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Posteritati
239 Centre Street FL 4
New York, NY 10013
+1 212-226-2207
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Exhibitions

Please visit us when you're in New York! You can browse through our inventory by computer and see any of our over 9,000 posters in person. The gallery is located between Manhattan's Soho & Little Italy neighborhoods. We look forward to seeing you.

Wim Wenders

WIM WENDERS
September 2015

We were honored to host a special afternoon reception with Wim and Donata Wenders. The event closed out IFC Center's career-spanning retrospective, Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road. A big thank you to IFC Center and the Wim Wenders Foundation. PHOTOS

Rocco and His Brothers

ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
October 2015

Thanks Milestone Films for celebrating the stunning new 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti's masterpiece Rocco and His Brothers at Posteritati! Check out Lauren Caddick's beautiful new poster.

DOC NYC

DOC NYC
November 2015

Our annual opening week party for DOC NYC, America's largest documentary festival. PHOTOS

Martin Scorsese Presents Polish Masterpieces

MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS POLISH MASTERPIECES
February 2014

A special exhibition of Polish movie posters at Lincoln Center's Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, mounted in conjunction with Milestone Films' 21-film retrospective Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Posters from the restrospective are available here. Check out our current selection of Polish movie posters.

Slavoj Zizek

SLAVOJ ZIZEK
November 2013

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology opening party! Special thanks to Zeitgeist Films.

Exclusive Partners

We're proud to be the exclusive dealer of original theatrical posters from acclaimed indie distributors Zeitgeist Films, Rialto Films, IFC Films, Magnolia Films, Kino Lorber, Strand Releasing, First Run Features, Cinema Guild and others!

Check out our posters at some of our favorite New York arthouse cinemas!

Our Books

ART OF THE MODERN MOVIE POSTER
Chronicle Books, 2008

Art of the Modern Movie Poster has been called a "truly magnificent, if not monumental" work. Featuring sharp mini-essays by Dave Kehr, this beautiful, full-color 516-page doorstopper of a book is an embarrassment of riches" (Film Comment, 2009). A "stunning work of visual scholarship" (NPR, 2008). An "encyclopedic collection...from West Side Story to In the Mood for Love via Attack of the 50ft Woman, more than 1,500 selections place film posters firmly in the Pop Art pantheon" (Harper's Bazaar, 2009).

THE INDEPENDENT MOVIE POSTER BOOK
Harry N. Abrams, 2005

The Independent Movie Poster Book, a full-color volume, "celebrates the brash 'n bold aesthetic of indie cinema" (Hollywood Life, 2005), with over 200 "iconic images from indie flicks by auteurs such as Pedro Almodóvar, the Coen brothers and Seijun Suzuki" (Time Out New York, 2005). Entertainment writer Dave Kehr places the images in context with lively and illuminating text.

TRANSLATING HOLLYWOOD
Mark Batty Publisher, 2008

Translating Hollywood, a "handsome hardcover volume" (Leonard Maltin, 2008) "highlighting fascinating local interpretations of predominantly American films" (Vanity Fair, 2008), reveals the major role played by graphic design in movie poster advertising and promotion around the world.

Find a Poster

Can't find what you're looking for? Love a poster we don’t currently have in stock? Ask us to source it for you! Contact us for more information.

Custom Framing

We offer full archival framing services and are happy to work with you over phone, email, or in person to discuss framing options. Local delivery or domestic shipping of framed posters is available.

Contact us or stop in to the gallery for a quote or more information.

Linen Backing

Linen-backing is a technique used for the archival preservation of paper. During linen-backing, a poster is cleaned and affixed to Japan paper and then mounted onto rollable canvas. All adhesives used are wheat-based. A gentle bleach may be applied to even out paper tone. Condition issues such as paper loss, fold separation and more may be repaired and touched up using water-soluble pigments.

So should you linen-back your poster? In our opinion, there are two main reasons to linen-back. Some larger posters were printed in multiple sheets (e.g. Italian quattro, Japanese STB). Linen-backing is ideal for multi-piece posters. Another good reason to linen-back is if a poster has serious condition issues and deteriorates with handling.

We also offer paper-backing, which is a similar technique to linen-backing, however we consider it to be somewhat more invasive. Many layers of paper from the back of the poster are stripped off. The remaining top layer of paper is mounted onto stiff acid-free paper stock. Paper-backed posters are not rollable.

