introducing the press room collection
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fresh new creations MADE FROM THE LARGEST ARCHIVE OF VINTAGE CINEMA LETTERPRESS PRINTING PLATES
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vintage newspaper plates

From the classic films of golden age Hollywood to intergalactic ‘80s battle epics, the incredible visual history of 20th century cinema quietly unfolded in daily newspapers across the country. Stunning advertising images scorched readers’ eyes with Action! Laughs! Kung fu! Romance! Werewolves!, but the handmade letterpress plates used to physically print these ads were then discarded and lost to time… until now.

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the press room collection

Hand-cranked prints, curated creations, and so much more from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s one-of-a-kind collection of over 60,000 original printing plates for films spanning the 1930s to the 1980s. The collection is the largest single archive of these irreplaceable artifacts of movie history, all kept alive by our dedicated master printer, hand-cranking an original 1940 Vandercook press to create distinctive collectible prints celebrating cinema culture.

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the process

from plate to paper

These blocks were lined up and placed in frames before being inked up and forcably pressed against paper to create the imprint. Move the slider to see to reveal the printing blocks underneath.

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The Origin Story

Find out the story of how The Press Room archive went from a storage room in Omaha to the heart of NYC.

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made from the largest archive of vintage cinema letterpress printing plates
Prints and other creations from the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s one-of-a-kind collection of these rare handmade blocks – over 60,000 original printing plates for films spanning the 1930s to the 1980s.
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