Framing can be a bitch.  All the measuring, custom frames, tons of money, more measuring, balancing, blah!

Well, fear not, for all of the Hollywood is Dead posters and limited prints are one size that you can frame easily… and at a reasonable cost.  You don’t need to spend hundreds having a framing shop do a custom job- you can do it yourself- quick and easy!  Here’s how…

All HID posters are 13″ x 19″, or 19″ x 13″ depending on orientation.  Standard movie posters are a bit larger, but often too large fit aesthetically into most living spaces.  13″ x 19″ seems to be the hot new size that everyone digs.  It’s still a poster, but snug enough to fit in a nook.

To frame one of these bad boys, you only need to make a simple decision at first.  Do you want the frame matted, or not?  Matted is where you have an additional matte board surrounding the art inside the frame.  The image here has a matted frame, although you can choose mattes in almost any color or texture to fit your decor.

If you don’t want your poster matted, then framing will be easier and cheaper.  All you need is a nice 13″ x 19″ frame.  I’ve seen them at arts and crafts stores, but the best selection and prices you’ll find is online.  You can google “13 x 19 frames” or check out some of these we recommend.

You can nab 13 x 19 frame made of gorgeous walnut wood for less than 14 bucks HERE!

This 13 x 19 black Nuveau wooden frame looks killer and only $14.40 HERE!

Imperial frames makes a stylish 13 x 19 frame with flat black moulding 1.5″ wide for only 17 bucks HERE!

You can also find a ton of great 13″ x 19″ frames on and even Ebay!  All of these frames are easy to work with, and can be hung in either orientation: Landscape or Portrait.

Okay, so let’s say you do want to have a matte inside the frame, which can have more of an ominous grande feel.  The best way to do that is get an 18″ x 24″ frame.  Those are easy to find, their everywhere, as it’s a common poster size.  Even stores like Target and Walmart have them.

Selecting a matte board that you like what might take you a while, but it can be fun to find just the right one to match both the art and your decor.  The size of matte board you need to start with is 18″ x 24″, to fit snug in your frame.

Now you need to just cut out the window in the matt board.  Again, the size of your poster is 13″ x 19″, which would leave 2 and a half inches of matte board all around each side.  However, you’ll want the matte board to overlap the print about a quarter inch on each side, so the best is to cut the window size of the matte board in 2 and 3/4″ (2.75″) from each side.  Or- center a window 12.5″ x 18.5″ inside the matte board.

You’ll then want to attached the print to the back side of the matte board, adjusting it to make sure it’s centered.  You can use regular adhesive tape to do this.  Most professional framers will only tape the top edge of the poster to the matte board, letting gravity keep the rest flat.  If you tape down all the edges, you can get buckling over time.

If your Hollywood is Dead poster has been rolled for a long time, you may want to flatten it first before framing.  Some heavy books overnight can do the trick.

That’s it.  Cheap.  Easy.  Effective.  And it it brings a touch of class to showing these off, because you know the posters themselves are void of it.



  1. CPFJoseph:

    Ah, but you seem to miss one of the important points of custom framing, well actually a few, but lets start with… A bog standard frame looks.. bog standard. With a bespoke frame, you can really set off a piece. make it work with your own environment, in fact, even changing the matting by a few shades can shift the focus of your attention to new elements in the design. We are, between glazing, mounting and framing options, able to create seven BILLION simple frames (and we go up exponentially after that with double frames, mount decorations, marketry etc).
    If you’d like to send a few samples to us, I think we can make you reconsider what an off the shelf frame gives you.

  2. Giclee Printing:

    I somewhat agree with your blog. If you can get a standard fit that is great. The only thing a bespoke frame really adds is cleaning the glass properly and sealing the frame. This can be done easily by yourself also. The only other thing to look at is conservation framing by which the piece is framed in a way to extend its life. Hope that helps a little. Adam.

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