Cinema history for sale: Movie poster collector seeks buyer

L.A. Times Entertainment
September 20, 2011 

There’s nothing so unique about a real estate developer taking a look at a 1930s era house, which is precisely what Dwight M. Cleveland, president of a Chicago-based renovation and development company, did one day in 1991. But his interest in the house didn’t center on either the historic merits of the structure itself or the value of the land on which it stood. Rather, Cleveland was interested in the rare treasure buried inside its walls: scores of movie posters.

A long-time collector of movie posters, Cleveland visited the Three Oaks, Mich., home when he learned that its Depression-era owner, who also had had a movie theater, used film posters as insulation for additions he made to the house. “It was a wonderful discovery process, pulling Sheetrock off the walls and finding these posters,” Cleveland, 52, said.

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