Suncoast Movie Company is a division
of the Musicland Group. They have a chain of retail outlets, normally found
in major shopping malls, that sell a great selection of movie merchandising
Suncoast stocks a variety of posters from various commercial
printers, but have also stocked a few theater size posters that have been
very controversial to movie poster collectors. These posters are 27x40 and
are marked as Original Movie Posters as shown:
This label has caused a lot of questions
as to whether they are actual movie art (theatre one-sheets),
or are they some of the 27"x40" theater size reprints
that are becoming more and more available on the market.
There are a few points to be considered:
When the studios release posters to
the theaters that measure 27"x41" and Suncoast stocks that
title, the Suncoast version of the poster still only measures 27"x40".
Suncoast posters are always
When Disney animated posters are/were
released, the posters to the theaters had/have Disney numbers on the
back. The Suncoast verions of the posters do not.
When Disney theater posters are released,
there is a Disney tag on the back corner. There is no such tag on the
Suncoast version of the posters.
To clear up the discrepancies, we called
the regional offices and were told that Suncoast receives a special printing
of 5000 of each title that they stock.
This clearly moves Suncoast posters from
the category of original theater art to the category of limited
editions because of the run of 5000. As far as collectors are concerned,
this is a small step above the theater size reprints but below a normal
limited edition because most limited editions are either special artwork or
have individual numbers or special collectible tags.
!! UPDATE !!
Suncoast has changed their label...
They left the 'Original Movie Poster' in large print but replaced the word 'exclusively'
with the word 'artwork'. In other words, even though it gives the appearance
of an original movie poster, it's really saying 'original movie poster