Lo­cal spot stocks relics of the sil­ver screen

The city’s big­gest movie poster shop is a des­ti­na­tion for TIFF sea­son

North York Post - - News - by Jes­sica Wei

The Movie Poster Ware­house has been a des­ti­na­tion for film buffs and cinephiles since it opened in 1992. Be­fore that, Max Can­del, the founder of the store, ran the The­atre Poster Ex­change, which sup­plied movie posters to cine­mas across Toronto. David Wal­lach is the grand­son of Max Can­del and has been work­ing at the shop on and off for 15 years. He reck­ons they have around a mil­lion posters in the ware­house on Les­lie Street.

Where do your posters come from?

They come from all over the place. We buy off dif­fer­ent sup­pli­ers all over the world. We buy from per­sonal col­lec­tions as well, from peo­ple who have amassed thou­sands of posters in their life­times. We also buy off auc­tion sites, and peo­ple find us through our site. Our busi­ness is twopronged –– we’re try­ing to push posters to sell and, at the same time, try­ing to find cool rare stuff and bring it into our col­lec­tion.

Most valu­able poster?

Right now, it’s At­tack of the 50 Foot Woman, which re­tails for about $17,000 U.S. It’s from 1958, and it’s got this re­ally iconic art­work and im­agery, this 50-foot woman ter­ror­iz­ing the city. It was printed at the time the movie came out, and they only printed a lim­ited num­ber of them, so it’s con­sid­ered a col­lec­tor’s item. There are posters that can go for hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars, like an orig­i­nal King Kong or a Gone with the Wind or a Casablanca.

Any golden mo­ments in store his­tory that you can re­call?

Ev­ery month or so, some­body comes in and says, “Oh, I haven’t been here in 10 years.” A cou­ple of weeks ago, a gen­tle­man came in and said he knew my grand­fa­ther and had filmed a doc­u­men­tary about the store. He said he had filmed the old ware­house and my grand­par­ents and that he still had some footage. I was blown away by that (1875 Les­lie St., #17).

David Wal­lach with part of the col­lec­tion of movie posters at his store

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