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MOVIE POSTER WAREHOUSE 1875 Leslie, unit 17, 416-391-0133, movieposter.com
Shelly Candel estimates she has over a million film posters in her Leslie and York Mills warehouse and retail space. The oldest batch is from the 30s, including bills for the John Ford comedy Steamboat Round The Bend and the French version of the Wallace Beery and Mickey Rooney buddy flick Stablemates. Every month, another 1,000 titles get added to the stacks, and if one of them is for a new superhero release (the most recent Ironman, for example), you can bet it will be a bestseller.
In an era when movie marketing often depends on viral online campaigns to build audience buzz, it's interesting to dig through Candel's collection to see how the medium has evolved. The design for 1967 spaghetti western Up The MacGregors is full of plot-spoiling details, while Roger Kastel's iconic artwork for Jaws evokes the same tension as the movie's score.
Once you've chosen your posters, you can have them mounted on site in classic black frames for $39 to $60.
Movie Poster Warehouse picks: Kastel's design for The Empire Strikes Back ($68) mimics the composition of the bill for Gone With The Wind; a life-sized Harry Potter stand-up is $57.75; a rare, deco-inspired Rocketeer piece is a pricier buy at $472.50.
Look for: MPW also buys unwanted collections, especially theatrical posters not already listed on its website.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.