Linen-backing takes about 3-4 weeks. Costs start at $100 for smaller posters and increase depending on size and how much restoration is necessary. If you would like an estimate, please contact us.

Rentals

We offer rentals for photo/film shoots, events or any other short term use. Any item we have in stock is rentable. Contact us for more information.

Appraisals

We offer written appraisals of movie poster collections large or small. Contact us for more information.

FAQ

DO YOU BUY POSTERS?

Yes! We will consider collections of all sizes, whether it's a single item or thousands of items. Please contact us with a brief description and photos (if possible) of what it is you're looking to sell.

DO YOU SELL REPRODUCTIONS?

No. We specialize in original posters and guarantee everything we sell as such.

WHAT IS A 'RE-RELEASE'?

While browsing our collection, you may encounter the term "re-release" or you may see the letter "R" precede a year, eg. R1976. Studios and distributors often re-release popular movies into theaters. For example, Casablanca has been released in theaters over a dozen times since it's first release in 1942. Re-release posters are not reproductions. Rather, they are original, studio or distributor-issued posters created for theatrical re-releases of popular films. In fact, some re-release posters are more sought after than original release posters for their unique artwork or design. North by Northwest and The Hustler are two examples of this.

CAN I PAY SOMETHING OFF OVER TIME?

Yes, we offer interest-free payment plans. A non-refundable deposit is required. Please contact us to get started.

DO YOU SELL GIFT CERTIFICATES?

Yup! Gift cards are available to purchase online in any amount between $20 and $1,000 and can be delivered via email or postal mail. Contact us for amounts over $1,000. Gift cards may be redeemed in person, over the phone, or online.

Condition Gradings

Our condition grading terminology is defined as follows. If you have questions regarding the condition of a specific poster, feel free to get in touch.

Fine
May have minimal wear with possible pinholes in the borders and/or slight fold wear. Minor tape on the back and very small tears are also allowable as is slight fading.
Very Good to Fine
In slightly more used condition than fine, but still very presentable.
Very Good
May have some fold separation, border staining or small tears, but the image is still relatively clean.
Good to Very Good
Slightly below average used condition. Can use restoration but is still fairly presentable.
Good
Below average used condition.
Fair to Good
Significant condition issues, requires linen-backing.
Fair
Major condition issues, requires linen-backing.

Most movie posters prior to 1990 were folded by the printer—factory folded, as it were—before being shipped to theaters. When a condition grading includes the word "folded," that usually refers to factory folds.

Poster Sizes

Most countries have a set of standard movie poster sizes. For example, in the US, most movie posters sizes are based on the one sheet which is approximately 27x41 inches. Most European movie poster sizes are based on the ISO 216 international paper size standard. Virtually all poster size designations throughout the site conform to a size standard. Actual sizes can vary slightly by fractions of an inch, up to a full inch. If you need an exact poster size, please contact us before purchasing and we will be happy to provide exact measurements.

The following poster sizes were/are almost always printed in multiple sheets. If you come across one of these sizes, you can assume was printed in multiple sheets unless otherwise stated. There are other unusual multi-sheet sizes that are not listed here. If a poster size is very large—over 5 feet say—then it's likely a multi-sheet poster. Linen-backing would be required to join multi-sheet posters prior to framing.

Dating Posters

Many movie posters are not dated. We endeavor to date items as accurately as possible given the information available to us. However, there have been occasions where new information has helped us to date an item with more precision. We cannot be held responsible in the event that an item's date is modified subsequent to its sale.

Shipping

We offer free UPS ground shipping for all domestic orders $100 and over and free USPS Express Mail International shipping for international orders $1000 and over. $15 flat rate shipping is available for domestic orders under $100. All domestic shipments are fully insured. International and expedited shipping options are offered at checkout. Customs declarations are required for international shipments. International shipments will be insured for the same amount as the customs declaration.

Sales Tax

8.875% sales tax applies to local pickup orders and orders shipped within New York State.

Returns

Orders are fully refundable as long as you let us know within 48 hours of receipt and return the item(s) quickly and in the same condition as received. Orders for items that were sourced are not refundable for any reason unless the item is not as described. Shipping charges are not refundable. All walk in sales are final sale.