And original one-sheet theatrical poster for the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" which starred James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and Rod Steiger. Based on the book of the same name, the film described the supposed events which occurred after the Lutz family moved into a large house in Amityville, New York where a family had previously been murdered. The Lutz family had no prior knowledge of what happened in the house before they bought it and began experiencing paranormal activity of the sort generally claimed to be caused by poltergeists.
The poster shows the ironic image connected with the film: the front facade of the Dutch Colonial house with its quarter-round attic windows illuminated. Apparently some promotional materials connected to the film used images of the original house in Amityville, prompting a lawsuit, but the poster shows the house used for filming, which is in Toms River, New Jersey. Notice that the chimney stands proud of the facade, rather than coming up through the interior to the roof.
The poster is 27" by 41".
Condition: wrinkling (probably moisture-related) along the horizontal center fold. Small hole at the intersection of the folds at the bottom center. Otherwise fine.
This poster (along with many others we are offering) came from the same source: the Erlen Theater here in Philadelphia. The theater was between 18th and 19th on Cheltenham Avenue, at the edge of the city. It opened in 1930 and closed as a theater in 1984. It was a single-screen movie palace (one of the last built in the city) seating 1700 and built in the modern style. At the end of its life -the period from which these posters date- it apparently was hanging on on a steady diet of action/adventure, horror and kung-fu movies.
Item ID: 2995