Coming Attractions Poster

This is a vintage “coming attractions” poster advertising what was playing at the Grand Theatre in Mankato.  The piece is from the 1950s, back when theaters not only showed movies but also featured musical acts.  Adult evening ticket prices were 40 cents the poster was found in the attic; it seems the home owner had plastered several of these between the rafters. You never know where you’ll find history.


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