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Ian Jane
07-25-2013, 03:02 PM
I see stuff like this...

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...and I think 'why don't theaters get hot chicks in hearses to hang out in front of movie theaters anymore?'

Movie promotions used to be much more creative.

Look at this! It's rad!

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Let's start handing out barf bags again!

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Bring back video standees!

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YEAH.

Derek Steckler
07-25-2013, 03:57 PM
You could always count on Dwain Esper for some ballyhoo... Marihuana (1936) had a display of drugs in the lobby.
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...and 45 years later there was the famous Butchermobile of Dr. Butcher MD fame, courtesy of Terry Levene, Rick Sullivan, and Michael Weldon:

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Ian Jane
07-25-2013, 05:05 PM
Yes, the Butchermobile was awesome! At least I'd imagine it was, having never seen it in person.

Ian Jane
07-26-2013, 09:18 AM
When I was a teenager my friend managed to get the video store to give him one of these when they were done with it.

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Ian Jane
07-27-2013, 11:58 AM
Check out this promotional Draculas! Dude in a cape!

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Toyboy
07-28-2013, 03:58 PM
I had a standee for CURSE II:THE BITE but my cat chewed it up and puked on it.

Ian Jane
07-29-2013, 09:38 AM
Stupid cat.

Ian Jane
07-31-2013, 05:03 PM
ODERAMA!

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Paul Casey
07-31-2013, 06:23 PM
I wouldn't scratch any of those. They probably all smell like Todd.

Jimmy Simard
07-31-2013, 09:08 PM
I've never scratch the one I got when I bought the DVD...

Ian Jane
08-01-2013, 09:48 AM
Neither did I. Paul's right, they probably smell like Todd.

Paul Casey
08-01-2013, 10:20 AM
All these stunts are pretty cool. All we get now is "IN 3-D!" I'd love to go to a showing of The Hobbit and see a hairy footed midget running around.

ZoSo
08-02-2013, 11:23 PM
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A picture from 1937 of the Fox Theatre, formerly here in my hometown of Corning, NY.

Ian Jane
08-08-2013, 11:43 AM
RAD.

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Toyboy
08-08-2013, 09:33 PM
All these stunts are pretty cool. All we get now is "IN 3-D!" I'd love to go to a showing of The Hobbit and see a hairy footed midget running around.

So, you'd like go see it with Busterface...

Scott
08-09-2013, 12:16 AM
Buster Rings: Lord of the Face.

Paul Casey
08-09-2013, 07:10 PM
So, you'd like go see it with Busterface...

Yes.


Buster Rings: Lord of the Face.

Double yes.

sukebanboy
08-10-2013, 06:02 AM
NIGHTMARES IN A DAMAGED BRAIN was advertised with a nurse asking you to "GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE BRAIN IN THE JAR"....
Or the SNUFF advertising when the producer paid some people to come and "demonstrate" outside the theater...

Barry M
08-16-2013, 10:02 AM
http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e169/32elvismovies/thewalkingdead-allenbycinema1936wp.jpg

Blow on this spot.

Cool. http://silenttoronto.com/?p=664

Apronikoff
08-18-2013, 01:47 PM
As soon as I saw this thread I thought of this old flyer distributed to theaters suggesting ways to promote Gigantis. The world would be a better place of theaters still (ever) did stuff like this:

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My favorite bit is the suggestion that "Local armory might be willing to lend you a sub-machine gun, bazooka, flame thrower, and grenade rifle."

Ian Jane
09-10-2013, 11:20 AM
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Ian Jane
09-11-2013, 01:38 PM
Giant Elvis in old Times Square? RAD!

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Ian Jane
09-12-2013, 10:26 AM
I don't really give two shits about Harry Potter but if I were a kid at a theater and saw this, I'd probably think it was pretty rad.

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Barry M
09-14-2013, 08:08 PM
http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg138/barrymba56/tumblr_mseha5D1Cy1r7dgeuo1_1280_zps38207109.png

From hatebabycomix.tumblr.com (http://24.media.tumblr.com/95a216f78f127dee4ae20e8060b95ce0/tumblr_mseha5D1Cy1r7dgeuo1_1280.png)

ZoSo
09-17-2013, 12:25 AM
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Fox Theatre Pomona, CA 1933

Ian Jane
09-19-2013, 09:12 AM
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Ian Jane
09-25-2013, 08:42 AM
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ZoSo
09-25-2013, 10:07 PM
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Ian Jane
09-26-2013, 09:18 AM
You've gotta figure that thing is at least 8 stories tall, right? That's pretty huge. And pretty rad.

