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9k018 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY Cinerama 30x40 special acetate poster 1968 w/ red coloring, ultra rare!

Date Sold 9/7/2017
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An Original Vintage Unfolded Special Acetate Movie Poster (measures 29 1/2" x 40" [75 x 102 cm]) (Learn More)

2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) English/U.S. Cinerama futuristic science fiction (sci-fi) outer space computer thriller ("Your greatest adventure awaits you in 2001: A Space Odyssey"; "the ultimate trip"; "Man's colony on the moon... A whole new generation has been born and is living here ... A quarter-million miles from Earth"; "An epic drama of adventure and exploration"; "...taking you half a billion miles from Earth... Further from home than any man in history. Destination: Jupiter."; "Space Station One: your first step in an Odyssey that will take you to the Moon, the planets and the distant stars."; "You visit Space Station One: The first step in an Odyssey that will take you to the stars and beyond."; "An epic drama of adventure and exploration that takes you to the moon, the planets and the still more distant stars."; "An astounding entertainment experience - a dazzling trip to the planets and the stars beyond!"; with a screenplay written by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick) starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter, Leonard Rossiter, Robert Beatty, Douglas Rain (as the voice of "HAL 9000"), and Margaret Tyzack. Note that Douglas Rain passed away in 2018 at the age of 90.
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Artist: Bob McCall
Important Added Info: Note that there are unusual movie posters, but this might be one of the most unusual ones we have ever seen! It was found together with several other similar posters from the same time period, and we are certain it dates from 1968, when this classic movie first opened. But exactly what is it? It is a movie poster that measures just under 30" x 40", but it is not printed on paper! Rather, it is printed on a plastic material that is likely acetate. It has full-color printing on both sides, with a tiny "PRINTED IN U.S.A." in the bottom right of the solid background area. We would have to think that this was intended to be displayed in light boxes, but for whatever reason, it either was abandoned before it was ever implemented, or it was tried and quickly abandoned. Given that we have never seen another poster like this, other than the ones we were consigned (which were found together), we think it is more likely that this got abandoned before it started (perhaps the cost of making the posters was too high, or perhaps theaters didn't want to pay to have expensive light boxes installed). The poster is from the Cinerama release of the movie, and it has essentially the same image and taglines as the style A Cinerama one-sheet, but the words "a space odyssey" are red, and there is red in the center of the poster, which is on no other poster from this movie we have ever seen! There is a teaser poster from this movie that has the star child inside a psychedelic eye, which sells for huge amounts of money, and yet there are a number of examples of that poster. This is the ONLY example of this poster we are aware of! If anyone knows more about this poster, please e-mail us and we will post it here. As far as shipping this poster goes, it will "re-roll" itself if it is not pressed flat, and we can ship it to the new owner in a tube by itself (we won't combine it with anything else). We could also ship it in a very large flat package, but we are not sure that that would be an improvement on rolling it, and it would cost much more. Please bear in mind these details before bidding on this poster.

Condition: good. The poster was found rolled. It has a pronounced curl to it and we don't think that simply flattening it will "uncurl" it. It has three small splits in the lower left border that are solely in the blank border, and a 4" split in the upper left border (extending into the image background), with two small splits just above it. There is a 6 1/2" split in the top border starting in the left edge and extending into the top blank border only. There is a 1" split in the lower right blank border. There is a 2" split in the upper right border, near the top of the image. There is a 4" split at the bottom of the blue background area and two more 4" splits near the middle of the blue background area. Otherwise, the poster is in nice condition, and if it can be made to "relax", then it can either be displayed as it is, or possibly the splits can be mended. If the plastic/acetate material can't be made to relax, then certainly, one option would be to frame the poster between two sheets of Plexiglas, which would certainly keep the poster completely flat. We highly recommend that bidders on this poster talk to poster restorers or experts in other kinds of restoration BEFORE placing a bid on this poster. It seems to be the only example of this poster that there is, and the new owner absolutely should use the best possible conservation techniques to preserve it. Please be sure to read all of the above carefully and look at our super-sized image BEFORE bidding on this poster!
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