Get A Rare Glimpse At Movies Through The Lens of Lobby Cards

Lobby cards are one one of the earliest movies studios promotions, dating back to 1908. These 11 x 14 prints came in sets of 8 (or more) with the sole purpose of luring the public into the movie theaters.

Rarely used now, lobby cards are highly collectible by film fans who are looking for pieces of cinema history. One of the best sources for viewing lobby cards is the Lobby Cards Tumblr. The blog posts images from US and also foreign cards, some which contain different images from their US counterparts. The blog also enables the viewer to search its library alphabetically by movie titles so fans can quickly find their favorites.

Most cards feature simple screenshots from the film, but the ones I enjoy are those behind-the-scenes and promo shots that are rarely seen. My favorites mainly come from the ’80s (including the fantastic Ghostbusters II headline image) but you can find movies across all decades on the blog. Here are some of my favorites…

Batman, US lobby card. 1989


Beverly Hills Cop, German lobby card. West German theatrical release 1985


The Goonies, Spanish lobby card. 1985


Stripes, US lobby card. 1981


Spaceballs, US lobby card. 1987


Octopussy, German lobby card #23. 1983


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, French lobby card. 1986


Superman II, Spanish lobby card. 1980


Back to the Future, German lobby card. 1985
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'80s Kid, '90s Grad, and '00s Dad. I've been writing and podcasting about 1980s pop culture since 2011 at my website. I collect vinyl, cassingles, '80s comics, Batman memorabilia, and all things Mobile Armored Strike Kommand.

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