Ian Jane
09-27-2013, 02:58 PM
Holy shit, this is terrible. haha.


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sukebanboy
09-28-2013, 11:15 PM
Crikey..would like to see them try THAT promotion today....:funny:

ROTH could try something similar when he releases GREEN INFERNO

Dom D
09-29-2013, 01:44 AM
Holy shit, this is terrible. haha.


Oh man... Recently in Australia we had the stage version of King Kong open in Melbourne. Huge mega budget show. Radio commentator was talking about publicity for it and said: "Do you reckon they'll get Adam Goodes (famous aboriginal Aussie rules player) down to publicise it?" There was silence for a few seconds while everyone wondered whether he'd really just compared an Aboriginal with King Kong and then a massive shit storm of ugly publicity that took a good 4 weeks or more to blow itself out.

But just to prove that people do still do cool advertising- just not for films- the producers of the show did hang the leading lady out a window the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere.8079

sukebanboy
09-29-2013, 04:06 AM
That actress in the KONG hand is real??..Looks shopped to me!

LOL at the Freudian slip that radio commentator made..Hearing major F*** up moments like these can add so much joy to my life......

Dom D
09-29-2013, 04:24 AM
Well its actually a stunt woman rather than the actress buts it real. Saw it from my own window. There's a heap of shots on Google images if you Google. Eureka and kin kong.

sukebanboy
09-29-2013, 04:27 AM
That is mad!!!
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/21/article-2328372-19E73B6B000005DC-229_634x399.jpg

But how was the show???

Dom D
09-29-2013, 05:40 PM
Very expensive so I wouldn't know.

William Castle was the king of this shit. When did you last see a movie in "Illusion-O"?

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/13_ghosts_poster_02_zps94d30ca0.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/13_ghosts_poster_02_zps94d30ca0.jpg.html)

ZoSo
12-03-2013, 11:36 PM
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Ian Jane
12-04-2013, 10:20 AM
When Universal Studios opened the King Kong ride they did this (http://guerrillasushi.blogspot.com/2010/09/guerrilla-publicity-stunt-universal.html) on Santa Monica beach. Kind of a cool publicity stunt...

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Ian Jane
12-10-2013, 12:21 PM
Jack J. posted this rad picture of a Danish cinema on FB. I'm stealing it and posting it here, to save it for posterity's sake. Kinda rad to see a movie house go all out for Ilsa like that...

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Ian Jane
02-25-2014, 10:56 AM
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ZoSo
03-23-2014, 02:15 AM
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Ian Jane
04-24-2014, 10:15 AM
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Ian Jane
05-22-2014, 09:59 AM
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Tom Clark
06-05-2014, 10:10 PM
http://38.media.tumblr.com/a1b2dcebecae2b50197bc014fde2b6d5/tumblr_n6nm4rGHaY1r94tjzo2_1280.jpg

Tom Clark
10-11-2014, 02:56 PM
http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k309/bronsonlives/ScorpionWith2Tails.jpg

Ian Jane
10-07-2015, 09:50 AM
If I walked by this movie theater and saw this? I'd go inside and check it out.

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Ian Jane
04-01-2016, 10:02 AM
Woh.

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Ian Jane
04-25-2016, 09:42 AM
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Ian Jane
08-09-2016, 09:53 AM
More movies should be preceded by karate demonstrations.

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Ian Jane
03-10-2017, 11:33 AM
Getting Elvira (and The Residents?) to show up at your premiere is a win.

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Ian Jane
07-17-2017, 09:47 AM
From the opening of NOTLD (courtesy of Criterion's twitter feed).

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Ian Jane
09-21-2017, 09:39 AM
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Tom Clark
10-12-2017, 07:26 PM
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Ian Jane
07-10-2018, 08:50 AM
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Tom Clark
08-04-2019, 09:57 AM
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Tom Clark
11-13-2019, 11:34 PM
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