US Movie Posters



These are the most common posters you'll come across, and are usually extremely desirable since they will very likely be “country of origin” depending on the film. In other words they were printed where the film was made. In the same way, Italian posters can be very desirable for Italian films such as “A Fistful of Dollars” or “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Below is a summary of the most common formats.

One-sheet – 27”x40” (27"x41" for most older posters and some newer ones) - the most popular format you'll find. Always printed on paper stock, the quality of which has improved greatly over the years. Up until the late 1970s these were mainly issued machine-folded to cinemas (most commonly with 1 vertical fold, 3 horizontal). After this time some began to be issued rolled, and now all are sent in this way.

30”x40” – printed on card stock and usually featuring the same artwork as the one-sheet. Always issued rolled, hence if in good condition are very desirable for older films.


Vertigo - Us One Sheet Dr No - Us 30x40
27"x41" 30"x40"

40"x60" - printed on card stock and usually featuring the same artwork as the one-sheet. For some the large size is a great showpiece, but the dimensions make storage and framing a problem. Always issued rolled, hence if in good condition are very desirable for older films.


Attack of the 50ft Woman - 40x60
40"x60"


Half-sheet – 22” x 28” - printed on a card stock. Sometimes featured different artwork to the One-sheet, and is in a compact landscape form which makes it ideal for framing. Some were issued rolled, some folded, but with card stock rolled is much more desirable.

Insert – 14”x36” – printed on card stock, sometimes featuring cropped artwork from the one-sheet design. In my opinion a great size, easy to frame and great to display. Sometimes issued rolled, otherwise folded (usually with 2 horizontal folds).

Window Card – 14”x22” – printed on card stock, usually featuring the same artwork as the one-sheet. These have a large blank border at the top which was to be used to write in the showing times of the film at the local cinema. For many people having this blank (or having it with neat writing!) is preferable. Usually issued flat to the cinemas, so avoid folded cards.


The Day the Earth Stood Still - Half Sheet Hard Days Night - Window Card
22"x28" 14"x22"


3-sheet – 41”x81” – printed on paper stock. Usually carry a unique design, and look spectacular on any wall (if your wall is big enough). However they are very costly to frame owing to their large size. Issued folded, sometimes in 2 separate pieces.

6-sheet – 81”x81”- printed on paper stock. Usually carry a unique design, but extremely large so virtually impossible to frame. Issued folded, usually in 2 or 4 pieces.


Yellow Submarine - 6 sheet Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 3 sheet
81"x81" 41"x81"


Lobby Card – 11”x14” – printed on card stock, usually issued in a set of 8 to the cinema and typically featured a title card and 7 scene cards. It can be very difficult to find a complete set for most older films. Perfect size for easy framing. Always flat, never folded.

Mini Lobby Card – 8”x10” – as above but smaller and sometimes with an entirely different layout.

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