Movie Posters on Parade


The California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica has explored the Golden State through exhibitions on skateboarding, ceramics, and the citrus industry. Starting May 23, the museum presents Gotta Dance: The Art of the Movie Poster. Mike Kaplan, who created campaigns for A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey, collected the vintage one-sheets that hail from the heyday of the studio system. The bold graphics were meant to be discarded after a week. Now you’re more likely to see them at auctions; a poster from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is currently listed at $850,000.  


From left to right: The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), The Great American Broadcast (1941), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Top right: Grand Hotel (1932) 

Posters courtesy Mike Kaplan