Lobby card invasion
January 27, 2007 5:45 PM   Subscribe

Good link, thanks.
posted by BeerFilter at 6:37 PM on January 27, 2007

Seconded. I am having more fun than should be permissible with their search engine.
posted by figment of my conation at 6:40 PM on January 27, 2007

Yeah, MR, great post. Thanks!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:55 PM on January 27, 2007

"For more information on the subject, click on Definitions."

posted by mr_crash_davis at 7:02 PM on January 27, 2007

I love lobby cards! I always want to steal them from this local video store.

PS: 1998 called and they want their webpage back. lolz!!!1!
posted by SassHat at 9:03 PM on January 27, 2007

A similar site with more/better search terms is Posteritati. Full disclosure: A good friend owns the business and his wife (an even gooder friend) designed the site. But no monetary kickbacks for me, dammit.

Searching by film title often returns fresh images of familiar classics. Try The Conversation, or Blue Velvet.

But you can also search by poster nationality, which will turn up all kinds of cool iconography promoting movies you might not think to search for (e.g., Dumbo, Lust for Life, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)—plus beautiful and/or WTF? posters for movies you've never seen or heard of (e.g., Dragonfly, Son of Mongolia).

A real time-waster! Two thumbs up!
posted by vetiver at 9:07 PM on January 27, 2007

In a small town, these were your trailers. It was a special occasion when the movie house downtown would switch them out in two windows, either side of the entrance (once a week unless the manager got a deal on another month of Gone With The Wind or Dr. Zhivago). I'd stand and ponder over them while my mom was at a store. The poses were wooden, eyes unfocused and obviously a renactment for the still cameraman of the scene just finished. You had to allow a little leeway for that when deciding if it was worth your time. As if you weren't going to see it anyway. My dad was a fireman so I got in for a quarter.

The manager was a cheap sadist. Just now I saw a lobby card with Ernest Borgnine and the tears and nausea returned.
posted by hal9k at 3:54 AM on January 28, 2007

posted by the cuban at 4:46 AM on January 28, 2007

I posted some of my favorites from that site on my blog, and got a comment from the son of the site owner (?) who says that the pops is looking for help fixing up the site....any philanthropists out here?
posted by SassHat at 9:18 AM on January 28, 2007

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