed on card stock

  • Window Card

    14 × 22in

    Posters printed on card stock

  • Half Sheet

    14 × 36in

    Posters printed on normal stock

  • 30 × 40in

    30 × 40in

    Posters printed on heavy stock Same artwork as on the One Sheet

  • 40 × 60in

    40 × 60in

    Posters printed on heavy stock Same artwork as on the One Sheet

  • Three Sheets

    41 × 81in

    Extra-large posters printed on normal stock

  • Six Sheets

    81 × 81in

    Super-large posters printed on normal stock

Original Poster Glossary

  • One sheet

    Standard theatrical size posters; typically 27x40 or 41”.

  • 6 sheet

    Oversize - consists of 4 smaller pieces that create 1 large poster.

  • 3 sheet

    Usually consists of 
2 smaller pieces to make 1 large poster.

  • British quad

    Released theatrically in the UK; Typically 40x30”.

  • Lobby cards

    Scenes from movie printed on 
card stock - for display in theater lobby.

  • Stills

    Color or Black and White photos from 
movie- used in press packages.

  • Half sheet

    Horizontal theater display; No longer in use.

  • Insert

    Narrow vertical theater display; No longer in use.

  • Presskit

    Press promotional information with stills.

  • Pressbook

    Promotional material released to media.

  • Double Sided

    Printed on both sides, mirror image on back.

  • Single Sided

    Printed on one side, white on back.

  • Rolled

    Stored and shipped rolled up, usually near mint condition.

  • Folded

    3 horizontal and 1 vertical fold.

  • Giclee

    Specialized printing/ink process results in superior quality, has the tonalities/hues of original print.

  • Crease(s) (slight/minor/edge)

    Paper has been dinged on the edge or in the 
middle and small creases are shown.

  • Damage (water/slight/minor)

    Poster has creases/tears/tape/ripples usually
 from being used in the past.

  • Pin holes

    Displayed at movie theaters; very small holes 
in the corners (made by push pins or staples).

  • Tear(s) (small/large/edge)

    Paper has ripped.

  • Tape repair

    Tape on back/front - usually to repair tears.

  • Glued to lobby card(s)

    Still or card is glued onto the back 
of another lobby card for a different film.

  • Edge wear

    Damage occurs from handling or storage, 
edge becomes slightly crinkled or torn.

  • Sticker over rating

    Rating system (R, PG, G)is different, so a sticker 
is placed over original countries rating.

  • Paper loss

    Paper has been torn off and/or a surface 
tear has the ink/paint removed.

  • Fold line(s)

    Poster has been folded in the past and will have a crease line.

  • Print flaw/burn

    Ink has bled or smudged.

  • Stain(s)

    Dirt or other substances have touched 
the paper leaving marks behind.

  • Residue

    Adhesive (sticker/tape/glue) has been removed from poster 
leaving sticky/tacky substance or paper remnants behind.