The Film Poster Gallery, based in Christchurch, New Zealand, only collects and deals with authentic film advertising material and does not archive or sell reproductions of any kind. We have an extensive personal collection that includes many of the iconic feature films that played a part in our own lives. They range from titles that we recall watching with our fathers, such as action films Dirty Harry or the Deer Hunter , through to childhood movies we enjoyed watching over and over again with our friends such as Star Wars, The Goonies, Back to the Future and many many more.
Vintage film & movie posters, lobby cards, programs, press stills or even glass slides provide you with an instant conversation piece and connect people with their pasts. For example, who of us upon seeing Roger Kastel’s infamous ‘Jaws‘ poster, isn’t instantly taken back to their childhood and their reluctance to go swimming in the sea? Film posters are unique artworks designed to sell a movie in a single image. Even in this increasingly digital age they are are still used to help persuade us to buy a ticket. Instantly recognizable they are very much a part of our pop culture.
This material was never meant to survive and was produced as disposable items. The vast majority of these would either be destroyed at the end of a films run or end up on the bedroom walls of theatre employees. However, a small number of pieces would find their way into private collections, which is where we source the majority of our own collection.
We only sell genuine theatre used material of the highest possible grades and only display images of the actual items for sale. Our on-line gallery showcases hard to find posters etc. for iconic films such as “Bullitt” and “Dr No”, as well as listing an extensive collection of ‘Star Wars‘ posters, covering all eras of the blockbuster franchise. We also feature unusual artwork variations from around the world and are confident you will find items in our inventory that you have never seen before.
We categorize our clients into three main groups. We have hardened collectors who will scour the world trying to find an elusive piece for their archival collections. Then we have the casual collector who is after one or two pieces for home display, or even a gift for a loved one. Finally we have designers, who are after unique artworks to complete a domestic or commercial interior fit-out.