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I specialise in theatrical release movie posters that have either
been displayed in cinemas, or were produced for cinema display - not to
be confused with mass-market souvenir type reproductions that typically
sell for a few pounds and are commonly available.
Movie Poster Size Guide
This guide lists
some of the main original movie poster sizes. Please note that these
posters are all
original authentic movie posters - not to be confused with reproductions
or 'souvenir' type posters commonly found in shops. These are the actual
cinema posters that were used at the time of a movie's release.
The Quad, or 'Quad Crown' to give it its full name, comes from the early
theatrical 'Crown' format which measured 15" x 20". Doubled it became a
'Double Crown' measuring 30" x 20" and quadrupled it became a 'Quad
Crown', since abbreviated to Quad. Unique to Great Britain and very
popular with collectors, the quad poster has stood the test of time and
for many is 'just right' - its landscape format
complementing that of the cinema screen. Quads were normally supplied folded until
around the mid 1980s.
The US One Sheet, standardised since 1910 at 27" x 41" started to switch
its size to 27" x 40" during the 1980s. Variations include a
wider version measuring 30" x 40" printed on thin card stock. One Sheets were
typically supplied folded until around the mid 1980s. The One Sheet movie
has an elegance all of its own.
The US Half Sheet is a landscape format produced on thin card stock.
Generally rarer than their full-size counterparts, the Half Sheet is very collectable
and easy to display.
The Japanese B2 'Hansai' format is a portrait format that is growing in popularity with collectors worldwide. Up until the 1980s posters were produced on both glossy and matt paper stock, and often the same title could be found on both. Since the 1990s nearly all B2 Hansai posters have been produced on glossy paper. Designs are often intricate, featuring a montage of actual images taken from the movie.
How I grade our Original Movie Posters
I take great care with grading in an effort to give a true representation of a poster's actual condition. I have very high standards and only sell posters that I, too, would love to have displayed on a wall at home or in the office, or home cinema, and see little merit in selling anything substandard. By offering transparent descriptions, together with a no-quibble 100% money back guarantee, you can shop with total confidence.
This is how we present our posters
1.We take an individual photograph of every single poster that we sell, against a neutral grey background, enabling both light and dark poster borders to stand out.
2.Our photographs are then displayed to scale, so that you can instantly gauge the relative size of each poster.
3.We offer a clear description, including dates and country of origin.
4.We apply an overall
condition rating as follows:
For us this can only mean one
thing - 100% pristine condition, as new, mint! A perfect 10.
Superb condition, virtually
mint, smallest signs of handling or age.
A poster in exceptionally good
A very presentable poster, but
one with small imperfections.
A presentable poster, but
one that has a number of obvious visual blemishes that detract from its overall
Suffers from heavy use, poor
storage, paper loss, random tears, excessive creasing.
Suffers from very heavy use, major neglect, major paper loss, larger random tears, excessive creasing or worse.
Every poster that I sell is individually photographed. In other words the poster that you see is the actual poster that you will receive once ordered. In some photos glass paperweights can be seen. An overlaid watermark 'Sci-FiMoviePosters.co.uk' appears on photos (but not on the actual posters of course!). All posters are shown to scale. If there's a particular poster that you are interested in, and you would like to see an even larger photo, simply email the Item Number and I will email you a larger image.
Delivery + Packing
Rest of the World
Delivery & Packing Charges
All orders are charged as follows: £6.00 for the first poster + £1.00 for each additional poster.
All orders are packed with the utmost care using only the very finest shipping materials. The typical 1.5mm to 2.5mm walls found in most British postal tubes simply don't meet our standards, so we have our postal tubes custom made for us, featuring a 6mm (1/4") wall. They are incredibly strong and ensure that your order arrives in perfect condition. We think our postal tubes are the best in the world!
"Poster here safe & sound, thank you."
A. B. - Canada
"...I bought another poster for my son (who collects them) some months ago. It was a Star Wars ESB advance poster and it was wonderful, so thank you."
D. K. - Worcestershire
"...this arrived the other day, lovely example, thank you very much." [Blade Runner British quad]
M. D. - Australia
"Just had to send this email to say thanks for the poster which I received today. Exactly as described, speedy service and fantastic packaging."
S. G. - Cheshire
"The poster arrived
safely and in excellent condition. It's currently at the framers, can't
wait to hang it."
"Poster landed and is fab. Great packing too."
"Just to let you know that
I got the poster today and you made a 42 year old man cry. I can't thank
you enough. It's beautiful."
"Many thanks for the
"Arrived today - really
excellent items - very pleased.
Our 21 Day Worldwide 100% Money Back Guarantee
If for any reason you are not delighted with your purchase please let me know upon receipt via email. All sales are covered by a full 21 day worldwide 100% money-back guarantee. Posters should be carefully packed in their original (undamaged) packaging and returned via a 'signed for' delivery service. Upon receipt I will issue a full refund (including the cost of your return postage) and will follow this up with an email, to make sure that you have received your refund, and that all is well. Since launching in 2008 I haven't had a single unsatisfied customer.
Analog - Science Fiction and Fact.
Asimov's - Asimov's Science Fiction.
Brampton Picture Framing - We have used, and recommend, Brampton Picture Framing.
Clarkesworld Magazine - Monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine, first published in October 2006.
Empire - Film reviews, movie news and interviews.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Science fact.
Sci-Fi-London - Dedicated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival, London.
SFX - The world's number one Sci-Fi and Fantasy magazine.
Starship Modeler - Resource for the science fiction, factual space, fantasy, mecha and anime scale model builders.
Total Film - Film news and movie reviews.
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Do movie posters represent a good investment?
I think so - but I guess I am a little biased! This collection took many years to build. I'd always recommend owning an original movie poster for pure pleasure first and foremost, but in actual fact they can make excellent investments. It is relatively easy to purchase titles that are already highly regarded; what is perhaps more of a challenge is to try and second-guess which titles will become sought-after by collectors in the future. Sometimes a movie can take a number of years to 'mature' before it is recognised as the masterpiece that we all knew it was all along!