Backdrop Louisiana! movie poster exhibit in Slidell, Louisiana

Movie Poster Archives

We Love Movie Posters

At Movie Poster Archives, we believe movie posters are important historical
artifacts that tell us who we are and where we come from.
And they’re fun!

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.

Aside from their intrinsic value to film enthusiasts, 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.

The 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.

Louisiana Movie Posters Virtual Museum

JH Foundation is funding the Louisiana Movie Poster Virtual Museum
Grant Award
Louisiana Movie Poster Virtual Museum
Louisiana Movie Poster Museum

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Backdrop Louisiana!

Backdrop Louisiana! Exhibit of movie posters for films made in or about Louisiana.
Backdrop Louisiana! Movie Poster Exhibit

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Mary Pickford Portrait Movie Poster donated to the Bill Douglas Museum at Exeter University
Mary Pickford Portrait Poster donated to
Bill Douglas Museum at Exeter University
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