Six sheets measure 81" x 81" and are printed on paper. They got
their name from the fact that they are approximately six times the size
of the one sheet. Sometimes
they were issued in more than one style, with one style featuring the
same artwork as the one sheet.
with other large size paper, six sheets are meant to be viewed from a
distance. As such, the artwork is usually coarser looking and lacks the
clarity and crispness of the smaller paper. BUT because of their size,
quite often there are additional stars pictured on the six sheet that
are not on the smaller size posters.
The NSS numbers are located on the bottom right border
like the one sheet and also printed on each
Six sheets were one of the original sizes that were agreed upon by 'the Trust' and brought over from the circus and vaudeville.
AS A COLLECTIBLE
Because of their larger size and the
fact that they come in two to four pieces, six sheets are not
as widely sought-after as are the smaller sized posters. All
parts of the six sheet are necessary to make the poster collectible
from a movie art standpoint. Any missing piece renders the poster
There are certain movie art collectors
that prefer the larger sized posters. Some collectors like the six sheets
because there were fewer of them printed, making less of them available
on the market.
Six sheets are also popular
with different types of clubs or theme restaurants, because
a six sheet, with all of its parts, can make an entire wall
display based on a particular "theme."
For a list of images of six sheets in the MoviePosterDataBase,