Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An Introduction to Silent Cinema, Inc.

Formed in 2003, Silent Cinema, Inc. is the only dealer of vintage original movie memorabilia that specializes in memorabilia from the Silent Era (1896-1928).  We offer vintage original movie posters, lobby cards, still photographs, programs, souvenir programs, pressbooks, heralds, and other types of theatre-used movie memorabilia.  We also offer a large selection of copy still photographs (photographs which were printed after the film’s original release) in addition to vintage original still photographs.


Silent Cinema, Inc. is owned and operated by long-time collectors John Hillman and Marcelo Coronado.  We are the world’s foremost collectors on D.W. Griffith and are experts in the field of Silent Film memorabilia.  We have amassed the greatest private collection on D.W. Griffith which includes rare original posters, lobby cards, still photographs and other items from such landmark films as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916), Hearts of the World (1918) and Broken Blossoms (1919). Our Griffith archive also includes original posters from Griffith’s apprenticeship at the Biograph company (1908-1913), where he directed over 450 primarily one-reel films.


In addition to offering a unique and diverse selection of original movie memorabilia, our website,, will be a resource for Silent Film aficionados.  We will soon offer regular blogs regarding various aspects of movie memorabilia collecting, the history of Silent Film, recaps of various Silent Film-related events and other items of interest.  We will also offer our own on-camera interviews with some of the world’s foremost dealers and collectors of movie memorabilia which will be archived on  In addition, we will provide information on past, present and upcoming silent film festivals, events and collector shows, as well as resources about Silent Film memorabilia, preserving and displaying your movie posters and memorabilia and other related resources.

We hope you will enjoy our website and we welcome your feedback.