Who We Are

Linda Thurman founded Movie Poster Archives and immediately engaged Ed and Susan Poole because we are people who love movie posters. We also love knowledge, research and truth. We spend hours studying posters, lobby cards, stills and press kits. We celebrate details and authenticity and love delving into original sources to discover obscure facts.

Linda Thurman
Linda Thurman
Executive Director

Executive director Linda Thurman is an author, speaker and former Hollywood executive. She founded Movie Poster Archives after retiring as president and co-founder of Emerald Bayou Studios. Linda is the author of Hollywood South: Glamour, Gumbo, and Greed (Pelican Publishing). Her eclectic career includes film, television, theater, music, and publishing.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Entertainment Coalition and the board of advisors of the Louisiana Center for Women in Government and Business and the Louisiana Girls Leadership Academy.

Ed and Susan Poole
Ed and Susan Poole
Archivists and Researchers

Ed Poole and Susan Poole, Consulting Archivists and Researchers, have written more than 20 books on film history with an emphasis on posters. They founded LAMP: Learn About Movie Posters and Hollywood on the Bayou. The Poole Collection is world-renowned and has been exhibited in London, Los Angeles, and New York.

Ed and Susan’s expertise is a resource for Heritage Auctions, the Smithsonian, and auctions houses and collectors worldwide.

Ed coined the phrase “movie accessories” to denote movie-related paper.


Backdrop Louisiana! movie poster exhibit at the Slidell City Gallery
Alex Corolla (City of Slidell), Linda Thurman (MPA), Kim Bergeron (New Orleans Entertainment Coalition), Susan and Ed Poole (Hollywood on the Bayou)
Sue Poole, Ed Poole, Linda Thurman
Susan Poole, Ed Poole, and Linda Thurman honored for volunteer service
New Orleans City Council Presentation
New Orleans City Councilmembers Cyndi Nguyen, Kristen Palmer, Linda Thurman, Councilmember Jared Brosset, Susan and Ed Poole

To preserve and study movie posters, lobby cards, stills and paper film accessories.


To create a vast digital and physical archive for the preservation and research of movie paper.

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