Movie Poster Archives

We love movie posters!

aka Movie Poster Archives   |   New Orleans, LA   |  www.movieposterarchives.org

Mission

Movie Poster Archives is dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of our vanishing cultural legacy found in movie posters, stills and accessories.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Linda Thurman

Main address

2721 Saint Charles Ave Apt 1-C

New Orleans, LA 70130 USA

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Formerly known as

Institute for Cinema Ephemera Inc

EIN

81-4277585

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The threat to movie paper cannot be understated. The international cultural history recorded in the words and images of movie paper is disappearing.

Collectors, archivists, and hobbyists acknowledge that time takes it toll. Paper disintegrates as it ages. Sunlight, fire and water are lethal enemies. Another danger is the destruction of movie paper by people who are unaware of its significance.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Archives

The Archives consist of 540,000 movie posters, stills, slides and accessories. The Permanent Collection contains the best example of each item.,

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

An historic marker was placed at the site of Vitascope Hall which opened on July 26, 1896 on Canal Blvd. in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was the world’s first permanent for-profit movie theatre, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Efforts to mark the site began in 1913.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Lagniappe (a little extra) allows qualified vendors to sell the extra copies of items in the Permanent Collection to collectors and hobbyists. The program income supports the work of MPA.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of works in collection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Archives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Permanent Collection, Lagniappe, and inventory consists of movie posters, stills, lobby cards, press kits. Items date from the 1920's through the present and represent more than 20 countries.

Total number of works acquired this year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Archives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of works exhibited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Archives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are collecting, preserving and researching movie posters and paper. Our archivists have previously published more than 22 reference books on the studio markings, poster artists, and authentication of movie posters and stills. With the support of MPA, they can conduct further research that was previously impossible.

Our strategies are four-fold:

Find and Identify: Locate and protect movie posters and paper accessories in danger of being damaged or destroyed.

Research and Development:  Promote innovation in the preservation of artifacts and ephemera.

Education: Provide guidance and training for archivists, museums, collectors, libraries, and film societies in the archiving and preservation of film artifacts and ephemera.

Digital Record: Make digital records to preserve images of artifacts and ephemera.

Through relationships with collectors, dealers, auction houses, and historic societies, we have already amassed an inventory of over 400,000 items.

Our outreach is expanding to Hollywood studios, guilds and academies.

Our archivists are recognized internationally as the leading authorities on identification, authentication, and preservation of movie posters and stills.

We have amassed an inventory of over 750,000 items.
We have processed about 20% of the inventory.
We have added 25,000 film titles to the Permanent Collection.
We have facilitated the installation of an historic marker at the site of Vitascope Hall, the first seated movie theater in the United States.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Movie Poster Archives

Board of directors
as of 7/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Thurman

Melanie Jarreau

Skylar's Grace

Sarah Sutherland

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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