Guide to collecting Movie Posters
Movie posters generally can serve two purposes after their days as in-theater displays are over. One, they can be valuable collectibles, no different
than baseball cards, stamps or comic books. And just as with those widely collected items, a poster's condition has much to do with its value. And two,
they make spectacular wall hangings, and can add a dash of style and pizzazz to your game room, office or den. (When used only as dÃ©cor, and not
considered an investment, reprinted film advertisements are probably sufficient.)
No matter which group you fall into, knowing the difference between a collectible movie poster and a reprint is important. After all, if you're hoping to
attain an item that will increase in value, it must be an original print. If, on the other hand, you only want to spruce up your off-campus apartment,
there's no sense spending money on a pricier collectible when an equally attractive reprint would fit the bill.
What makes a film print collectible? How is the quality of a print determined? How can I preserve a collectible once I've obtained one? If you are new
to the collecting game, you likely have many questions that you need answered before you make your first purchase. Below, you'll find a few tips to
help get your collection started on the right foot.
Original vs. Reprint: Learning the difference
To determine whether something is considered collectible movie art, you must know the answer to two key questions: Was it produced, printed and
distributed by a movie studio solely for the purpose of in-theater advertising? Was it originally intended for use only as a movie advertisement and not
as an item meant for public consumption? If you can answer "yes" to both of those questions, you're likely dealing with a movie poster that has value.
Certainly other factors come into play (and we'll address some of them shortly) but the basic criteria have been met. Movie art materials that have
value are created for studios by a select group of lithographers, sent to