Movie Poster Archives

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Movie Poster Auction
October 16 – 23

Movie Poster Archives is partnering with Bidding For Good a special auction site for non-profit organizations with over 20 years of experience in the fundraising software industry. When multiple donations of the same item are donated, the vaults are opened to offer these extras to fund programs for the preservation and study of movie paper, exhibits, and education. Winning bidders from across the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are enjoying items that were hidden from view. more

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Preserving and Sharing America’s Cinematic Heritage:
Movie Poster Archives Launches Campaign 2023


[NEW ORLEANS, July 12, 2023] – Movie Poster Archives (MPA), the world’s leading institution dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich history of cinema art, is launching its highly-anticipated Campaign 2023. The local nonprofit has been at the forefront of archiving and preserving movie posters, an essential element of the film industry’s visual storytelling, since it began in New Orleans in 2016. read more

Introducing Movie Poster Archives:
Preserving Paper Memories

When Ed Poole bought his girlfriend Susan a “Gidget” poster on a stroll through the French Quarter, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession and led to a collection of over 1.5 million pieces. Now the world’s leading authorities, they reshaped the world of collecting movie posters.

“This is a great place full of great information for fans and collectors!
Keep up the amazing work! I will be back many times!” – N.L.
“Absolutely love the store!” – A.G.

After six years of planning, our gallery and research center is open with a gift from world-renowned collector Morris Everett, Jr. The multi-purpose facility houses an exhibition space, a research center, and a gift shop with thousands of collectible posters, stills, celebrity photos, and oddities. A special feature for the film-loving community is a screening space that can also be used for meetings. more

Where movie magic and memories meet

Movie Poster Archives is nonprofit. Our purpose is to create a vast digital and physical archive for the preservation and research of movie paper. Movie posters are fragile. They were created as disposable advertising and were never meant to last. Vulnerable to fire, water, sunlight, and the ravages of time, most have disappeared into history. Sadly, many have been thrown out by people unaware of their significance. Horror stories abound of thousands of posters dumped in landfills and burned in firepits — even sealed in an abandoned mineshaft. The growing use of digital displays in movie theater lobbies further erodes the production of these paper memories.

Posters have an intrinsic value to film enthusiasts, and these fragile relics are a treasure trove for the study of film, art, history, and social attitudes. They picture our outlooks on race, women, sexuality, politics, and every other aspect of human endeavor and behavior through the decades.

Archives are an important resource for the study of film history and the film industry. The collection is being digitized for historic preservation and a virtual museum is in development. The opening exhibit of Louisiana Movie Posters is online now.