Looking for old theater movie posters

posted by filmposters on May 25, 2006 at 9:07 am

I am looking for people who can help me build my collection of old theater movie posters. I am looking for posters from the 20’s till the 80’s and from various genres and sizes.

If anyone still has old posters that he/she would be willing to sell, then please drop me a line. I am also interested in buying larger groups of posters.

i can be reached at: .

Comments (16)

ggates on May 25, 2006 at 10:51 am

You can log onto EBAY and find the category for posters and find as many as you wish. Isn’t the internet a great way to find things? Of course if you’re looking for a steal, it’s 2006, so you won’t find too many naive people left in the world. “gee, I’ve got an old Charlie Chaplin poster that I found while tearing down an old theatre building, wonder if someone will give me $20 to buy lunch?”

filmposters on May 25, 2006 at 11:42 am

I dont think i quite understand the reason of this comment. I, as well as the rest of the world, am aware of the existence of eBay , but as a collector i search in many places which is what keeps the fun in collecting. It is somewhat naive to think that a collector only buys his posters on eBay.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on May 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Ebay is a great place to start a collection.

William on May 25, 2006 at 1:23 pm

Many posters of the great titles from those eras will cost you plenty. Even titles from the 60’s to the 80’s are pulling good prices. I have hundreds and hundreds of different posters and styles and sizes that I have collected over the years. And people know that these posters are collectable and Ebay has made some prices go through the roof on some titles.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 25, 2006 at 3:00 pm

I browse Ebay all the time, and find it an excellent source for rarely seen items. It used to be, collectors could pick from newsletters, fanzines, antique stores, and the like. The circle of knowledge was smaller. Now, previously hard to find items are surfacing for anyone’s collecting taste. And the chance to pick up a steal is harder than ever.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on May 25, 2006 at 8:07 pm

i dont think he said he was looking for a bargin ………Ebay has the best selection..

marcusexp on May 31, 2006 at 5:15 am

My late mother kept box after box of theater movie posters.
It would be great for them to find a home where they would
be appreciated. I know some posters have some value.
There are just so many and I do not have the time. I would be happy to get rid of them all at a very reasonable price.

Annapolis, Maryland

ggates on May 31, 2006 at 8:39 am

I’d be willing to buy ALL of them, if you’re serious about selling. I won’t just cherry pick the valuable ones. Just give me an idea of what years they may be from, size, etc. Are they posters or programs?

marcusexp on May 31, 2006 at 10:07 am

Warren, thanks for the sage advice. I am very willing to part with the posters at less than their value. I was the executor of my mother’s estate and frankly the movie posters are a lose end. She had a significant estate; it has taken two years to sell her
real estate holdings and settle her estate. Frankly I am worn out,
and would gladly part with the poster collection at a most reasonable price.


marcusexp on June 1, 2006 at 10:39 am


I’d love to get rid of them! They have been stored in a climate controlled garage for years. I’d rather have the space emptied so I have more room for my classic cars and auto memorabilia. Mom was into movie posters; I have no appreciation whatsoever. I love grand old movie palaces, not 1960-1980’s movie posters. You can e-mail me
at and I’ll send you some information.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on June 9, 2006 at 7:37 pm

A quick glance at Ebay shows people selling thousands of posters from the 60’s to the 80’s in large lots. Why speculate on the unknown when you can buy a sure thing. Any talk about “climate controlled garages” and “granny driving a Mercedes” is suspect, especially when they can’t provide a list of film titles, because they’re too “busy” investing in more important things. You don’t get something for nothing, and a $900 investment means look a lot deeper. (that’s what he quoted to several who inquired.)

marcusexp on June 9, 2006 at 10:56 pm

Your advice is indeed sound in most cases. Fact is Mrs. Warner,
Sr. was elderly, but she never had grand children. Her estate is
a matter of public record at the Anne Arundel County register of wills. Her phone number 410-849-8054 has never changed and remains connected after her death. Her vintage car was a Silver Cloud II,
not a Mercedes. Say what you want about me, but respect the memory of my late mother. The poster collection is there. If I am unable to sell it for $900.00, O.K. This fall, I will have it inventoried/appraised. It might be worth more, it might be worth less, it might not be worth anything. Her vintage car and her poster
collection are indeed still stored in her garage in Annapolis.
If you do not believe me, make an appointment to see for yourself.
My number is toll free 1-540-433-0875.

marcusexp on June 9, 2006 at 10:58 pm

I made a mistake. The number I listed is NOT toll free. I apologize. I will however provide my toll free number to serious

falkner on November 15, 2006 at 4:10 am

I have a collection for sale.It is a good yet random history of mainly London theater. Samples include. First Mousetrap (The one with Attenborough in it)Siobhan Mckenna in Playboy of The western world (Piccadilly)Mama Cass at the Palladium 1974 (Then shs died)Howard Keel at the same.Alfred Hunt and Lynn Fontanne in The Visit(To book phone the Royalty Theatre on hoborn 8004)Mary jerrold with supporting actor richard Burton,Jack Buchanan and Constance at the St James (phone Whitehall 3903 to book)Spencer Tracy,Burt Lancaster,Marlene Dietrich, Maxiilian Schell,Judy Garland and Montgomery Clift in Judgement at Nuremberg(a real hard find)and many more . A few more contempoary examples include Hair,Rollerball,Mousetrap 6 through 21,henry Fonda as Clarence Darrow,Miss Debbie Reynolds in her premier performance in London. I have about 600.

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I have many from my days working for LOEWS in Nashville,Tennessee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Me too!,but with ABC, PLITT, and GCC theatres.

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