Merry Christmas Eve! Tomorrow is Christmas, let’s celebrate by looking at some awesomely vintage Christmas movie advertisements.
I’ve spoken before of my love of the newspaper movie section. One of the coolest things about this long lost section of the ever fading newspaper is that the ads would be spruced up for whatever holiday was current. But most especially for Christmas and New Years.
So, let’s take advantage of the fact that it’s Christmas Day and look at some vintage Christmas newspaper advertisements for movies that aren’t actually Christmas movies.
Showcase Cinemas Holiday Hits (Dec 16, 1983) - Welcome to “Christmastime at the Movies” in 1983. A full page of movie ads for Showcase Cinemas featuring their “Holiday Hits of 1983″. Not one of which is a Christmas movie. And the majority of which aren’t even remotely family movies. Christine? Scarface? Sudden Impact? DC Cab? Ok, well, who doesn’t love DC Cab, especially during the holidays? But Christine and Gorky Park are filled with murder. Sudden Impact? Rape and murder. Scarface? Cocaine and murder. Yentl? Barbara Streisand. Not one of these movies would I take a child or a family member to.
Back to the Future Part II – From Dec 16, 1989, this ad is a particularly fun variation on the second of the famous Back to the Future posters. They’ve added Santa. I don’t know if this modification exists outside of this ad, but I hope and wish that it does.