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Movie Poster Archives Fifth Anniversary

We survived!

Sue Poole, Ed Poole, Linda Thurman
Susan Poole, Ed Poole, and Linda Thurman honored by the State of Louisiana for volunteer service

Every year since 2016, the Secretary of State’s Office sends a reminder that Movie Poster Archives is a year older. The notice to file an annual report has special meaning this year.

Forbes, the business magazine, says that 80% of startups fail in the first five years, and 30% of nonprofits fail. Many more nonprofits fade away by neglecting to comply with regulations, especially crucial filings.

So, what have we been doing?

Saving over 800,000 movie posters, lobby cards, production stills, presskits, and related paper from landfills

Presenting exhibits like Backdrop Louisiana! In Slidell featuring many films made in the area, and RampartNOLA Holiday Exhibit in the French Quarter

Canal Street Second Line
Second Line to Unveil Vitascope Hall Marker

Installing an historic marker for Vitascope Hall, the first movie theater in America at 623 Canal Street, New Orleans, and unveiled the marker with an epic Second Line

Launching Louisiana Movie Poster Virtual Museum sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and New Orleans Entertainment Coalition

Publishing the free Collectible or Not: Quick Guide to Collectible Movie Posters

Donation to Wickam from Dwight Cleveland Gift

Partnering with donor Dwight Cleveland to repatriate English movie posters to British museums including the Wickham.

Launching Movie Poster Auctions on charity auction site Bidding for Good to support our programs

Winning grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana Office of Cultural Affairs, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, New Orleans Entertainment Coalition

Receiving in-kind donations from Microsoft, Google, FaceBook, TechSoup, Lenovo, Adobe, and Intuit.

What’s Next?

Surpass 1,000,000 items in the Archives by the end of 2021

Offer bigger and better auctions with a goal of 1,000 lots by January 2022

Move into new space yet to be identified but wildly anticipated

Begin our Archivist Training Program for interns and volunteers in our new space

Expand the Virtual Museum with more Louisiana posters

And More…

Future projects are under wraps for now. Stay tuned and you’ll be the first to know.

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