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What Is Movie Memorabilia?

Movie memorabilia is the term used to describe objects related to cinema in some way. They are often valuable collectibles that are of particular interest to film enthusiasts. Memorabilia varies greatly and includes genuine props used in movies, advertising materials, and officially licensed merchandise, such as clothing, books, and artwork. Lobby cards and film posters are some of the most popular collectibles.

What Are Lobby Cards?

Lobby cards are a form of advertising popular in America until the 1980s. Film companies promoted upcoming movie releases by issuing sets of cards printed with images from the film for display in movie theater lobbies. U.S. lobby cards are commonly 11 by 14 inches in size, although mini (8 by 10 inches) and jumbo (14 by 17 inches) sizes exist. In the U.K., lobby cards are called Front-of-House cards, and they typically measure 8 by 10 inches. In both the U.S. and the U.K., cards typically came in sets of eight, but some sets are smaller or larger depending on the film.

What Are the Different Sizes of Movie Posters?

Film posters have come in many sizes throughout film history. In America, the two most commonly used sizes for modern advertising are one sheets, measuring 27 inches by 40 inches, and subway posters, measuring 40 inches by 60 inches. Older posters produced prior to the 1980s include half sheets of 22 inches by 28 inches, two sheets of 41 inches by 54 inches, three sheets of 41 inches by 81 inches, and window cards of 14 inches by 22 inches.

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