What are the different poster conditions?
Mint As clean and as crisp as it was on day of delivery to cinema
Fine Very clean, maybe a fine thumb dent
Fair Possible edge wear or crease
Worn Maybe a tear, or discouloration in part
What are the different poster sizes?
Below are the standard poster sizes for each country. The actual size of a poster can vary from the standard a little, when one does we detail the actual size in the poster’s listing, along with the linen/paper-backed/framed size if applicable (please note though that these sizes are approximate and should not be relied upon for framing purposes, etc).
All dimensions are in inches.
Daybills printed prior to 1940 they measure approx. 14 X 40, commonly called long daybills. Printed after 1940 they measure 13 X 30 and are called short daybills. However, size variations are common. They are printed on paper stock and most are folded twice.
One-Sheets measure 27 X 41
Quad measure 30 x 40. Most common poster size in the UK. Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US One-sheet.
British One Sheet measure 27 X 40 inches. Printed on thin paper stock and not as common as British Quad.
Mini-Quad measure 12 X 16, used for window display and hand-outs to moviegoers.
Two-Sheet measure 40 X 60, used in bus and subway stations.
Three-Sheet measurements of Three-Sheets varies from 40 x 81 to 40 x 90.
Double Crown measures 20 X 30
Lobby Cards (also called FOH Front of House) came in varying sizes Mini 8 X 10, Standard 11 X 14 and Jumbo 14 X 17. They are rarely used today.
French Petite– measures approximately 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 (can vary an inch or so in direction)
Affiche Moyenne (or Medium Poster)– measures 23 5/8 x 31 1/2.
Pantalon (or Door Panel)– measures approximately 23 5/8 x 63. Also referred to as a French Insert. Issued on major titles only and primarily in the 80s and early 90s.
Half Grande measures approx 31 1/2 x 47 1/4. Half the size of the Grande but horizontal. Generally used as reissues.
Grande Affiche (or One-Panel) measures 47 1/4 x 63. Issued in one piece, can vary in size an inch or so
Double Grande (or Two-Panel) measures approximately 63 x 94 1/2. Normally issued horizontally.
Lobby Cards measure 11 X 14. They are printed on a heavy card stock, and were generally produced in sets of 8. Each card in a set is usually numbered and sets up to the 1960s also featured a Title Card (highly collectable).
Window Cards measure 14 x 22. They were printed on a heavier card stock and have a large white space at the top where the exhibitor would write the theatre name and play dates. Most studios stopped printing them in the 1960s.
Inserts measure 14 X 36. They are usually printed on heavy card stock similar to Lobby Cards. They are rolled (but many eventually have been folded). The use of Inserts declined in the 1970s.
Half-Sheets measure 22 X 28. They are printed on a heavier stock than One-Sheets. They were rolled when issued. The Half-Sheet was discontinued in the early 1980s.
One-Sheets measure 27 x 41 up until the 1980s. In the 1980s they started to be printed a little shorter, the current standard print size is 27 x 40. They are printed on thin paper stock. Until the early 1980s One-Sheets were usually folded. Many different styles for a single release can exist, such as Advance or Style, B, C, etc.
30 X 40 and 40 X 60 naturally named after their measurements. Printed on heavier stock. Usually rolled and are far rarer than smaller poster sizes.
Three-Sheets measure 41 x 81. Three times the size of a One-Sheet, they are printed on thinner paper and are printed in two sections. When lined backed the two sections are pieced together.
Six-Sheets measure 81 x 81. Printed on thinner paper and come in several sections