Tomorrow will see the grand opening of Mondo’s new gallery space in Austin, Texas. Mondo, the art boutique offshoot of the Alamo Drafthouse, has been creating t-shirts, posters, and other movie-related items for several years now. In light of the new gallery opening, it seems as good a time as any to take a look back over their illustrious career.
Many current poster hounds may not realize that the Mondo legacy goes back as far as it does, but old school fans will remember the phone booth-sized storefront Mondo enjoyed at the original Alamo Drafthouse on Colorado. No bigger than a postage stamp, the Mondo room was packed to the gills with t-shirts and posters. Mondo recently put up an online archive of all of their prints dating back to 1998, which frankly made this article much easier to put together. But it also serves as a window into their fantastic past, showcasing many prints you probably missed and will now furiously try to track down. Speaking of tracking down prints, here’s the top 13 on our radar.
In chronological order (as much as possible) from oldest to newest:
Yes, we’re cheating right off the bat by putting two posters in one slot. Don’t worry about it. The fact is, both of these posters are awesome in their own way and they celebrate a magical series of events that are among some of the greatest the Drafthouse has ever hosted. Quentin Tarantino is obviously a gifted director, but he’s first and foremost a cinephile. His wealth and status has allowed him to amass a massive personal collection of films, many on 35mm and many unavailable on DVD or even VHS in some cases. QT used to come to the original Drafthouse and bring boxes full of his own prints to unspool before eager Drafthouse patrons. These posters were made to commemorate some of the last of these amazing events. QT Fest Six is thin and long and looks like an old concert poster, while Best of QT Fest is a great play on the original one-sheet for Friday the 13th.
Bullitt – 2005 – Stainboy
One of my favorite aspects of movie-watching is the discussion and debate that occurs over differences in opinion. While that’s awesome, the sheer badass on display in Bullitt is nigh undeniable and Steve McQueen is, was, and always will be the epitome of cool. What better film for the Drafthouse to select for its annual Rolling Roadshow series? The idea is to play films in iconic locations from the films themselves and in 2005, the Drafthouse took their show to San Francisco where they staged a full on road rally before screening the film. The poster that accompanies it is a perhaps a little strange, but I love the sections and the strong primary colors and especially the landscape orientation like a British quad poster.
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