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Glossary of Sizes
30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.
27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.
UK HALF SHEET
22" X 28", printed on card stock.
BRITISH DOUBLE CROWN (DC)
20" x 30", printed on paper stock.
40" X 79", not as common as the U.S. Three Sheet and referred to as a six sheet in the UK.
FRONT OF HOUSE CARDS
10" X 8", printed on card stock; usually issued in sets of eight in colour for display in theatre lobbies.
11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.
14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.
22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.
14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.
60” X 40”
60” X 40” printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.
27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.
41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.
13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.
(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.
(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.
47 x 63″ (GRANDE), 23.5” x 31.5” (MOYENNE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian posters some of the artwork is extremely beautiful.
23” x 17” – most common size
Vary in size – 8” x 12” to 12” x 18”
Belgian Affiche (s)
24” x 33” (before 1939) now 14” x 22”
29” x 40”
Half Sheet: 22" X 28", printed on card stock.
29” x 43”
From 1910 to 1941, they measured 15" X 40" and all are called "Pre-War". Beginning from 1941 on, smaller sizes were printed, measuring 13" X 30". Daybills are similar to U.S. Inserts, but printed on thin paper stock.
Polish One Sheets
23" X 34", the same size as the German A1. But, because of paper shortages during the years of Soviet affiliation, the posters are not uniform as to size, paper, or colour.