Beautiful International Lobby Cards for Famous Films


Movie posters get all the glory, but lobby cards can be just as beautiful. These smaller promotional artworks usually feature the most memorable scenes from films. Tumblr Lobby Cards — which we spotted thanks to Gems — boasts a wonderful collection of the filmic advertisements. The Tumblr explains: “The lobby card was a form of advertising that revolutionized the look of graphics. Lobby Cards were sent out by the publicity departments of the Hollywood studios in sets of eight to twenty images reflecting the content of a newly released movie. Their purpose: to lure the movie-going public into theatres across the country.” Most of the lobby cards featured on the website are from various personal collections, including the Tumblr author’s. We highlighted several eye-popping international lobby cards advertising famous films in our gallery.

Yellow Submarine, British lobby (front of the house) card. Re-Release 1999

Alien, Spanish lobby card. 1978

2001: A Space Odyssey, Italian lobby card (Fotobusta). 1968

Fantasia, US lobby card. 1972 re-release

North by Northwest, Italian lobby card (fotobusta). 1959

Star Wars, German lobby card. 1977

Wild at Heart, Spanish lobby card. 1990

Alice in Wonderland, US lobby card. 1974 re-release

Annie Hall, US lobby card. 1977

The Evil Dead, Thai lobby card. 1981

Sabrina, Italian lobby card (fotobusta). Italy theatrical release 1955