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Encyclopedia > Film poster
German Three sheet Movie poster for Metropolis.
German Three sheet Movie poster for Metropolis.

Movie posters are posters used to advertise films. Their use goes back to the earliest public exhibitions of film, where they began as outside placards listing the programme of (short) films to be shown inside the hall or theater. By the early 1900s, they began to feature illustrations of a scene from each individual film. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (339x766, 55 KB) Summary Promotional poster for the film Metropolis. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (339x766, 55 KB) Summary Promotional poster for the film Metropolis. ... 1942 US government war poster. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... An illustration of a character from a story; also, an illustration of illustrations An Illustration is a visualisation such as drawing, painting, photograph or other work of art that stresses subject more than form. ...


Currently, due to a film's short theatrical life, posters are issued in small print runs and are discarded when the films run finished.


However, historically, large runs for most titles, stored in production company or advertising agency warehouses, or individual items kept as souvenirs by theater owners, allowed posters from the classical and modern film periods, and early postmodern period, to survive in at least a few numbers.


Movie posters come in different sizes and styles depending on the country. The most common are listed below. United States:

Most sizes (other than the one sheet) have fallen out of favor with film distributors, and are rarely used nowadays. United Kingdom: Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Photograph of a landscape A landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements such as lighting and weather conditions, and human elements, for instance human activity or the built environment. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Photograph of a landscape A landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements such as lighting and weather conditions, and human elements, for instance human activity or the built environment. ... Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ...

Australia: Photograph of a landscape A landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements such as lighting and weather conditions, and human elements, for instance human activity or the built environment. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ...

Notable film poster artists include Saul Bass, Drew Struzan, Peter Strausfield and Bob Peak. A daybill is one variety of Australian movie poster issued to cinemas at the time of a films release. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Roman-Egyptian funeral portrait of a young boy A portrait is a painting, photograph, or other artistic representation of a person. ... Saul Bass Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 - April 25, 1996; pronunciation of name unknown) was a graphic designer, but is best known for his design on motion picture title sequences, which is thought of as the best such work ever seen. ... Drew Stuzan Artist Drew Struzan with his famously distinctive signature Drew Struzan (born 1947) is an American artist. ... Bob Peak (1927-1992) was a pioneer in the development of the modern day movie poster. ...


Lobby cards are like posters but smaller, usually 11" X 14" (but also 8" x 10" before 1930). Lobby Cards are collected and their value depends on their age, quality and popularity. Typically issued in sets of 8, each featuring a different scene from the film.


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