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Movie Poster Knowledge Quiz

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Test your knowledge about movie posters poster design, size, authentication and more with our knowledge quiz. The quiz is covers a broad range of topics and is based on information from the Articles and Guides sections.

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#1. The term Mini Lobby Card set is used to describe a lobby card set that has fewer cards than the regular set?

Lobby Cards were printed in 3 different sizes. The Mini Lobby Card measures 10in x 8in, a regular Lobby Card measures 14in x 11in and a Jumbo Lobby Card measures 17in x 14in. In the UK the standard size used for Lobby Cards was 10in x 8in and in the US it was 14in x 11in.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes

#2. Generally, a movie poster released at the time of the films release is always worth more than a movie poster issued for a later release?

Generally speaking this is true. However there are always curveballs in this, such as the UK Quad for Getaway (1972). The originally released quad sold for $131 in 2018 (emovieposter.com) but the re-release from 1979 sold for $416 in 2007 (emovieposter.com) as the re-release carries far better artwork completed by Italian artist, Arnaldo Putzu.

For more information on re-released movie posters see our article Different Types and Styles of Movie Posters

#3. The NSS numbered all movie posters with the year of print followed by title code for the year?

Until mid-1977, the NSS number consisted of two digits, then a slash (/), and one to four numbers. The first two numbers indicated the year of the release, the slash was a divider, and the last four digits represented the sequential order of the movie for that year. For example 74/100 means the movie was released in 1974 and was the 100th movie coded by NSS in 1974. After 1977, the same system was used, but without the slash (/). The first two digits of the number represent the year the poster is released. The last digits represent the sequential order of the release for the particular year.

#4. What does an original UK Quad movie poster measure?

A UK Quad measures 40″ x 30″ and is printed in a landscape format. The Quad (also known as Quadruple Crown) has been the standard size UK cinema poster for many years.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes.

#5. Double-sided movie posters were first released in 1961?

The concept of double-sided printing is nothing new and studios had first experimented with the concept in the 1950s. There have been several major films that have released a double sided poster such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 1961 and Zulu in 1964.

For more information on double sided movie posters see our article Different Types and Styles of Movie Posters.

#6. One of the most popular movie poster sizes for collecting is the US One Sheet. Below are some descriptions that have been taken from auctions. From the descriptions which one is the original?

The poster for Caddyshack is a commercially printed poster and not issued to cinemas. The biggest indicator is the size, 36″ x 24in. The poster for Taxi Driver is a reprint. When it was released in 1976, US One Sheet measures 27″ x 41in and were sent folded not rolled. The poster for RobotJox is an original video poster. The film was never released to cinemas and went straight to video.

For more information on collectible movie posters see our article Collecting Movie Posters

#7. Which of these movie poster styles are printed in a landscape format?

The UK Quad and US Half Sheet are both printed in a landscape format.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes

#8. A double sided movie posters have the same image on the back of the poster, but the artwork is reversed?

A doubled sided movie poster is used in a light box display as seen outside cinemas. The artwork is reversed with a reduced colour intensity. This is why the artwork on the front is more colourful and detailed than the reverse print on the back but adds more depth when put in a light box.

For more information on double sided movie posters see our article Different Types and Styles of Movie Posters.

#9. Which movie poster is larger in size?

A US Jumbo Window Card measures 28″ x 22″ and is displayed vertically while a US Half Sheet measures 28″ x 22″ but is displayed horizontally.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes.

#10. A movie studio will issue an advance poster as a temporary measure until the regular or final movie poster is issued. Therefore, advance movie posters are always worth less than the regular or final issue?

A movie studio will issue an advance movie poster before to build anticipation and awareness before being issued to cinemas. They form part of the whole marketing package for the film. They are occasions where advance movie posters are more sought after by collectors than a regular or final issue because it has better or different artwork and therefore will command a higher value.

For more information on advanced movie posters see our article Different Types and Styles of Movie Posters.

#11. Thomas Edison who developed electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures set the standard movie poster size at 41in x 27in

Introduced by Thomas Edison’s Motion Picture Patents Company in 1909, the one-sheet has long been the standard movie poster size in the United States.  The posters always measured 41in x 27in until the mid-1980s when the size gradually shifted towards 40in x 27in standard we see today.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article History of Movie Posters

#12. The first poster designed to promote an individual film originated in Paris. What was the year?

The poster for L’Arroseur Arrosé (also known as The Waterer Watered and The Sprinkler Sprinkled) released in 1895 is considered the first poster ever designed to promote an individual film.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article History of Movie Posters.

#13. If a movie poster is graded in a Very Good condition, this means that it will have a condition like it just came off the printing press?

A movie poster in Very Good condition may have blemishes in the border and up to approximately one inch of the poster’s artwork. There may be small tears in the artwork along the fold lines only. It may also have minor fading.

For more information on movie poster conditions see our article Collecting Movie Posters.

#14. Anniversary movie posters are always released by independent prints and never by the studios

Movie studios and/or independent printers will release movie posters for a particular film by distributing what is known as an Anniversary Poster. Generally marks a milestone for a classic movie, for example, posters were issued for the 50th anniversary of Casablanca and the 20th anniversary release of the Star Wars trilogy

For more information on movie poster styles see our article Different Types and Styles of Movie Posters

#15. What does an original US Window Card movie poster measure?

A US Window Card measures 22″ x 14″ and is printed on heavy card stock and issued flat. A US Insert measures 36″ x 14″, A US Half Sheet measures 28″ x 22″ and a US Lobby Card measures 14″ x 11″.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes

#16. UK Mini Quads were used as hand outs in cinema lobbies to encourage people to see the movie?

The UK Mini Quad which measures 16in x 12in were produced as hand out and generally available in the lobby of the cinemas. They usually carry the same design as the UK Quad which is used to advertise the movie using light boxes outside the cinema.

#17. The term “dead card" is used to describe a Lobby Card that the movie studio has thrown out?

The term “dead card” is used to describe a Lobby Card that features none of the movies stars and shows scenery from the film. Typically it adds little to describing what the film is about but plays an important part of the when used in conjunction with all the other Lobby Cards.

#18. An original US Window Card printed by NSS is worth less than an original Window Card printed by Benton from the same movie and year of release?

Benton Window Cards were printed using one colour (monotone), two colours (duotone) or three colours (tritone). NSS Window Cards were printed using full colour print presses, making their window cards much more vivid. Generally the NSS Window Cards is worth eight times the value of the Benton Window Card.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes.

#19. The first poster used to promote an individual film originated in Paris for the film L’Arroseur Arrosé. What was the film also known as?

The first poster designed to promote an individual film was released for the film called L’Arroseur Arrosé (also known as The Waterer Watered and The Sprinkler Sprinkled) a 1895 short black and white silent film.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article History of Movie Posters.

#20. Which of these movie poster styles are printed in a portrait format?

The French Pantalon often referred to as a door panel or French insert and the US Insert are both printed in a portrait format.

For more information on movie poster sizes see our article Common Movie Poster Sizes

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